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.
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.
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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