Metal Content of
Piercing Jewelry - amounts to: Trust a Reliable Supplier
Mill Certificates for the Stainless Steel jewelry
provided by suppliers of body jewelry are
Certificates are not valid for Body Piercing Jewelry.
The "Certificate" sent by some suppliers is supposed to prove
that the jewelry is made
from the material specified in the certificate. It doesn't.
A "Mill Certificate" only certifies
a particular batch of mill material and is good only so long as the material
is not processed any further. In other words, as it is, direct from the
foundry. Where it goes afterwards,
how it is cut up, is not "certified" because it goes through other hands
before it lands in another fabricators hand to change the metal some
more. The people insisting on "Certificates" are newbies
listening to other newbies or who
don't know that the certificate is for the purchaser of the original
melt from the mill and is provided, along with a report of the test
results so the purchaser knows what they are getting.
Mill Certificates do not apply nor certify a product made from the
material because as soon as it is modified, such as threading, the
standards no longer apply. The final
product has to be re-certified by the jewelry maker by testing every
batch. The original "Mill Certificate" is not valid.
Body jewelry is not a medical
application. Body jewelry is not "approved" by the FDA.
Unless the application requires a Chain of Custody, certificated items
cannot be traced without lot numbers on the product.
Distributors even mix different shipments
together and do not record lot numbers.
Retailers mix them again but don't record and do not need lot numbers either.
Because there are no lot numbers or serial numbers engraved on piercing
there is no assurance that a particular piece of
jewelry is from anywhere.
There has never been a need for this.
Stainless Steel 316L,
commercial factory grade
(non-F138) coming from Korea, Thailand, China etc.
IS THE INDUSTRY STANDARD STAINLESS STEEL
USED BY TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF PIERCERS
FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS
IN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PIERCINGS
WITHOUT A PROBLEM
ASTM F138 316LVM
DOES NOT APPLY
The BASIS OF
ASTM STANDARDS IS:
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE USAGE OVER TIME
PROVES IT IS SAFE
ASTM Standards assert that safety in use is the defining argument for
safety. Use proves safety.
There is no scientific or
rational argument to support the assertion that ASTM F138 316LVM SS is
necessary or any better for body
jewelry application. The argument for 316LVM has no merit and must be
discarded as a fringe element with a private agenda to sell F138 jewelry within the piercing community.
Non- F138 Certified 316L has
been SAFELY used
- for two decades
- in millions and millionsof piercings
- by tens of thousands of piercers.
Safe "Usage" is accepted by
proof of acceptability of the material used.
message coming through?
316L SS is the standard for body piercing jewelry in the
U.S. and should continue to be the standard body piercing material, not
Attempts to mislead piercers
that F138 is the standard, or should be the standard is not based on
fact or scientific evidence but an attempt to get market share for
corporate sponsors: - payola.
There is no argument to
It is not relevant for body
internal is a sham to sell the same F138 company products.
I exposed the defenseless claim that piercings were being torn up inside
by using externally threaded jewelry. After this was exposed as a
delliberate lie the new
laughable terminology being used is "micro-tears." Equally
Read more at
The majority of all piercing jewelry is made overseas and mostly
Do not be fooled.
For piercing jewelry
F138 is not
any better than 316L for body jewelry.
As an example, would
it make sense to buy the newest titanium alloy and pay a premium
because it would melt at 800 degrees Centigrade rather than 1100 degrees
This is in effect what the difference is for piercing: NO DIFFERENCE
FOR THE APPLICATION OF BODY PIERCING.
Desperate Suppliers want to separate you from your
hard earned money by charging you more and bigger profits. How long do
we put up with being ripped off in the name of "better" that is not
better in reality.
Watch Out.....when someone says... "cheap Asian steel"
that's the first sign of deception.
Lies are meant to distort your mind's ability to see reality.
Claiming that Asian goods are not produced under ASTM standards
does not mean they they are unacceptable. Do you buy Apple products?
ASTM standards are the accepted way to
describe what something is
for trade between a buyer and a seller
so those using the specification are talking about the same
Body piercing jewelry and tools are not rocket science products.
When it comes to LOWER COST, Asia is a global source everyone knows
that. No longer should anyone consider China as inferior by definition.
The cost of the stainless steel in a piercing jewelry is affordable, the
rest is labor.
A barbell from Asia costs cents, made in the USA it is $ 6.00.
Our subway cars are made from Asian steels and your car
You may buy a USA made car but it has
most of the parts made overseas.
Boeing's Dreamliner tail sections (25% of the plane) are MADE IN CHINA. TVs, cameras, phones and computers.
How many items that we trust and use and our lives depend on.
Hold these deceivers accountable when they try to fool you.
"Accountability" means there is a price to pay.
When suppliers lie, excepting mistakes, they
should not get your orders.
If the buck stops here, and there is no penalty for failing, it
Without penalty "Accountability" is a joke.
A little secret:
jewelry can be made in Asia and then polished and assembled here and
pocket the difference. You are not able to tell the difference if both
Another deception is the appeal to: "Quality" above price.
You could go out of business falling for this old line.
Price can be crucial if it is too high for customers to purchase.
Buying the highest quality body jewelry does not make sense if you have
Even jewelry stores on Fifth Ave in NY have been going out of business.
Sales people who use this gimmick
want you to pay more so they make more.
This is a
real phone call I had:
The owner failed to see that
they are successful competing against tattoo shops
but lost all their piercing business to the same shops
and blaming it on "too many Shops in the area"
Wes: Hi. ----, How's business.
X: Good. Our tattoo figures are better
than last year.
Wes: I see you haven't bought jewelry for a real long time.
X: Yeah, we've been buying everything from
--xyz--- hand polished "quality" jewelry.
Wes: Why is that?
X: Actually we don't buy much anymore.
Last month we let our piercer go.
Too many tattoo shops.
Too much competition.
He didn't get it.
He competed in tattoo effectively, but lost his piercing business
because his body jewelry was "better" and lured into believing
customers want to pay higher prices than down the street, like they are
ignorant and don't shop the internet.
It would make no sense to install
Formula 1 motors in
New York City taxis because those engines are better.
So it is with body piercing jewelry.
Don't risk your business to the delusion
that people will pay more for an
item that looks exactly like the less costly alternative.