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- Pricing | Jade Alexandra
Pricing and services explained Here at Jade Alexandra Piercing the service charge includes: An extensive and exclusive appointment slot just for you, with an average of 30 minutes. Allowing you the peace of mind to take your time picking out your jewellery, ask any questions you may have, fill in the digital consent form and have your personally selected jewellery sterilised there and then with our state-of-the-art sterilization equipment prior to your procedure, all without having to feel under pressure or rushed for time. An educated, knowledgeable professional piercer, who has over 10 years of experience safely execute your piercing with piercing specific hypodermic needles and correctly install your jewellery. Enclosed private piercing room, presented in a comfortable and clinical setting. Free Consultations Personalised aftercare advice with an aftercare leaflet including your specific jewellery details and support of lifelong piercing care. Aftercare check-up appointments post-procedure. (As many as needed or wanted.) Free Anodization (Titanium & Niobium jewellery purchases only) Completely sterile and single-use, disposable set up for your piercing procedure. Jewellery Prices Since our jewellery collection is so vast and complex it is not realistically possible to give exact prices for piercings including jewellery on the website in all combinations and possibilities. Therefor j ewellery choice will affect the overall total cost of your piercing, so please bare this in mind when booking your appointment. Prices for jewellery can be found on our online store and are also given in person in the studio. Due to the nature of professional body jewellery, in order for it to be universally compatible with different styles and placements, jewellery is made up of components which are charged and paid for individually as shown in our pricelist break down. Our jewellery at a minimum is premium and made to the highest standards of verifiable medical implant grade materials available to the industry today and come hand polished to a mirror finish. All Jewellery comes backed with a manufacturers guarantee against any manufacturer's defects from a year to a lifetime depending on the manufacturer. We stock options in highly polished titanium, authentic Swarovski zirconia, synthetic op als or natural stone cabochons in bezel and prong settings to fine and luxury designer jewellery in solid 14ct & 18ct gold, semi-precious stones and genuine diamonds. Jewellery options can usually range from £25 to £300+ Please see guide below. Jewellery Guide TITANIUM Titanium Balls - £10+ Titanium posts/basic components - £15-£35 (see above) Titanium shapes - £20+ Titanium CZ/Opal/Gemstone Bezels/Prong settings - £25-£45 Titanium Clusters -£50-£200 Titanium Rings - £25-£200 Titanium Clickers - £150-£300 GOLD Gold balls - from £100+ Gold posts/basic components - from £100+ Gold shapes & Un-gemmed clusters - from £60+ Gold Gem attachments - from £60+ Gold Decorative rings & Clickers - from £100+ Gold options will vary in price depending on current market, carat, size, gemstone/detail and brand/company.
- Expert Body Adornment | Safe Piercing Durham | Jade Alexandra Piercing
Home: Welcome 1/1 PROFESSIONAL PIERCING & FINE JEWELLERY SPECIALISTS ''Home to a stunning collection of some of the world's best body jewellery.'' We offer a bespoke service dedicated to safe piercing practises, equipped with state of the art sterilisation facilities, a modern piercing room presented to a clinical standard whilst also maintaining a relaxed and friendly envir onment. Offering the very best in custom body jewellery and with over ten years experience, we are proud to assist in safe body adornment - helping to make each of our clients dreams of statement making claim over their bodily autonomy through artistic expression come true. Proudly Durham's only UKAPP (United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers) member. Verify at: http://www.ukapp.org.uk/ To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Expert Body Adornment ° Educated piercer ° Aseptic technique ° Free consultation ° Continuous aftercare support Book an appointment OPENING HOURS Monday - Closed Tuesday - 11.45am - 5.30pm Wednesday - 11.45am - 5.30pm Thursday - 11.45am - 5.30pm Friday - 11.45am - 5.30pm Saturday - 11.45am - 6.00pm Sunday - Closed Home: Opening Hours
- Jewellery Brands | Jade Alexandra
