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Q.
I am allergic to nickel, sterling silver and gold plating. I used to use brass barrel clasps, but I am now having problems finding clasps that are not gold-plated. Can you recommend something besides 10Kt gold? I purchased some findings from other companies that claimed they were ''hypoallergenic,'' but they weren't.
- Annie
A.
Stainless steel is considered to be hypoallergenic and can be tolerated by most people. Fine silver may also be a suitable option. Sterling silver contains 10-15% copper; fine silver ranges between 95-99% pure silver with a very low percentage of copper present, making this material a good option for individuals with sensitivity to sterling.

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