Stainless Steel Metal Content of
Amounts to: Trust a Reliable Supplier and look for a shiny surface.
Mill Certificates for Stainless Steel jewelry
provided by suppliers of body jewelry are
fraudulent. They violate ASTM explicit agreements for use of terms such
as ASTM-F138, -F136 etc. It is consumer fraud to use such terms to get
customers to pay ten times the price by claiming jewelry is F138
compliant. Body jewelry is never ASTM F138 compliant.
Certificates are not valid for Body Piercing Jewelry.
The "Certificate" sent by some suppliers is misrepresented as proving
that the jewelry is made
from the material specified in the certificate. It doesn't.
A "Mill Certificate" only certifies
a particular batch of material "hot from the over" 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 and likely changes the metal.
People insisting on "Certificates" 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 buying.
Mill Certificates do not apply nor certify a product. The final
product has to be re-certified by the jewelry maker by testing every
batch and enrolling in an ASTM program to make such a claim.
The original "Mill Certificate" is not valid
for body jewelry - it is fraud.
Distributors even mix different shipments
Retailers mix them again.
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 a chain of custody.
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
The BASIS OF
ASTM STANDARDS IS:
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE USAGE OVER TIME
THAT IS PROOF: IT IS SAFE
ASTM Standards assert that safety in use is the defining argument for
Safe and effective usage proves safety.
There is no scientific or
rational argument to support the assertion that ASTM F138 (formerly
called 316LVM) is
necessary or any better for body
jewelry application. The argument for 316LVM has no merit and must be
discarded as from a fringe element with a private agenda to sell F138 jewelry within the piercing community.
Currently this fringe group has embarked on a offensive to
influence health departments with bogus arguments to force you to
buy their expensive product, because the industry doesn't see the need
for jewelry ten times the price with no added value or benefit for the
THE FIRST ARGUMENT
Non- F138 Certified,
commercial factory grade 316L
been SAFELY used for more than 25 years
- in millions and millions of piercings
- by tens of thousands of piercers.
Safe "Usage" is
the standard ASTM uses as
proof of acceptability of a material used
in a specific application.
Commercial, factory grade
316L SS is the U.S. Industry standard
in the application of body jewelry, for body piercing jewelry
and should continue to be the standard body piercing material.
Attempts to mislead piercers
that ASTMF138 is the standard,
or should be the standard is not based on
fact nor scientific evidence but an attempt to gain market share for
corporate sponsors: - (payola).
ARGUMENT Number 2
There is no added benefit or value that a customer would get
simply by changing the material used.
Paraphrasing Fontana’s textbook on Corrosion Engineering,
A ridiculous example (to make a point) would be insisting that auto
makers make cars from tantalum because your car would corrode when
driven through a lake of hydrochloric acid. … p8
There is not a single
to make all body jewelry from ASTM F138 material.
It is merely to make profits for the suppliers.
internal is a sham as well.
I exposed the defenseless claim that piercings were being torn up inside
by using externally threaded jewelry. After this was exposed as a
deliberate lie the new
laughable terminology being used is "micro-tears." Equally
Read more at
It is quite possible to
mix in 316L with F138 and you will never know. And who is to say
that is not going on. Suppliers know that. Trust a reliable
supplier. Better yet, don't waste money on F138 because your customers
cannot tell the difference either.
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.
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 fifty 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. Don't
"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.
It would make no sense to install
Formula 1 motors in
New York City taxis because those engines can power taxis at 180 mph.
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.