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The suraces and ends o body jewelry must be ree o nicks,scratches, burrs, and polishing compounds. Suitable pieces haveno irregular suraces that could endanger the delicate healingtissue o a resh piercing. Metal body jewelry should be polishedto a smooth, mirror nish. I you wear jewelry that has a porous oruneven surace, the new cells that orm during healing grow intothe irregularities. Then, when the jewelry shits or moves, theseareas tear. As this cycle is repeated, scar tissue orms and healingis delayed. A aulty nish can also introduce bacteria into the woundand cause inection.
Quality rings are annealed, which is a heat treatment that makes themetal more pliable. When rings can be opened or closed withoutthe use o pliers it reduces the risk o damaging the metal. Forthicker rings (especially in smaller diameters) the use o tools maybe necessary. Tools should have brass jaws or be covered with tapeor gauze to protect the jewelry rom damage.
Threaded jewelry uses tiny screw threads or their closures. Oneside has male screw threads that t into a emale hole that is tapped(drilled out) with the matching thread pattern on the other. One orboth ends unscrew.
Internally threaded jewelry is part o the APPstandard or initial piercing jewelry: the part o thejewelry that passes through your skin is smooth,and the threads are on the removable end(s),such as balls, gems, or spikes. Internally threadedjewelry avoids any possibility o scraping your tissue with sharpthreads, which is especially important with resh piercings.
Alternatively, externally threaded jewelryhas the screw pattern cut into the post, and thiscomparatively rough surace may be passed throughthe tissue to insert and remove the jewelry.
Threadless (or “press-t”) jewelry is anacceptable alternative that uses a pin couplingon the ornamental end, and there are no screwthreads at all.
Machining o the jewelry aects how it perorms. Losing your jewelrycan result in the closure o your piercing. Threaded ends should bechecked or tightness daily with clean hands. I they come looseoten, you may have a deective piece. See your piercer or optionsor a replacement part. I the ball on your captive ring comes o or isloose, you may need a new ball, or to have the tension on the ringadjusted. Jewelry should t together well. Threaded attachmentsshould t completely onto posts without gaps. Threads on screw-on ends and dimples on captive pieces should be centered or aproper t.
These guidelines are based on a combination o vast proessional experience, commonsense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute or medicaladvice rom a doctor. I you suspect an inection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctorshave not received specifc training regarding piercing. Your local piercer may be able to reer you to apiercing-riendly medical proessional. For more inormation, see a qualifed piercer.Use o this brochure does not imply membership in the APP. A current list o APP members can be oundat saepiercing.org. False claims o membership should be reported to the APP.The APP logo is the trademark o the Association o Proessional Piercers. This brochure is licensedunder the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works License. To view a copyo this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Not all piercings have an entrance and an exit. Surace Anchors arevery common now and the jewelry sits below the surace o the skinrom a single point. The threaded top may be changed. Removingthe base o the jewelry causes the loss o the piercing, so this is notnormally done. See your piercer or assistance i the piece shits ormigrates.
Gemstone settings must be o high quality; stones should be setsecurely into the metal, oten in a prong or bezel setting. Somemanuacturers use adhesives to attach the gem. I the stone allsout, which is common with lower-priced goods, the entire piece ojewelry will need to be replaced as the hole let by the missing gemcan harbor bacteria and increase risk o inection.For inormation about jewelry and materials suitable or healedpiercings, and or jewelry removal instructions see our brochure:
Jewelry for Healed Piercings.
Photos courtesy o Paul King, www.coldsteelpiercing.com. Threadless bar photo courtesyo Neometal, www.neometal.com. Surace anchor photo courtesy o Industrial StrengthBody Jewelry, www.isbodyjewelry.com. Diagram and text rom
The Piercing Bible
by ElayneAngel, www.piercingbible.com.