How to Clean Your Jewelry Depending on the Material

clean jewelry You sure want to keep your body jewelry shiny and in a perfect shape. To achieve this, it’s important to take a good care of it and to clean it regularly. The type of appropriate care and cleaning instructions will depend on the material.

Different materials (surgical steel, titanium, gold, organic materials, etc.) require different care and cleaning instructions you should follow.

Surgical Steel

Surgical Steel is a high-quality steel that’s safe for body use. Unlike stainless steel, it doesn’t cause allergies and other problems. It should be noted that some people can wear stainless steel jewelry without a problem, so you shouldn’t completely forget about stainless steel if you don’t have allergies. However, surgical steel is a superior material and it’s much safer for body use.

This is why it’s strongly advisable to purchase body jewelry and sex toys made of surgical steel. Chances are that you have at least several jewelry pieces made of this material. Another advantage to this material is that it can easily be cleaned and maintained.

To keep your surgical steel jewelry in a perfect shape, all you need to do is to wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to leave your jewelry to fully dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it for later use.

Titanium

Titanium is a premium material and it’s ideal for body jewelry. It is completely body safe so it’s great for people for allergies. Another great advantage to titanium is that it’s lightweight. On average, steel jewelry is twice as heavy as titanium jewelry. This is very important for larger jewelry pieces or jewelry worn in stretched piercings (the so-called “gauges”). Plus, titanium comes in many different colors (there are even multi-colored pieces), so it’s very fun to wear. It’s true that it costs a bit more than steel jewelry but it’s worth it.

To keep your titanium jewelry in perfect shape, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and a warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Make sure not to use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry – it can damage it.

One word of warning: colored titanium jewelry may fade after a while, especially if used for oral piercings. This is not dangerous and it will not damage your jewelry or hurt you in any way.

Gold

Gold jewelry is beautiful, elegant and classy. However, keep in mind that 14k gold is the most appropriate for body jewelry. Also, certain gold types contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions. This is why it’s advisable to only use body jewelry made of nickel-free gold.

To take care of your gold jewelry, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. It’s important to only use mild soap. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals on your gold jewelry. Gold jewelry can appear worn out after a while so gently buff it to make it regain its original shine.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is beautiful, but it should never be worn in new piercings. It’s also important to wear silver jewelry only if you’re not allergic to it.

To clean body jewelry made of sterling silver, use antibacterial soap with warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or harsh chemicals on your silver jewelry. Keep in mind that silver can tarnish over time (turn brown). To give it back its former shine, lightly buff it and it will be as good as new.

Acrylic

Acrylic jewelry is great because it’s very lightweight. Another advantage is that you can wear it in situations where metal jewelry is not recommended. The downside is that it can be used only for healed piercings (this goes for stretched piercings, too – never use it for newly stretched piercings). Also, acrylic jewelry is not the best material for oral piercings.

To take care of your acrylic jewelry, gently wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Never clean your acrylic jewelry with alcohol or other harsh chemicals.

When handling acrylic jewelry, you have to be careful. This is a gentle material that can easily break if it’s handled harshly. Also, it can warp on high temperatures so never leave it in direct sunlight.

Silicone

Silicone is body safe and lightweight, so it makes a good body jewelry material, especially for situations where wearing metal jewelry is not recommended.

To clean your silicone jewelry, make sure to use mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals because they can damage silicone material and ruin your jewelry.

Niobium

Niobium is a beautiful metal that’s completely body safe. While it’s a bit heavier than steel it’s a good alternative because it doesn’t cause allergies. Another advantage to niobium is that it can be colored, so there are many different colors available for your body jewelry.

To clean your niobium jewelry, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it.

PVD Coated Jewelry

PVD coated steel or titanium jewelry requires a bit of extra care. It’s important to keep the PVD coating intact, so it’s important never to use any harsh chemicals (such as alcohol) on the PVD coated jewelry. Stick to antibacterial soap and warm jewelry. It’s important to take care of your jewelry to prevent PVD coating from chipping.

Organic Jewelry

Cleaning organic jewelry will depend on the material (wood, stone, horn, glass, etc.) Keep in mind that this jewelry is made only for healed piercings. Organic jewelry is sensitive to extreme conditions (sun, warmth, water, etc.) so it’s best to store it in dark and cool place.

