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Materials Guide

Style Sanctuary’s Materials Guide

There are many metals and other materials used in jewellery. It is important to choose the correct material for your piercing.

The most important quality in any piece of jewellery is biocompatibility. We are all individuals and this will vary from person to person. Some people are more sensitive to metal than others.

Some types of material are not suitable for new and unhealed piercings. To assist you, we have indicated this below.

Surgical Stainless Steel (Grade 316L)
This metal is widely used for body piercings. It does not stain, tarnish or rust. It is a high quality, strong material with a bright and shiny finish.

Surgical steel should not be used for initial and unhealed piercings. It should only be worn when the piercing is fully healed.

Acrylic
Acrylic is a transparent plastic which we offer in a huge choice of colours.  Due to the material’s smoothness, it is often used for stretching.  Style Sanctuary stock a wide range of acrylic tapers, plugs and tunnels.

Acrylic should not be used for initial and unhealed piercings.  It should only be worn when the piercing is fully healed.

PTFE
PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or Teflon is a non-stick, lightweight plastic.  It is bendable, flexible and can be cut to size.

It is biocompatible and therefore a good choice for people who suffer from allergies and who are unable to wear metal jewellery.

PTFE body jewellery can be worn in hospital and does not need to be removed for x-rays.

PTFE is suitable for initial, unhealed and healed piercings.

Bio Flexible
Bio flexible material is also known as Bioflex and Bioplast.  It is a lightweight, biocompatible plastic.  It is bendable, flexible and can be cut to size. 

This material is ideal for allergy sufferers.  People who use bio flexible material for piercings have less swelling and infections and can heal faster compared to the use of other materials.

Bio flexible material is suitable for initial, unhealed and healed piercings.

Wood
Wood is a lightweight natural material.  Style Sanctuary sell a wide range of beautiful ear plugs made from wood.

Wood should not be used for initial and unhealed piercings. It should not be worn during the stretching process.  It should only be worn when the piercing is fully healed.

Sterling Silver
Sterling silver 925 has been used to make jewellery for centuries due to its beautiful and shiny lustre. It is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals

Style Sanctuary stocks a wide range of easy-fit sterling silver nose rings.  Sterling Silver is soft and malleable and is therefore ideal for this type of jewellery.

Sterling Silver should not be used for initial and unhealed piercings.  It should only be worn when the piercing is fully healed.

Further Advice
If you are experiencing irritation or discomfort from your piercing, this can often be helped by changing to a more biocompatible material such as bioplast or PTFE.  You should also keep the piercing dry and clean.

If you still unsure about your choice of material or experience prolonged irritation, we recommend that you speak to your qualified piercer for advice as soon as possible.