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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.

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!

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.

 

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.