In order to be safe and comfortable all body jewelry placed in a body piercing must be of the appropriate quality, style and size.
The popularity of body piercing has allowed an enormous quantity of body jewelry to be available now everywhere on the market, sold everywhere from convenient store to gas stations. Unfortunately, most of the jewelry doesn’t meet the basic safe body jewelry requirement.
There are 3 main factors that determine the quality of body piercing jewelry which are:
The jewerly material must be safe to use during healing and for extended use. These materials are:
6Al4V ELI certified ASTM F-136 Implant Grade Titanium
316LVM certified ASTM F-138 Implant Grade Stainless Steel
18K – 22k Yellow or White Gold
PTFE ※For healed piercings
Silicone ※For healed piercings
Other materials are available for use, especially for ears, i.e. silver, bronze, horn, bone, hard wood, stones, etc. These are intended only for temporary wear and limited to ear lobe piercing.
Piercing jewelry must be polished to a mirror finish.
Jewelry that is not highly polished will be more porous which can results in delayed healing and can cause complications as well as additional discomfort.
All jewelry must be free of nicks, scratches, burrs, and polishing compounds.
Rings should be perfectly round and bars perfectly straight, without warping or irregularities.
Jewelry with numerous or sharp angles that pass through the piercing is inappropriate.
↑↑↑ Internal Threading. ↑↑↑
As you can see, the surface of the bar is smooth and its rounded end ensures comfortable and safe insertion and removal of the jewelry.
All Anatometal Jewelry is Internally Threaded.
↑↑↑ External Threading. ↑↑↑
Clearly an inferior design.
The threaded end of the jewelry does not ensure smooth and safe insertion or removal.
STYLE and SIZE
There are many variations and style of body piercing jewelry available. Here are some examples of the basic designs:
(From the Left)
Straight Barbell, Captive Bead Ring, Curved Barbell, Flat Back Labret, Eyelet and Circular Barbell
The style and size must be carefully chosen to best fit your piercing!
An improper style and the wrong size will affect your piercing which can lead to migration, rejection or scarring.
If you have a healed piercing and you are fully aware of what style and size best fits your piercing, please feel free to purchase the jewelry that suits your taste from our Online Shop.
If you are wanting to buy body piercing jewelry, but are unsure about what style or size best fits your piercing, then you should go to a reputable body piercing studio, and be advised by a professional piercer you trust.
The piercer can first check to see if your piercing is ready to have the jewelry changed. They should be more than happy to guide you in your purchase, showing proof of material quality, and should be able to suggest you a suitable shape while accurately determining the proper size.
In a body piercing studio you can also have them assist you in changing your jewelry.
※For a list of Reputable Body Piercing Studios in Japan : Click Here.