Titanium: Titanium is a skin friendly material that is completely free of nickel. We use titanium jewelry for insertion in every new piercings that we perform. Titanium is a lightweight, hard material, which therefore has very skin-friendly features as the titanium surface hampers bacteria growth. The titanium is mixed with other metals depending on how it will be used. The only Titanium grade suitable for implantation in the body and the piercing is Ti 6AL4V ELI. The titanium can also be colored in different shades by electric oxidization providing a durable color coating. Titanium is suitable for sensitive and allergic persons.

Steel: All of our steel is commonly known as surgical steel. The steel's real name is 316L and is a grade of stainless steel. The steel is containing 10 – 14 % nickel, which may seem a lot, but 316L releases less than 0.1 millionths of a gram per cm2 and week. The amount is far below the levels directed in the EU Directive for "products that come into close and prolonged contact with skin." The limit is 0.5 millionths of a gram per cm2 and week. 316L is a stainless steel that is not affected by the body and does not release any nickel, which is extremely tightly bound in the material. Steel 316L is suitable for sensitive and allergic persons.

Bioplast®: As a material for body modification and piercing jewelry, Bioplast® has become increasingly popular in recent years, partly because it is a skin-friendly material with a smooth surface that minimizes bacterial growth and accelerates healing. Moreover, it is softer than metal, which means that many people prefer to have jewelry made of Bioplast® in piercings in the lip and other oral piercings. Bioplast® also capable of being sterilized in an autoclave. Bioplast® also works great if you need to undergo an MRI, but always check with your hospital about local regulations before the procedure. Bioplast® is perfect for allergic and sensitive persons.

Silver: To put a piece of silver jewelry as an initial piece of jewelry in a piercing is reprehensible and simply indicates that you have come to a real amateur. Many people have allergic reactions to silver, especially in fresh piercings. We never use silver on the part of the jewelry that goes through the piercing. If silver is in direct contact with the body it often discolors and may turn black or brown on the surface. This discoloration is possible to polish off. It's called silver oxidization and occurs when silver is exposed to sulfur and oxygen. Silver is available in different alloys and the only silver grade that is acceptable for piercing jewelry is 925 sterling silver.

Gold: All gold that is worked into jewelry must be alloyed (mixed) with other metals to obtain sufficient strength. Gold comes in several different karat levels that indicates how much gold the alloy contains. 24 karat is 100 % pure gold, 18 karat is 75 % gold and 14 karat is 58.5 % gold. Jewelry with lower gold content may not be sold as gold jewelry. The gold is also available in different colors. The most common are white gold and rose gold. Rose gold is the most common in Sweden, it contains gold, silver and copper. White gold contains gold, silver, copper and palladium. In Sweden, all gold produced is nickel free while it often contains nickel abroad. Gold is a good material for body piercing jewelry, only a few have had reactions and only in cases where gold has been used as initial jewelry when the piercing was performed.

Gold PVD Steel: PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) is a durable biocompatible coating on 316L steel. The surface layer is created in a vacuum chamber by adding different gases to regulate the color of the surface. Gold PVD Steel is actually zirconiumklorid (ZrN). Jewelry made of PVD Gold Steel has a sturdy gold color while they are very skin friendly.

PVD Titanium Gold: Gold PVD Titanium has the same durable coating as PVD Gold Steel, only over a titanium base to get the positive characteristics of titanium in terms of its low weight and that it is completely nickel free.

Black Steel: Black Steel is identical with Gold PVD Steel, but instead has a black finish. Black Steel has a durable color and has become very popular among those who prefer to have black piercing jewelry.

Black Titanium: Black Titanium is really titanaluminiumnitride and is a coating designed for medical purposes and is safe to use for implants and body piercing jewelry. The surface layer is so strong that it can be considered a permanent surface. Black Titanium is completely nickel-free and very skin friendly.

Base Metal: Base Metal is a cheap nickel free metal alloy used to make pendants for our fashion bananas. The part of the jewelry that goes through the body is never made of Base Metal.

Acrylic: Acrylic has in recent years been among the most common materials for stretchers and tapers. Our acrylic jewelry is made of an acrylic material providing a hard surface. Acrylic can be made in many colors and are very affordable. What you should consider is that the plastic is not as biocompatible as our other material and that it is relatively easy to break. If you want jewelry of superior quality and durability we do not recommend that you choose acrylic jewelry. It is better to choose 316L Steel or titanium jewelry.


Mail: webshop@tribe.se

Tel: +46 31 701 75 90

Address:
Box 31172
S-40032 Göteborg
SWEDEN

° Contact us
° Terms & conditions

° Shipping costs

° Jewelry materials
° How to measure jewelry

° FAQ
° Aftercare instructions

° Stretching a piercing