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Titanium

Good for use in new piercings and healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Titanium

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Be extra careful when cleaning jewelry with gemstones.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Threadless, Ends, Plugs, Tunnels

About Titanium

Titanium has become the number one go to for piercing jewelry because of its low cost, strength, abundance, corrosion resistance and its hypoallergenic properties.  The jewelry industry primarily uses Grade 23 Ti-6Al-4V-ELI which contains no nickel or cobalt keeping this alloy hypoallergenic.  This means the alloy contains 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. However, not all titanium jewelry is created equal.  Implant grade titanium should follow the ASTM F136 standard (ASTM is the acronym for American Society for Testing Materials).  This is the process and testing standard designed for dental and orthopedic implants.  Most American jewelry manufacturers follow the ASTM specification.  Jewelry made outside the U.S. is Grade 23, but we often can’t verify the ASTM rating.  Piercing purists will argue that we should only use ASTM F136 Grade 23 titanium.  However, the extra added regulatory cost makes this standard much more expensive to produce adding to the cost of the jewelry.  Piercing applications do not undergo the same stresses associated with orthopedic implant and, for the most part, Grade 23 titanium is going to be good for piercing applications.  Tribal Rites carries titanium jewelry from an array of manufacturers.  If you desire the best titanium buy jewelry from our American manufacturers.  If you find you are comfortable with just knowing that all our titanium is high quality Grade 23 jewelry, please feel free to open yourself to our entire catalog.

Titanium can also be anodized to a wide variety of colors. Let us know if you would like us to anodize any of your titanium purchases.

Stainless Steel

Good for use in new piercings and healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Stainless Steel

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Be extra careful when cleaning jewelry with gemstones.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Threadless, Ends, Plugs, Tunnels

About Stainless Steel

The alloy steel is an iron based alloy with chromium and carbon giving it its corrosion based resistance.  There are many types of stainless steel.  Almost all piercing jewelry is made from the 316L standard which adds nickel and molybdenum to the alloy to add strength and corrosion resistance.  The L stands for low carbon.  Implant grade stainless steel follows the ASTM F138 standard which specifies the process and the percentages of each element that must be followed for 316L stainless steel to be implant grade.  All stainless steel products in Tribal Rites catalog follow the ASTM F138 standard.  You will find rings and some nostril screws in stainless steel.  This is because steel can be annealed making it softer and more easily bent or manipulated.  Since all stainless steel has some nickel people with known nickel allergies should avoid stainless steel jewelry.

Niobium

Good for use in new piercings and healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Niobium

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.

Jewelry Types

Rings

About Niobium

Niobium is a less common cousin to titanium.  It is hypoallergenic like titanium and can be anodized as well.  It is the only body jewelry material that can be anodized black.  While we do not stock niobium, we can order niobium captive and seem rings.

Glass

Good for use in healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Glass

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.  Long term wear can cause the glass to pit or scuff.

Jewelry Types

Plugs, Tunnels, Special Forms

About Glass

For the most part, glass is a durable mostly inert product that has high bio-compatibility and can be used safely in healed piercings.  Almost all body jewelry is made from borosilicate glass, but you can find some soda lime glass as well.   Some glass can leach materials and overtime it may become pitted or scuffed with lots of wear or washing.  Glass can come in many colors, shapes, and sizes making it an ideal choice for people looking to add a splash of color to their jewelry collection.

Silicone

Good for use in healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Silicone

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Pool chemicals may discolor silicone.  Some of the thinner silicone pieces should be handled with care as they could tear.

Jewelry Types

Plugs, Tunnels, Retainers, Flesh Plugs

About Silicone

Silicone is flexible durable substance known to be very bio-compatible.  It is soft and flexible is very comfortable to wear and easy to insert.  Silicone is a synthetic polymer that has been used in the medical field as implants.  You will also find it in shampoo, shaving creams, and personal lubricants.  It is impact resistant, and because it is flexible you are protected from impacts to your piercing as well.

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition)

Good for use in healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for PVD

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Be extra careful when cleaning jewelry with gemstones.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.  PVD is a plating process and, eventually, you may see some chipping or wear of the top surface.  This is exacerbated in oral piercings.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Ends

About PVD Jewelry

PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition.  It’s a fancy name for describing a coating process for titanium or steel that places a titanium compound on the surface of the jewelry.  If you see a piece of jewelry with a shiny black finish its most likely a PVD coating.  All our black shiny jewelry is PVD coated.  These coatings are highly bio compatible and they hold up very well in piercings.  However, not all coating processes are equal, and each manufacturer has their own proprietary process.  We do buy our black jewelry from one of the best European manufacturers.  Wildcat jewelry has been manufacturing PVD jewelry for many years, and we trust their process.  We only buy their titanium blackline jewelry which means the jewelry underneath the coating is titanium.   However, because this coating is subject to wear and chipping, we feel that this jewelry is not for fresh or healing piercings.   Wear it confidently in your healed piercing.

Gold

Good for use in new piercings and healed piercings.  Can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Care for Gold

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  You may soak the jewelry for a few minutes as well. Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Be extra careful when cleaning jewelry with gemstones.  Store jewelry separately to avoid scratches.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Threadless, Ends

About Gold

Gold is great choice for piercings.  Gold jewelry is made of an alloy containing gold and then a mixture of other metals such as zinc, nickel, copper, and sometimes a rhodium plating.  People with allergies to some of these metals want to be aware of this when choosing gold for their piercing.  We only suggest 14k or 18k gold for piercings (58.3% and 75% gold respectively).  Lower karat gold jewelry is not good for piercing and cause reactions and may tarnish.  Higher karat gold is too soft and may malform too easily.  Stay away from rolled, filled, or plated gold jewelry as well.   Buy gold from Tribal Rites Pro body jewelry with confidence.  We sell only high quality gold from trusted jewelry manufacturers.

Acrylic

Good for use in healed piercings.  CANNOT be sterilized in an autoclave. Should not be used for stretching.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Threadless, Ends

Care for Acrylic

Wash in warm water with mild soap.  Do not use alcohol or harsh cleansers.  Rinse and carefully pat dry with a cloth.  Do not leave in direct sunlight or expose to high heat as it can warp and discolor.  It is more fragile than metal and can crack or fracture if not handled properly.

Jewelry Types

Rings, Barbells, Circular Barbells, Threaded, Ends, Plugs, Tunnels

About Acrylic

Acrylic is a hard non-porous plastic.  It comes in a variety of colors and can be formed into many shapes.  Acrylic is light weight and great for healed piercings.  We find the surface to be sticky, and therefore washing the jewelry frequently is suggested.  Be careful with threaded ends as threading them down too hard can strip the threads.  Acrylic can be a great alternative when used and cared for properly.

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