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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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).

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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.

Halloween: Paradox is going treat-tastic! Are you ready?

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We have so much going on for you guys this Halloween! We’re so exited to let you know that it’s all treats and no tricks!

The first treat we have in store for you is an amazing competition!

It’s a Costume competition!!!

On the 31st of October between 11am and 5pm, if you come to Paradox to buy any  jewellery or to Metal Fatigue for a new piercing, make sure to wear your best Halloween costume!

We will photograph all costumes and our judges will choose the best one!

The lucky ghoul will win a free piercing in Metal Fatigue and a free piece of body jewellery in Paradox. The body jewellery will be for a healed piercing only.

The winner will be announced at 6pm on the same day on Paradox and Metal Fatigue Facebook pages!

Don’t miss this one out! Start preparing your costume and get ready to scare us!

Halloween competition

The shop staff will be fully kitted out for this competition too! Lets see if you can out do them!

Now for the second treat!

If you don’t already know about  our rewards system you will now.

All you have to do is Pop to the shop to grab your reward card for free, and get it stamped every time you spend £10 on jewellery in-store. When you have 6 stamps, you get £10 off your next purchase! And don’t worry, the card doesn’t expire so it doesn’t matter how long it takes for you to get it fully stamped, you’ll still have your reward!

That’s how we show you how much we appreciate your visit!

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At last your final treat!

Over the next few weeks we will be doing a deal where if you spend £10 on jewellery we will give you a free pair or single plug, (depending on if you have 1 or both ears stretched) in your size. this will be for a limited time only and when its gone its GONE!

Even better, you will still get your stamp on your card!

*Stock and sizes are limited. Paradox Body Jewellery cannot guarantee we will have your specific size. Colours and shapes picked randomly. Plugs to be fitted only in healed lobes.

Just because we’re nice, if you need a hand with your costumes we have some “bloody” plugs in for Halloween this year!

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A delightful trick to play on people with these realistic goodies!

We also have a glow in the dark range for you to light up your night.

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So don’t wast time and pop to the shop to enjoy all these amazing treats!

Happy Halloween! 🙂

Go Natural: Buffalo Horn Plugs and 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 Horn.

buffalo horn
Please be aware that organic jewellery is only for healed piercings.

One major factor that is concerning about buying a natural products such as buffalo horn, is if the animals harmed for the production of this jewellery. Thankfully, no they aren’t. The horn is a by-product, meaning no animals are killed for this purpose. The horn it’s self is is low value and is a very small part of the whole animal usage.

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Check these beautiful buffalo horn laser cut plugs.

The advantages of wearing buffalo horn in your ears are very rewarding as it is a completely non toxic material. It’s biodegradable and made up with fibres of keratin, a protein found in your hair and nails. Buffalo horn is great for the wearer because it allows the skin to breathe , it will not go cold in as the climate changes . it is usually in a very beautiful black or blonde/ brownish colour and is not chemically oxidised (by most manufacturers) so you can appreciate your product in its natural beauty.

You can quite often find that you can get beautiful plugs made of buffalo horn and are inlaid with other products such as bone , wood, metal and natural stoneware.

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Buffalo horn and buffalo bone inlaid tunnels.

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 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 horn plugs and to never use regular soap on them (as this will help to dry them out).

The next step would be to at least 1 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 of the buffalo horn and maintain the natural beauty of it.

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

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 Horn range.

 

Advice: How to keep your fresh piercing clean.

“Oh my God, I need some advice! I’ve had my piercing for 3 weeks and its leaking yellowish stuff that goes crusty and itchy. I think it’s infected!”

But is it?

We see this confusion on a daily basis, people often come in telling us they have an infection that is to  do with either their body jewellery or the piercing.  There are a lot of factors that can lead to discomfort, prolonged soreness, itching and inflammation but very few of these cases turn out to actually be an infection. And it can be sorted very easily !

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This is what your healed piercings should look like.

One very big aspect of nurturing a a piercing is HYGIENE! We see an awful lot of cases where people have been given lots of different advice on how to clean their piercings, watched various videos on Youtube or just asked their mates what they should do and sometimes, they’ve been given no advice at all and have no clue!

Some of the most basic mistakes that we see are what people are actually using to clean their fresh piercing with. Antiseptic sprays, table salt, TCP, Iodine, Germolene, surgical spirits, Dettol and other such products like these. The problem with using products like those on your piercings is that they are full of chemicals that  can be far to harsh for your fresh piercing and will cause irritation to it.  All you really need is some good old Sea Salt, and only a small amount of it with each use. If you do use to much salt in ratio to hot water, you do run the risk of giving yourself a salt burn.

Here is a link to our Instructions on how to make a salt solution.

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Sea salt is your best friend!

Sea salt is the best cleaning option for your piercings.

Another common mistake is what materials you’re using to clean your piercings with. Although you may not see anything conspicuous about cotton wool, it can be your worst enemy when you are trying to clean your piercing. The reason why we don’t recommend using cotton wool to clean your piercing is because the fibres that make it up can very easily wrap around the piercing , and if not removed or spotted it can sit on your piercing collecting bacteria , which could be pulled through your piercing and could possibly land you with a nasty infection. We would recommend using something a lot less fibrous such  as tissue or kitchen towel and other materials that are bonded together, to reduce the risk of any fibres getting into your piercing.If you can do without any of these it would be even better !

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As you can see this material is very fibrous , and these are the fibres that can cause you the trouble!

The last Issue id like to talk about is Make-Up . Make up should never be used around a healing piercing . Why, you ask ? Because make-up grows bacteria in it! So putting make up on your healing piercing could (and does quite frequently) cause infections. This also applies to products like fake tan.  We understand you will still want to wear make-up, so if you do intend to do it during this healing process, we recommend you leave at least a 1 centimetre radius around the piercing and if you use make up brushes to apply your make up, make sure they are very clean before each use.

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Please take extra care when using brushes and make-up around a healing piercing.

 

Smooth Segment Rings – Get to Know Your Jewellery

Smooth segment rings were inspired by ball closure rings (BCRs) but while a BCR has a captive ball, the smooth segment ring features a curved segment that “pops” out to open and close the ring. When the segment is in, the smooth segment ring looks like a smooth, solid ring. This gives you a very sleek look and segment rings look wonderful in almost any piercing.

 

Smooth Segment Rings
Smooth Segment Rings

 

The fact that smooth segment rings are completely smooth means that they can be rotated 360 degrees through the piercing. This means that they are easy to clean, very comfortable to wear and much less likely to snag on clothing or hair. Smooth segment rings are ideal for facial piercings and ear piercings – areas where you might not want a bulky BCR. They are able to lie flat against the skin, perfect for septum piercings, lip piercings and tragus piercings. In many of these locations the ball on a BCR would press into the skin, but a smooth segment ring remains comfortable.

To open a smooth segment ring you need to pop out the segment, which can be quite difficult if you are just using your hands. Segment rings are designed to hold onto the segment tightly, which prevents them opening accidentally. So the best way to have your segment rings placed is to take them to your professional piercer and ask them to put the ring for you.

How To Make a Saline Solution – Advice

Why are we told to use sea salt to clean a fresh and flared up piercing?

Well, sea salt is a natural antibacterial and when mixed with water the solution becomes just like your body’s natural solution. Yes, the water in our bodies has natural salt, or saline if you will.

This is why you need to avoid harsh chemicals and mouth wash which contains alcohol, yes it will kill the bad germs but in doing so you will kiss goodbye to all the good bacteria that promotes the healing process.

So, how exactly do you make a sea salt soak?

Saline Solution
Saline Solution

 The idea is to try to have the same concentration as your body’s natural salt.

1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of pure sea salt with one cup of water. The water should be filtered, bottled or  boiled and left to cool so that bacteria is killed.

2. Apply to the piercing with either a small cup, holding it upside down over the piercing  to let it ‘  ’soak’ the area, or a clean tissue/kitchen towel.

3. Pat the area dry with a clean, sterile napkin or cloth after soaking for a good few minutes.

 This process helps your body dispel all those nasty germs and dead cells without disrupting good germs. It also gives the area a healthy fluid to create new cells.

Without taking proper care of your new piercing it could cause it to be rejected by your body or even worse, infected. Of course almost everyone will experience swelling and redness after a fresh piercing, but if left without proper care it can become infected. This can be awfully nasty, especially with facial piercings. (I am speaking from experience, and boy have I learned my lesson!)

When your piercing is healing you should not:

– Play with your jewellery. It is a complete myth that your piercing will become stuck if you do not twirl it around and keep it moving. Cleaning the piercing twice a day is more than enough upkeep for the healing process.

 Consume alcohol. It is a very harsh substance that takes away good bacteria from your body, thus making the healing process more difficult.

 Touch the piercing without washing hands. This one is obvious, just don’t do it. Clean your hands regularly and practise good hygiene!

– Smoke cigarettes. Tobacco smoke is full of chemicals and it can lead to an infection. Some people with facial piercings say that smoking can be done if you wash your mouth thoroughly after every cig, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Also, remember not to over clean your piercing, it can cause irritation. Twice a day is plenty if you do not mess with it during the day and irritate the area.

Titanium – Piercing Materials Guide

Titanium is a very lightweight and strong metal that is great for using in initial piercings, as it less likely to react with body fluids and cause an infection or irritation, is very resistant to corrosion and is the most bio-compatible metal. It contains less than 0.05% nickel, becoming one of the preferred materials used in body jewellery manufacturing and piercing across Europe. It has become a popular alternative to surgical steel, 9ct gold and other materials that contain higher levels of nickel.

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A ball closure ring mad eof titanium.

It can be sterilised in an autoclave and anodised to create an oxide layer of colour on the jewellery. However, constant wear in oral piercings may cause the colour to fade over time, due to the acidity in the mouth and in certain foods and drinks.

Titanium body jewellery here at Paradox is all made using 6AL-4V commercially pure Titanium, which is certified for medical implant use and conforms to the European Directive 94/27/EU for initial piercings.

 

Titanium Labret
Titanium Labret

 

You can check out our range clicking the link below:
http://paradoxbodyjewellery.com/materials/titanium

Organic Tunnels – Horn and Bone Stripped Double Flare

Check out these amazing buffalo horn and bone striped organic tunnels! We just got them in many different sizes. They have a polished finish so they will look nice and shiny on your stretched lobes. 

Organic Tunnels

They vary in gauge from 8mm to 20mm. Pop to the shop or check it online!

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They are so cool Jordan couldn’t resist and got a pair for herself!