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Frequently Asked Questions

JEWELLERY QUESTIONS

Our jewellery is manufactured from many different materials, including surgical stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold (manufactured with a nickel-free alloy), pyrex, bioplast, PTFE, anodized steel, rhodium, buffalo horn and bone. We have added a short materials summary below.

For further information, data sheets, or any questions regarding the materials used to manufacture the jewellery, please feel free to contact us directly.

14ct & 18ct Yellow Gold
14ct Gold is 58% gold and 42% other alloys. 18ct Gold is 75% gold and 25% other alloys. 14ct gold is best suited for jewellery with threads and balls. 18ct is well suited for nose studs, but too soft to use for threaded jewellery. All our gold is biocompatible and made nickel free. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

18ct White Gold
18ct White Gold is alloyed without nickel, instead containing palladium, an inert element in the platinum family. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Acrylic
Acrylic is a plastic that is commonly used for body jewellery. It can crack if soaked in disinfectant chemicals or under heat. It is a fragile material when made in smaller gauges. Evidence suggests that long term wear of acrylic can release harmful toxins from the plastic. Acrylic should only be worn temporarily. It cannot be autoclaved, and is not suitable for initial or healing piercings.

Black Steel
Black steel is 316L Steel with a Black PVD coating. The coating is extremely resistant to scratches, though can fade or chip over time. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Bioplast
Bioplast is a biocompatible and medical grade flexible plastic. It contains no nickel. It is commonly used to make piercing retainers. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Glass
Glass is a strong material, and biocompatible. It contains no nickel and certain types are extremely sturdy (Pyrex and Quartz glass). It is commonly used for retainers, ear plugs and heavy gauge facial piercings. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Organics
Organic body jewellery is made from various natural materials such as Horn, Bone, Wood, Stone, and others. Organic body jewellery should not be worn in unhealed tissue. Organic materials are sensitive to changes in heat and humidity. Autoclaving, use in water or extreme heat can cause damage to the jewellery and is not recommended. Organics should be oiled regularly. Organics can absorb oils and sweat from the skin, and therefore reduce odours. It should not be used for initial piercings.

PTFE
PTFE is also known as Teflon. It is flexible and can be cut to any desired length. It can be sterilized (up to 260 degrees) and does not cause any allergic reactions (nickel free). It has a very smooth ‘non-stick’ surface, and can be worn long term. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Silicone
Silicone is a soft and flexible material, commonly worn in stretched ears. It has a ‘sticky’ surface and should not be worn in fresh or unhealed piercings. It should not be used for initial piercings.

Surgical Steel 316L
SS316L is a surgical implant grade material. It is the most commonly used material for body jewellery. Although this high grade of Steel does contain nickel, they do not release nickel salts into the body and do not induce nickel dermatitis. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Titanium G23
Titanium is ideal for both initial body piercing and healed piercings as it is compliant with the EU Nickel Directive introduced in Europe in 2001. Grade Ti6AL-4V Titanium is biocompatible and has been used since the 1950’s for medical implants. It is available in High Polish, which resembles Steel. It can also be anodized into a multitude of colours. Titanium is only half the weight of Steel, and twice as strong.

Grade 23 Titanium has been given an ‘F’ prefix by the ASTM (F-136), signifying its status as an approved medical grade material. No higher qualification exists. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Zircon Gold Titanium
Zircon Gold is G23 Titanium coated with Zirconium nitride, and has been tested and certified as biocompatible for external and internal medical devices. No gold or palladium is added to the formula. The coating is extremely resistant to scratches, though can fade or chip over time. It can be autoclaved and used for initial piercings.

Our jewellery is manufactured in different locations across the world. Metal jewellery is mainly made in Korea and Thailand, the tribal jewellery is hand made in Borneo and many specialized materials are manufactured in Europe.

Your Jewellery will not be pre sterilized. All jewellery should be sterilized before use. We recommend using warm salt water or ear- care for external items. For oral items Listerine can be used. Do not use hot water as it may weaken / damage selected items.

Jewellery with dangles are occasional wear items and shouldn`t be worn while doing sports or when going to bed.

Jewellery with clusters of little stones are occasional wear and should avoid being worn in water as the stones are only glued in and may come out.

Plastic balls, silicon plugs, bioplast or PTFE items may break or weaken if screwed on too tight, bitten or sterilized in hot water.

Dice with jewels, capsules, silicon spikey balls, picture balls or items with small attachments are novelty items only. They should not be worn for prolonged periods of time or while eating as parts may break off creating a choking hazard.

