Stainless Steel 5 CZ Cluster Barbell
Learn More About Metal Allergies
Where to start?
Stainless Steel, Titanium and Niobium are some of the safest metals you can wear. If you have any issues with these metals, medical plastic or bioplast jewellery are a great option or while your new piercings settles down.
What does hypoallergenic mean?
The word hypoallergenic means: unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. 95% of our customers are able to wear our jewellery, but we cannot guarantee that no one will react to an item of jewellery as it is possible to be allergic to anything.
Medical plastic is made from a hardened version of the material used in surgical sutures.
Titanium is strong, lightweight and highly biocompatible (non-toxic and not rejected by the body).
Titanium is an excellent choice for anyone with sensitive skin, especially for those allergic to nickel, silver or gold. Allergic reactions to titanium are extremely rare even in people sensitive to other metals.
Titanium can be anodised to create a range of colours. Anodising creates a thin oxide layer which is just as biocompatible as polished titanium. The colour produced depends on the thickness of the oxide layer. There are no other materials added and there is no plating or painting.
Titanium is suitable for both initial and healed body piercings.
It is important to remember that the main difference between these grades of titanium is mostly in the manufacturing. All are suitable for initial and healed piercings.
Grades 1 - 4 (CP/commercially pure titanium) are slightly softer so are best for making earring hooks and other shapes. Mostly used for earrings.
Grade 5 (Ti-6AL-4V) is stronger and less malleable and is used for most body jewellery.
Ti-6AL-4V ELI ASTM F-136 is a refined version of grade 23 used in Industrial Strength (brand name, not a description of the titanium grade) body jewellery. Also known as implant grade titanium.
Surgical Steel and Stainless Steel
316L Stainless Steel, also known as surgical steel is a great metal for people with sensitive skin. It is commonly known to be hypoallergenic, tarnish free and very strong.
Stainless steel can contain small amounts of nickel, however it is the rate of release of nickel (rather than nickel content) that really matters. The specific composition of 316L steel (also known as implant grade steel and surgical stainless steel) allows for very little exposure to the nickel molecules which reduces the risk of allergic reactions.
Nickel Release Rates
316L surgical steel (used in earrings and body jewellery) - around 0.02μg/cm2/week
304 stainless steel (used in earring hooks) - around 0.08μg/cm2/week
430 stainless steel (used in earring hooks) - less than 0.5μg/cm2/week
Surgical steel is suitable for use in healed piercings but is not recommended for initial piercings.
Black PVD Titanium, Niobium and Surgical Steel
Black PVD titanium, niobium and surgical steel have a coating of Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN) applied using physical vapour deposition (PVD) to create a hypoallergenic, long-lasting black colour.
Gold and Rose Gold PVD Titanium, Niobium and Surgical Steel
Gold and rose gold PVD titanium, niobium and surgical steel have a coating of Zirconium Nitride (ZrN) applied using physical vapour deposition (PVD) to create a hypoallergenic, long-lasting gold or rose gold colour without using any actual gold.
Niobium looks very similar to titanium but is an element rather than an alloy (a mix of metals), it is ideal if you are allergic to nickel, silver or gold.
Like titanium it can be anodised, changing the surface colour of the metal to create a range of colours. Niobium used in a jewellery has to be as pure as possible and is sometimes know as 999 Niobium or 99.9% niobium.
24 carat gold is the purest form available. Gold that is less than 24 carat is an alloy and it is the other metals in the alloy that usually cause allergic reactions to gold jewellery. 24ct gold is too soft to use on it's own so it is alloyed (mixed) with other metals to make it stronger or used as a plating.
The higher the number of carats the purer the gold is. Dividing the number of carats by 24 gives you the purity percentage of gold.
24ct/24 = 100% (or 99.9%) pure gold
18ct/24 = 75% pure gold with approximately 15% silver and 10% copper
We only have 18ct and 24ct gold jewellery but for comparison
9ct/24 = 37.5% pure gold with approximately 42.5% silver and 20% copper
Carat or karat? Carat (ct) is the UK spelling of karat (kt). So in this case it's the same thing.
PVD gold coated jewellery does not contain any gold.
Delivery Times & prices
Please note: we do our best to get orders out the next working day and the delivery times below are provided by Royal Mail - they are not guaranteed.
Economy - Royal Mail 48 (like 2nd class)
Usually delivered in 3-4 working days (currently excluding Saturdays). This service is scanned on delivery but cannot be tracked and the delivery time is not guaranteed.
Orders under £20: £1.50
Orders over £20: FREE
Standard - Royal Mail 24 (like 1st class)
Usually delivered in 1-3 working days. This service is scanned on delivery but cannot be tracked and the delivery time is not guaranteed.
Orders under £75: £1.99
Orders over £75: FREE
International Orders - Tax and Import Charges
Orders leaving the UK are sent exclusive of VAT (tax). You may be charged tax, customs and/or other import duties and handling fees by the postal service/courier before delivery. Please check your local rules before ordering.
European & Worldwide delivery
Royal Mail International Tracked
Gives you a tracking number and priority handling through airports. Usually delivered in 5-7 working days.
