Under the Microscope: Examining Jewellery With a Macro Lens

As a professional piercer involved in various industry groups and organisations there is wisdom shared among us that isn't able to be divulged to the public due to the fact that they are approved membership only and private. With summer nearly over and Christmas quickly approaching, semi-precious and precious stone body jewellery is a popular choice of present. In an earlier post, I mentioned that not all titanium jewellery is the same. In a group discussion with other piercers earlier this evening, photographs taken by another professional were shared. These photos were taken on the same camera, with the same settings and the same macro lens. None of the pictures have been edited save for cropping. He was kind enough to allow us to share his photographs as he has a macro lens and is able to capture images that are exceedingly close up. Both pieces are Aurora CZ navel bars that are hand polished titanium at different price points as...
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Anodising: What Is It, and Why You Can’t Get Black Anodised Titanium (Part 3 of 3 in the Jewellery FAQ Series)

I carry a range of coloured titanium jewellery pieces and am often asked how the colour is created and why some colours are unavailable. The goal of this post is to explain what anodising is, how the anodising process works, and why certain colours are not available.Polished titanium is naturally silver in colour. As mentioned in my previous posts in this three part series, implant grade titanium is by far the best metal for piercing as the composition of the titanium alloy used in ASTM F136 is tightly bound so that it cannot break down under the skin and release metal particles inside the body meaning that it is fully biocompatible and suitable for long-term wear under the skin.However, some people do not want jewellery that is silver in colour but still desire titanium jewellery. This is where anodising comes in!Anodisation is the process of applying heat or electricity to the titanium. By doing this the refractive properties of the...
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Not All Titanium Jewellery Is Created Equally, or: Why Cheap Jewellery Isn’t Safe Two, Electric Boogaloo

As a preface, I'd like to state that one of the things I have always striven for is providing the highest quality and safest piercing and/or modification experience at the best value for money and price I can possibly offer. Please be cautious of compromising quality for a lower price. This is your body and piercing is a cosmetic implant that should not be taken lightly. Not all piercers are the same, and not all body jewellery is made equally鈥lways research your piercer to see if they are right for you. I posted a bit ago about the dangers of cheap jewellery and have had a few questions from clients asking about titanium that they have purchased from various places online. All titanium jewellery is not the same. Titanium, like many metals, comes in different grades with varying level of purity and quality. Implant-grade titanium (which is the material all my jewellery is made of) is the most appropriate material available...
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