Heart Cross Industrial
Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Length: 1 -1/2"
Thickness: 14 gauge
Every Product Is Made Out Of Different Materials. Please Check Product Description For Material Information!!!
- Plated brass jewelry is not intended for sensitive skin. Do not Use on unhealed piercings. Please read the materials information before ordering. Do not purchase plated brass jewelry if you have sensitive skin.We are very straight forward with sharing the information of materials used so it is up to you to make an informed decision.We are not responsible for any skin irritation that could occur due to your choice to wear metals not suitable for sensitive skin so please consider this before making your purchase.
- Brass Jewelry Care: Be careful when using perfumes, lotions, or sprays while wearing your plated jewelry for they can ruin or strip the finish. Don’t wear your jewelry while swimming, exercising, showering, or sleeping. All Brass Plated Jewelry is not intended for extended everyday wear. It's advised to take this jewelry off when doing the activities stated above.After each wear, gently clean your jewelry with a dry soft cloth.If you do clean your jewelry with water be sure to dry it well before storing.Store it in a low humidity environment, it is not advised to store your jewelry in a bathroom that has a shower. Use a jewelry box, the box provided with your order, or a small jewelry bag.
316L Stainless Steel:
- Surgical Steel is one of the most popular body jewelry materials. Surgical Steel is a type of stainless steel with specific alloys. Some of these alloys include nickel, which is why generic stainless steel should not be used for jewelry.There are many different grades of Surgical Steel but only a few are body-friendly and suitable for body jewelry. The only body-friendly grades are 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. They do contain alloys, however, the alloys are trapped inside the material through special process so they cannot be released from the metal. Allergic reactions, when they occur, are rarely due to the Stainless Steel but from other factors (most commonly from mechanical irritation or harsh cleaning products). Some people, however do have allergies to the nickel found in the metal. 316L steel is the most basic metal used in body jewelry. It is the basic requirement of metal to be used in initial piercings and for healing. For most people this grade of steel works just fine.
- 316L Stainless Steel Care: Simply wash with antibacterial soap and warm water before inserting into your piercing. If the steel jewelry also has acrylic DO NOT use alcohol or harsh chemicals to clean it. It will ruin the acrylic. If the steel jewelry has gems on it DO NOT use alcohol or harsh chemicals to clean it. It could eat away the glue that holds them in place. Better pieces of jewelry will have the gem bezel set in it (not held in by glue). These pieces cost significantly more but are well worth the money.
- Those with hypersensitivity issues should use Titanium instead of Surgical Steel. Titanium is a preferred material for initial piercings because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. Titanium is as strong as steel, but as light as aluminum. It does not corrode, does not tarnish, It does not react to sunlight, salt-water, or any body chemistry, It can also be anodized to produce many vibrant colors and in its pure state, is totally non-allergenic, It is a perfect solution for a sensitive body that are having problems with healing a piercing.Unfortunately, Titanium is also more expensive material, so the piercing and the jewelry are going to be a bit higher, but you are worth it! Titanium is usually preferred over steel because it contains no nickel and it weighs almost 50% less than steel. Titanium can come in plain polish which looks just like steel AND it can come in a variety of colors (but NOT red or black). Titanium is super for people with sensitive skin to steel. It does cost a little more but is well worth it. Titanium comes in different grades just like steel with Grade 23 (6AL4V ELI F-136) implant grade being the highest. Colored titanium does fade over time (but is not dangerous to your piercing). If worn in the mouth the color usually wears faster. Simply wash with antibacterial soap and warm water before inserting into your piercing. No need to use alcohol or harsh cleansers on your jewelry
- Only 14k or 18k gold is appropriate for body jewelry (24k gold is too soft). 14k is the best as it is strong enough to maintain the threads for barbell etc. The higher grade of gold, the softer it gets. Lower grades than 14k could result in migration, rejection, or develop permanent reactions to gold.
- Do not clean with alcohol or other harsh chemicals. Simply wash with antibacterial soap and warm water before inserting into your piercing. Be gentle when screwing on balls as threads could easily strip. Over time gold can lose its luster from being within the body. All you need to do is lightly buff it back to its natural shine.
.925 Sterling Silver
- Silver should never be worn in new or unhealed piercings. It is safe to wear in healed piercings, but not for every day wear (every day for long periods). Silver can tarnish and when worn in a new piercing, the tarnish can be deposited into the skin causing it to darken or turn gray. Silver is very soft and is easily scratched. If you have a nickel allergy, do not wear sterling silver.
- Do not clean with alcohol or other harsh chemicals. Simply wash with antibacterial soap and warm water before inserting into your piercing. Over time silver can tarnish (turn brown colored). All you need to do is lightly buff it back to its natural shine.
PVD coated steel or titanium:
The process used to black-coat jewelry is called PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition). It is an outer coating over a base metal (titanium or steel). This jewelry is fine for autoclaving or steam sterilization treatments.
- PVD coated jewelry will fade and possibly chip over time.
- If you wear PVD coated jewerly in an oral piercing, the chances of it fading or chipping will be MUCH quicker than other piercings. Oral jewelry gets a lot of wear and depending on the person, the saliva can have a different effect on the coating. With some people it may be fine, with others it could start fading in a week. This can also happen from the jewelry being "clicked" on the teeth, rubbed, or chewed/bitten.
- Do not use alcohol or harsh chemicals to clean jewelry. Just use standard antibacterial soap and warm water to clean jewelry.