Jewelry that fits
All our jewelry is sold with a personalized fitting by a qualified professional piercer. Installation is only $6.00 with any jewelry purchase. We ensure secure installation to reduce the risk of loss as well as to verify the health of your piercing.
The correct jewelry choice offers the best possible comfort and long-term health of your piercing. Beyond correct sizing, certain piercing requires specialized custom adjusted designs, a nostril screw is a good examples. Our jewelry is contoured to the shape of you’re piercing at the time of installation and the fit. This results in the most comfortable and stable nostril screw design in the industry.
Our Standard for Jewelry
We maintain only one standard in quality jewelry, the very BEST! The following are some of the criteria we use when selecting our jewelry:
- Internally Threaded
- Mill Spec.
- Organic Jewelry
There are many different types of costume and novelty jewelry that are produced out of a wide array of materials. This jewelry is just what is says: a novelty or costume. There is no great danger in wearing them for a short time. They should not be the primary jewelry worn as they are not of the same high quality as the other materials available. Piercing jewelry in today’s market is not all the same, as many people believe. We provides state of the art implant grade piercing jewelry or appropriate precious metals for new piercing to achieve the best possible results with each piercing. Jewelry quality makes a very big difference!
Here is an analogy for you: If you or a loved one needed brain surgery, would you call around for the cheapest brain surgeon or would you look for the best one available? A few extra dollars spent now, may save money for fixing a "good deal" gone bad later. Think about it!
We want to educate you about good versus bad jewelry. Value your body and what goes into it, don’t be a sucker!
Whether you are getting your first piercing, or you have many piercings and you are looking for new jewelry, we probably have what you are looking for. We have the largest selection of high-quality body jewelry in the city of Concord, and likely the entire state of California.
We have a huge selection of jewelry in the studio at any given time, and custom orders are also encouraged. We think you should have exactly the jewelry you want, custom fit to your piercing. The best way to understand our unlimited selection is to understand the possibilities. It would be impossible to show you every possible jewelry design since they would number in the millions! Use your imagination and let us help you create the perfect piece of jewelry for you. Or choose directly from our large inventory.
Precious gems, semi-precious, and laboratory-created gems are our specialty. Our gems are never plastic and never glued!
To maximize our selection, our quality, and our ability to create customized designs we deal with numerous reputable jewelry manufacturers across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Most body jewelry on the market today is not safe in material or design. Most jewelers and jewelry companies have no piercing experience and so do not understand the specifications required to achieve the best results. We have our own standard and demand the best from our suppliers, so you are always assured of the highest quality.
The materials used in our jewelry selection have been shown, either through scientific research or years of practical experience to be very friendly (biocompatible) to the human body. We have on file mill certificates from each of our manufacturers, showing that the materials they are using have passed testing and certification for being implant-grade.
These mill certificates show us that the jewelry we are purchasing is made of the appropriate materials. We know we are providing a safe product to our clients. Without these certificates, we would simply have to take the word of manufacturers that they were selling a safe product.
Piercing jewelry is not regulated like medical devices or other products used in your body. This means that most piercing jewelry on the market today is not tested or regulated in any way. We choosse to promote only safest materials approved by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) to achieve the best possible results with any piercing.
We sell ONLY the highest quality body jewelry available. Quality jewelry DOES differ from the cheap stuff. You need to know what you are look for and why you should be willing to pay more for it. Here’s an overview of what to look for in high quality jewelry.
This is the most important factor when it comes to body jewelry. Anything that goes into a piercing, whether it's a new piercing or an old one, should be implant-grade. Not every material used to make body jewelry is necessarily intended to be in the human body.
We limit what materials we will use in a new piercing to the following materials:
- 316LVM ASTM F-138 Stainless Steel
- 6Al4V ASTM F-136 Titanium
- 14kt and 18kt Solid Gold
- Tygon, a biocompatible plastic
- PTFE (Teflon), a biocompatible plastic
These materials have been shown through scientific research or years of practical experience, to be very friendly (biocompatible) to the human body.
