If you have sensitive ears, finding that perfect pair of earrings that compliment your look but won’t give you an allergic reaction can sometimes put a stop to your finishing touches. Although wearing whatever kind of earrings you want may sound like a dream, it is not worth the soreness or the itchiness.

All our earrings here at Abbott Lyon are nickel-free, so you'll never struggle to find the perfect earrings for sensitive ears. 

From gold to silver nickel-free earrings, discover the best earrings for sensitive ears to help protect your ears from allergic reactions. 


What earring material is best for sensitive ears?

Best earrings for sensitive ears UK : A woman wearing a white jacket, modelling a range of Abbott Lyon’s gold jewellery collection

There are surprisingly a lot of people who are allergic to wearing earrings because of the type of metal they are made of. The most common metals that trigger allergies are cobalt and nickel which can cause reactions such as redness, discomfort, and swelling.

Read on to find out which materials are best for sensitive ears, so you can help prevent irritation. 

Is sterling silver good for sensitive ears?

What earring is best for sensitive ears: woman with blonde hair wearing silver huggie earrings from Abbott Lyon

Sterling silver, also known as silver 925, is a metal alloy containing 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper and nickel. It’s a great option for those with sensitive ears as it is lightweight and very delicate when worn. However, due to the percentage of nickel it contains, you may find yourself experiencing an allergic reaction. You can avoid an allergic reaction by exploring our range of sterling silver earrings and find your luxe look in style.

Silver Earrings


Is gold good for sensitive ears? 

Earrings for sensitive ears: A woman with blonde hair wearing Abbott Lyon gold hoop earrings stacked

For those who are hypersensitive to earring metals, we recommend that you opt for a pair of gold earrings. Whether you are looking to purchase a pair of solid gold earrings or gold-plated earrings, the number of carats involved is also very important. We suggest looking at 18k or 24k gold earrings as they will consist of a much higher-quality metal and are more likely to protect your ears from an allergic reaction. Browse our gold-plated earring collection, which features a range of stunning studs, hoops, and pendants

Gold Earrings


Is stainless steel good for sensitive ears?

Stainless steel, also known as surgical stainless steel, is a great alternative to gold and platinum earrings. It is a corrosion-resistant metal, which means it’s made of metals such as iron and chromium that won’t break down and leave a residue on your ears. So, the main question here: Is stainless steel is good for sensitive ears? Yes! It is a much cheaper option to invest in rather than opting for metals such as gold, without compromising on your luxe look. Stainless steel earrings are much sturdier in comparison to other metals – the perfect choice for those who have sensitive skin and want to wear their for a long time.   

How do I know if I have sensitive ears?

Typically, when you have sensitive earlobes, you will be able to notice a few things such as irritation, redness, dry skin or sore skin. This will usually occur after a few moments of wearing your earrings. But, if you aren’t ready to get rid of some of your favourite earrings, you don’t have to. Read on to find out our tips on how to protect your sensitive ears.

 Clear Nail Varnish

Paint the back of your earrings with two to three layers of clear nail varnish to provide a protective sealant in between your ears and the earring.


Vaseline is also a great way to protect your ears by simply applying it to the metal parts which meet your skin. Like the nail varnish method, this also provides a protective barrier. The only downside to this is that the petroleum jelly will need to be consistently applied during wear.



Discover our hypoallergenic earring collection now and create a style that suits you, or find the perfect gift for someone special. At Abbott Lyon, we provide a 2-year Quality Promise for each piece of jewellery you purchase, as well as luxury packaging for treating your loved ones.


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