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Best Metal For Body Jewelry

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Body jewelry has been popular among young people for quite some time now. It is a mode of self-expression much like tattooing and other body applications. The most popular types of body ornaments are the ubiquitous bellybutton rings followed by cartilage jewelry and labret jewelry. One of the most ideal types of metals for body adornments is titanium, stainless steel, gold.

Implant Grade Titanium

Titanium is by far the metal of choice for body piercing jewelry, and can be safely used for initial piercings. Implant grade titanium G23 (Ti6al4v-ELI) is the type of titanium used in surgical implants, is biocompatible, resistant to body fluids and nickel free.

Titanium is also stronger and lighter than steel, which gives us body piercing jewelry that is both durable, comfortable and nearly without scratches. Titanium is an expensive metal, but well worth the slightly higher price. Titanium body jewelry is beautiful, it lasts, and will look (just the same after many years of wear.

Surgical Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most common metal for body piercing jewelry, and is just behind titanium when it comes to biocompatibility. 316L or 316LVM are the only two grades of stainless steel that are considered safe for wearing in healed piercings.

Keep in mind that even the best grades of stainless steel do contain nickel and may cause problems for those who are allergic to nickel. Some countries have banned the use of stainless steel for initial piercings, and it is best to steer clear of stainless steel altogether until after your piercing is completely.

Gold

Although it is beautiful, gold is not the best choice for body jewelry, especially for initial piercings or long term wear. Because gold is a softer metal and is made with metal alloys, there is a somewhat higher risk of irritation or infection.

Gold jewelry is beautiful, but should only be worn in healed piercings, and with care. Replace gold body jewelry with titanium at the first sign of irritation.

Choosing Body Jewelry

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Do not rush to a shop for purchasing body jewelry if you are not aware of its various aspects. In the absence of the right knowledge, you may end up buying a wrong ornament and you many harm your body as well. You should be very clear in mind about your choice of body jewelry. Make sure that you are aware of the specific names given to the different jewelry that is attached to the different parts of the body.

For instance, barbells can be worn on navel, ear, eyebrow and tongue. This jewelry can be purchased in circular, curved and straight. Or, you have the choice of buying banana bells that are also made for belly button. If you are looking for some body jewelry for your ears, then buy some captive rings, for your nose; you should be looking for nose screw, ring or a simple stud. For lips, you should ask for labret. Pincers, hanging designs and weights and spirals are other such jewelries that you can find out in a shop.

Correct size of the body jewelry is crucial. Since every part of your body can be pierced and there are different piercing jewelries for it, accurate size matters most. You cannot fit a navel ring on your eyebrow. Take a set of calipers to measure the jewelry to see if it will fit on the body part or not. The measurement is essential, as the shop is not going to take back the jewelry after you have worn it. If you are buying captive balls then its screws should be checked for tight screwing. You should not forget to check any such jewelry for dents and scratches.