Materials & Care
Solid Gold (yellow or white)
Gold is the least reactive metal that will not oxidize or discolor. Our 14k gold selections are perfect for everyday wear. Gold in its purest form 24k, is too soft to work with. Lower grades than 14k could result in migration, rejection, or develop permanent reactions to gold. Additionally, solid gold is appropriate for initial piercings if it is 14k or 18k and nickel-free.
- Scrub lightly with a soft-bristled brush, warm water and antibacterial soap. Cleaning with alcohol or harsh chemicals is not recommended. Overtime gold can lose its luster, if so, then just buff gently with a clean cloth and store your pieces in a safe, dry environment.
Titanium ASTM F-136
Titanium provides a popular alternative to stainless steel for body piercing jewelry. Piercers especially like using titanium for initial piercings because the innate properties of titanium cause less complications and rejections during the healing process. Titanium is lightweight and hypoallergenic, and its para magnetism makes it safe to wear during medical procedures like MRIs. Titanium comes in different grades just like steel with Grade 23 (6AL4V ELI F-136) implant grade being the highest. It’s great for people with sensitive skin because it does not contain nickel, and it weighs almost 50% less than steel. This material can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors without affecting the safety. Care:
- Scrub lightly with a soft-bristled brush, warm water and antibacterial soap. Cleaning with alcohol or harsh chemicals is not recommended. Anodized titanium may fade due to body chemistry or when worn in friction-prone areas, but this is not harmful.
316L Surgical Steel
316L Surgical Steel is commonly used for jewelry because it will not oxidize or turn black with only minimal maintenance. Its resistance to corrosion and staining, as well as its durability and sleek look have made stainless steel body jewelry the most popular type of material for piercing enthusiasts worldwide. Lots of people are fine to use the basic 316L steel, but for some people with extremely sensitive skin, getting the top grade of steel usually helps.
- Scrub lightly with a soft-bristled brush, warm water and antibacterial soap. Cleaning with alcohol or harsh chemicals is not recommended.
Silver should never be worn in new or unhealed piercings. It is safe to wear in healed piercings, but not for everyday wear with long periods of time. Silver can tarnish and when worn in a new piercing, the tarnish can be deposited into the skin causing it to darken or turn gray. Silver is very soft and can be easily scratched.
- Remove your jewelry before exercising, washing your hands or showering. Always apply perfumes, creams and hair care products before wearing. To clean polish gently with a silver cloth and store in a safe and dry environment.