Body Jewellery Types

Body Jewellery Materials:

There is a plethora of different materials that body jewellery is made from and available from a wide range of sources. Choosing the material of your body jewellery will not only impact the aesthetic look of your body piercing but the material the jewellery is made from can play a massive part of your body piercings healing and result.

Over the last 25 years Punktured has worked extensively with numerous types of materials and collaborated with numerous industry leaders and various manufacturers, the following information is based off our vast array of experience gathered from performing over 1 million piercings in our 25-year history!

316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel:

Referred to by many as the “industry standard” used extensively by the professional body piercing industry for decades. Its title is not just a clever name it is an accurate representation of the quality of this material, 316LSSS is silver in color but does not actually contain any silver and is “surgical grade”. That’s right, this is the same material used to make pins/screws and alike involved in numerous surgeries making it an excellent choice for initial piercings and change over jewellery. Whilst its natural color is a silver appearance, surgical steel is available in black, gold and rose gold finishes via a process called PVD coating, this is a surgical grade powder coat.

G23 Titanium:

Fast becoming the “new standard” for body piercing G23 Titanium is a high-quality material that is “implant grade”. Titanium is available is a variety of colours varying from high polished silver to bright and bold colours like, blue, green and purple. Titanium is roughly 40 % lighter than Surgical steel and has zero nickel content making it a very hypoallergenic option. Due its makeup and light weight Titanium is a brilliant option for smooth healing and long-term comfort and can be used for initial piercing and change over jewellery.

925 Sterling silver:

One of the most common materials in jewellery manufacture and most readily available fashion jewellery is silver in color and made from sterling silver as its relatively inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Some body jewellery such as nostrils studs and ornate plugs/tunnels are made from sterling silver due to its malleable nature, the most common example found of sterling silver jewellry is sleepers commonly worn in ear lobe piercings. As silver itself is quite soft its is alloyed with other materials such as nickel, aluminum, copper and sometimes even pewter to make it strong enough to be worn as jewellery, these additives are often where some people can experience allergies. Sterling silver jewellery can be worn in well healed piercing but should not be used for initial body piercing as its malleable nature makes it inappropriate for effective sterilisation and therefore should not used for initial piercing.   

9-24 Carat gold:

Another of the most common materials seen in fashion jewellery manufacturing, due to its high value there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding gold and its use in body piercings. Similar to silver, pure gold is quite soft and is alloyed with other materials to make it suitable for manufacture. This is where the term “carat” stems from, the higher the “carat” the more actual gold the jewelry contains. For example 9 carat gold contains the least amount of actual gold whereas 24 carat gold is deemed “pure gold”. Gold is widely acknowledged as one of the most common jewellery that clients experience allergic reactions to due to the materials it is alloyed with and its malleable nature. For these reasons gold should not  be used for initial piercings and should only be worn in well healed piercings (minimum 8-12 months)