39 Common Items to Test for Nickel

What is nickel and where is it found in daily life?

Nickel is a very commonly used element that is often combined with other metals as it is an inexpensive way to add strength, luster, and durability to other metal items.  As nickel seems to be everywhere, it is important to test metal items for nickel content.  

How can I learn if items contain nickel?

Test any metal item with Nickel Alert®, an easy, safe, and very accurate dimethylglyoxime nickel test.  Once nickel is detected, protect yourself with Nickel Guard®

What items should I test for nickel?

This is a comprehensive list of items that often contain nickel, but it is not exhaustive.  Test the metal items you often contact.

  • Belt buckles
  • Bra hooks
  • Bracelets
  • Brass fixtures
  • Cell phones
  • Cello strings
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Coins
  • Chrome fixtures
  • Costume jewelry
  • Dental devices
  • Earrings
  • Eye glass frames
  • Fasteners
  • Gold - especially white and yellow 10K and 14K
  • Guitar strings
  • Hair pins
  • Hand tools
  • Handbag clutches
  • Heirloom jewelry
  • "Hypoallergenic" jewelry
  • Jean studs
  • Keys
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lipstick holders
  • Metal buttons and snaps
  • Metal items at work
  • Musical instruments
  • Necklaces
  • "Nickel-free" jewelry
  • Paper clips
  • Pens
  • Pocket knives
  • Powder compacts
  • Razors
  • Rings
  • Scissors
  • Suspender clips
  • Tuners
  • Watches and watch bands
  • Zippers

Interesting fact:  Expensive white or yellow gold can contain enough nickel to cause sensitization when used in ear piercing.


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