About Our Piercing Jewellery
All Queen of Steel's Body Jewellery is sourced internationally. We pride ourselves in only importing the highest quality piercing jewellery.
Piercing Jewellery refers to all the lines of jewellery created for body modification for both fresh & healed piercings.
The materials and designs for piercing jewellery are made of the highest quality available, precious metals like gold and silver as well as exotic alloys such as titanium, niobium, precious and semi-precious stones are also used to fit your budget.
Titanium is ideal for both initial body piercings and healed piercings as it is compliant with the EU Nickel Directive introduced in Europe in 2001. Because of its virtually 'Nickel Free' content Titanium has become one of the preferred materials used in piercing jewellery within the borders of the European Union.
Grade Ti6AL-4V, ASTM F136 is the specification for the alloy to be used for surgical implants. It is available in Highly Polished or Anodised Colours. Titanium is only half the weight of steel and twice as strong. Titanium can be sterilized in an autoclave.
SURGICAL STEEL 316L
SS316L is a surgical implant grade, which is the most used material for Body Jewellery. The two most common standards that apply to body jewellery made of steel are ASTM F138 and ISO 5832-1 which describe the qualities of steel for surgical implants.
The element in stainless steel that causes allergic reactions in some people is nickel. Polishing the jewellery to a mirror like luster results in a protective layer of chromium oxide, which reduces the release of the Nickel content into the tissue. Surgical Steel can be sterilized in an autoclave.
24K real Gold is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process.
The jewellery is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gasses produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material (24k real Gold) into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewellery. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.
REAL GOLD PVD
Real Gold Alloy is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process.
The jewellery is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewellery. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.
ROSE GOLD PVD
Real Rose Gold Alloy is coated using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process.
The jewellery is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material (Real 14-22K Rose Gold alloy) into tiny substances which are deposited on the jewellery. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.
Black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating is applied onto SS316L body jewellery.
The jewellery is coated in a heated chamber under high vacuum. Electric voltage applied will form a plasma in the chamber and the introduction of various gases produces an ion bombardment. This bombardment atomizes the cathode material into tiny substances, which are deposited on the jewellery. The result is a hardened layer, which is biocompatible. It can be autoclaved.
Bioplast® is a trademarked medical grade plastic. It was created in 1998 in Austria and is still produced in Tyrol. It was formerly sold under the name of PMFK until in 2003 the name Bioplast® was trademarked. Bioplast® is Biocompatible, flexible and can be cut to any length and threaded by any metal ball closure. Bioplast® adjusts to the body temperature and not to the outside air temperature, like metals. Therefore, people getting pierced with Bioplast®, have less swellings and infections. The healing process with Bioplast® is faster than with any other materials. No allergic reactions (no nickel) Bioplast® can be sterilized by autoclave. It also has a competitive price and comes in 8 fancy colours, can be combined with SS316L or Titanium. Bioplast® is not visible in X-Rays if used on its own without metal attachments. Bioplast® is the best material for initial piercing.
Brass is used for its bright gold-like appearance and is popular in piercings for its tribal look. Brass Piercings are used by nature tribes all around the world. A brass alloy from copper, zinc and silver which is free of any toxic elements such as nickel, lead and cadmium. We do not recommend brass for initial piercings and they may cause irritation for some people.
BRASS JEWELLERY GUIDELINES
First of all, brass jewellery aren't giving the same allure as if they are gold, silver or rose gold plated. What we look for in a brass jewel it's that special brown vintage look of tribal jewellery. Yes, it does leave a green stain where jewellery was worn, but that stain is usually a result of a metal in the jewellery reacting with your skin — or something on your skin, such as body lotion. When the acids on your sweaty skin (or in your lotion) cause the copper in the jewellery to corrode, the process creates copper salts. These blue-green compounds can leave a mark on your skin in that iconic shade we call "Statue of Liberty Teal." Other metals can produce similar effects: The silver present in sterling silver, and used as an alloy in a fair amount of gold jewellery, can oxidize when it comes in contact with skin. This causes tarnishing and can leave you with a dark-green or black stain. Although these marks are often associated with cheaper jewellery, they can happen with the pricey stuff, too. Stainless steel and white gold are usually immune. The good news is that even the toughest tarnished brass piece, we can simply clean it by leaving it for up to 30 minutes (if very tarnished) in just Ketchup and water. It will all come as new. Taking your jewellery off before washing with soap will also reduce the chances of going green.
