Go Natural : Stone jewellery

Are you tired of smelly and itchy ear lobes? Man made materials like acrylic or surgical steel can be a pain but it’s alright! You can go natural! Find out what natural options you have to replace your plugs/tunnels! Today, we will talk about Natural Stone wear.

amythyst tear drops
A great example in the variation of stone plugs no two are the same. Amethyst tear drop plugs.

Stone is a marvellous and beautifully organic  material that you can wear in your ears .Every piece of stone jewellery is unique with its own markings. Stone jewellery is often either a piece on its own or inlayed into wood, buffalo horn and bone ,titanium and 316L Surgical Steel. There are definitely some things to think about when picking your stone ,also whether they will be suitable for the stage your ears are at.

Green Jasper Ear Weights
Green Jasper Ear Weights.

When shopping for stone wear you need to consider what type of stone to use. Make sure it’s not porous as the stone will harbour bacteria and cause infections, these include  Quartz ,Obsidian and Opalite. Unless you want the weight of the stone plugs to help  stretch your ears slowly, we wouldn’t recommend wearing them everyday. Another thing to consider is weather they will break or chip easily. Its always sad if you invest in a beautiful pair and they chip, crack or smash. That’s the disadvantages, now let’s see the the good side!

 

Amethyst stone plugs
Amethyst stone plugs.

The great thing about stone is that providing they aren’t porous ,you wont get any reaction to them. They are usually polished to a very smooth surface and made with a deep saddle so they are hopefully alot less likely to fall out of your ears ,but always check the measurements or ask you’re supplier.

Now to looking after you’re semi precious beauties! Depending on what stone you have chosen it is always good to check on the Mohs Scale (This identifies the softness or harness of the stone.) Because certain stones can be very fragile, which also means that the surfaces can scratch very easily ,and could also lead to dents, chips scratches that can harbour bacteria. some of the softest materials are fluorite and calcite.

In regards to keeping them clean we’d recommend water and a antibacterial soap to wash them with ,but again do be careful of the acidity because this can destroy some of the more fragile stones like calcite.

Feel free to have a look at our stone range!

Go Natural: Buffalo Bone Plugs & Tunnels

Are you tired of smelly and itchy ear lobes? Man made materials like acrylic or surgical steel can be a pain but it’s alright! You can go natural! Find out what natural options you have to replace your plugs/tunnels! Today, we will talk about Buffalo Bone.

 

Buffalo
A Water buffalo in its natural environment.

On the same line as the buffalo bone, the bone is also a by-product of the animal. The water Buffalo is not killed for the purpose of this jewellery. Bone is one of the oldest known materials that people have used to make jewellery from. For example  the Mayans and Aztec’s used to carve and wear bone jewellery. It’s still used today in popular culture. No two items of jewellery will be the same. It is a very natural and beautiful product. A lot of bone jewellery is very ornate, and beautifully carved into intricate forms. It is often inlayed with the horn to create a more elaborate design.

Buffalo Bone
A Spectacular example of how beautifully ornate buffalo bone jewellery can be carved.

The advantages of wearing buffalo bone in your ears are very rewarding, as it is  completely non toxic. It’s biodegradable, it’s made up of Phosphate and collagen fibres. These are the hard materials which form the skeleton. Buffalo bone is great for the wearer because it allows the skin to breathe. It will not go cold  as the climate changes. It is usually in a off white or ivory  colour. Bone is a very long lasting and durable material for jewellery, and completely harmless unless allergies specify otherwise. The bone plugs are usually carved from the “wall” of the bone. Which depends on the size of this bone, decides what size of body jewellery that can be carved from it.

This material however, needs to be well looked after in order to avoid possible problems. It can get dried out, which would cause it to  become brittle and crack. These cracks can attract bacteria that can lead to irritations or infections.

There is a tiny bit of maintenance to keep your buffalo horn plugs looking the best they can, and stop them from getting dry. The first step is to never autoclave your buffalo bone plugs, and to never use regular soap on them (as this will help to dry them out).

coconut oil
These oils are also brilliant for the elasticity in your skin , and great for helping your ears stay healthy!

The next step would be to at least once a month, make sure you moisturise your plugs with any of the following natural ingredients : Coconut oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oils. This will help with  the flexibility and durability of the buffalo bone, and maintain the natural beauty of it.

Please be careful, do  not wear these products if you are aware that you may be allergic to them or think that you could be, and never wear natural materials in unhealed lobes. Consult your professional piercer before changing your jewellery.

Click here to check our Buffalo Bone range.