HOW TO AVOID DISCOLOURATION

Drinking coke, coffee, red wine or smoking may cause some jewellery to discolour. Other factors which may cause jewellery to discolour are hair dyes, make up removers and repeated exposure to other chemicals.

CARING FOR JEWELLERY WITH STONES

Chemicals may affect the glue used to hold parts of the jewellery together. For all jewellery including jewelled balls, nose studs, bioplast labrets, eyebrow bars and jewelled plugs clear nail polish can be painted over the stones to help hold them in and stop the stones from discolouring.

GOLD PLATED JEWELLERY is surgical steel with 24ct gold plating so it should not cause any skin irritation, however as with any gold plated jewellery the plating may come off with time. We ultimately suggest using this item as an occasional wear.

CONTACT LENS HELP

Angel Body Jewellery sell only high quality soft contact lenses. The lenses we sell are all TGA Registered and are the same quality that you would get at an optometrist (just without the prescription). 

Your lenses will last approx.  90 Days (3 Months ) from date of opening.

Crazy Lenses are design lenses with solid unnatural colour, pictures or prints.  Any of our wild eye lenses that have design prints on them are inbuilt with an anti-swing axis meaning your design will always stay facing the right way up!!!

YOUR LENSES ARE: WILD / CRAZY LENSES – The wild / crazy lenses will generally completely cover most natural eyes with a very solid piercing effect. (even extremely dark / almost black natural eyes ). The only time they may not cover extremely dark eyes are if they are a faded/ blended red crazy eye lens.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your hands before handling the contacts or touching your eyes to ensure you do not damage the contacts or cause eye infection.
  • Never use sharp items such as tweezers to handle your lenses. WE CAN NOT offer replacements or refunds for torn or damaged lenses.
  • Keep contacts in case at all times when not being worn.
  • Do not store contacts in a heated environment
  • Change contact solution after every use.(We suggest opti- free solution available from most chemists)   
  • Never clean your contacts with tap water.
  • Do not share contacts.
  • Do not wear contacts while swimming.
  • Do not sleep with your contacts in.
  • Always put your contacts in before applying make-up.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION  

The first time you wear the contacts you should only wear them for approx. 1 hour. The second use for 3 hours and then each wear after this you should not exceed wearing them for 8 hours.  This allows your eyes a chance to slowly adapt to wearing the contacts and reduces the risk of damage to the eyes.  During the time that you are wearing your lenses protein starts to build up on the lenses. This is why it is very important to change your contact solution after every use.  The solution breaks down the protein build up.  If you do not follow this care instruction not only will it deteriorate your contacts faster but you also run the risk of causing permanent damage to your eyes.  *  If you find that you have put the contact in and the lense is slipping around on your eye when you blink it is probable that you have your lense inside out.

 

Angel Body Jewellery sell only high quality soft contact lenses. The lenses we sell are all TGA Registered and are the same quality that you would get at an optometrist (just without the prescription). 

Your lenses will last approx. 6 Months (180 Days).

There are two different styles of sclera lenses, mini sclera (17mm)and full sclera (22mm)lenses.       Sclera lenses are unlike normal lenses in that they cover more of the white of your eye. Due to the lenses being larger they feel different in the eye then a normal lense. They do not sit with a bubble/ full dome shape at the pupil of your eye, they sit much flatter and have a completely different feel. If you’re not used to wearing lenses regularly we do not recommend wearing full sclera lenses. We cannot offer refunds for people who decide to use these without the experience required to put them in.

Mini sclera lenses (17mm)are designed to completely cover your natural eye colour. They sit wider than your iris and will take up approx. 50-70% of your eye cavity, (the whites of your eye).

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your hands before handling the contacts or touching your eyes to ensure you do not damage the contacts or cause eye infection.
  • Keep contacts in case at all times when not being worn.
  • Never use sharp objects such as tweezers to handle your lenses. We CAN NOT offer replacements for  torn or damaged lenses.
  • Do not store contacts in a heated environment
  • Change contact solution after every use. (We suggest opti- free solution available from most chemists)   
  • Never clean your contacts with tap water.
  • Do not share contacts.
  • Do not wear contacts while swimming.
  • Do not sleep with your contacts in.
  • Always put your contacts in before applying make-up.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The first time you wear the contacts you should only wear them for approx. 1 hour. The second use for 3 hours and then each wear after this you should not exceed wearing them for 8 hours.  This allows your eyes a chance to slowly adapt to wearing the contacts and reduces the risk of damage to the eyes.  During the time that you are wearing your lenses protein starts to build up on the lenses. This is why it is very important to change your contact solution after every use.  The solution breaks down the protein build up.  If you do not follow this care instruction not only will it deteriorate your contacts faster but you also run the risk of causing permanent damage to your eyes. 

