Why Rings for Some will Leave a Black Stain
Does a black, gray or green stain on your finger from your engagement ring, mean that your fiance bought it on the cheap? Before you read him the riot act or make accusations, you may want to read further.
If a ring is made of 14kt Gold, Rhodium (Platinum family) or Sterling Silver, bonded or solid, grayish or greenish stains may periodically occur. 10kt, 14kt and even 18kt are not solid gold. Solid gold is not used in most jewelry. Solid gold is much too soft for jewelry, especially rings. The higher the karat number, the higher the gold content.
Precious metals such as gold, are mixed with other metals to give it strength. The most common is 14kt gold. It does not matter as to whether the ring is bonded or of solid rhodium or sterling or karat gold, as to whether the ring will leave a stain on your finger or not. Bonded or plated jewelry can wear away over time and will cause the base metal to appear which can cause a stain. For those who have not worn away the plating or have solid rings, read on.
Is it the Ring or is it You?
It could be a matter of simple cleaning of the ring with a soft jewelry cloth. Microscopic film can accumulate on your ring from all of the things that you dip your hands in or put on your hands over a short period of time.
Many things can be occurring and is normally a chemical reaction between the ring and your skin. 14kt Gold rings leaving a mark can show an iron deficiency. Take iron pills to see if that helps the condition.
Acids in your skin from diet, lotions, soaps perfumes and more can cause a chemical reaction. There are many elements in lotions that are harder than metals used in jewelry. These elements can wear off microscopic pieces of metal that do not reflect light, causing discoloration around the finger. Salty air can also create a chemical reaction when mixed with perspiration. Perspiration releases acids in your skin that can also react with the metals. Chlorine will especially eat away at 14kt gold and many other metals. How much chlorine is in your water?
You may find that you wear a ring and without stain for many years and then suddenly you have a grayish or even greenish color stain on your finger. Has your diet changed? Are you taking new medications? Does the ring just need to be cleaned? This stain may also appear on other jewelry pieces as well and is not indication of the quality.
There are many things you can do to prevent the dreaded green or black finger stain. Remove your rings before swimming in swimming pools or hot tubs. Avoid wearing your rings when handling any household chemicals and while exercising. You should also remove your rings at night and clean them regularly with a soft jewelry cloth. If these tips aren’t enough to prevent your rings from leaving a stain on your finger, consider having the bands coated with rhodium on the inside to prevent a reaction. Your jeweler can coat your rings quickly and affordably.
All too often people will refer to the stains as tarnish or say the ring has turned, and make the mistake believing that the jewelry is low quality. This is not the case at all.
Does a green or gray stain on your 14kt Gold, Sterling or Rhodium ring mean it is low quality? Absolutely not. Don’t be alarmed and assume hubby to be is cheap. Before you are quick to make an accusation against your fiance, try some of the above tips.