Glass is a common body piercing jewellery material that has been used for thousands of years. Some of the earliest evidence of glass body jewellery has been discovered in ancient Egypt, where glass flesh plugs have been recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs. Ancient traditions around the world have also treasured glass as a symbol of wealth and status in the form of glass beads, earrings, lucky charms and other ornaments.
Glass body jewellery possesses unique and strikingly beautiful qualities that set it apart from all other jewellery materials. Simple, clean and highly polished, colours are vibrant and reflective in the sunlight. Glass jewellery is often semi-transparent with a 3-dimensional effect, but can also be produced with a solid, matte finish.
Is glass body jewellery safe to wear?
Glass body jewellery is very comfortable, durable and safe to wear in body piercings. By its very nature glass is chemically inert (void of any chemical activity), making it highly bio-compatible and hypoallergenic. Those who have nickel or other allergies to metal and acrylic jewellery are able to wear glass body jewellery without any problems.
Glass has also been used in the medical world for implantation in bone reconstruction throughout the body.
BodyJewelleryShop supply only Borosilicate glass, so there is absolutely no lead in any of our glass body jewellery. Every piece is hand crafted and approved, ensuring to provide you with only the best standard of glass body jewellery.
What type of glass is suitable for body jewellery?
- Borosilicate glass is often sold under the brand name Pyrex. Borosilicate is a special class of heat resistant, chemical resistant and resilient glass that is not only special in its composition but is also heated and cooled in specific ways to give it the qualities required for scientific and medical uses.
- Quartz glass is the most common mineral found on the surface of the earth. Quartz has many variations often used for body jewellery. Pure quartz is colourless or white, whilst coloured varieties come in the form of rose quartz, amethyst, onyx, citrine, carnelian, tigerâ€™s eye, jasper and many more!
- Soda-lime Glass
Soda-lime glass is the most common type of industrially-produced glass. It is not as durable or resilient as borosilicate or quartz, but it has been very successful as a material for body jewellery.
What are the advantages of wearing glass body jewellery?
The bio-compatibility characteristics of glass make it ideal in helping to prevent infection in newly pierced or stretched areas. Glass body jewellery can also be sterilized in a steam-autoclave, making it safe for this purpose.
Glass body jewellery is great for extreme weather conditions as it maintains a comfortable temperature and will not freeze to the skin, break or crack.
Borosilicate (or Pyrex) glass body jewellery is odour-resistant and very easy to clean. You can clean your glass body jewellery using antibacterial hand soap or dish soap. Glass body jewellery is also dishwasher safe!