All About Titanium Body jewelry

Titanium body jewelry is so underrated! Titanium is a lightweight metal. In its natural state, titanium is a dark silver-y colour.

What’s the tea on titanium? 

Titanium is the most bio-compatible metal. This means it  stands up against attack by body fluids. Other metals can break down inside your body. Titanium is often used in surgical implants because the pores in the metal allow for the tissue to attach.
While great for these implants, porosity in body jewelry is a solid no-go. This creates an environment where bacteria can fester. For body jewelry, titanium needs a mirror-like polish.

How does titanium body jewelry become so colourful? 

At BodyMods, we colour our titanium through anodization and PVD coating.
To anodize jewelry, you’d place it in an electrolyte solution and zap it with an electric charge. This creates a colourful layer on the jewelry.
The colour results from light passing through an oxide layer. Colours vary depending on how thick this layer is. You can control the thickness of the layer by adjusting the voltage.
The layer wears away over time, causing the colour to fade or change. How long the it lasts depends on the thickness of the layer and the amount of wear and tear on the jewelry.
Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coats the titanium with a metal. The kind of metal varies depending the final colour you’d like. For example, our Blackline jewelry uses titanium carbide.
Under the umbrella of PVD is ion plating (IP). We know plated jewelry has a (well deserved) bad rap, but ion-plating is different. Hear us out! PVD + ion-plating allows you to adjust for things like hardness and durability. This means your IP coating will outlast traditional plating by a long shot. We’ve also heard from our customers with allergies that they don’t react to our ion-plating! This is anecdotal, so please take that into consideration when ordering.
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Mandy is BodyMods' head office and marketing manager. She maintains our social media, blog, and the Modipedia, along with planning our fundraising events. Outside of work she loves long walks with her dog, movie nights, and collecting house plants.

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