Stated my day off at @kittenflowerboutique right with a pair of 8g nostrils with single flare #carnelian plugs from #SleepingGoddess! #bignostrils #nosering #nosepiercing #nostrilpiercing #stoneplugs #stonejewelry #Michigan #eastown #Grandrapids
Fresh upper lobe with a yellow #gold prong-set #opal trinity end from @bodygems! #bling #Grandrapids #Michigan #eastown #goldslinger #goldhustler #fashion #jewelry #legitbodyjewelry
Fresh 12g septum with a gold-anodized titanium retainer from @industrialstrength. #Grandrapids #Michigan #eastown #septumpiercing #septum
Rainy day #nostril #piercing with an 8g single flare stone plug from #SleepingGoddess. #nosepiercing #bignostrils #stonejewelry #stoneplugs #Grandrapids #Michigan
A happy client rocking a fresh #conch piercing with a yellow #gold eight-point burst from @bodygems. Working at @kittenflowerboutique every day this week, get at me #Grandrapids #Michigan!
Do naysayers sleep in? I was expecting a little more doom and gloom. : )
While it’s certainly true that not everyone has issues with low quality jewelry(the body can be pretty impressive and heal things in SPITE of obstacles in its way), but the fact that you’ve been drastically overpaying for piercings with low quality jewelry should piss you off to the point that paying literally only a few more dollars for proper jewelry shouldn’t be a big deal lol. Most of the piercings I do, for example, start at 60 dollars with some nice pretty gemmed stuff with implant grade titanium and gems that are guaranteed for life. If you’re getting pierced with externally threaded jewelry and you pay more than 20 or 30 dollars(most of that money should be tied up in the piercing fee) then you’re not getting what you paid for. Externally threaded jewelry is dirt cheap. If you want to pay 50 dollars for a piercing with a piece of jewelry that the piercer/studio paid a dollar for, that’s your business and you’re entitled to do what you want. But understand how much you’re getting ripped off lol. It’s funny how some people, not necessarily you of course, think that high quality piercers rip people off with our prices but if you look at markup percentages, I can guarantee you that piercers that pierce with low quality jewelry have a DRASTICALLY higher markup percentage on their jewelry, and that should make you angry enough to not support them!
But if you want to talk about why high quality jewelry is better than low quality jewelry and not refer to pricing, we can do that as well! Sure, your piercings might have healed with low quality jewelry, but they likely would have healed faster and easier with high quality jewelry though. Low quality jewelry with a poor or non existent polish will have a rough surface finish which can irritate your piercing any time it moves which could cause excessive scarring during healing. Those little nooks and crannies in the jewelry can also harbor bacteria which can lead to infection. Luckily that hasn’t happened to you at this point, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t in the future. Externally threaded jewelry will also irritate your piercing every time the jewelry is inserted or removed. So yes, you haven’t had any issues, which is great, but that doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t benefit more from high quality jewelry and doesn’t mean that you won’t have issues in the future with low quality jewelry.
I personally just prefer to support companies/piercers that care enough about their clients to provide them with quality that is honestly the industry standard. You’re free to do what you’d like of course, but I try to encourage people to support the people in this industry that show that they deserve that support. Hope this explains everything a little better!
Just because the jewelry is externally threaded doesn’t mean it’s low quality.
what a piece of jewelry needs to be good quality (this doesn’t fully apply to stone/glass/etc, we’re just talking most initial body jewelry that will have threads, so steel, titanium, etc):
- mirror polished finish
- implant grade material
- threadless or internally threaded
sorry, kid. if you think that any piece of jewelry with external threading is good quality you’re shit outta luck.
also, i’m still laughing that the anon bitched about “high jewelry prices” when they’re paying more for externally threaded crap than i paid for implant grade steel and titanium in my piercings
You are correct about the qualities that jewelry needs to have in order to be up to industry standards, but come on now, anon wasn’t bitching. This anon was asking an honest question that deserved a real response. This is why I tried to go into a little bit more detail for them. No need to ridicule anyone that wasn’t aware and decided to ask a professional to explain. I just hope my answer helped them out!
Announcing changes to the block structure.
There are some changes coming to Magic.
Just got to end the afternoon rush at @kittenflowerboutique with a 6g initial #navel #piercing on @witchfartz with a black glass curve from #GlasswearStudios! #bellybutton #bellyring #fancy #gobigorgohome #Grandrapids #Michigan