Body Piercing Jewelry Materials

Body piercing jewelry is made from various materials nowadays and the choice is really huge. Organics, glass, plastics and metals are available and some of them come in different qualities and grades. And the choice of jewelry also brings about the subject of safety and health. Some materials are recommended for short-term wear or old piercings while others are conductive for new piercings. Let's discuss the most popular piercing jewelry materials.

If speaking about metal, the amount of nickel determines the allergen risk.

Sterling silver piercing jewelry contains some amount of other metals and it can cause irritation. That's why sterling silver jewelry is recommended for only well-established ear lobe piercing, nose and sometimes belly button piercings.
Gold is soft metal and 14K gold jewelry is considered better for piercing. It can be used as starter jewelry. Gold plated piercing rings are quite popular due to their affordable price and the outlook of solid gold but they are recommended for completely healed piercings.

Surgical stainless steel is the most widely used metal for body jewelry. It looks great and is really cheap. But it contains small amount of nickel and if your new piercing is irritated and doesn't heal, it may mean that you have allergy on nickel and you should try titanium or niobium jewelry.

Titanium piercing jewelry is strong and lightweight. It's perfect for people sensitive to nickel-containing metals and is available in variety of colors. These make titanium jewelry worth its high price.

Niobium piercing jewelry is stronger and heavier than surgical stainless steel and it's usually anodized. It can be worn in old and new piercings.

Glass piercing jewelry is rather rare. It should be worn only in well-healed piercings.

Plastic piercing jewelry is available in many forms and under many names such as nylon, silicone, acrylic, resin, polyamide, etc.

Acrylic piercing jewelry is the most popular plastic because of its light weight, versatility, low price and availability of colors. Acrylic piercing jewelry usually comes with stainless steel body to avoid seeping, redness and soreness. Glow-in-the-dark piercing jewelry is very popular and considered safe.

PTFE (nylon and Teflon) piercing jewelry is considered better than acrylic because the first is flexible and autoclavable. It is perfect for people with severe sensitivity to metals.

Silicone piercing jewelry is stretchable and pliable and is recommended for well-healed piercings only.

Organic materials for body jewelry include wood, horn, bone, mother of pearl, ivory and others. They are all natural from the earth and usually come in the form of jewelry for stretched piercings- claws, plugs, pinchers and tusks.

Wood piercing jewelry is lightweight and comes in variety of colors. Most wood jewelry is safe but some contain additional chemicals and may cause irritation. Therefore wood jewelry isn't recommended for long-time wear and unhealed piercings. You'd better wear it occasionally.

Horn and bone piercing jewelry is also lightweight and should be carefully cleaned. And as all organic jewelry it isn't recommended for wear during bathing, swimming and for long-term wear.

Stone piercing jewelry is durable and it should be cleaned as it can't be autoclave sterilized. It should be better worn for short period in completely healed piercings.

All piercing jewelry comes in various gauge sizes, shapes and designs. So you can choose the piercing jewelry matching your unique lifestyle and wardrobe. Enjoy being attractive and take care of your health by cleaning not only the piercing but the jewelry as well.