When it comes to body jewelry material, there has been a lot of trends and innovations that have emerged over the years. From silver and gold metals to synthetic materials such as plastics, stainless steel, and titanium, there is a wide variety of options available and each material offers its own advantages for different piercing types.
Silver and gold are both classic choices for those wanting some classically-stylish body piercings but modern piercers are also employing more current options such as titanium, stainless steel, acrylics, and PTFE. Titanium is one of the most popular metals used in body jewelry due to its superior strength compared to other metals.
It is also lightweight and provides excellent corrosion resistance making it an all-around great choice for alloyed materials such as Niobium or niobium-stainless steel combo pieces.
Acrylics have become increasingly popular with contemporary piercers because they offer bright colors that you can not get with metals while still being light enough that won’t weigh down your look or create too much gravity pull on your piercing. Another popular option is PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), which is known as “plastic” but provides similar strength to titanium at nearly half the weight.
For those who seek something completely unique there are organically harvested options like natural Buffalo Horn or semi precious gemstones like crystal quartz. These organic options provide styles you won’t find anywhere else for an eye catching accessory everyone will remember you by.
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Body Jewelry Materials: Steel
Stainless steel body jewelry is the most popular type of material due to its affordability, availability and durability. Not only is stainless steel strong enough to be worn long-term, it doesn’t react with your skin or cause discoloration.
In terms of hygiene, stainless steel is also non-porous, preventing bacteria from seeping into piercings or embedding in open ends. To clean stainless steel body jewelry, simply use a mixture of warm water and mild soap before rinsing and drying thoroughly with a soft cloth post-washing.
Body Jewelry Materials: Titanium
Titanium body jewelry has become increasingly popular among those with sensitive skin or whose piercings may easily irritate. Titanium has an extremely high tensile strength which enables it to be worn for longer periods of time without breaking down or corroding.
Depending on the alloy used for the piece, the color can vary from a silvery-white to more of a grey. To clean titanium body jewelry you must either soak it in a solution such as 70% rubbing alcohol or use an ultrasonic cleaner after removing large pieces from jewelry equipped with hygiene tips – such as barbells and curved barbells – where metal has direct contact with the skin.
Body Jewelry Materials: Gold
Gold is another popular choice due to its beautiful color that makes it ideal for everyday wear but take note that not all gold is created equal; 14k and 18k are generally considered safe for body piercing jewelry since they contain small amounts of other metals such as palladium, silver and zinc.
Alloyed gold runs higher risk for causing adverse reactions when coming into contact with the skin and should therefore be avoided when choosing clothing items such as nipple jewellery (which come in contact directly with skin).
To properly care for gold pieces, wipe them down using a soft cloth lightly dampened with mild soap and warm water – if any harsh chemicals are used you could inadvertently discolor the piece over time so extreme caution should be taken.
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Body jewelry is an important item to many people around the world. It is often used as a symbol of identity, fashion statement, and even for religious reasons. There are many kinds of materials that can be used to create body jewelry including metal, plastic, glass, wood, and gemstones.
- Silver/925 sterling silver
Metal body jewelry is some of the most popular because it’s durable and looks great. Brass tends to be the most inexpensive option while titanium and other metals can cost considerably more. Steel is another popular choice although those with nickel allergies tend to avoid it. Silver and gold options have gained popularity due to their durability and long-lasting shine.
- Acrylic / Lucite
- PVC (vinyl)
- Bioplast / Flexible plastic
Plastic jewelry is typically lightweight and affordable compared to other materials. Acrylic pieces look very similar to glass due to their clear appearance but are much more resistant to breaking or shattering. PVC (vinyl) and bioplast bodies are usually designed with intricate patterns making them ideal for unique fashion statements or religious ceremonies. Although these options may not last as long as metal body jewelry, they can give you a vibrant look at a lower cost than some other materials.
Glass / Crystal / Gems
like Swarovski crystal or Preciosa crystals. such as pearls or semiprecious stones like lapis lazuli. such as dichroic glass beads.
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When seeking body jewelry, it is especially important to consider allergies and skin sensitivities a person may have before making a purchase. For those with severe allergies or extreme sensitivity, some materials may not be suitable and cause illness or fatal reactions. There are primarily three types of materials used in the production of body jewelry: metal, organic, and bioplastics.
Metal jewelry is the standard for those seeking long-lasting pieces. Stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold, brass and bronze are all common metals currently being used as body jewelry.
Copper and nickel are also popular options but can often cause discomfort when in contact with skin due to their ability to irritate certain people’s bodies. For those who don’t want metal but still want something long lasting, there exist other options like glass and silicone molds for a variety of colors along with lightweight acrylics which come in just about any color imaginable.
Organic material body jewelry usually consists of natural elements like wood or bone as well as resin and plastic composites used for vibrant colors. These materials need some form of protective coating on them as they absorb moisture if left unprotected; however this mostly applies to softer woods like pear or cherry which are frequently dyed for an extended range of color choices before being sealed off from further moisture degradation.
Lastly, bioplastics use medical-grade polymers that dissolve harmlessly inside the body over a period of time. Cotton string such as macrame works great with these too because they allow air to pass through freely yet provide enough strength for long-term wear without showing signs of age or breaking off easily when exposed to different conditions like water poolside at the beach or intense sweat gathered while exercising during hot days.
All these materials give readers plenty of options when looking into purchasing body jewelry suited specifically for them depending on any allergies or skin sensitivities they may have upon wearing such pieces ensuring that they enjoy their new piece without any risks along the way.
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Body jewelry can be constructed from a variety of materials including precious metals such as gold and silver, glass, plastic, woods like ebony or rosewood, gemstones, pearls and titanium. Each material has its own benefit and drawbacks in terms of comfort level, how easy it is to keep clean, potential allergies, the cost point – and of course appearance.
Gold is often seen as the most luxurious option for body jewelry given its classic beauty and timeless nature. This option is most ideal for people that are looking for something long lasting that won’t tarnish or fade with time.
It’s also possible to buy gold plated pieces if you want something with a similar look that comes at a more budget-friendly price. Most gold body jewelry options start at around $50 for the lower end of the spectrum depending on the size and quality of the piece you purchase.
Titanium body jewelry is another well-known material choice given its durability and strength. Unlike some of the other choice above, it’s very tough so won’t bend out of shape or corrode easily – making it ideal for those who want something that doesn’t require maintenance over time such as cleaning and polishing. Titanium prices usually start around $30 which makes it an affordable option too.
Glass is a great choice if you’re looking for an eye-catching statement piece; there’s a huge range available that contains different shapes, colors, sizes ad textures making it a perfect addition to any outfit Type. Glass pieces tend to range from around $10 upwards depending on where you source them from – so this could be an ideal budget friendly choice if you want something really unique.
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