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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 fraudulent.

Mill 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 jewelry 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.





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 ASTM as
proof of acceptability of the material used.

Is the 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 F138 316LVM.

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 support 316LVM.
It is not relevant for body piercing jewelry.


Concerning threading, 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 ridiculous.



The majority of all piercing jewelry is made overseas and mostly from Asia.

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 Centigrade? 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 material.

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 parts also.

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 means nothing,
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 are polished.

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 a business.  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.


The following certificates support our claim that the balls and bars are Stainless Steel 316L
are not inferior to any other 316L, but there is no way to tie your body jewelry to these certificates. By the way, producers of steel don't put lot numbers on billets.

I worked in a steel mill, Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, NY as an inspector of bars.
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