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Information on Jewlery Materials

There are quite a few different types of jewelry out there that one can put in their piercings. I didn’t really even know all of them so I decided to look it up and tell all of you about them.black_straight_barbell_with_balls_14ga_b

One I had never heard of was PVD (Black Like – Physical Vapor Deposition). It is a biochemical material that is usually used to coat medical devices such as pacemakers. It does not wear as easy as other materials and is good for hygienic wise. It looks very similar to plastic and has a variety of different types of jewelry.

Regular readers will remember that I once devoted an entire post to Organic jewelry. Basically, to review, it is good for the health of the piercing because it lets the hole breathe but does have some slight disadvantages for more information see my post on organic jewelry here.

14k_solid_yellow_gold_belly_button_ring_with_heart_shaped_stone_jeweled_top_ball_bSolid gold jewelry is nice and pretty and is said to only be word in fully healed piercings. It is also very durable. Unlike Gold plated jewelry which just has a thin layer of gold over a filler metal. After extended wear that gold layer can wear off easily, and then cause an allergic reaction for some.

PTFE or Teflon is an amazing biocompatible material that is flexible and safe to wear as a14_gauge_ptfe_tongue_ring_b_0 retainer during medical procedures and x- rays. But they can also be worn for long time use. With some PTFE jewelry you can even shorten it if necessary by cutting to the desired length then using a ball from a piece of steel jewelry rethread the PTFE by screwing the ball on.

Titanium would be a good choice for a metal for a few reasons. It is not as heavy as stainless steel but still quite strong. Also, it agrees well with the body and will not cause any allergic reaction or discoloration of a person’s skin.

Silver cannot be used on any pieces that go insides the piercing hole itself but can be used externally such as on dangly pieces from naval jewelry and for balls on barbells and captive bead rings. Also, if well maintained can hold its silvery appearance for a long time.

steel_ball_straight_barbell_14ga_0_bStainless steel (surgical steel) is one of the most common body jewelry materials. It is also used for medical purposes such as screws to fix bones, drainage valves, and staples. Starter jewelry is usually stainless steel so it must be good.

Acrylic jewelry is usually used for enlarging a healed hole and is considered to be slightly risky i14_gauge_clear_tongue_piercing_nipple_piercing_retainer_with_clear_o_ring_bf scratches are obtained in the plastic. Scratches can inflame the skin and help bacteria grow. Make sure to routinely check acrylic jewelry for such scratches. While prolonged use is not suggested with this material they make good retainers during surgery and other occasions where metal cannot be worn.

All of these types of jewelry are available in many different styles of jewelry such as barbells of all shapes, captive bead rings, and studs in many different sizes.

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Going Green with your Piercings

These days it seems being eco friendly or “green” is more popular than ever. From car to home improvement there are ways to go green in almost every part of life. Organic jewelry is nothing new, jewelry first started as organic in ancient times and tribes. But now has caught on outside the tribal world.

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For those with piercings, especially gauged ears, looking for a greener alternative than using steel there are lots of unique, creative options. Organic plugs are widely available and made out of a variety of different materials, such as bamboo, wood, amber, bone, tusk, horn and stone, but most often wood, bone or stone. Organic body jewelry is also available in hangers, labrets, septums, spirals, and probably more.

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Like with any way of going green there are pros and cons involved. Organic jewelry allows your skin to breathe unlike metal jewelry. Also, it is good for the fistula, the tube of skin inside the body that connects the two holes of the piercing. It allows the fistula grow thicker making it stronger and stay cleaner and not get gunked up. Also, the jewelry tends to be more original than regular metal or plastic jewelry. And, of course it is organic and natural.

Then there are the cons of organic jewelry. First, it is much more fragile and prone to breaking. It can easily crack, warp, and weaken especially if in high heat. It can trap bacteria which can sometimes, but not often, lead to infections.  The jewelry is also very sensitive to chemicals, disinfecting may be rough.

Then there is the ethical debate of the jewelry. Some of the materials come from endangered animals, such as tusks and horns. Should these be taken for jewelry purposes?

After seeing some of these jewelry pieces I was quite impressed. I guess that if not worn to often to avoid breaking they would be fun to wear. Also, in my search of the organic jewelry I did not find a lot of pieces made from animal parts. In the one I found they had a promise on the site that none of the animals where killed for purpose of making jewelry. On all the sites I saw the prices did not seem to be to much different than prices of normal body jewelry.

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http://www.organicjewelry.com/index.html