Remember how karats in gold indicated how much actual gold is in your jewellery? Same idea here. Sterling silver is always advertised as .925 – but what does that mean?
.925 sterling silver is 92.5% silver – usually alloyed with a metal like copper.
Silver and sterling silver jewelry is safe to wear in healed piercings. But neither should be in an unhealed piercing or in a piercing in a moist area of the body. Think piercings in the mouth or genitals.
Silver tarnishes quicker than other metals. When worn in a new piercing, the tarnish can discolour your skin. It’ll darken or turn grey, often permanently.
Another point against silver? It’s very soft and easily scratched. Scratches in your jewellery’s surface can irritate your piercing – even if it’s healed. They can also trap bacteria, encouraging infection.
If you’re wearing silver in healed piercings, like nose or ears, you’ll likely encounter few – if any – issues. Being aware of what metals you’re wearing and how to care for them will save a lot of heartache for your skin. If you’re not sure about silver, but prefer the colour to gold, check out surgical steel as an alternative.