We all know the drill. You search through your favorite stores, only to find the most gorgeous pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace. Then, you flip over the label and see it’s not nickel-free. Same old story, different packaging. The cycle only continues when the people you love try to buy you jewelry as gifts. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!
It took some digging, but I found multiple nickel-free jewelry brands that will fit within your budget and style. No, I don’t just mean that whole buy one earring at a time trend. (Why is this a thing?!) Whether the jewelry is for you or just someone fabulous you’re shopping for, here are 10 brands you need to check out.
If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you understand my love for this Selena Gomez-repped brand. It offers tons of on-trend pieces that are easy to find at a discount, both in department stores and outlets. In fact, the label recently opened an online version of their outlet store, which has periodic sales worth the time to create an account. Sign up for the emails to ensure you know when the best sales are coming. (They even let you browse/like an item before it’s available for purchase so you can plan ahead!) No need to pay the $150+ retail prices when you can get it for less.
I never had a problem with their jewelry and have been told by multiple store associates that the products are nickel free. Most importantly, I’ve never paid more than $30 for a single piece at the outlet. Here are a few options to make finding your perfect piece, a little quicker:
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For those days when you just need a little extra glam, this is perfect. Think drop earrings, statement studs and all the jaw-dropping looks you can dream of. I bought my favorite pair of black “going-out” drop earrings from this brand at Macy’s in high school and have worn them ever since.
If you’re looking for something special for an important event, your birthday or even next New Year’s Eve, this is the label to start with. Retail prices can range from $45 to $300+, but you can usually find the same styles on sale at department stores for at least 50 percent off. I usually see them go for $35 to $60. (That doesn’t include coupons.)
Yes, the label known for on-trend jewelry under $40 also has your health in mind. The brand has a nickel free line often shown by the registers, but the last time I spoke to a store associate, she said everything on display was nickel-free. I haven’t had a problem yet. It helps that just about every time I’ve been in the store, they seem to have a sale. (They have a BOGO free promotion going on right now!)
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AUrate New York
Now this is a brand I originally found on Instagram and have loved their style ever since. Known for classic gold jewelry you can easily mix and match, the brand carries a variety of 14 karat gold pieces fit for the investment.
Despite the fact that gold has nickel in it, 14k gold or higher is usually a safe bet for those with nickel allergies. In fact, it is a recommended metal that has been mentioned by multiple sources, including Who What Wear. This is because the higher karat, the higher the amount of gold. It can be worth investing in finer jewelry made with gold, especially if you want a timeless, everyday piece and have theses allergies. (Sterling silver is usually ok, too.)
AUrate has you covered at a decent price point of around $200 or more and just came out with a new holiday collection last month. Keep an eye out on their site during holidays throughout the year for sales and decent discount codes.
I know, you think of them as the engagement ring brand. To be frank, I first discovered Catbird when working as a local editor for The Knot. Aside from carrying beautifully unique and on-trend wedding jewelry, the site also has pieces worthy of your everyday collection. Its Catbird Classics line features elegant bands for $44 alongside a $288 changeling necklace and $1300+ diamond pieces. Most things I like are at the higher price point, of course, but even their $32 lovecat ring is cute!
The whole site section is worth taking a look.
Elizabeth and James
While this brand does not tote a nickel-free logo, I usually find them associated with nickel-free pieces when I shop online. It’s fairly easy to find and very easy to stock up on. I went in to browse their sample sale at Chelsea Market last month and ended up dropping $177. I haven’t regretted one purchase. This included two rings decked out in white topaz, yellow gold love bird earrings and gold angel wing earrings, also with white topaz. The most expensive piece was $60.
Typically, finding pieces for under $100 is possible but most fall in the range of $120+. That being said, this line still gives you the style of the Olsen twins without needing to break the bank. I think that “pinky swear” ring may be my next purchase.
Stella and Bow
You’ve seen this brand everywhere and if you have a thing for delicate jewelry, the “fine” section is worth checking out. The gold earrings and rings fall with a price point of $94 to $475. I’m not exaggerating when I say that if you love stacking or just want to try out something new, it will be tempting to get them all. This fine collection also carries the 14k+ metal we talked about, above.
Want to find even more nickel-free pieces for your jewelry box?
Check the back of the package when you go shopping or ask an associate. Some brands you think won’t suit your sensitive skin, may surprise you. When in doubt, there are even metal testing kits that can help. Also, don’t forget the coupon codes! Those will save you some money while you save your skin from a reaction.
Other brands that may work for you include Kate Spade and Brilliante (usually seen on the TV shopping channels). They are not labeled as nickel free by any means but I haven’t had a reaction to either brand, yet. And, I own multiple pieces. (Thanks for the birthday gifts, Mom!)
Growing up, I didn’t know I had an allergy until I reached my teens and started getting a reaction when I tried cheap fashion jewelry. It was a nightmare. I could never find the stylish designs my friends wore in a material that suited me. Luckily, that isn’t the case anymore.
Here’s to starting the year off in style and without a rash. Happy shopping everyone!
If you have another label you love, please let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to hear from you!