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Body Jewellery Information

Most of our body jewellery is made from 316L Surgical Steel.  Stainless steels are primarily used when corrosion or oxidation is a problem.

Titanium Any of our products described as titanium are Ti-6AL4V-ELi ASTM F-136(Grade 23) *IMPLANT GRADE*.  This is great for people with metal allergies.

Bio-flex is a manmade bio-compatible material that is autoclavable (can be sterilized for piercing).  It can be cut to any length, is self threading and is totally flexible.  It has been proven to accelerate the healing process in a new piercing and does not cause any allergic reactions.

Organics are naturally occurring materials, such as bone, horn, stone, and wood.  Our bone and horn products are made from water buffalo in Indonesia.

 Sterling Silver some of the nose studs and hoops are 925 sterling silver.

 

All piercings are measured by “GAUGE”.  The gauge is the thickness of the post.  The bigger the number, the thinner the post.  Larger gauge piercings are measured in inches e.g.: 1/2”   ¾”


 

 

Gauge

Usual Length

Belly Rings

Always 14g

10mm (many piercers use 11mm or 12mm long for initial piercing)

Monroe (above lip)

Almost Always 16g

6 or 8mm

Labret (below lip)

Can be 14g or 16g (almost all girls have 16g, and guys can have 14g or 16g, but 16g is much more common)

8mm is standard, but some people will want shorter (6mm) or longer (10mm)

Eyebrow

Can be 14g or 16g (most people have 16g, so if that is all you have in stock, you are probably ok)

8mm is standard, but some people will want shorter (6mm) or longer (10mm

Cartilage Usually 16g or 18g Depend on where the piercing is.  Many are short – 6mm.

Nipple

Usually 14g

12mm or 14mm

Tongue

Always 14g

16mm (most piercers will use 19mm for initial piercing)

Industrial

Always 14g

32mm, 35mm, 38mm, depending on the angle of the piercing

 

 

CBR – Captive Bead Ring – the ball has 2 dimples which fit into a ring and is held together by pressure.  It can be 18, 16, 14 gauge or even larger.  The ball can be a variety of diameters as well.  The 14 and 16 gauge CBRs are very versatile, they can be used for earrings, lip rings, eyebrow rings, nipple rings, etc.

 

 

Stretchers or Expanders – Used for stretching ears.  Measure the largest part of the stretcher to determine the gauge. 

 

Tunnels/Plugs – Used after stretching piercings.  Measure the smallest part to determine the gauge.  They can be flared, have O-rings, or one end will screw off.

 

 

Nose Rings – there are 3 basic types, and everybody likes a different type.

 

Corkscrew – this is what the piercers use for fresh piercings.  They are difficult to put in, but almost never fall out.

 

Nose Bones – They kind of hurt to put in, because you have to pass the little ball on the end through the hole in your nose. (it might make your eyes water for 30 seconds)  They are nice because once you get it in, you don’t have anything hanging out of the bottom of your nostril.

 

L-shape – probably the easiest to put in.  The bend in the L can be moved closer or farther from the gem, depending on the thickness of the nostril.  They are easily adjusted for a snug fit.

 

Some of the nose rings have the stone glued in, and some of them have the stone held in with 4 little claws.  The glued stones do fall out, but some people like them because they sit a little flatter against the nose.  The stones with the claws will last much longer.