Most women prefer using gold belly button rings and body jewelry since gold is a symbol of beauty and abundance since ancient times. However, there are specific things to know before choosing gold body jewelry.
Primarily, you’ll want and need to know that your body jewelry being advertised as gold is really gold. There are specific ways to know for sure, so let’s examine what to look for.
The first aspect to consider with body jewelry is karat content. You never want to buy body jewelry less than 18 karat gold. Lesser karat content, like 14k gold, means you’ll run the risk of a body jewelry allergy, which are discomforting at best and downright painful at worst.
Most inexpensive body jewelry is only gold plated and should be avoided. Gold plated body jewelry contains a small percentage of gold and a large percentage of other metals, thereby increasing the chance for your body rejecting the jewelry.
After the polish goes away, the allergic risk is high, especially if the other metal used is nickel. Nickel is the most common metal used for body jewelry, particularly for white gold belly button rings. The cheaper the body jewelry, the more unlikely it has a high level of gold purity.
Since gold in its natural state is quite soft, it’s very common for body jewelry manufacturers to use other metals along with gold to formulate a piece of body jewelry. For example, 14 karat gold belly button rings are just over half gold, with other metals comprising the remainder.
To avoid potential body jewelry allergic reaction, always choose 18 karat gold body jewelry. Most body jewelry you’ll see on the market is 14 karat gold, but 18k gold is also readily available. The less gold content, the less expensive. The downside, of course, is the high chance you’ll have to return or even discard the body jewelry.
The most important factors to consider when buying gold body jewelry:
1. Look for gold body jewelry sellers who adhere to a strict quality assurance program, and are willing to tell potential buyers what it means.
2. If your jewelry has a trademark, for example a sports team, it must have a license stamped on the back. If it doesn’t, there are serious quality issues. Stay away.
3. Have your body jewelry tested for purity at an independent lab or dealer if the quality is in question.
4. Closely examine the body jewelry’s quality. Look at your body jewelry with a jeweler’s scope. If edges are frayed or there are imperfections, there are quality and manufacturing issues.
Lastly, you should understand gold terminology before you invest in body jewelry, especially belly button rings. 24k gold is pure gold, 18k gold is 75% pure, 14k gold is 58.3% pure. 10k gold is the lowest purity allowed to be labeled gold, at 41.7% purity.
Author: Jim HofmanThis author has published 10 articles so far.