Orders under £30: £5.99
Orders over £30: FREE
If you would like to return or exchange a worn item, you need to do so within 30 days of receipt of your order. We accept sealed returns up to 60 days.
Please remember that all items are legally your responsibility until they are received so we strongly advise that you use a tracked and insured service such as Special Delivery so you are covered if anything gets lost or damaged in the post.
Returns are at your own cost.
Earrings and body jewellery
Due to their nature and for your health and hygiene earrings and body jewellery cannot be returned if they have been worn (this includes trying on or attempting to put the jewellery through a piercing). If your jewellery arrived in a sealed Blomdahl box, Caflon, Studex Plus or Studex Tiny Tips package the seal must remain intact.
Warning - All returns are inspected thoroughly with a normal light and a 365nm UV blacklight. Blacklight is used in forensics (think of the torches used to find blood and other stains on detective shows) and shows residue on worn jewellery that cannot be seen with the naked eye. So please do not return worn earrings or body jewellery over 30 days. Any returns that have been worn will be refused and sent back to you at your cost.
Original delivery charge
Please note this is a charge for Royal Mail delivery, not our jewellery cost, therefore this will not be refunded, unless the item you have received is faulty.
Mistakes and faulty items
If you have received the wrong item or your item is faulty please contact us so we can arrange a replacement.
Download a returns form
UK returns form (with instructions)
International returns form (with instructions)
Can't print the form?
No problem, you can just write out the information but please download the form so you still have the return instructions.
Can I combine orders?
As long as your first order hasn’t been despatched you can just send us an email and we’ll combine the orders and refund the delivery cost on your second order.
I've forgotten my password
You can reset your password here.
How long will it take to process my order?
Orders received are usually sent the next working day. Please allow up to 5 working days for your order to arrive before contacting us.
How much is delivery?
See the full list of delivery options here.
How will my order be packed?
Most orders are packed in cardboard postal box which will fit through a letterbox, the main exception to this is the Blomdahl drop earrings that require a small parcel and therefore will require you to be in to receive the order.
What is my order status?
You will be sent an email when your order is dispatched. You can email us to check the progress if you feel your order is taking longer than expected (please allow 5 days for delivery.)
Why does the price change on the basket page?
The prices shown on the product pages include VAT (value added tax) which has to be charged on orders delivered within the UK. If you select any other country for your order to be delivered to the VAT is removed from the price.
How much is delivery/shipping?
See the full list of delivery options here.
Can you declare a lower value for customs?
We will not falsify customs declarations so please do no ask us to mark packages as gifts or declare a lower value. It is illegal to do this.
Any import, customs, taxes or other charges are your responsibility. If you are concerned about the possibility of charges then check the rules for your country.
Do you have earrings with long posts?
We have earrings with posts ranging from 10mm to 12mm. The post length is listed on each page but if you are looking for earrings with longer posts the Ti2 Titanium range is the best place to start.
What does gauge mean?
The gauge is the thickness of the post or bar. You can find out more about the difference gauges available here.
I'm allergic to my earrings, where do I start?
Titanium and niobium are two of the safest metals you can wear. Some people like to start with medical plastic or bioplast earrings while their ears settle down.
I'm allergic to nickel, what can I wear?
Titanium and niobium should be fine. Medical plastic and bioplast do not contain any metal. Surgical steel can cause a reaction if you are extremely sensitive to nickel.
My child has metal allergies, what would be suitable?
Medical plastic earrings are the most popular choice for children. As a starting point we've put together a section of the most popular hypoallergenic earrings for children here.
Could I be allergic to titanium?
It is extremely rare but you can be allergic to anything. If you've had a reaction after wearing titanium jewellery then make sure it really is the jewellery and not something it has come into contact with such as soap, shampoo, etc.
What does hypoallergenic mean?
The word hypoallergenic means having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction. It should not be considered a guarantee that no one will react to an item of jewellery since it is possible to be allergic to anything.
I didn't receive an order/despatch confirmation email
The first thing to check is that the emails didn't go into your junk mail (spam) folder. Occasionally emails do go astray so if would like to be sent another copy just email us. You can view your order status and history by going to your account.
I've only received part of my order
If part of your order is out of stock it will be marked on your delivery note as "to follow". Check your email or account for more information. If you are missing part of your order and it is not marked "to follow" then let us know as soon as possible.
Can I return/exchange earrings or body jewellery?
Earrings and body jewellery can be returned/exchanged as long as they haven't been worn or tried on. If your jewellery arrived in a sealed package the seal must remain intact. Any returns that have been worn will be refused. See our full returns policy.
I've received a broken/faulty item
We check all goods when packing your order but we can't control what happens to it in the post. if you have received something broken or faulty let us know and we will sort it out.
My order hasn't arrived, what should I do?
Don't panic! While most orders arrive on time there are occasionally delays. However if you order hasn't arrived within the times below let us know.
For standard and economy delivery options please allow 10 working days from the date of dispatch.
For all international orders please allow 21 working days from the date of dispatch.
We appreciate that it's frustrating to have to wait but these are the delivery times used by the Royal Mail and we cannot do anything earlier.