Surgical Stainless Steel in Body Jewelry – What does it mean?

What is 316L surgical stainless steel

Ever wondered what the term 316L Surgical Stainless Steel actually meant when purchasing body jewelry? Surgical stainless steel refers to certain grades of stainless steel that are used in biomedical applications. This makes surgical stainless steel the ideal material for the buildup of any body jewelry. There is no exact content chart on what constitutes a surgical stainless steel, so product manufacturers and distributors may apply the term to any grade of corrosion resistant steel.

stainless steel body jewelry316 stainless steel, also referred to as marine grade stainless steel, is a chromium, nickel, and molybdenum alloy of steel that exhibits great strength and corrosion resistance. In a 316LVM steel buildup, the VM on the 316LVM stands for vacuum melted and the L stands for low carbon. The vacuum melted process reduces what steel makers refer to as inclusions, which are tiny impurities that remain in the steel often at microscopic level. The vacuum melting process also removes the presence of sulfur, phosphorous, and any other unwanted contents.

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Is the 316L and 316LVM steel completely nickel-free? While 316L and 316LVM have very low nickel content, a very low percentage of nickel will always be present as nickel is a necessary component in the process of the alloy buildup.

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Surgical stainless steel has become a staple of steel jewelry, as the steel is priced economically and safe for the user. If the thought of minimal impurities still bugs the user, Hollywood Body Jewelry recommends checking out our solid medical grade titanium.

Keep Your Customers Coming Back With High Quality Jewelry

Retailers understand the importance of selling high quality jewelry to customers. Body jewelry such as spirals, plugs, and navel rings are extremely popular items sold at brick-and-mortar and online stores. Of course, piercing shops and tattoo parlors want to buy body jewelry at wholesale prices to ensure making a profit from customers. When customers enter your shop, they want to see an excellent selection of body jewelry that reflects their personality. Many customers think carefully before making a body jewelry purchase because it is an important part of their aesthetics. At the same time, anyone considering a body piercing is concerned about avoiding infections to protect their health.

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Avoid Reactions

There are no strict federal or state guidelines concerning body jewelry. It is up to the consumer to learn about jewelry safety to avoid health problems before getting a piercing. Retail establishments must understand the importance of selling high quality jewelry to maintain a great reputation with customers. The individuals who enjoy getting a body piercing tend to communicate with each other about good and bad experiences. Retailers stocking body jewelry and individuals who provide piercing procedures must find well-made jewelry products to keep customers happy. Customers who get a body piercing that leads to an allergic reaction or infection will complain to their friends, leading to a loss of business.

Durable Materials

After getting a body piercing, an individual must wear the jewelry for several weeks as the wound heals. Jewelry used for body piercings must contain durable metals that are resistant to deterioration from chemicals. Customers receiving a new piercing will need to apply sanitizing substances, such as rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, to keep the site clean. The materials contained in the jewelry items must never interact or corrode with these cleaning substances. In addition, jewelry should be heat- and acid-resistant to avoid interactions that are damaging to an individual’s body. Companies and dealers should understand the importance of selling high quality jewelry to retail establishments and piercing artists to prevent people from having uncomfortable reactions.