Rose gold included in APP Minimum Standards for Jewelry for Initial Piercings

A rose by any other name…

The APP Jewelry Standards for jewelry for initial or healing piercings were revised 04/04/2017 to include rose gold. 

Body piercing jewelry should be biocompatible and safe for prolonged contact with skin and mucous membranes. The APP continues to revise their body jewelry standards for initial and healed piercings as new research and materials become available.

The “Jewelry for Initial Piercing” standard has been updated to include rose gold. This change was made after input provided by a workgroup at Camp APP, as well as consultation with major gold manufacturers and input from our membership. Please review the updated standard below:

Gold (yellow, white, or rose) is appropriate for initial piercings if it is solid 14k or 18k, alloyed for biocompatibility, and free from nickel or cadmium. Gold higher than 18k is too soft for body jewelry because it can easily be scratched or nicked. Gold lower than 14k, gold plated, gold-filled, or gold overlay/vermeil jewelry is not acceptable for fresh piercings.

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