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.925 Sterling Silver and Your Piercings

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 [...]

14k Gold: What You Need to Know

First, let's break down how gold works. 1 karat = 1/24th of the alloy is pure gold.   Only solid gold of at least 14 karat (58.3% gold) is appropriate for body jewellery.   Traditional gold plating sucks for body jewellery. It's very thin and can wear away from friction. Bending the plated jewellery will cause the plating to fracture and chip. This creates environments for bacteria to fester.   Some people are sensitive to the metals present in karat gold. Examples include nickel, silver, zinc, and copper.   White gold uses a high amount of nickel to yield the white colour. This leads to it causing more allergic reactions than its yellow counterpart. Many body jewellery manufacturers now use nickel-free gold alloys. [...]

All About Titanium

Titanium is a lightweight transition metal. In its natural state, titanium is a dark silver-y colour.   Titanium is the most bio-compatible metal. Bio-compatible means it's resistant to attack by body fluids. Other metals can break down inside your body. Titanium is often used in permanent surgical implants. The pores in the metal allow for the tissue to attach.   While great for these implants, porosity in body jewellery is a solid no-go. For body jewellery, titanium needs a mirror-like polish to reduce porosity. When exposed to air or water, titanium immediately reacts with oxygen. This reaction creates a thin, inert oxide layer. The titanium alloy contains aluminum and vanadium. Yet, the oxide layer doesn't contain either.   Titanium jewellery is [...]

Surgical Steel vs Stainless Steel: What’s the Difference?

Stainless steel or surgical steel - what's the difference?   Surgical stainless steel is a generic term for a variety of different grades of steel. Whether you drop the surgical or the stainless, it doesn't matter much. (We prefer surgical steel - stainless steel reminds us of knives). This name isn't in any medical or metallurgical reports - it's too broad. There are no standards set for this type of metal. So... why it is in body jewellery?   Surgical steel is available in implant grade. What does that mean? Standards are set for what materials get the coveted title "implant grade." There's currently two types of surgical steel matching these standards: 316L and 316LVM. These grades have successfully worked in human implants. [...]

Good Vibes Only: Vibrating Jewellery

Let's get real: we know vibrating jewellery is for the dirty stuff.   We don't judge if you're buying is as a gag gift or as a way to spice things up. These guys are big and clunky - it's pretty unlikely anyone is buying it for the aesthetic.   That out of the way, how do they work? The big, clunky thing is the vibrator. If you twist it open, you'll find a little o-ring and a battery. Twist it closed, and it will start to vibrate. Loosen it up to turn it off again. The tighter you twist it closed, the tighter the seal becomes. Keep that in mind if you're worried about getting the inside wet. Vibrating jewellery comes on [...]

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Ticklers vs Koosh: What’s the difference?

A tickler (AKA French Tickler) is a cover made of silicone that fits over the bead on any barbell.   These soft, textured covers started as a means to enhance oral sex. Nowadays, some people like to wear them for the look, rather than their practical use. Unsurprisingly, the most common way to wear them is still in a tongue piercing.   Koosh beads are like ticklers. The biggest difference is that a koosh's silicone can't be removed from the inner bead. Koosh beads work in any piercing, and were most common on earrings in the 2000s.

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