My sweet husband gave me a beautiful pair of sapphire and diamond earrings for my birthday recently. Three days after getting them I noticed a rash under one ear (not in the piercing or on the earlobe itself), and the next day I was much worse with the rash over my neck, face and ears. The earrings are set in 18K white gold, and I do not have any other white gold pieces. I really like the earrings. They were not custom, and came from a local store. Am I jumping the gun assuming it is a white gold allergy? My mom thinks it is hives due to the stress of the season, but I have not felt unduly stressed (but it is a bit of a stressful season). I did not even know you could be allergic to white gold until I did an internet search trying to figure out what was going on with my skin!! The earrings are the only thing new in my routine. What do you suggest? Anyone have experience with a white gold allergy?