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Body Jewelry Materials

At FreshTrends, we pride ourselves on selling only the highest quality body piercing jewelry that is safe to use on all body piercings. This is why we only offer body jewelry made from quality, nickel-free precious metals.

About Our Gold & Platinum Jewelry

Our gold body jewelry is handmade in the USA by our very own, in-house, professional jewelers. This allows us to customize our jewelry to your specific needs using high-quality metals and gemstones such as solid 14k gold, 950 platinum, and hand-selected gemstones.

Our metals are laboratory tested to ensure that they meet the highest industry standards and do not contain any traces of nickel or other alloys that could potentially cause an allergic reaction. For more information about the quality and composition of our precious metals, please read our Certificate of Assay.

More on our gold: FreshTrends Gold Guide

Body jewelry production. Man at workbench.

Body Jewelry Specs

Choosing the right type of body jewelry is sometimes difficult if you are unfamiliar with your body piercing size. Please see our Body Jewelry Size Help page for a complete guide to help you pick the right jewelry for you. If you are still uncertain about the size of your piercing, we recommend contacting your local piercer. They should be able to tell by the jewelry you're wearing. Also, a good piercer keeps records of their clients and are generally happy to help.

All products on FreshTrends have accurate descriptions including gauge, size, length, materials, and more to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for. If you have any further questions regarding any of our pieces, please feel free to email us or call us at 561-282-6790 during standard business hours.

Body Jewelry Care

The most important thing to do when you are about to insert any type of body jewelry is to clean it. It is very important to take proper care of you body piercing jewelry.

Here are some helpful hints for proper body jewelry care and cleaning:
  • Do not soak jewelry with gemstones in alcohol, as this can damage the piece.
  • The best way to clean your jewelry is to wash it with warm, soapy (antibacterial soap) water, and ALWAYS avoid harsh detergents.
  • You may also use a cotton ball dipped in a little bit of alcohol and gently wipe the barbell or the portion that will pass through your body piercing.
  • Always remove dangling body jewelry when sleeping, swimming, exercising, or when you are wearing clothing that might get caught on your piercing.
  • Threaded jewelry balls sometimes have a tendency to come loose with regular use, so make sure to check them regularly so that you don't lose them. If loose, gently tighten them.
  • Make sure not to over tighten your body jewelry as this will strip the threads.
  • Tongue rings and body jewelry can be damaged by acidic foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke, coffee, mouthwash, chlorine, soaps, etc.
  • Always WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing or surrounding skin for any reason.
These tips should help you keep your body jewelry in the best condition possible. If you have any more questions regarding proper fine body jewelry care and cleaning, we recommend contacting your local, qualified body piercing professional. They are generally happy to help.  

For more details on how to care for your item please read our Body Jewelry Care Guide.

What Does Internally Threaded & Externally Threaded Mean?

Internally threaded body jewelry refers to when the ball on the jewelry threads into the barbell, as seen below. Since it's much less likely to cause damage and irritation, especially at the time of piercing, internally threaded jewelry is considered superior to externally threaded jewelry. It is usually slightly more expensive than externally threaded jewelry due to the extra machining and labor involved. All of our jewelry is internally threaded unless otherwise noted.

Externally threaded body jewelry refers to when the external threads appear on the barbell and twist into the ball. This type of barbell is usually only used when the gauge of the bar is too small to allow it to be internally threaded or in cheap, mass produced body jewelry. 

Internally threaded belly ring

When is it safe to change my piercing jewelry?

The rate at which your body piercing heals varies greatly from person to person. Some piercings can take up to a year to heal properly. Even after the piercing has healed, reinsertion can be difficult and sometimes impossible.

You should not change your body jewelry during the initial healing period. The initial piercing healing time is usually about 2 - 5 months or sometimes even longer depending on the location of your piercing.

Be sure to always wear appropriate jewelry in your piercings even when fully healed. Always make sure to disinfect your body jewelry before use (even if it is band new). If you must remove the jewelry temporarily, call your piercer or use a retainer to keep the piercing until you can reinsert the jewelry. If you choose to remove your jewelry, long-term effects include scarring, although in most cases the scarring will be minor. You can also have piercings surgically closed to reduce the appearance of the piercing scar.

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