Titanium 6AL-4V-ELI (G 23)
Titanium is ideal for both initial body piercing and healed piercings as it is compliant with the EU Nickel Directive introduced in Europe in 2001. Grade Ti6AL-4V Titanium is biocompatible and has been used since the 1950`s for medical implants. It is available in Highly Polished or Anodised Colors. Titanium is only half the weight of steel and twice as strong.
Black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto TITANIUM body jewelry.
Surgical steel 316L
SS316L is a surgical implant grade that is the most used material for Body Jewellery. Due to the EU Nickel Directive introduced to Europe in 2001, steel is only recommended for healed piercings (releasing less than 0.5ug/cm2/week).
24K real Gold Steel (BG)
24K real Gold is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The jewelry is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material (24k real Gold) into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewelry. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.
Black Steel (BK)
Black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto SS316L body jewellery.
Zircon Steel (BZ)
Zircon Gold PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto SS316L body jewellery. The coating looks very discret.
Rose Gold Steel
Rose Gold PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto SS316L body jewellery.
Bioplast ® is Bio compatible (Certificate available) Bioplast ® is flexible. Bioplast ® can be cut to any length and threaded by any metal ball closure. People getting pierced with Bioplast ® have less swelling and infections. The healing process with Bioplast ® is faster than with other materials. No allergic reaction (no nickel). Bioplast ® can be sterilized by autoclave. Bioplast ® has a competitive price and comes in 8 fancy colors. Bioplast ® can be combined with SS316L, Titanium, Silver or Gold. Bioplast ® is the best material for initial piercing (also see www.bioplast.com).
Sterling Silver does not require much explantion. We use 925 Sterling silver. Most of our items are rhodium plated, which protects the silver from tarnish and makes it more shiny.
Organisches Material - Organics
Organic body jewellery is made from various natural materials like water buffalo horn, water buffalo bone, different kinds of wood and others. Natural materials are not meant to be worn in unhealed tissue (initial piercings and new stretches). Natural materials are sensitive to changes i heat and humidity. Thus autoclaving, use in saunas or hot display cases (light) is not recommended. Apply oil (jojoba, olive, mineral or Vitamin E oil for example) periodically and prior to use. Natural materials can absorb oils and sweat from the skin and therefore reduce odors.
Medical Grade Pyrex (Borosilicate) is completely non-porous. It is completely hypoallergenic and lead/Barium free. It is an extremely strong glass. It maintains a comfortable temperature in extreme weather conditions and wil not freeze to the ear or crack.
Steve Haworth Silicon
Autoclaving is possible (only Magnet is not possible).
Brass is used for its bright gold-like appearance and is popular in piercings for its tribal look.
Brass Piercings are used by nature tribes all around the world.
We use a brass alloy from copper, zinc and silver, which is free of any toxic elements such as nickel, lead or cadmium. We do not recommend brass for initial piercings as they may cause irritation for some people.
We use Gold 14K (585 Gold) and 18K (750 Gold).
We do not use 9K gold as it is not suitable for body Jewelry because of its low content of gold.
Acrylic comes either in UV reactive (black light) or as glow in the dark. It is not autoclavable and may crack if soaked in disinfectant chemicals like alcohol or similar. It is not suitable for initial piercing.
Cubic Zirconia is currently the most popular substitute to a diamond because to the untrained eye they look identical. Cubic Zirconia or CZ as it is referred to is made from zirconium dioxide a different material than diamonds, which although a different chemical composition comes closer than any other gem to matching the characteristics of a diamond. Natural CZ was first discovered in 1899 but it wasn’t until the late 70’s that man made CZ first came into production for use in jewellery. CZ on first impression looks just like a diamond but under close inspection there are differences, it has a gravity of between 5.6 and 6.0 which means it’s 1.6 times the weight of a diamond. It has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, a refraction index of 2.176 and a dispersive power of 0.060, which means that it’s not as hard as a diamond, it’s slightly less sparkly but displays more prismatic fire which means more colour sparkles within the gem. Another point to note is that natural diamonds display impurities which CZ doesn’t its also clear in colour which most diamonds aren’t, but they can be coloured by adding metal oxides in the production process. Unlike diamonds CZ are good thermal insulators which mean they become warm but can’t withstand the same kind of heat a diamond can, which is one test that is used to distinguish diamonds from CZ. Caring for CZ is important because they are more brittle than diamonds and susceptible to wear and tear such as chipping and scratches over time.