#EarPiercings - Which Metal Should I Choose?

It's time to start playing and creating some beautiful ear stacks but when and with what jewellery?

So you've just had your ears freshly pierced and you've added your third, possibly fourth maybe even fifth hole. It's time to start playing and creating some beautiful ear stacks but when and with what jewellery?

Step1. Wait for them to Heal!

We can't say this enough, please wait for your piercing to heal before changing the jewellery, for a cartilage earring this can take about 4-6 months and whilst we know this isn't what you wish to hear, changing it prematurely can lead to swelling/discomfort/ear weeping and so forth. 

Step 2. Choose your metal!

You should refrain from using regular earrings in cartilage (bone) piercings, these studs are usually thinner than what you've been pierced with and will cause the hole to shrink. Also some might have a really long bar and cause discomfort when you sleep. 

We sell both 316L Stainless steel and 925 Sterling Silver barbell earrings, the gold coloured are plated in 18kt gold. Both are high quality metals that will not corrode but there are a few differences between the two. 925 Sterling Silver is softer and allows more intricate detailing which you will find in some of our shinier pieces, it can also be considered a bit more comfortable to sleep on because of its somewhat softer composition. However 925 Sterling Silver can can oxidise and change colour. This can happen upon contact with our own bodies, sweat, dead skin, that nasty liquid that sometimes exits those holes and so forth. This is not dangerous, there is no corrosion of any sort but it will cause the bar to darken. It also does not reflect the quality of the earring, as the darkened surface is a layer forming on top of the silver which can easily be removed without damaging the jewellery as explained in the next step. 

316L Stainless steel is more durable, the plating will probably last longer (still requires care) and it will not change colour upon contact with our own body acids. It is however a stiffer material and it is not possible to produce earrings full of shiny jewels using solely this material. 

Step 3. Clean your piercings!

It is important to clean your jewellery from time to time. We know that many of you like to fill your holes up and forget about them but every so often it is good to remove them, wipe out the hole and clean the jewellery using a soft cloth. 

For the 925 Sterling Silver earrings, if you do find that the bar has oxidised and turned pink or black, if you wish you may choose to remove this using a tried and tested method.

  1. Line a bowl with shiny aluminium foil, shiny side facing up.
  2. Place your piercing on this foil.
  3. Place a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda on the earring.
  4. Pour near to boiling water on the earring and bicarbonate soda.
  5. Wait approx 2-4 mins.
  6. Remove earring using a teaspoon or similar. 
  7. Clean using a soft microfibre cloth.



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