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.
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.
Solid 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 a 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.
Stainless 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 if 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.