A thing or two about jewel materials

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Who else admits to buying jewelry, which you know you are allergic to? Especially if they are on sale and you can’t resist their sparkle.

Guilty as charged! But allergy is so annoying, that buying those jewels is useless.

Luckily there are jewels, that don’t cause allergies.

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Did you know, that you can be allergic to jewels, that are supposed to be nickel-free?

It doesn’t necessarily mean that the jewels are bad or contain a lot of nickel. It’s possible your allergy is so severe, that even though the item would be according to EU regulations nickel-free, even the faintest amount of nickel causes allergy. So, ‘nickel-free’ can be misleading if your nickel-allergy is really severe.

Hygiene is also important when wearing jewels. Your ear piercings can get infected, if your hands or jewels are dirty. So always keep your hands and jewels clean!

Also: sometimes wearing too heavy or too tight earrings might cause you discomfort, that you might mistake for allergy.

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Allergy & jewelry materials

Silver is a good and long-lasting material,  but you can also be allergic to it.

Silver-plated jewels are usually made from brass. Brass or bronze aren’t suitable for you, if your skin’s pH-level is significantly acidic. It’s not that common though. Then the jewel might tarnish easily and it might give off green color on your skin.

Stainless steel AKA surgical steel is completely allergy-free. The same mix is used in hospital gear and in piercings.

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When choosing the material for your jewels, you need to think about how often you are gonna wear it.

If you want a jewel, that you’re  gonna wear day-to-day, you should choose a  long-lasting material. Those are gold, silver and steel. Silver-plated jewels are more affordable than silver jewels, but silver platings wear off from chemicals and sweating – so they might be a good choice for a party for example.

Steel is a long-lasting and care-free option –  sauna or perfume won’t affect it.

I can use silver jewels without problems, but silver-plated jewels only for a short amount of time. Steel doesn’t cause me any allergies obviously, so I like that there is an affordable option for jewels, that are still long-lasting and beautiful.

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Discount & giveaway for my Finnish readers:

You can get -30% with code CHAR30 on  Hopea-Puro’s selection (except Lotta and Hetta jewels). The code is valid until 4.6.18.

You can participate in a giveaway, where you can win a pair of ‘Ystävyys’ silver earrings (the ones I’m wearing in the first pictures) by commenting this post. The only requirement is, that you are a reader of my blog through either Facebook, Instagram, Blogit.fi or Bloglovin. New readers are welcome as well! Just tell me in the comments, where is it you follow me. Remember to leave your email in the box designated for it, so I can reach out to you if you win. The giveaway ends 11.6.18.

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Beautiful, but quiet

beautiful but quiet

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Jacket –  Second hand | Scarf – Kappahl | Pants – Only | Bag – Björn Borg | Shoes – Vagabond | Earrings – Hopea-Puro

Facebook has started to remind ourselves of our memories, things shared in the past. I find them funny and lovely – usually the memories are something happy and positive – good moments, that we have wanted to share. But obviously, there are some other things too, things that other people have posted on your profile, posts about people that you have lost and etc.

Today, Facebook reminded me of a guy, that posted on my profile. It was some game, where you needed to post your first impressions of a person on his or her profile. The post said “Beautiful, but quiet”.

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As in, I am beautiful, but not good enough – not entertaining enough – certainly not the light of the party. On the comment section we changed a few words and the guy asked me why I was so quiet and I responded with something like ‘it’s always the quiet ones’. What I was trying to say with that, was that I had more on my mind, than what was seen on the outside. What I was desperately trying to signal, was that I was worth getting to know to, but I wasn’t one of those, who let people close easily.

Well – I hardly knew that guy and remembering that time, I was hanging out with friends, that I am no longer in contact with.

But I still sometimes hear that accusation. Being quiet – there must be something wrong with me? Am I not happy?

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And there lays the mistake – thinking, that only people, who are constantly talking, laughing and smiling are happy. People, who make friends easily and socialize around. People who let it be known, let it be heard.

To be honest, I’m not really sure why I started to write about this subject in the first place. I’m not sure, if I know what I really want to say with it. But what I do know, is that there is a certain peace in knowing yourself, knowing your worth and appreciating your life. That peace creates a happy feeling, that doesn’t only show on your lips, but feels all the way in your feet.

Sometimes all you need is to not to talk with people, but to simply know that they are there.

And if it looks like it’s beautiful, but quiet – so be it. I was never about much noise anyway.

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Photos & hair: Susanna Poméll/Healthyhair