Anonymous asked: Thoughts on surgical steel in body piercings
Basically “surgical steel” means nothing to body piercing or quality jewelry. Surgical steel usually contains nickel which is a pretty common allergen/irritant for a lot of people.
When looking for steel body jewelry you want Implant Grade Steel (ASTM F-138); you can also get a similar look from titanium. Same thing for titanium, you want Implant Grade Titanium (ASTM F-136). The implant grade part is the important part!
Now, this can get a lil confusing; Niobium is also a safe material to wear in body jewelry, but it isn’t certified “implant grade”. Same for 14k and higher gold.
Here is a link to the APP brochure for safe jewelry for initial piercings. In the brochure there is a section on materials and it goes a lil more in depth.
Hope this helps✌️