How to Stop Jewelry From Turning Your Skin Green

Answer: Sweat, lotions, perfumes, and all the other products we put on our skin can cause non-precious metals like pewter and copper to tarnish. Try painting a coat of clear nail polish on your costume jewelry to help preserve its color (and the color of your skin).

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  1. curlytop says

    great idea! haven’t thought of this before. anyway, my prob is my skin itches and turns red when i wear fashion jewelry. what do i do about that??

  2. Anonymous says

    Actually, curlytop, the clear polish might help with that as well—I have a ring that tends to give me that same reaction—coated the inside with clear polish and the problem was solved!

  3. Anonymous says

    I have heard that skin usually turns green due to fake silver or gold but on some rings of mine, they have been pure silver and still give me problems. Then I have to put clear nail polish on a perfectly good ring. Whats up with that?

  4. Lori says

    All jewelry, even the good stuff, has some kind of alloy mixed in with it. Sterling even has a smal amount of copper in it, I’ve been told. 14karat gold means that. It is less than 100% gold but more gold than 10karat. Don’t be afraid to coat your jewelry no matter the type, or choose 18k gold or platinum and. Stainless steel, which have no alloys mixed in to turn your. Fingers black or green.

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