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Tips on Finding Good Body Jewelry

Updated on December 31, 2010
Gold Piercing Earring
Gold Piercing Earring

Body jewelry is becoming more and more popular not only to rock fanatics or punk supporters, but also for normal people who like to go a little out of the ordinary. Because of this, body jewelry is now being accepted and is sold in a variety of designs, shapes and materials, to the taste of the wearer.

Almost any part of the body can now be pierced, making it really marketable for body jewelry makers to make more and more options. And yet, careful discernment of the right material should be taken consideration in choosing body jewelry, as it may cause unsightly body reactions or skin allergies if you’re not using a good material.

Here are some body jewelry materials and their contents and you may choose your pick after reading on.

  • Surgical Steel or 316L Surgical Steel. This is the most popular and the most recommended for fresh piercings, as it is made up of Iron, Chromium and Nickel (although some may have lack of this). They can withstand high temperature, they are much more polished and they can be the most enduring.
  • Titanium. This is another popular choice among piercers and wearers, as it is as highly polished and may come in numerous colors, with silver, being its natural state of color. However, it can be a little more expensive than Surgical Steel.
  • Gold. Those who are having problems with body jewelry materials may consider yellow or white gold, but it can be quite costly.
  • Bio Flex, PTFE or Bio Plast. These are the most recommended materials in terms of sensitive skin and allergic reactions, as they are highly comfortable, and they can help speed healing process.
  • Standard Acrylic. This non-metal material is specially popular for tunnels and other facial piercings.

Avoid silver or nickel body jewelry as they are not compatible with skin, or flesh, and may lead to bodily infections or allergic reactions.

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