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Stainless Steel Or Titanium?

When it comes to piercings there is an important question to be asked, “Stainless steel or titanium?”

This can be a large concern for some as even though 316L Stainless steel is the standard grade of Stainless steel in piercings worldwide some people’s bodies can still have an allergic reaction to it and that’s no good!

So I shall dedicate this blog to explaining some of the key elements of both 316L stainless steel and ASTM F136 Titanium, which to use and maybe you might just find your new favourite piercing 😉


316L Stainless Steel

316L? What does that mean? 316L refers to a grade of stainless steel that is compliant to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) which ensures that the metal going into your body is held to a high safety and hygiene standard.

Stainless steel is one of the most common metals used in piercings around the world because it is cheap, strong and resistant to corrosion making it ideal for use in piercings ranging from horseshoe bars to rings.

Allergic reactions that occur from wearing 316L stainless steel jewellery often comes from mechanical irritation (cuts from sharp edges or friction from the piercing against the skin) or is due to cleaning with harsh sterilising chemicals, however, it is important to note that even 316L surgical stainless steel still contains amounts of nickle which is what brings out allergic reaction in some people’s bodies so make sure you check what you can and can’t wear! Health before style, people! 🤔

Another thing to keep in mind is that during cold seasons stainless steel will become quite cold as well, leading to discomfort when wearing but this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for you piercing enthusiasts. I’m sure we all have a nice selection of piercings for each season! If not check out our collection 😉

ASTM F136 Titanium

ASTM F136 Titanium is the only titanium recommended by the APP (Association of Professional Piercers) for use in body piercing and is also used for body implants due to its incredibly low nickle content meaning there is less likelihood of allergic reactions

Aside from being 60% lighter than the same size of stainless steel piercing, titanium can also be anodised allowing it to be coloured in many fantastic looking colours meaning more choice to choose from! A few examples of this would be our rainbow horseshoe bars or our blue industrial bars.

The downside is that titanium piercings are somewhat more expensive compared to stainless steel piercings but the extra costs is certainly worth it!

So which one?

It all comes down to personal preference; while titanium is stronger, lighter and less likely, if at all,  to cause allergic reactions some people may still prefer good old Stainless steel piercings.

As we’ve discussed stainless steel piercings are fairly cheap and strong so you can’t really go wrong with them! There’s certainly no shame in splashing out for some titanium piercings now and then though 😉

You might be wondering how to tell if a piercing is made from Stainless steel or titanium, well it is actually quite easy! Titanium is not magnetic whereas stainless steel is, nice and simple! Now you’ll never get them mixed up.


Hopefully you have learned something and are able to decide on your next piercing

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