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Everyone likes to save money. However, one area on which you should never scrimp is the quality of your body jewelry. In other words, if you think you can buy a street stud or a cheap belly button ring from a flea market vendor and stick it in your piercing, think again!
High quality materials must be used during your piecing for one very obvious reason: You are creating a wound in your body and leaving a foreign material inside that wound. The last thing you want is a weak material that may collect or even hold onto bacteria. When looking for a discount nose ring or cheap belly button ring, ensure that only the price is cheap, not the materials.
Here is a list of acceptable body jewelry materials for new piercings. This is by no means a complete list, but it's a good start:
Surgical Stainless Steel: Type 316L(VM) ASTM: F-138, ISO: 5832-1
Titanium: 6A1-4V-EH Titanium
Gold: 14K & 18K
Acrylic: PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylate)