Metal Content of
Piercing Jewelry - amounts to: Trust a Reliable Supplier
Mill Certificates for the Stainless Steel
provided by suppliers of body jewelry are meaningless, perhaps
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. It is a lie.
There are no valid Mill
Certificates for any Body Piercing Jewelry.
This is pure deception.
A "Mill Certificate" only certifies
a particular batch of 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 mother hands
before it lands in your hands. The people insisting on "Certificates"
don't even know that the material is only step number one, the final
product has to be re-certified by the final processor to be meaningful.
The original "Mill Certificate" is no longer valid.
Body jewelry is not a medical
application. Body jewelry is not "approved" by the FDA.
Unless the application requires a Chain of Custody, certification items
cannot be traced.
Distributors even mix different shipments
together and do not record lot numbers.
Retailers don't record and do not need lot numbers either.
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 for this.
It would be ridiculous to require lot numbers.
Non-F138-certified 316L SS
body jewelry has been used for the last 20 years.
AST asserts that safety and in use history 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 at all in body
jewelry application. The argument for 316LVM has no merit and must be
discarded as a fringe element within the piercing community.
No lot number means
trust your supplier.
Non- F138 Certified 316L has
- for two decades
- in millions of piercings
- by tens of thousands of piercers.
Safe "Usage" is accepted by
ASTM as ultimate proof of acceptability of the material used.
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 316LVM is the standard, or should be the standard is not based on
fact or scientific evidence.
There is no argument to
support 316LVM. It is not relevant for body
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The majority of all piercing jewelry is made overseas and mostly
Do not be fooled.
For piercing jewelry 316LVM 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 could withstand 300 degrees below zero, instead of 200
degrees below zero?
This is in effect what the difference is for piercing: NO DIFFERENCE.
Desperate Suppliers try and deceive YOU.
Watch Out.....when someone says... "cheap Asian steel"
that's the first sign of attempted deception.
When you hear ASTM Standards watch out,
The "pseudo" technical talk is a technique of
persuasion to win your business by and distorting your
In fact, these desperate people are not Certified.
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.
ASTM standards are the accepted way to
describe what something is
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
The cost of the stainless steel in a piercing jewelry is pennies, the
rest is labor.
A barbell from Asia costs 30 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%) are MADE IN CHINA,
and are not inferior in any way. 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.
Unimax has earned the Trust of users around the
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 is made in Asia and
then only polished and assembled here.
If you import Chinese barbells and screw the balls on it is now Made in
... but they won't tell you that,
because they want to charge you more money for the same jewelry.
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 have been going out of business.
Sales people who use this gimmick
want you to pay more for nothing.
This is a
real phone call:
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 but lost his piercing business.
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.