Organic Jewelry Care Tips

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Organic body jewelry is beautiful and unique. Made of natural, raw materials, these jewelry pieces are very attractive. Most of the organic body jewelry designs are made for ear piercings, particularly stretched piercings. However, that’s not all. Some organic jewelry pieces are specially made for other types of piercing or other body parts (for example, nose piercings).

To make the most of your organic jewelry, you need to know how to take a good care of them. Remember, these are organic, natural materials, so they require a bit different care routine than your metal jewelry in order to make them shine and last for long.

The first thing you need to know before using organic jewelry is that there are many different materials you can use. Unlike metal jewelry, these can’t be sanitized, so you need to take a good care of them. Also, it’s important to buy your organic jewelry from reputable stores. Not all types of wood and other organic materials are body-safe. To ensure your safety, it’s important to buy only quality, well-crafted jewelry sold in reputable stores.

Care Tips

Here are some quick tips on how to care for your organic body jewelry:

  • Know the materials. With organic jewelry, the exact material is very important, because it usually dictates the care needed. Is your jewelry made of wood? Glass, stone? These materials require different care routines, so you need to know what to use.
  • Organic jewelry should not be put under extreme conditions (sun, light, heat, cold, etc.)
  • Don’t wash your organic jewelry with strong cleaners. Even a regular soap is too harsh (you may use mild and anti-bacterial soap).
  • Bone and horn are good materials for allowing your skin to breathe. Another advantage is that it doesn’t get cold. However, it can easily dry out, which may cause cracks.
  • Never soak your organic jewelry in water for too long. Make sure you dry it out properly before you wear it again.
  • Polish your jewelry with vegetable oils to make them shine.
  • Make sure to always keep your jewelry clean. Organic jewelry can’t be sanitized, so it’s important not to put it on dirty surfaces.
  • Some jewelry made of wood should be sanded regularly.
  • Organic jewelry is best to be used for fully healed piercings only. Never use it for new piercings or as initial piercing jewelry.
  • Store your organic jewelry in a cool, dry place.

Organic Materials for Flesh Tunnels and Ear Plugs

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Flesh tunnels and ear plugs are a popular type of jewelry made for stretched piercings. They are most commonly used for stretched earlobes. This jewelry is made in large gauges to accommodate stretched piercings. The best thing about ear plugs and flesh tunnels is the effect they make: they leave the holes open while surrounding them.
Flesh tunnels, just like ear plugs, are made in many different materials. Sometimes, these materials are usual body jewelry metals, such as titanium, surgical steel or 14k gold. However, flesh tunnels and ear plugs are often made of various organic materials. This can give them very special, “earthy” style and it looks very effective. Many different materials, textures and colors add a special touch to your ear tunnels.

Popular Materials

Here is a list of the most common organic materials used for flesh tunnels:

Glass. There are many different types of glass used for this type of jewelry. Usually, the glass used is hard and smooth, so the jewelry rests comfortable inside the stretched ear piercing. Glass is a good material for jewelry because it’s non-toxic. It’s also bio-compatible and eco-friendly, so those are sure advantages of glass jewelry. However, glass should not be used for new piercings or during the stretching process. Another thing to keep in mind is that glass is generally very heavy, so it will cause some strain on your piercing or even involuntarily stretching.

Wood. Jewelry made of wood has a very natural, earthy appearance and can be worn in many different situations. Natural wood has beautiful patterns so each piece of jewelry is unique. It’s important to choose jewelry made of body safe wood since some types of wood are toxic. One good thing about wood jewelry is that it’s very lightweight. This is often an issue with other organic materials, so wood jewelry can be worn without any discomfort.

Horn and Bone. Another organic material and widely used for jewelry such as ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets or tusks. Organic horn and bone has unique patterns so each piece of jewelry is unique. One possible concern is ethnical, because this material is taken from animals. The Chain Gang uses jewelry made from genuine water buffalo horn, but no animal life is taken to acquire the horn and no suffering is involved in the acquisition of the horn.

Stone. Stone is beautiful and provides a wide range of patterns and colors. Amber jewelry is particularly popular for ear plugs. There are many different types of amber, but the most popular (and beautiful) are honey and green amber. Other popular choice for jewelry is obsidian. Stone jewelry is beautiful but it has the same problem as the glass jewelry: it can be very heavy so it’s best to be worn for short periods of time.

When it comes to organic jewelry, it’s important to choose jewelry made of body safe materials. Keep in mind that certain materials may be suitable only for short-term wear. It’s important to choose a reliable jewelry store so you know all of the jewelry is made of quality, body safe organic materials.

Bone Paku Pin(s)

 

Bone Paku Pin

20 Different Designs check out the larger photo. This is a really great piece that is made from genuine bone. Popular for ear piercings and even nipple piercings. It is held in with a slight tapered 14 gauge pin, so no need for o-rings. It comes in one color. This piece has a tribal look that is really nice and available in a ton of different designs, just look at the larger photo.

Why should you opt for Nickel-Free Body Jewelry?

Nickel is a metal that is commonly used and found in eyeglass frames, watches, utensils, paper clips and most importantly in jewelry. Nickel is also one of the most common allergen, i.e many people are allergic to nickel and their bodies react towards the metal, severely. Many people are highly sensitive to Nickel and are in grave danger when exposure to nickel is prolonged. This is a very common problem. Since body piercing involves insertion of jewelry into the body, it is very important that the body jewelry one chooses is absolutely nickel free.

Nickel allergies in body take place mainly due to the contact of wet skin with metal. Water or sweat can break the chemical bonds between nickel ions and cause them to immerse into the body, thereby inducing Continue reading

Is Organic Body Jewelry the latest Fad?

The tradition of adorning body with beautiful jewelry came into practice during the time of early civilizations. They carved attractive shapes out of organic material such as wood, animal bones, ivory, horns, stones, jade, etc. Therefore, in a way organic body jewelry is a predecessor of metal and surgical steel body piercing jewelry. However, today it is gold, titanium and surgical steel that has gradually become the dominant material for producing body jewelry. So much so, that organic body jewelry is more or less viewed as a symbol of obscure tribal sensibility. Continue reading