Organic body jewellery is made from various natural materials like water buffalo horn, water buffalo bone and different kinds of wood. Organic materials were used historically by many cultures. Natural materials are not suitable for unhealed piercings or for wear while stretching existing ones. They are sensitive to changes in heat and humidity. Thus autoclaving, use in saunas or hot display cases (light) is not recommended. Natural materials can absorb oils and sweat from the skin and therefore reduce odours. Organic jewellery may vary slightly from each other in colour and size due to being made from natural materials. We do our best to match up the two most similar pieces when buying pairs. Organic materials are not meant to be worn in fresh piercings and should not be exposed to water, sunlight, or extreme temperatures for an extended period of time. To care for your wood jewellery, use a damp cloth and then dry jojoba oil or tea tree oil may also be used. Do not soak your wood jewellery as it will cause it to swell.
Silver do not need much explanation. We use 92.5 Sterling silver. "925" which indicates that the piece contains almost 93% silver, the other 7% being composed of either copper, zinc, or nickel. These components make silver hard and durable; without these alloys, the piece would be too soft to wear. One of the main drawbacks to silver jewellery is its tendency to tarnish. This is caused by the reaction between the impurities in the silver and the air; however, jewellers have developed polishes and other remedies to keep silver looking its best and maintaining its beauty. Please note we do not pierce with silver. Silver can only be worn in healed piercings.
Acrylic comes in many shapes and colours. It cannot be sterilized in autoclave and may crack, if soaked in disinfectant chemicals like alcohol or similar. It’s not suitable for initial piercing. The biggest advantage is it’s cheap price.
Silicone is great for occasional use. Its lightweight and comfy and a good option to sleep in or wear in water. We do not recommend stretching with silicone or wearing it in piercings that are not fully healed. Please note that stretching with silicone can cause irreversible damage and we ask that you stretch with other materials.
Cubic Zirconia is currently the most popular substitute to a diamond because to the untrained eye they look identical. Cubic Zirconia or CZ as it is referred to is made from zirconium dioxide a different material than diamonds, which although a different chemical composition comes closer than any other gem to matching the characteristics of a diamond. Natural CZ was first discovered in 1899 but it wasn’t until the late 70’s that man-made CZ first came into production for use in jewellery. CZ on first impression looks just like a diamond but under close inspection there are differences, it has a gravity of between 5.6 and 6.0 which means it’s 1.6 times the weight of a diamond. It has a hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, a refraction index of 2.176 and a dispersive power of 0.060, which means that it’s not as hard as a diamond, it’s slightly less sparkly but displays more prismatic fire which means more colour sparkles within the gem. Another point to note is that natural diamonds display impurities which CZ doesn’t it’s also clear in colour which most diamonds aren’t, but they can be coloured by adding metal oxides in the production process. Unlike diamonds CZ are good thermal insulators which mean they become warm but can’t withstand the same kind of heat a diamond can, which is one test that is used to distinguish diamonds from CZ. Caring for CZ is important because they are more brittle than diamonds and susceptible to wear and tear such as chipping and scratches over time.
What is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski crystals are man-made gems manufactured in Austria. In 1892, Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for making precision-cut, beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals using quartz, sand, and minerals. The exact proportions of these raw materials has remained a company secret. This specialized manufacturing process ensures the highest possible degree of precision which produces brilliant crystals. For five generations, the Swarovski family has continued the tradition of making the most recognized crystals in the world out of their factory in Wattens, Austria.
Why are Swarovski crystals more expensive than glass?
The method of production and processing of raw resources are important factors in the quality of finished crystals. Swarovski uses only the finest materials to fashion faceted lead glass that is known around the world for its brilliance and value. Superior production, materials, cutting, and polishing are what set Swarovski crystals apart from other glass works. According to Swarovski, “Cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must first be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery.”
The stones we use under this name are SWAROVSKI® ZIRCONIA (not crystals). This Zirconia stones are cut and polished to perfection exclusively in Austria. They have all the characteristics of a real diamond with its exceptional cut and sheer brilliance. All stones are set by hand and items polished by hand.
Each of our Genuine Gemstones reflects the quality, creativity, and technical precision that the name Swarovski has come to stand for. Our exceptional stones are skilfully cut from raw, natural materials, which in turn define the limitations and supply of our selected gemstone rough. Swarovski's Genuine Gemstones infuse the natural beauty of the stone with a new dimension of brilliance, providing creative inspiration for jewellery and watch design.
LAB CREATED OPALS
Lab Created Opal (GIA: Polymer Impregnated synthetic opal) is impregnated in the laboratory in around a year and has similar properties as that of natural opal. The main difference with natural opal is that the naturally occurring process has been sped up in the laboratory. Lab Created Opal is a beautiful opal with a perfect colour dynamicity - revealed the beauty of Precious Opal. Opal material from the KYOCERA Corporation in Japan is composed of at least 80% Silica and is exhibiting beautiful and vivid opal colours. This material should not be mistaken with Opal-like plastics sold as imitation or fake Opals. Those materials contains mostly 80% Resin and only 20% Silica. Therefore they do not qualify as "Lab Created Opal".