It doesn’t matter if it’s a delicate belly button piercing or a simple ear piercing, we take our time to do things safely so you can heal fast and get straight to enjoying your new nose, ear, belly button or navel piercing, or whatever it is you’re into. Body piercing is a big decision. But before taking a step ahead, you should take precautions because the wrong metals may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. After all, there are only a few types of metals suitable for body piercing jewelry and implants. Let’s understand about the famous and best metal used in piercing.
Titanium is by far the top choice for body piercings and can be safely used for initial piercings. Titanium is also lightweight (40% lighter than surgical stainless steel), which makes it great for plug style jewelry for stretched ears. Titanium is also used for surgical implants in the body. Titanium jewelry is available in a range of colours which are produced through anodizing, not dyeing. During the anodizing process, the jewelry is submerged in an electrolyte solution and voltage is applied. Anodising creates an oxide layer on the jewelry. The colour results from refraction of light through the oxide layer and the thickness of the layer determines the resulting colour.
The major drawback for titanium is its cost, pound for pound it is more expensive than stainless steel, this price difference is, however, negligible except you are looking to purchase a very large jewelry piece.
Although it is beautiful, gold is not a good choice for body jewelry, especially for initial piercings or long-term wear. Because gold is a softer metal and contains metal alloys, there can be a greater chance of irritation or infection. Gold jewelry is beautiful, but should only be worn in healed piercings, and with care. This coupled with the fact that pure Gold is freakishly expensive is why many manufacturers choose to use gold alloys. Pure gold is yellow in color and, since you won't be buying that, it's the non-gold metals used in the alloy that ultimately determine the color of this metal.
Yellow gold is the alloy of pure gold, silver, and copper or zinc.
White gold is the alloy of pure gold and white metals, such as nickel, silver, and palladium. It is actually more grayish in color and is plated with rhodium to give it a whiter look. Nickel is generally avoided today since so many people are allergic to it.
Rose gold is the alloy of pure gold and a high proportion of copper.
Green gold is exactly like yellow gold, except copper is left out of the alloy.
SURGICAL STAINLESS STEEL (SSS)
Stainless steel is the most widespread material used for body jewelry. There are many types of stainless steel, but only a few types of surgical stainless steel are typically used for in new body piercings.316L is the most common SSS jewelry you'll see when you shop for body jewelry. Used in body implants, it is durable and doesn't typically react with body fluids (the L refers to low carbon).316LVM is similar to 316L but has a smoother finish (the added VM indicates the metal is produced in a vacuum).SSS does contain nickel and could be an irritant to those who are very nickel-sensitive.
Silver-filled metals (AKA “silver overlay”) are another popular choice. The difference is that silver-filled wire is made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of silver to a base of a cheaper metal.This silver layer is seriously hundreds of times thicker than a standard plating. Because it's so thick, it lets you work deeper, polish more and even does some light engraving without exposing the base metal underneath.Silver-filled makes sense for jewelry components like ear wire and chains. It keeps them affordable, plus they'll last forever and look spot on when paired with sterling silver pendants.
Niobium is an elemental metal and is strong yet flexible and is slightly heavier than 316L stainless steel. Niobium is chemically non-reactive. Few people are sensitive to niobium. Niobium jewelry is available in a range of colors which are produced through anodizing, not dyeing. During anodizing, the jewelry is submerged in an electrolyte solution and voltage is applied. Anodizing creates an oxide layer on the jewelry.
Jewelry made up of wood has great versatility. It is lightweight, so even a largely stretched piercing can be accommodated without discomfort. Wood comes in a variety of colors and hardness, depending on the source, which can be anything from the reedy bamboo to the rock-solid ebony. There are, however, some cautions that should be taken regarding body jewelry made of wood. Although most raw woods are relatively safe, there are some that could be considered toxic when brought into contact with the skin, especially for a duration. Also, dyes and other chemicals are sometimes added to wood to enhance their natural beauty, but these can cause irritation of the skin known as “contact dermatitis”. The severity of the reaction to these toxins vary from Wood is also not recommended for long-term wear, cannot be autoclave sterilized, and is not recommended for new or unhealed piercings. Don’t allow wood jewelry to get saturated or over-heated (remove jewelry before swimming, bathing, or entering a sauna), but it can be safely cleaned with mild liquid anti-bacterial soap and a small amount of water, providing that it is dried immediately. Then it can be lightly treated once a week with jojoba or olive oil to prevent cracking. Tea tree oil can also be used for cleaning and to add sheen.
People from many different cultures have pierced their bodies for centuries. If you look in a history book, you will find that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans decorated their bodies with piercings and tattoos. Many pierced their bodies to show their importance in a group, or because they thought it protected them from evil. Today, we know much more about the risks of body piercing. Body piercing is a serious decision. Before you decide to get a piercing, ask your parents, trusted adults, and friends what they think.