The polish on a piece of jewelry is nearly as important as the implant-grade specification of the material. All jewelry going into a fresh piercing should have a mirror finish, meaning that you should almost be able to see your reflection in the piece of jewelry. A highly polished piece of jewelry has a much smoother finish, on a microscopic level, than a piece of jewelry that isn't polished as well. This smoother finisher results in less places for microorganisms to adhere to the jewelry and also means the jewelry is less irritating when moved through a fresh piercing.
Jewelry that has a "dull" or gray appearance to it, has not been thoroughly polished, and should not be worn in a fresh piercing. This type of jewelry may be irritating to healed piercing also. The most important part of the jewelry is the finish. It is vital that the jewelry have a mirror finish, a high shine super-smooth surface. Body jewelry that has any nicks, burrs, tooling marks or scratches can cause severe complication with healing. A poor finish can result in trauma to the wound, delayed healing, and a build up of scar tissue. A rough or porous surface can introduce bacteria into the wound and cause infection.
Cheap costume and novelty jewelry does not offer the same quality finish as high quality, more expensive body jewelry. Even on a healed piercing, jewelry with rough finish can cause irritation, skin damage and complications.
All threaded jewelry we use for new piercings is internally threaded. This means there is a small threaded post attached to the ball(s) of the jewelry and there is a threaded hole in the shaft of the jewelry; in other words a male ball and a female post.
Using jewelry threaded in this fashion means that no rough threads pass through your fresh piercing. Obviously, this could be very painful as well as traumatic to your new piercing. Cheap externally threaded costume and novelty jewelry (female ball and male shaft), the opposite style of jewelry we use, can often cause pain and trauma when inserted into a fresh piercing.
In addition, internally threaded jewelry generally has more threads on the ball and shaft, making it less likely you will lose a ball. When wearing threaded jewelry, it is important to check the tightness of the balls once or twice per day to ensure they stay on tight. Movement and friction throughout the day can cause the balls to loosen.
Another advantage of internally threaded jewelry is interchangeability. Most of the manufacturers who produce internally threaded jewelry have agreed to all use the same sizes of threads for the various gauges of jewelry. Therefore, while each gauge may have different size threads, the threaded end from one company will fit a barbell from a different company. This means that you will not be required to purchase a whole new piece of jewelry, just because you want a certain end from one company when your barbell may be from another company. There is very little interchangeability between companies who produce externally threaded jewelry.
Externally threaded jewelry (which have no use in body piercing) has threads on the post, and they must passed through the piercing to insert and remove the jewelry most often damaging the skin every time you take it in and out. I describe it like this to people; it’s like taking a hacksaw to your shin, the threads move back and forth causing a lot of trauma. You don’t have to be a rocket science to realize that internally threaded jewelry is the way to go. It is much more sophisticated and expensive to manufacture internally tapped jewelry; therefore the end product does cost more. But again, it is well worth the extra expense to avoid having to pass threads (the hacksaw) through your body. Also, due to longer threading and greater thread count, internally threaded balls hold more securely. If I had a dime for every time people came in with a lost ball I’d be a millionaire.
Annealing is a process whereby jewelry is superheated and cooled in a controlled environment. This causes a "softening" of the jewelry, making the jewelry easier to manipulate. This is especially important in the case of captive bead rings, as it becomes much easier to open and close the ring for the purpose of insertion or removal. Except for large-gauge pieces of jewelry, annealed jewelry usually requires no tools to manipulate. As a result, there is a much smaller chance of scratching or damaging the jewelry than if tools have to be used. In addition, annealing is an important step needed to make certain materials meet the requirements for being an implant-grade material.
We have on file mill certificates from each of our manufacturers, showing that the materials they are using have passed testing and certification for being implant-grade. These mill certificates show us that the jewelry we are purchasing is made of the appropriate materials, so that we know we are providing a safe product to our clients. Without these certificates, we would simply have to take the word of manufacturers that they were selling a safe product.
Any retailer providing you with stainless steel, titanium, and niobium body jewelry should have access to” Mill Certificates” or “Mill Spec” from the manufacturer of that product. The certificate details the particular grade of the metal. If a body jewelry supplier is not familiar with this, then they are not keeping up with important information that is available in the piercing field.