Jewellery Brands we retail Here at Jade Alexandra Piercing, we only stock body jewellery from trusted industry suppliers, Made of verifiable biocompatible materials that exceeds the standards set by the EU nickel directive. Guaranteeing a safe and ethical piercing experience. BVLA - Body Vision Los Angeles BVLA is the world's leading manufacturer of precious metal body jewellery. Each piece is designed, handmade and hand polished in Los Angeles, California. Modern Mood Modern Mood Body Jewellery grew from a passion to help people feel their best. The founders, Monica and Michelle have educational backgrounds in gemmology (GIA Graduate Gemmologist), metalsmithing and jewellery making. Modern Mood Body Jewellery designs and manufactures fine 14k gold threadless piercing ends with genuine diamonds and precious coloured gemstones. Jewellery is certified nickel and cadmium free. Anatometal Anatometal is a leading manufacturer of professional Body jewellery, based in Santa Cruz USA. Industrial Strength Industrial Strength are the professional body piercer's first choice in body jewellery, for high quality & value, since 1991! They manufacture all I.S. products at their own state-of-the-art facility in Carlsbad, CA. U.S.A. Body Gems Body Gems is a family business that was founded in 1994. The Collins family has been in the jewelry business since the mid 1970s. Body Gems are Based in the USA. Buddha Jewelry organics Buddha Jewelry Organics, design and produce premium quality jewelry adornments for all. USA Based. Junipurr Junipurr specialises in 14ct Gold. Peoples Jewelry Peoples Jewelry was created out of the necessity for basic, high-quality, implant-grade titanium professional body jewellery. NeoMetal NeoMetal is a family-owned and operated company, and has been making implant-grade titanium body jewellery since 1997. As the original creators of the "snap-together" Threadless system, they stand behind their product. All of their jewellery is guaranteed for life against any potential manufacturing defects. Inari Organics Inari Organics are a Spanish company providing the industry with ASTM - F136 Implant grade Titanium body jewellery. Inari are 99% plastic free. APEX Apex make handcrafted jewellery from Niobium and Solid Gold here in the United Kingdom. INFINITE BODY Founded in 2013 and located in Vancouver, Infinite Body manufactures a wide range of titanium ASTM F136 certified body jewellery & 14ct gold pieces.
- Why choose us? | Jade Alexandra
An insight into the Jewellery we use, our training, sterilisation and processing practices. Why Choose Jade Alexandra Piercing? Ethical piercing & Exceptional Jewellery Here at Jade Alexandra Piercing, we are committed to working to the highest standards, in the cleanest clinical settings. Not only that, we only provide and pierce with the highest quality of jewellery, from world leading manufacturers we know we can trust. As a dedication to continually evolving and keeping up to date with the highest industry standards, our piercer attends the United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers educational seminars annually, attending classes on anatomy, jewellery standards, skin prep, asepsis and many more. Renews First aid certifications & CPR training routinely. & Bloodborne pathogen training annually. We are proudly Durham's only United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers member. Verify at www.ukapp.org.uk We are proud stockists of some of the best available body jewellery, from all around the world and offer the largest selection of fine body jewellery in Durham and surrounding areas. Official Stockists of industry leading body jewellery brands such as, Industrial Strength, Anatometal, BVLA, Body Gems and many more. Jewellery offered and retailed by us are made of verifiable , safe, biocompatible materials. We offer Jewellery in: 6AL4V ASTM F136 Implant grade Titanium, 6AL7NB ASTM F1295 Implant grade Titanium, 316 LVM ASTM F138 Implant grade Stainless Steel, Niobium, 14ct and 18ct gold. All of our jewellery comes guaranteed to be free of any manufacturing defects, so you can truly rely on investing into jewellery that genuinely does embody master craftmanship to stand the test of time. Sterilisation & Processing Body Jewellery and piercing equipment are sterilised in Medical grade Autoclaves, which are tested daily onsite and biologically monthly by a third party laboratory. Everything is sterilised after first being cleaned thoroughly in designated ultrasonic cleaning machines. Sterilised Jewellery and equipment are stored in sealed pouches or are transported into the procedure room via portable tray directly from our autoclaves. Piercing consumables and procedure technique We use some of the highest quality hypodermic needles available to the industry, made specifically for piercing which are single use and discarded of immediately after piercing. We use a disposable set up, with no expense spared - meaning all other procedure consumables, such as gauze, skin marking implements, dressings, cotton swabs and topical skin prep packs such as chlorhexidine, iodine and saline swabs are all completely sterile and single use. Piercings are preformed using an aseptic technique, meaning we do not touch anything that is outside of the sterile field and have implemented things such as a no touch bin, hydraulic foot operated bed, hands free wash basins and sterilisers uniquely equipped with portable tray so asepsis can be maintained throughout. The studio is equipped with UV sterilisers on every floor. Our piercing procedure room has the added benefit of HEPA air filtration, as does our dedicated sterilization and processing room. Ensuring our facilities provide the safest and cleanest possible environment to be pierced in.
