When it comes to body jewelry, material is important. In fact, it’s probably one of the most important things you need to think about. Quality, body-safe materials are crucial because they will make your experience positive. Bad materials can cause various problems, from allergic reactions to infections, so they are best to be avoided.
Most people know about the popular body-safe materials: titanium, surgical steel and gold. These materials are often used to make all types of body jewelry, from barbells and captive bead rings to other types of jewelry.
Silver, on the other hand, doesn’t appear often on those lists. This is a bit strange: after all, silver is a precious (noble) metal and it’s very beautiful. While it’s not as popular or valued as gold, many people love it and want to wear body jewelry made of it.
So, is silver safe to wear?
In short: yes. Silver is a safe metal for body jewelry. This statement comes with a few conditions, though, so make sure you are familiar with them. Read them through before you decide to wear body jewelry made of silver. Most people can wear silver jewelry without a problem but some consideration should be made to ensure the best experience without any negative body reactions.
Generally speaking, silver is a good material to use because it’s precious and jewelry made of it is typically well-crafted. It’s better to use silver jewelry than many cheap types of jewelry made of questionable materials. This jewelry is also more durable than jewelry made of many other types of materials.
Silver, however, may also be the source of an allergy. First of all, there are people allergic to silver. If you are one of those people then silver body jewelry is not for you. Since silver is a common material for jewelry chances are that you know whether you are allergic to it or not.
The other problem associated with some types of silver jewelry is nickel allergy. Some silver alloys contain a certain nickel content so this type of jewelry can sometimes cause an allergy. This is why you should know if you are allergic to nickel (and how your body reacts to it).
Other than this problem, jewelry made of silver, particularly Sterling Silver, is very beautiful and safe to use. However, before you purchase a silver jewelry, make sure that you are not allergic to silver or nickel.
One more thing you can do is to use combined jewelry made of silver and another body safe material such as surgical steel or titanium. This type of jewelry will have parts that go inside your body made of surgical steel, titanium or gold, while the silver part will be the one that’s not touching your skin directly. This is a good, safe choice for those who want to wear silver body jewelry.
Final word of warning: silver is not suitable for new piercings (or damaged piercings) because blood and other bodily fluids will make it oxidize. This will not only turn the jewelry black but it will also release silver salts, which can cause allergies or discoloration of the skin around the piercing.