So we've been seeing and hearing a lot recently about folks not being aware that there are significant differences in the quality of body jewellery currently available in Australia. The quality of the jewellery sold in places that do piercings is not regulated here so information about what you are choosing to put inside your body needs to be your responsibility in order for you to make an informed choice.
Much of the cheaper body jewellery being sold is produced in Asia now - and is also largely unregulated. Many Piercers don't know "where" the jewellery comes from that they use - aside from "out of the container" it is stored in.
Body piercing jewellery is no different to everything else - you should get what you pay for. A $5 piece of jewellery is of significantly lower quality than a $50 piece. It then follows that the materials used to make the cheaper option are CHEAPER right?
A piece of good quality jewellery will look the same 10 years after you purchase it. We've seen jewellery turn black, green, the worst ones are actually RUSTY!!!
So the long and the short of it is get yourself educated, or ensure that your Piercer is.
We only use jewellery from suppliers who have been approved by the Association of Professional Piercers and we are proud to do so. We won't put anything into you we wouldn't be prepared to put in ourselves - and that standard is HIGH.
Here is another link to an article we wrote for you awhile ago that has some great information to help you choose quality jewellery. http://www.piercinghq.com.au/but-my-friends-jewellery-was-so-much-cheaper.html
If you have any questions please feel free to ask. We'll happily give you all the information you need.