Recommended Metal for Tongue Jewelry

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Recommended Metal for Tongue Jewelry
Choose either a bar or ring for your tongue after the tongue is heeled. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A tongue piercing is common piercing, situated directly in the middle of the tongue. However, the tongue is a very sensitive area and full of numerous, big blood vessels. This is why you have to ensure your piercer is certified and that he uses the right metal for your tongue ring or bar.

Surgical Stainless Steel

Surgical stainless steel is most commonly used for a piercing and contains components that prevent corrosion and make it unlikely your jewellery will get scratched. Surgical stainless steel also has a shiny surface, making it an attractive choice for tongue jewellery., an online website written by a piercer and doctor from an Australian clinic, recommends surgical stainless steel as one of the most suitable metals for tongue piercings.

Solid Gold

Gold has always been a popular choice as a piercing metal. According to Tongue Piercing Rings, an advice website and jewellery shop, as far as researchers are aware, there are no elements in gold that cause skin irritation or allergies. Although more expensive than surgical stainless steel tongue bars, gold is durable, long lasting and looks good as well. Fourteen or 18 carats would be best.


Titanium is an lightweight metal commonly for piercing jewellery. According to Tongue Piercing Rings, titanium is safe and durable. Tongue piercings made from titanium contain nickel and therefore won't cause allergic reactions. The body also tends to accept titanium because of its nonreactive quality, whereas other metals, such as silver, may cause skin irritation.

Metals to Avoid

Avoid metals such as silver, plated gold or any other types of fake gold, silver, titanium or stainless steel. These metals may well be usable after the initial piercing but are not recommended until the wound has healed. These metals react badly with water and air. Silver tarnishes badly and this is not something you want in your tongue. The gold plating on plated gold will also wear off in time, leaving you with a metal underneath that may not be safe.

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