Nickel holding steels are banned in the EU for primary piercing insertables, so it’s good to know that all our steel jewellery is made from approved materials. We use Composition D Implantation Steel and 316L / 316LVM surgical Steel. A lot of our steel body jewellery is electropolished, which gives it an ultra-smooth surface with minimal imperfections and barely any crevices. We choose the best quality materials for the job.
Grade 5 Titanium
Titanium is perfect for body piercing jewellery because of its total resistance to attack by body fluids, with no allergic reactions, skin irritations or discoloration of any sort. Polished Grade 5 Titanium is an alloy containing 6% aluminium and 4% vanadium. The material has excellent hypoallergenic properties, meaning it is virtually allergy free. This makes it ideal for body jewellery, safe as well as tough and beautiful. Therefore it is excellent for those with sensitive skin as well as weighing two times less than stainless steel, for more comfortable piercings.
The human body tolerates acrylics exceptionally well. Acrylic is versatile, lightweight and comes in a fantastic variety of colours. It is ideal for short-term wear but not for longer term piercings because alcohol-based cleaners degrade it and it can shatter when under pressure. UV reflective and black light reactive acrylic jewellery is safe because it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. We bring both materials into play creatively and responsibly, using special formula non-toxic acrylic that’s also used in surgical applications, all EU-approved and legal for safe body piercing use.
Polymer Medical Flexible Plastic, AKA PMFK, doesn’t cause allergies so is perfect for body jewellery. Also known as bioplast, it is an exceptionally lightweight and smooth plastic. Because it is colourless, it is popular with piercing fans who need to hide their piercings, for work or for sport. Because it is flexible and comfortable, invisible or clear body jewellery is especially popular with athletes. It is also used when people want to give their piercings a rest, the perfect way to protect the skin.
925 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The copper is added to give the soft, pure metal the strength it needs to be used for jewellery. The copper also reduces tarnishing, making it an excellent material for body jewellery. Sterling silver is recommended for well-established earlobe piercings and short-term wear. The tarnish it commonly generates through contact with the skin and the air, ie. oxidisation, makes it unsuitable for long term body piercing wear, but sterling silver is a wonderful material for non-pierced jewellery of all kinds.
Austrian crystal, AKA rhinestone, is man-made, involving the creative cutting of hand-blown glass with a 32% lead content. It can also be made from rock crystal or acrylic. The best quality lead glass Austrian crystal is machine cut for precision then polished to an incredibly bright shine, and the most famous manufacturer is Swarovski. In body jewellery, many crystal items are given a tough, invisible epoxy coating to keep the gems safe and retain their sparkle.
A completely natural material, leather is commonly used for pendant cords, necklaces and bracelets. It’s great for threading beads, durable and strong as well as good-looking. It can be dyed safely in any colour, and strands of it can be plaited and woven to create extra strength. There is even a very special fish leather, soft and luxurious. We use the finest jewellery-grade leather cord to create stunning, unique pieces that are perfectly safe to wear.
Crystal glass jewellery is often made from Pyrex, Kimax or borosilicate glass, which are specially tempered to make them suitably safe for body jewellery. There are medical-grade, non-porous and lead-free versions too. In jewellery that uses colourful Millicane or Dichroic glass, the colours are sometimes created using metal alloys and other unsafe materials. The best quality jewellery made with these materials is protected by a layer of Pyrex or Kimax glass to keep your skin safe. We only use the best quality crystal glass in our jewellery collection.
Fresh water pearls
Natural freshwater pearls occur in mussel shells, forming around impurities which irritate the creature, encouraging it to secrete pearl to cover it up. They are imperfect by nature, natural-looking with grooves, pits, dents, lumps and natural growth lines called love lines. Freshwater pearls come in all sorts of lovely colours, depending on the chemical composition of the water the animals live in, including white, cream, pink, red, copper, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue and yellow, and they traditionally symbolise purity, peace and protection.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. The proportions of each metal vary to create a range of different types of brass, each with different properties. Rich low brass, also called Tombac, contains 15% zinc and is often used for jewellery. Brass containing 75% copper and 25% zinc is a beautiful yellow colour, often used as imitation gold. A jewellery industry standard for more than 100 years, brass doesn’t rust and is commonly used for decorative stamps and jewellery findings.