We only carry jewelry from manufacturers that can supply us with Mill Spec, so we can be ASSURED that our jewelry is made from the proper grade of metal. Thus keeping our goal to carry the safest body jewelry.
Most stainless steel body jewelry will says it is “implant grade”. This claim is useless without proof. It should say ASTM F-138, if not it is not compliant with the requirements that make it implant grade. Often on the package it will say 316L or 316LVM, but this alone does not assure implant grade! It MUST be F-138 grade. The only way to know if it is implant grade is to ask for the Mill Spec, Titanium should specifically be Ti6A4V F-136 grade. These are the only materials that we stock.
These are the same metals used in medical application such as hip or knee replacement and bone pins. It is frequently claimed that the cheaper jewelry is “implant grade” but this is often not the case. If you are going to shop elsewhere, ask to see the Mill Spec. Even if they can’t tell the difference between good and bad, your body will, don’t find out the hard way. Stay away from cheap jewelry.
Other metals should be avoided because the are not meant to be worn in the body because of HIGH REACTIVIY this including sterling silver , copper, aluminum and any gold plating, this is poor jewelry and can result in a variety of adverse reactions including allergies, infections, and rejected piercing.
In addition to stainless steel, titanium, niobium, gold and glass, there are many other "natural" materials from which jewelry can be made. Materials such as horn, bone, wood and stone can be used to make unique and beautiful jewelry options.
Because these materials are not man-made, there are several things to keep in mind when wearing organic jewelry:
* While jewelry made from horn, bone, wood and stone is generally pretty durable, it will not be as strong or as resilient as jewelry made from metal. Therefore, it is more prone to breaking if it is dropped, treated roughly or put under stress/pressure.
* Naturally-occurring materials may have defects that are not visible and/or cannot be anticipated.
* As with other types of body jewelry, the quality of the materials and the level of craftsmanship used in making the jewelry will both impact the final product. We purchase jewelry from companies who use only high-quality organic materials and craftspeople who are experts in their field. This combination helps to ensure we can offer you the best organic jewelry possible.
* Even with the steps we take to ensure the quality of our organic jewelry, the nature of the materials do not allow us to make the same guarantee against breakage or defects that we offer on our other jewelry. If you experience a problem with organic jewelry you purchased from us, we will try to help you as best we can, but please understand our options are somewhat limited.
In addition to the considerations listed above, it's important to remember that organic jewelry does require some care and maintenance:
* Wood, horn and bone jewelry needs to be oiled anywhere from once-per-week to once every several months, depending upon how often you wear the jewelry and the season of the year. Organic jewelry will need to be oiled more frequently in colder, dryer weather than during warmer, more moist weather.
* Use a natural oil, such as such as jojoba oil, on your jewelry. If you are allergic to nuts, you should probably choose an alternative oil to use on your jewelry.
* Do not expose organic jewelry to water for extended periods of time, including showers. Prolonged water exposure can damage or ruin your jewelry. If your jewelry needs to be cleaned, wash it briefly with a mild soap and water.
* Do not subject organic jewelry to harsh chemical cleaners, including alcohol.
While allergic reactions to organic materials are uncommon, they are possible. Allergic reactions most commonly occur to wood jewelry. We take every effort to sell jewelry made only from materials that are tolerated well by most people. However, it is not reasonable for us to be able to determine if you will have some type of allergic reaction. Allergic reactions may not show up immediately. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, or some other problem, remove your jewelry immediately. If you have questions related to your organic jewelry, please don't ever hesitate to stop in and see us, call us or send us an email.
Your Body Knows the Difference
You can find plenty of cheap costume and novelty jewelry. Some of it may be fashionable and attractive, but once you know the difference, do you REALLY want that crap in your body? I’d don’t think so.
I get calls all the time, people come in off the street offering to sell us jewelry in bulk packaging. When we tell them to prove what it is made out of, they usually can’t. So we send them packing out our door.