MATERIALS

Bioplast®

Bioplast® is a trademarked medical grade plastic. It was created in 1998 in Austria and is still produced in Tyrol. It was formerly sold under the name of PMFK until in 2003 the name Bioplast® was trademarked by Steel and Silver.

Bioplast® is a Biocompatible Polymer, flexible and can be cut to any length and threaded by any metal ball closure. Combined it with SS316L or Titanium!

Bioplast® adjusts to the body temperature and not to the outside air temperature, like metals. Therefore, people getting pierced with Bioplast®, are less likely to have swellings and infections. The healing process is faster than with any other materials and there are no allergic reactions (no nickel)

Bioplast® can be sterilized by autoclave and is not visible in X-Rays if used on its own without metal attachments.

Bioplast® is considered suitable for new piercings by the APP.

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Black Steel

Black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto SS316L body jewelry.

The jewelry is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum.
Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment.
This bombardment atomizes the cathode material into tiny substances, which are deposited on the jewelry.
The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.

Brass

Brass is used for its bright gold-like appearance and is popular in piercings for its tribal look. Brass Piercings are used by nature tribes all around the world.
We use a brass alloy from copper, zinc and silver which is free of any toxic elements such as nickel, lead and cadmium.
We do not recommend brass for initial piercings and they may cause irritation for some people.

Brass data sheet.

Brass Jewelry guidelines

First of all, brass jewelry aren't giving the same allure as if they are gold, silver or rose gold plated. What we look for in a brass jewel it's that special brown vintage look of tribal jewelry.

Yes, it does leave a green stain where jewelry was worn, but that stain is usually a result of a metal in the jewelry reacting with your skin — or something on your skin, such as hand lotion.

When the acids on your sweaty skin (or in your lotion) cause the copper in the jewelry to corrode, the process creates copper salts. These blue-green compounds can leave a mark on your skin in that iconic shade we call "Statue of Liberty Teal."

Other metals can produce similar effects: The silver present in sterling silver, and used as an alloy in a fair amount of gold jewelry, can oxidize when it comes in contact with skin. This causes tarnishing and can leave you with a dark-green or black stain. Although these marks are often associated with cheaper jewelry, they can happen with the pricey stuff, too.

Stainless steel and white gold are usually immune.

The good news is that even the toughest tarnished brass piece, we can simply clean it by leaving it for up to 30 minutes (if very tarnished) in just Ketchup and water. It will all come as new.

Taking your jewelry off before washing with soap will also reduce the chances of going green.

Cadmium

Since December 2011 there is a new CADMIUM restriction law in the European Union.It states that the CADMIUM in metal parts of jewelry and imitation jewelry articles has to be not more than 0.01%.
Our Jewelry passed the tests and certificates can be downloaded below.

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All Certificates or download the latest European Directive regarding the use of Cadmium for Body Jewelry.

Enamel

Enamel resin, also called “epossodic resin”, has various outstanding properties:

It is smooth, hard, chemically resistant, durable, scratch resistant, long-lasting color, easy-to-clean, and cannot burn.

When it hardens, it creates a smooth, durable coating on metals.

Enamel is not paint, so it does not fade with UV light.

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GOLD

Gold is considered as one of the most precious metals in the world and is appropriate for initial piercings if it is 14k or 18k. Gold higher than 18k is too soft for body jewelry because it can easily be scratched.

G18K- stands for 18karat (750 Gold) and G14K- for 14karat (585 Gold) yellow Gold.
Yellow Gold Alloy Data Sheet

RG18K- stands for 18karat (750 Gold) Rose gold.
Rose Gold Alloy Data Sheet

WG18K- stands for 18karat (750 Gold) White Gold which is Rhodium Plated
White Gold Alloy Data Sheet
Nickel Release Test for White Gold

We mark all our Solid Gold items with 750 (for 18 karat). On small items you might need to use a jeweler loupe to be able to see the tiny laser marking.
Additionally, we also mark our Swiss Responsibility Mark ("Verantwortlichkeitsmarke") which guaranties the gold content of our products.
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What if your real Gold items get tarnished

Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion on metals resulting from a reaction to moisture, air, or chemical compounds on its surface. This will appear as a dark discolouration to your jewellery.We use an 18 karat Gold alloy containing other metals which can tarnish (pure 24k Gold will not tarnish but it is too soft to be used for Body Jewelry).

