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Starter or Healing Earrings
For those with sensitive ears, we recommend titanium earrings for healing piercings from an allergic reaction to other earrings or for newly pierced ears. Dirinda's 3mm or 4mm unanodized natural titanium post earrings (shown below) are the best earrings to wear during the healing period. These pure unalloyed titanium earrings are better than surgical steel which is an alloyed metal containing chromium, nickel, molybdenum and iron. Nickel is the most common cause of metal allergic reactions and the reason most surgical implants are now made with titanium. We recommend wearing the post earrings for at least a month to allow the piercing to completely heal from an allergic reaction. For newly pierced ears, these starter earrings should be worn for at least 3 months.
When my daughter got her ears pierced, it was soon apparent that she was
allergic to most earrings -- even earrings labeled hypoallergenic in the
stores. We discovered she could wear titanium earrings and later
niobium earrings, but it was very hard to find titanium earrings made in
the USA and free of impurities. Once I found a US manufacturer of
the titanium earwires, we started making our own earrings. I
started The Zen Lady in 2006 thinking that there might be others with
the same need as my daughter. Dirinda Patterson contacted me about
manufacturing titanium ball post earrings and I am pleased to offer her
titanium post earrings. Dirinda's family business manufactures surgical implants for surgeons
and dentists. She maintains the same strict quality control on her
earrings as the surgical implants so the earrings are free from
contaminants which are often the cause of allergic reactions.
All titanium earrings available at The Zen Lady are made with unalloyed pure titanium**. Cheaper "titanium" earrings for sale elsewhere are often made in China and are, at best, made with alloyed titanium and contains other metals which are the source of allergic reactions.
**One exception - I sell one style of surgical titanium alloy ball post earrings for people who want to test for an allergic reaction to the standard surgical titanium alloy before having a surgical or dental implant
We highly recommend first wearing one of the earrings shown below.
We have a wide range of other titanium and niobium earrings shown on the Jewelry page once one's piercings are completely healed
Size chart showing 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, and 8mm ball post earrings for comparison
Click the links below to see more styles of hypoallergenic earrings in a range of prices