- Prior to your appointment | Jade Alexandra
PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT SOME HANDY AND HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING YOUR APPOINTMENT If you have long hair, please ensure it is securely tied up when you come to attend your appointment. Especially ear piercing-related appointments. Loose hair can get in the way a lot and can contaminate skin that has been prepped for piercing which makes it extremely difficult to work around. Make sure you have eaten within the last four hours & ensure you are properly hydrated. A drop in blood sugar levels can sometimes result in piercees feeling faint or unwell. It may be a good idea to bring along a sugary snack, particularly if you have felt faint and unwell when having a piercing in the past. Consider any holidays or events you may have coming up, which could hinder your ability to properly maintain your aftercare routine, it may be better to postpone until after your holiday. Lifestyle, consider your lifestyle :) - Do you regularly go swimming or play rough sports? What is your profession? Do you need to wear a uniform, protective face masks, helmets for sports, motorcycling or stethoscopes regularly? These may all be things that you will need to consider carefully when it comes to committing to healing a new piercing. If any of the above examples sound like you, it may be best to hold off booking your piercing appointment and wise to book an anatomy consultation first so you can discuss with your piercer and highlight any concerns. STUDIO ETIQUETTE AT THE DESK OR IN WAITING AREA: Don’t handle your piercings (even if they are healed) or jewellery, Don't touch your ears and face etc as you may spread germs to the studio’s common areas, endangering staff and fellow patrons. Bring previously worn jewellery in a baggie or other sealed container; never place used jewellery on the counter/desk. IN THE RESTROOM: Don’t handle your piercings or jewellery (see above) It is never appropriate to insert jewellery in the restroom or other area of the studio. If you want to have your jewellery changed, it should be done by studio staff in the piercing room. IN THE PIERCING ROOM: Turn off your cell phone. Before setting anything down, ask your piercer to direct you to the area where personal belongings should be placed. Avoid touching your fresh piercing or the area that is near to your fresh piercing, it is an open wound and you may spread germs that are endangering to staff and fellow patrons. Camera flashes or recording can be very distracting to a practitioner during a piercing procedure, so no photos or recording is permitted in the piercing room, please wait until after your piercing is done and check with your piercer before you take any photos etc of your piercing. Please do not take photos of the piercer without first having their consent.
