Switching to metals that are in a purer form is a good way to avoid allergy symptoms. Steer clear of plated pieces like German silver, nickel silver, and most costume jewelry, as they all rely heavily on nickel as filler. Keep all jewelry clean, free of tarnish, and only wear pieces that cause reactions for short periods of time. When reactive pieces are worn, be certain to keep the skin near them dry, and consider asking a jeweler if a protective layer of metal or film can be added to parts of the piece that touch skin. Some people have found relief by simply adding a coat of clear nail polish to jewelry that irritates their skin. Lastly, there is a large selection of hypo-allergenic jewelry on the market today. Seek out jewelry that has been specifically designed for people with sensitivity to metals, and consider investing in a few high quality pieces that can be relied upon to be worn comfortably for long periods of time.