Usually it is easy to remove the tarnish from solid gold pieces by using a widely available silver polishing cloth, which is impregnated with an anti-tarnishing agent. Simply rub the cloth on the piece of jewellery and you’ll see the tarnish begin to disappear.In cases of bad tarnishing, you can use a silver cleaner to wash the piece, or search the web for additional methods and hacks.

GOLD PVD

24K real Gold is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process.

The jewelry is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber andthe introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material (24k real Gold)into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewelry. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.

NICKEL FREE COBALT CHROMIUM ALLOY (CoCr NF)

Cobalt Chromium Alloys possess high corrosion resistance and amazing strength. It is very hard to break, bend, deform or even scratch.At the same time, it has appealing white color and shine that resembles precious metals like white gold or platinum.It is widely used in the dental industry and for medical implants like knee and hip joints.The alloy we use is Nickel Free with a smooth and shiny surface. The price is higher then Surgical Steel but lower then Titanium.

Material datasheet download

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Organics

Organic body jewelry is made from various natural materials like water buffalo horn, water buffalo bone and different kinds of wood.Organic materials were used historically by many cultures.

Natural materials are not suitable for unhealed piercings or for wear while stretching existing ones. They are sensitive to changes in heat and humidity.Thus autoclaving, use in saunas or hot display cases (light) is not recommended.

Natural materials can absorb oils and sweat from the skin and therefore reduce odors.

Reach Certificate

The European Regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) aims to ensure that the risks resulting from the use of substances that may have serious and often irreversible effects on human health are controlled and that the substances are replaced where possible.

We ensure to our customers that our products comply with legal requirements and quality expectations. The certificate of compliance contains all product groups from our assortment being compliant with the REACH regulation 1907/2006/EC.

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ROSE GOLD PVD

Real Rose Gold Alloy is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process.

The jewelry is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber andthe introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material (Real 14-22K Rose Gold alloy)into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewelry. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.

Silver

Silver do not need much explanation. We use 92.5 Sterling silver.Most of our items are rhodium plated, which protects the silver from tarnish and makes it more shiny.

For our Swiss customers:
The CE Logo we stamp on our jewelry is now registered as a Swiss RESPONSIBILITY MARK (No. 10545).
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Surgical Steel 316L

SS316L is a surgical implant grade, which is the most used material for Body Jewelry. The two most common standards that apply to body jewelry made of steel are ASTM F138 and ISO 5832-1 which describe the quality of steel for surgical implants.

The element in stainless steel that very rarely causes allergic reaction to some people is nickel. Polishing the jewelry to a mirror like luster results in a protective layer of chromium oxide, which reduces the release of the Nickel content into the tissue. Surgical Steel can be sterilized in an autoclave.

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Download Nickel Release Certificates:

All Ni-Release Certificates or download the latest European Directive regarding the use of Nickel for Body Jewelry.

Titanium 6AL-4V-ELI,
ASTM 136

Titanium is ideal for both initial body piercings and healed piercings as it is compliant with the EU Nickel Directive introduced in Europe in 2001. Because of its virtually 'Nickel Free' content Titanium has become one of the preferred materials used in piercing jewelry within the borders of the European Union.

Grade Ti6AL-4V, ASTM F136 is the specification for the alloy to be used for surgical implants. It is available in Highly Polished or Anodised Colours. Titanium is only half the weight of steel and twice as strong. Titanium can be sterilized in an autoclave.

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Download Titanium - Nickel Release Certificates

UV Acrylic

Acrylic comes in many shapes and colors. It cannot be sterilized in autoclave and may crack, if soaked in disinfectant chemicals like alcohol or similar.It’s not suitable for initial piercing. The biggest advantage is it’s cheap price.