Why is my gold jewelry turning my skin black?

First, do not worry. The discoloration of your skin is not harmful and won't affect the strength of your ring. 

Discoloration caused by wearing your yellow or rose gold jewelry can happen for a few different reasons. 

Reason 1) Metallic Abrasion

The most common reason why skin discolors when wearing gold jewelry is metallic abrasion. Metallic abrasion is a result of makeup on skin or clothing. Cosmetics often contain compounds harder than the jewelry itself, which wear or rub off very tiny particles. Very finely divided metal always appears black rather than metallic, so it looks like a jet-black dust. When this dust comes into contact with absorbent surfaces such as skin or clothing, it sticks, forming a black smudge.

To prevent this, you should try switching cosmetics. If this is not possible, remove rings and other jewelry while applying them, and clean skin areas in contact with jewelry with soap and water.


Reason 2) Corrosion

Another cause is the actual corrosion of the metals. Gold itself does not corrode, but its primary alloys of silver or copper will do so, forming very dark chemical compounds, under moist or wet conditions. When you sweat, fats and fatty acids released can cause corrosion of gold, especially when exposed to warmth and air. This problem can be worse in seacoast and semitropical areas, where chlorides combine with perspiration to form a corrosive element that discolors skin. Smog fumes gradually attack jewelry and are evident as a tarnish that rubs off on the skin. Concave surfaces inside a shank form collection points that trap moisture and contaminants, also causing a type of dermatitis.

To prevent this, remove all rings before using soaps, cleaning compounds or detergents, and clean your rings frequently. As well as solving the problem, you'll be amazed at how much better your rings look!

 

 

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