There are many different body jewelry stores and manufacturers. Since piercings are getting more and more popular and socially acceptable, it’s not surprising the jewelry industry is on the rise. On one hand, this is a good thing, since customers have a wider choice of jewelry and don’t have to restrict themselves to one or two jewelry types.
On the other hand, it is a disadvantage, because there’s so much bad jewelry around. You can find body jewelry about anywhere these days, including places such as mall kiosks or gas stations. Needless to say, this cheap jewelry is poorly made and not safe to wear.
With so many body jewelry outlets around, it’s important to know how to tell a quality jewelry piece from a bad one. It’s important to get the best jewelry you can find, and there are some quality standards that should not be overlooked. That being said, you don’t necessarily need to pay a fortune for quality jewelry. It’s vital that you know how to tell the good, quality jewelry from the bad one.
Here are some of the characteristics of quality body jewelry:
- It is made of safe materials. Body jewelry should be made only using body-friendly materials. There are specifications on which materials are medical grade and safe to use: 316l or 316LVM Surgical Steel, implant-grade titanium, niobium or solid nickel-free gold. Some non-metallic materials are also safe to wear, such as bioplast or organic materials (wood, glass, bone and horn or stone). However, not all of these materials are safe to be worn in new (fresh) piercings, so you need to be careful about that. Also, keep in mind that organic materials may be often suitable only for short-term wear (less than 24 hours).
- It uses internal threading. Internally threaded jewelry is the best standard, since it doesn’t harm the tissue, and it’s absolutely mandatory for new piercings. How to tell a difference between internal and external threading? Look at the post of the jewelry and the ball. If the post is hollow (and the ball has a screw-thread), it is internally threaded. If the post is threaded and the ball is hollow, it’s externally threaded. You should avoid externally threaded jewelry since it can cause damage. Also, most cheap, poorly made jewelry is externally threaded so it’s one of the warning signs.
- Good polish. Quality jewelry has a high polish. It’s polished to a mirror smooth finish. It’s more than the aesthetics: your jewelry has to be perfectly smooth in order not to hurt your body. The only non-smooth parts of the jewelry should be decorations, and these should never go directly through the piercing hole.
- Go for nickel-free jewelry. Nickel can cause a serious nickel allergy, so you should avoid jewelry with high nickel content. Even better, it’s best to stick to nickel-free body jewelry. This is mandatory for new piercings.
- Gems are not glued. One of the clearest signs of cheap, poorly made jewelry are glued gems. These gems are likely to fall off. Quality jewelry has special metal settings to hold gems into place. There are several different types of these settings (such as bezel or prong settings). It’s important that the gems are set and not simply glued to the metal.
- Quality jewelry is not dirt cheap. While you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune for a body-friendly jewelry piece, it’s important to know that quality materials and craftsmanship cost money. Therefore, a jewelry piece cannot be dirt cheap. Stay away from jewelry that’s too cheap in order to avoid trouble.