.925 Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is a metal alloy made of 92.5% pure silver which is mixed with 7.5% of other metals such as copper or zinc.

Combining Silver with these metals makes the material more durable for use in the manufacture of silver. Sterling Silver is stamped with the number 925 on the jewellery to identify the percentage of pure silver in the alloy.

 

Oxidised Silver

Some Sterling Silver jewellery may go through a process of oxidisation whereby the surface is exposed to a chemical process which causes the silver to darken giving it a gun metal lustre.

The change in the colour of the surface of the jewellery is in response to the introduction of sulphides which have accelerated the natural tarnishing process giving a blackened look. 

Gold Plated Silver

Jewellery which is labelled as gold plated has been electroplated or mechanically coated with either yellow gold or rose gold over a Sterling Silver base. This jewellery is marked as Sterling Silver.

Standard gold plating is typically between 0.5 - 1 micron and depends on the level of wear for the jewellery, ie. jewellery which is heavily worn will have a higher gold plating applied.

 

316L Surgical Steel

Our body jewellery is made from 316L grade Surgical Stainless Steel which can be worn in healed body piercings.  It is a non-corrosive, scratch resistant material which can be polished to a high shine.

Surgical steel reduces the risk of a flare up or sensitivity for the wearer. 

 

PVD Steel (Black, Gold & Rose Gold)

PVD Steel body jewellery is steel which has been coated in a Titanium compound using a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process to give it colour. We supply Black, Gold and Rose Gold PVD products.

The PVD coating process produces a superior product with the added advantage of producing a low-friction, low-allergy, high shine piece of jewellery, with a tough scratch-resistant finish.

 

Titanium

Titanium is a lightweight metal which is extremely strong and can be fully autoclaved. It is bio-compatible and ideal for people sensitive to nickel. It is very resistant to corrosion and therefore does not react with oxygen or bodily fluids making it the best choice for an initial piercing. Titanium is also non-magnetic and therefore will not set off airport scanner equipment.

Kingsley Ryan Titanium is suitable for use in initial piercings and is made from the highest medical grade which is also known as Grade 23.

 

Anodised Titanium

Anodising is a process which creates a thin oxide layer on the outside of the jewellery by passing an electric current across the metal. Different voltages give different colours and because there are no dyes or plating involved, the surface won’t chip like a plated product and all the properties and safety element of this metal remain the same.

It should be noted that constant wear in an oral piercing may cause the colour to fade over time due to mouth acidity and the consumption of certain food and drink.

 

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