When it comes to body jewelry, quality and safety should be a top priority. After all, you only have one body! NeoMetal is proud to manufacture our jewelry in the US from materials sourced locally. This article will explain why opting for US-made body jewelry is beneficial, highlighting the strict standards, regulations, and certifications that contribute to the superior quality and safety of these products.
Stringent Material Standards
The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) suggests that body jewelry be made from materials such as implant certified titanium that is ASTM F-136 compliant and gold (yellow, rose, or white) that is 14k or higher, nickel- and cadmium-free, and alloyed for biocompatibility. In the United States, body jewelry manufacturers follow guidelines and material standards set by organizations such as ASTM International. When it comes to materials like titanium, the ASTM F-136 specification outlines specific requirements for implantable materials.
The ASTM standards ensure that the jewelry is biocompatible and safe for long-term wear. By using ASTM F-136 compliant materials, US manufacturers provide customers with the assurance that their body jewelry meets the highest standards of quality and safety. Some states, like California where NeoMetal is manufactured, have additional laws and regulations around the materials used for body jewelry.
Transparency plays a crucial role in responsible manufacturing, and reputable companies will be able to provide mill certificates as evidence of the appropriate grade of materials used. NeoMetal’s titanium jewelry is manufactured from ASTM F-136 implant certified titanium, and you can find our mill certificates here.
Avoiding Lower-Quality Materials
Manufacturers operating outside the US may not be subjected to the same strict regulations or required documentation as their American counterparts. As a result, there is a higher likelihood of these products being made from substandard materials, which can lead to complications such as allergic reactions, infections, or poor durability.
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) is an organization that sets standards to guarantee quality by regulating the acquisition of specialty metals that adhere to the restrictions of the origination of raw materials. Only 27 countries are DFARS compliant. NeoMetal’s Titanium is DFARS compliant.
Enhanced Manufacturing Regulations
Another advantage of US-made body jewelry lies in the stringent manufacturing quality regulations enforced within the country. Companies like NeoMetal, for example, prioritize quality control and have obtained certifications such as ISO 9001:2015. This certification demonstrates that our manufacturing processes meet international standards, ensuring consistency, precision, and excellence. By adhering to these regulations, US manufacturers guarantee that their products are manufactured with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Certifications like ISO 9001:2015 provide customers with a level of confidence and trust in the manufacturer's ability to consistently deliver high-quality products. It signifies that the company's systems, procedures, and protocols have undergone thorough scrutiny and meet the highest quality standards. Choosing US-made body jewelry from certified manufacturers gives customers peace of mind, knowing that their jewelry has been produced with precision and reliability.
Supporting Local Economy and Sustainability
Opting for US-made body jewelry not only benefits the individual wearer but also contributes to the local economy. By supporting domestic manufacturers, consumers help create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and promote sustainability. Furthermore, US manufacturers are subject to environmental regulations that minimize the impact of their operations on the environment. By choosing US-made jewelry, individuals can align their values with their purchasing decisions and contribute to a more sustainable future.
In conclusion, choosing US-made body jewelry offers numerous benefits in terms of quality and assurance. The material standards set by organizations like ASTM International ensure that the jewelry is safe, biocompatible, and hypoallergenic. US manufacturers that follow stringent manufacturing regulations and obtain certifications like ISO 9001:2015 guarantee consistency, precision, and excellence in their products. By opting for US-made body jewelry like NeoMetal, piercers and studio owners can have confidence in the manufacturer's ability to deliver high-quality products consistently, and individuals can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their jewelry will provide both comfort and style for years to come.