What is the best metal for your piercing?

February 16, 2013 1 Comment

sterling silver wire mystic moon shop

Sterling Silver:  Sterling silver is 80-95% silver with a 5-20% copper fill. It contains no nickle so it is fine for people with allergies (although I have known people to get irritation from sterling silver i have no idea why) Sterling is the most popular of all the metals, It WILL tarnish. One some people it will tarnish quicker then on others. The reason has nothing to do with the metal it is your body chemistry. I have actually started noticing on myself when the ph of my body is too acidic my jewelry will tarnish quicker. I just clean my jewelry and use that as an indication that I need to consume less acid foods and drinks. You do have to take them out and clean them from time to time and you may find that one earring tarnishes faster than another. It’s completely normal!

Fine Silver: Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver. It contains no nickle which is great but it will tarnish quicker than any silver product. I dont recommend pure silver for hoops that you intend to leave in for long periods of time and dont want to have to clean often. Half inch are fine because they are easy to remove clean and put back in. I would purchase a good silver polish too!

14k Gold Filled: We use a 14/20 Gold Filled wire. The fill is gold, copper and zinc and we have found this wire to be the best when it comes to wear. In fact I have yet to see this wire change even after a year of wearing it daily! I do have to remove my hoops from time to time and clean them as they will get dull looking but with some toothpaste and a cloth they will shine right up. Gold filled WILL tarnish over time and become dull just like solid gold does, you will still need to clean them from time to time.

14k Solid Gold: We use 14k solid gold because it doesn't contain nickle. It can tarnish but not as easy as 14k gold filled or other metals. The only SOLID (no additive gold there is, is 24k) We don't list it but we will make our designs in 24k as a custom order!

18k Solid Gold: We just dont use it due to the nickle factor.

24k Solid Gold: Too soft for jewelry! 

Copper: Copper is a fabulous metal! It is a very pretty and is said to have healing abilities. We do a lot of copper actually because it is so pretty! Thing is it WILL tarnish and tarnish rather quickly. Again it is all about how much acid is in your system on how fast they tarnish. The more acid the faster they tarnish. You will need to take these out fairly often and clean the earring and the skin where it touches as it will leave a greenish/black spot on your skin.

White GoldThis is very pretty. It isnt as bright as Sterling Silver as it is gold it has a gold cast to it but not as bright as a solid gold. It is considered a precious metal and it does contain nickle so if you have a nickle allergy I would recommend staying away from white gold.

Pink Gold FilledWe use a 14/20 Pink Gold Filled wire. The fill is copper and zinc and we have found this wire to be the best when it comes to wear. In fact I have yet to see this wire change even after a year of wearing it daily! I do have to remove my hoops from time to time and clean them as they will get dull looking but with some toothpaste and a cloth they will shine right up. Pink Gold filled WILL tarnish over time and become dull just like solid gold does, you will still need to clean them from time to time.

Gunmetal: This is a copper wire that is coated to look like gunmetal.

Niobium:  A silver-gray metal of the transition series, used in superconducting alloys hypoallergenic and really tough! It holds up really well long term and keeps your blacks looking black and browns looking brown. Won't fade or chip!

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Pamela Gutierrez
Pamela Gutierrez

October 12, 2014

I would like a pair of endless “hoop” earrings, 20mm TOTAL length each earring, but I would like the chain to be very small and flexible (pull through size). It is difficult to explain, just a loop of chain that is not stiff, some kind of simple, very small closure devise (even just one larger “piece” of chain that I can pinch closed to connect the 2 ends once I have pulled the chain through. . .). Can I communicate with you about possibly designing an earring like this? I wear very small endless hoops (10mm diameter), but would like just chain. . .

Thank you for your time and consideration.
Pamela Gutierrez

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