Sterling Silver Doesn’t Belong in Your Fresh Nose Piercing


Despite being pretty to look at and typically associated with high quality, sterling silver should never go in your freshly pierced nose – or any other new body piercing. Sterling silver nose rings are safe to wear as long as you aren't sensitive to the metals in the alloy, but they should only be worn in fully established piercings. 

Here are few good reasons why sterling silver should never be worn in your unhealed nose piercing:

  • You shouldn’t be touching your jewelry yet. If your piercing is not healed yet, you aren't ready to change out the jewelry you were pierced with. Doing so can at worst cause infection, and at the very least, you will prolong the healing time. Not sure if your piercing is healed? Ask your piercer!
  • It will tarnish. All silver tarnishes, eventually turning a dull black color, and how quickly it does so depends on your individual body chemistry and environment. It will tarnish very quickly when exposed to the bodily fluids from a fresh piercing. Let your piercer select a starter piece made out of titanium instead. Silver worn in a healed nostril needs to be removed often for cleaning, and you absolutely should not be taking out your starter nose jewelry while your piercing is healing.
  • Tarnish can leave a permanent tattoo. When tarnish is deposited inside of the unhealed fistula, the tissue can potentially heal over the deposits leaving a permanent black tattoo – also referred to as a tarnish tattoo. In other words, there will be a permanent grey-black ring around the piercing hole. It isn’t dangerous, but it is unsightly. Save the sterling silver pieces for when your piercing is done healing. 

Not interested in the maintenance involved in keeping a sterling silver nose stud clean (click the link to read my tutorial)? Three low maintenance white colored metals that you can wear once your nose piercing heals are platinum, palladium, or a high-karat white gold. All three are excellent alternatives to silver. Nickel-sensitive people will need to seek out a nickel-free white gold alloy, such as palladium-white gold, because traditional white gold alloys use nickel to make the gold white.

I love using platinum and palladium in my piercings. Neither metal will turn colors in your piercing, they rarely need polished to stay shiny and bright, and both platinum and palladium are naturally white precious metals suitable for most people with metal sensitivities. 

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