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FAQ

General Questions

No. All of my hoops and studs are intended for wear in fully healed piercings only.

Custom Orders

Yes, I do! Feel free to get in touch so we can discuss your idea - I try my best to respond to emails within 24 hours.

Payment for custom orders is expected upfront prior to beginning the project. Thank you for your understanding!

Measuring Your Piercing

Sure you can! As long as you are wearing the correct gauge of jewelry in your piercing, just use a caliper to measure how thick (big around) your jewelry is. For reference, a "normal" ear lobe piercing that has not been stretched (especially if it was done with a piercing gun) is 20 gauge.

AWG (American Wire Gauge) Measurements: 22 gauge = 0.64mm; 20 gauge = 0.81mm; 18 gauge = 1.02mm; 16 gauge = 1.30mm; 14 gauge = 1.63mm; 12 gauge = 2.06mm; 10 gauge = 2.59mm; 8 gauge = 3.25mm.

The millimeter measurement that corresponds with each gauge can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer (usually +/- 0.5mm) because there is not a universal standard set for body jewelry sizing. For example, you may find that your 16 gauge helix stud measures 1.2mm. 

To ensure you get a proper fit, I highly recommend measuring your piercing. The measurement you need is the distance from the piercing hole to the edge of your nose - this will be the smallest inner diameter that you can wear and will fit snugly. If you prefer a looser fit, add 1-2mm to that measurement. 

Don't forget - if you're purchasing a beaded nose ring from me, then you need to add 1mm to the measurement that you obtain in order to accommodate the size of the beads that I use!

You will obtain the most accurate measurement by using a caliper. However, in a pinch, a ruler and a piece string/paper can also be used. Just line the top of the string or strip of paper up with your piercing, then mark where the edge of your nose/ear/lip/etc. is with a fine tip marker (don't use anything with a thick tip, you'll skew the measurement). Now, place the marked string/paper next to the ruler and record the measurement!

Regardless of which method you use, I highly recommend taking at least three measurements or having a friend double check your work - measuring your own piercings using a mirror can be kind of awkward!

About the Metals

I use Argentium ® silver, which is recycled, 93.5% silver, tarnish resistant due to the added germanium, and does not contain nickel. My favorite characteristic is that it is harder than traditional sterling silver, which means that jewelry made with it is less susceptible to becoming scratched, dented or otherwise deformed from daily wear. Invisible to the naked eye, the transparent layer of germanium oxide that forms on the surface is what allows pieces made from Argentium ® silver to resist tarnish so well.

I use Argentium ® silver, which is recycled, 93.5% silver, tarnish resistant due to the added germanium, and does not contain nickel. It is an alloy of silver, copper and germanium.

Yes, I also have grade-2 pure unalloyed niobium and grade-1 commercially pure titanium wire. I routinely keep the following gauges in stock: 22g, 20g, 18g, and 16g.

I use grade-2 pure unalloyed niobium, which is considered a safe metal for those with metal sensitivities and will not corrode or tarnish. I use it in its natural state, which is a dark grey color, and I also heat treat some of my niobium jewelry pieces which lends a rich black color to the metal that will not wear off.

All of the niobium jewelry I make is nickel-free.

I use Grade-1 commercially pure titanium, which is made in the USA and not an alloy. All of the titanium jewelry that I make is nickel-free.

Returns, Shipping & Delivery

Please expect to wait 7 business days (Mon-Fri) prior to your item shipping, unless a different fabrication time frame is stated in the listing. I strive to dispatch orders as quickly as possible, but quality of workmanship is very important to me!

No, I'm sorry. To ensure all of my customers receive completely brand new, unworn pieces, returns and exchanges are not accepted on piercing jewelry. 

Yes! Your item will be shipped first class using USPS in a small gift box, and I include a tracking # for all US purchases. 

On average, international packages take 3-6 weeks to arrive, although some take much longer - I do not consider packages lost until 8 full weeks have passed from the date I shipped the package. Thank you for your understanding!

Typically, USPS first class mail takes 3-5 business days to arrive. However, delays are always possible and sometimes packages take up to 2 weeks to arrive - especially when the busy holiday season during November-December rolls around. You will receive a tracking # with your shipment confirmation that allows you to check on the status of your package.

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