The board of directors has voted to update the Initial Piercing Jewelry standard to include rose gold:
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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APP Official Jewelry Standards
- Solid 14 karat or higher nickel-free white or yellow gold
[Now includes rose gold]
Reference from the APP Procedure Manual:
Gold has been used successfully as piercing jewelry for thousands of years. It is considered by both our industry and the medical field to be biocompatible for most people when pure enough. Gold jewelry usually contains a mixture of gold and other metals creating an alloy. Jewelry manufacturers use different alloy mixtures and often guard the recipes as trade secrets. Since the specific percentage of each metal used varies, it has shown to be impractical to set specific requirements for gold.
The purest form of gold, 24k, contains no other materials, but is too soft for use in most body jewelry. Soft jewelry may get scratched, nicked, or burred easily, and can be difficult to thread without stripping. Jewelry under 14k should not be used as it contains less than 57% gold and can include amounts of other metals that may cause adverse reactions. Only solid white or yellow gold in 14k to 18k is suitable for insertion into the body in a fresh piercing, when alloyed with other inert elements. Colored versions such as rose or green gold are alloyed with copper, silver, and/or other metals. These alloys are more likely to cause adverse reactions in the body. In the making of white gold alloys, metals such as platinum or palladium are used to make the gold white in appearance. APP standards require that white gold be nickel free.