Angel Body Jewellery sell only high quality soft contact lenses. The lenses we sell are all TGA Registered and are the same quality that you would get at an optometrist (just without the prescription). 

Your lenses will last approx.  180 Days (6 Months).

There are two different styles of sclera lenses, mini sclera (17mm)and full sclera (22mm)lenses.       Sclera lenses are unlike normal lenses in that they cover more of the white of your eye. Due to the lenses being larger they feel different in the eye then a normal lense. They do not sit with a bubble/ full dome shape at the pupil of your eye, they sit much flatter and have a completely different feel. 

If you’re not used to wearing lenses regularly we do not recommend wearing full sclera lenses. We cannot offer refunds for people who decide to use these without the experience required to put them in.

FULL SCLERA LENSES (22mm) are designed to completely cover your natural eye colour. They sit wider than your iris and will cover 90 -100% of your eye cavity, (the whites of your eye).

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your hands before handling the contacts or touching your eyes to ensure you do not damage the contacts or cause eye infection.
  • Keep contacts in case at all times when not being worn. All our full sclera lenses come with a larger specially designed case and for the care of the lenses should not be kept in regular / standard style lense cases. 
  • Never use sharp objects such as tweezers to handle your lenses. WE CAN NOT offer replacements for torn or damaged lenses.
  • Do not store contacts in a heated environment
  • Change contact solution after every use. (We suggest opti- free solution available from most chemists)   
  • Never clean your contacts with tap water.
  • Do not share contacts.
  • Do not wear contacts while swimming.
  • Do not sleep with your contacts in.
  • Always put your contacts in before applying make-up.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

The first time you wear the contacts you should only wear them for approx. 1 hour. The second use for 3 hours and then each wear after this you should not exceed wearing them for 6 hours.  This allows your eyes a chance to slowly adapt to wearing the contacts and reduces the risk of damage to the eyes.  During the time that you are wearing your lenses protein starts to build up on the lenses. This is why it is very important to change your contact solution after every use.  The solution breaks down the protein build up.  If you do not follow this care instruction not only will it deteriorate your contacts faster but you also run the risk of causing permanent damage to your eyes. 

GENERAL INFO AND ADVICE

To expand an ear lobe you must first have a pierced ear. It is recommended that if your ear has only recently been pierced that you wait until it is completely healed before starting to expand. This is usually 6-8 weeks after the initial piercing.

You should always sterilize your jewellery before using it. It is also a good idea to wash your hands and clean your ear lobe with a basic saline solution before starting the stretching process. This reduces the risk of infection. A basic saline solution is 1 cup of water to 1 teaspoon of salt.

The best time to stretch your ears is directly after a shower as the heat from the water softens the skin and opens the hole of the piercing. We suggest also trying to use a non-alcohol/ perfume based lubricant such as KY, Vaseline or Gauge Gear. Using lubricant will help reduce the jewellery piece gripping against the skin, and thus reduce the risk of skin tearing.

It is suggested to start with a small size stretcher / expander, usually a 3mm. Take a shower, sterilize your jewellery and begin to slowly push the narrow end of the expander through your ear.  This may hurt a little. If your ear starts to have a burning feeling use the black grommets on either side of your ear to hold the expander in place and leave your ear a day to settle. To expand an ear correctly it is a slow process. It should take a week to completely push the expander in following the same process each time. (Shower, sterilize, lube, expand).

Be aware that you shouldn`t use excessive force to push the expander in all the way on the first try. Using excessive force will tear the skin resulting in bleeding, pus or infection.  Tearing the skin means you have made your ear hole an open wound.  The open wound will heal at the size of your expander reducing the chance of the hole closing back down when you take your jewellery out.

Once your expander is all the way in we recommend waiting 4-5 days before continuing to the next size. When going up in size no more than a 2mm size jump is recommended.

At Angel Body Jewellery we have one of the largest ranges of stretchers, plugs and tunnels in Perth.  We sell all sizes from 3mm – 30mm, and a selected range up to 50mm

* Want to go BIGGER?  Imagine your ear lobe as an elastic band. The more you stretch it and then let it go back down to size the more elasticity it loses. Same with your ear! Once you lose the elasticity your ears can be stretched to amazing sizes! … Just be aware of the holes it will leave.

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