Wood: To keep your wood jewelry in a great condition, make sure to oil it with natural plant oil about once per week. Never get your wood jewelry wet for a long period of time. It’s best to remove it before swimming or showering. It’s also advisable to sand your wood jewelry with sandpaper and polish it afterwards (it’s best to polish your jewelry with a soft cloth).

Stone: Stone is best cleaned using a warm water and a bit of mild soap. Make sure to dry it before use or storing. Stone jewelry can break if you drop it, so make sure to handle it with care.

Buffalo horn and bone: It’s important to clean the jewelry before use. Clean it quickly with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry it straight away. To make your jewelry last for longer, lightly oil it with coconut oil about once per week – it will prevent cracking. Polish your jewelry from time to time with a soft cloth to keep it in a great condition. It’s also recommended to take horn and bone jewelry out before swimming or showering. You should not get it wet!

Glass: Glass jewelry can be cleaned with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to let it dry before use or storing. Glass jewelry can break if you drop it so handle it with care.

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.

Eco Friendly Body Jewelry Hits the Fashion Scene Hard!

Parquet Wood Ear Plugs

Organics are all the rage, and body jewelry has been and is going even more organic and eco friendly! With more and more designers turning to organic jewelry, the trend is fast catching on and has taken the world, fashion ramps and runways by a definite storm. These jewelry pieces are beautiful, low maintenance, cost effective and a sure-shot fashion statement! Continue reading

Wood Jewelry – Back to the Basics

And now for our next post, we would return to the basics and talk a bit about wooden jewelry. Wood has been used as a material for jewelry since times immemorial. But lately, metals had kind of displaced it. This season, with the coming back of organic jewelry, wood body jewelry has come back with a bang!

Wood is one of the most versatile materials available. This ensures that wood jewelry is everything you want your jewelry piece to be, and more! Continue reading

Latest Trends in Body Piercing

Body Piercing is a fascinating form of Body art and there is hardly any young individual who is not drawn in by its exclusive air and charisma. Body Piercing definitely lends one’s personality the X-factor and an edge over others. Body Piercing means different things in different cultures. Sometimes, it signifies marriage and in other times it represents death of a near and dear one. However, apart from these representations, body piercing symbolizes coolness and attitude, simultaneously adding a distinct character to the person.

The field of Body Piercing is full of innovations and involves greater inventiveness in the arena of body jewelry design. People indulging in body piercing have definitely become more and more experimenting and Continue reading

Star Stopping Eardrops – Definite Show Stoppers!

Organic body jewelry is one of The Chain Gang’s specialties. Therefore, we keep adding new, designer jewelry to an already extensive collection. This is to ensure that our customers get the very latest in Organic body jewelry and we live up to our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee!

From our range of Organic body jewelry, we bring you Star Stopping Eardrops – the very latest in fashion and definite head turners. These pieces sure refute the myth that Organic jewelry cannot be fashionable. The Star Stopping Eardrops are made from Genuine Buffalo Horn and all are hand-carved with utmost precision. We must mention here that no animals were hurt or killed for the purpose of making these pieces. Cool and perfect for flaunting piercings, the Star Stopping Eardrops are made for 14 gauge piercings only. Continue reading

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

Double Helix Spiral

Double Helix Spiral

When you think about Ear Piercing what is the first thing that comes to mind. To me it use to be a diamond stud or two. Now you can have you whole ear practically pierced.

There are plenty of places on the ear to pierce that you may not even realize such as the Lobe, the Conch, the Tragus, the Diath, and the Helix. It is recommended to use a Larger Gauge of Jewelry in any cartilage piercings to make the healing more comfortable and less problematic.

The most common Jewelry for the ear piercings are Captive Rings, Circular Barbells, Ear Plugs, Flesh Tunnels & Earlets, Segment and Seamless Rings. I have had my cartilage pierced and to be honest I actually use the Nosebones in mine. They work great for that, for several reasons. They are light, and usually cheaper. Also unlike the standard backs they don’t stick me in the side of my head while I sleep. Also they don’t catch my hair, and have my hair wrap around the post, which can easily cause in infection. So be creative, the choices are only limited by your imagination.

I will not lie the cartilage piercings usually do hurt a little, but not a big deal. And just as with all piercings or tattoos, a few days of pain can equal a lifetime of pleasure and beauty. With all the Jewelry possibilities you have, whether it be in 14K Gold, Titanium, Surgical Steel, or Glass, how can you refuse.