Types Of Materials
Nickel holding steels are banned in the EU for primary piercing insertable’s, so it’s good to know that all our steel jewellery is made from approved materials. We use Composition D Implantation Steel and 316L / 316LVM Surgical Steel. A lot of our steel body jewellery is electropolished, which gives it an ultra-smooth surface with minimal imperfections and barely any crevices. We choose the best quality materials for the job.
Grade 5 Titanium
Titanium is perfect for body piercing jewellery because of its total resistance to attack by body fluids, with no allergic reactions, skin irritations or discolouration of any sort. Polished Grade 5 Titanium is an alloy containing 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium. The material has excellent hypoallergenic properties, meaning it is virtually allergy free. This makes it ideal for body jewellery, safe as well as tough and beautiful. Therefore it is excellent for those with sensitive skin as well as weighing two times less than stainless steel, for more comfortable piercings.
The human body tolerates acrylics exceptionally well. Acrylic is versatile, lightweight and comes in a fantastic variety of colours. It is ideal for short-term wear but not for longer term piercings because alcohol-based cleaners degrade it and it can shatter when under pressure. We use a special formula non-toxic acrylic that’s also used in surgical applications, all EU-approved and legal for safe body piercing use.
Polymer Medical Flexible Plastic, AKA PMFK, doesn’t cause allergies so is perfect for body jewellery. It is an exceptionally lightweight and smooth plastic. Because it is colourless, it is popular with piercing fans who need to hide their piercings, for work or for sport. Because it is flexible and comfortable, invisible or clear body jewellery is especially popular with athletes. It is also used when people want to give their piercings a rest, the perfect way to protect the skin.
925 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The copper is added to give the soft, pure metal the strength it needs to be used for jewellery. The copper also reduces tarnishing, making it an excellent material for body jewellery. Sterling silver is recommended for well-established earlobe piercings and short-term wear. The tarnish it commonly generates through contact with the skin and the air, ie. oxidisation, makes it unsuitable for long term body piercing wear, but sterling silver is a wonderful material for non-pierced jewellery of all kinds.
Austrian crystal, AKA rhinestone, is man-made, involving the creative cutting of hand-blown glass with a 32% lead content. It can also be made from rock crystal or acrylic. The best quality lead glass Austrian crystal is machine cut for precision then polished to an incredibly bright shine, and the most famous manufacturer is Swarovski®. In body jewellery, many crystal items are given a tough, invisible epoxy coating to keep the gems safe and retain their sparkle.
A completely natural material, leather is commonly used for pendant cords, necklaces and bracelets. It’s great for threading beads, durable and strong as well as good-looking. It can be dyed safely in any colour, and strands of it can be plaited and woven to create extra strength. There is even a very special fish leather, soft and luxurious. We use the finest jewellery-grade leather cord to create stunning, unique pieces that are perfectly safe to wear.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The proportions of each metal vary to create a range of different types of brass, each with different properties. Rich low brass, also called Tombac, contains 15% zinc and is often used for jewellery. Brass containing 75% copper and 25% zinc is a beautiful yellow colour, often used as imitation gold. A jewellery industry standard for more than 100 years, brass doesn’t rust and is commonly used for decorative stamps and jewellery findings.
We do have an additional plating on some lines. This adds to the charm of these designs and also gives a good durable finish. The exact specifications shown below;
Titanium Suncote / Nitecote is an IP plating on steel, with a layer of titanium, thickness is 0.025-0.03um (micron)
For the Inspirit and Herspirit designs we use a 14 ct gold and rose gold plating on steel or on brass, it is an IP plating with a layer of titanium 0.3-0.5um (Micron) plus a layer of 14 ct gold for 0.03-0.05um (micron)