Furthermore, is titanium or gold better for piercings?
Arguably, titanium is more biocompatible than gold. But, we aren’t implanting things inside your heart- its a body piercing. And most piercers are going to be using titanium posts anyway for the piece that actually passes through the piercing, so just the front or decorative end will be gold in many cases.
Consequently, is sterling silver or surgical steel better for piercings?
Surgical steel is hard-wearing which is perfect for everyday wear and regular wear because although it ‘can’ scratch, it will not scratch or break as easily as Sterling Silver. Steel does not oxidise which means it does not tarnish or discolour and it does not require regular cleaning.
Is Titanium better than surgical steel?
Titanium is a better choice for piercing than surgical steel for people with sensitive skin or metal allergies. It takes the upper hand because it offers the dream combination: It is lightweight, strong, durable and hypoallergenic. It is also nickel-free in contrast to surgical steel alloys.
Besides surgical stainless steel, the safest options include platinum, titanium, and 14K gold.
The piercer said they would only use 18k gold for piercings as any higher purity would be too soft and prone to scratching. Gold is OK for initial piercings so long as it is good quality gold (alloy) and you know what it’s alloyed with (or trust your piercer to know).
Surgical stainless steel