- About the owner | Jade Alexandra Piercing
ABOUT THE OWNER A real human owns this business 💕 I'm Jade the Piercer and owner of Jade Alexandra Piercing and this is my humble journey! I was born in December and as such, a thoroughly inquisitive and knowledge-seeking Sagittarius I indeed am. I have always lived locally to Durham and I am proud to continue to be a part of and to serve our community in providing safe body adornment to the area. I began my career in 2010, I apprenticed under Lee from LLCooltatts initially as an aspiring tattoo artist, I had always been artistic and creative and Lee gave me an opportunity I am still so thankful for today. I didn't become a Tattooist in the end but it was how I got my "foot through the door" into this industry. I was at the time quite young with no family or network of support and back then apprenticeships did not pay anything, so I found myself trying to pursue an industry I was inspired by whilst also being in financial difficulties and hardships trying to run a home on my own and support myself. Due to my circumstances at the time, I had been lucky to have the support from a local support worker named Bert Moutter, from a charity known as DISC. I expressed to him that I wanted to learn body piercing, something I could do additionally to my apprenticeship as a means to generate a self-sustainable income. Bert helped me apply for a grant with another charity (BUTTLE UK) to access funds for a course. - it is super important to me to give credit and remember how important these charities and wonderful volunteers are and to humbly most of all, not to lose sight of where I started! In 2011 I enrolled on an above-the-waist body piercing "course". The course was over four days. The first piercing I ever did was a tongue and I was absolutely terrified, I had not been shown how to mark or pierce it, just thrown into it and told to aim for the mark. THAT was my so called training. "Naïve and brains brand new" Equipped with a so-called piercing kit, I had been led to believe that after completion of my so-called "course" that I had been given all the tools and knowledge needed to start a career in piercing, misled that a certificate and a not even "entry-level" piercing kit meant I knew what I was doing and oh boy was I wrong. Today I would strongly advocate that anyone wanting to become a piercer , seek an apprenticeship with a reputable, properly educated mentor and avoid piercing courses like the plague! I honestly had no idea what I was really doing and I had to completely learn everything from scratch, as what little I had learnt at the course was incredibly outdated, basic and completely insufficient. I have basically self-taught myself everything I now know today - The hard way. I now know that piercing courses are just another person's idea of a ''get-rich-quick'' scheme and the certificate I was given is not even worth the paper it is printed on. Not only that it is/was irresponsible, unethical and bad practice to take money from people like myself who did not/do not know any better and to then let them loose on the public to be a danger to themselves and others. Piercing should be taken seriously because it is breaking the skin barrier and proper education is absolutely crucial, particularly were it concerns sterilisation and cross contamination. I share transparently where I started because unfortunately, not much has changed since then and piercing is still an unregulated industry and most training out there is just as insufficient. The reality is someone can have a license to pierce and not know what a bloodborne pathogen is, this is why it is so important to make sure you research your piercer for your own safety. Over the years I worked in numerous studios, each of them I learnt valuable lessons, not only as a piercer but in business too. From 2014 to 2017 I worked in a busy city centre studio, it was around then that I really started to become aware of the importance of often overlooked aspects in piercing and I began a process of realising that these were the things I needed to change and educate myself on properly, such as the importance of jewellery materials, realising the UK is saturated with unverifiable and poor quality jewellery, I had to learn about jewellery surface polish, how that affects and contributes to healing, then to gain proper knowledge of wound care, healing stages, healing complications etc - Piercing is really not as simple as most perceive. Poking a hole and inserting jewellery is just a small part of the bigger picture. I began to really evolve how I did piercings and procedures, educated myself on asepsis and how to maintain it, in 2017 I attended my first United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers Educational Seminars, which completely opened my eyes. all I wanted to do was flourish and to fine-tune where ever possible all aspects of my trade, by continuing to better educate myself. I had improved greatly - however despite my best efforts, the position in the studio I worked in at the time greatly hindered my ability to evolve in other necessary aspects & I had to accept that not everyone shares the same ethics and visions of growth that I had for the future. Why change something if it was already ''working''? I understand that mentality, but it's not a mentality I shared, then or now. I think to myself, but if you know can do and offer better why wouldn't you want to make sure you're doing it? Why wouldn't you want the best for your clients? Why not improve your standards if you have the knowledge and means? It just didn't sit well with me, that I knew my answer deep down and working for somebody else who had a different perception meant that, I was to remain limited nor have the necessary control to make the choices I knew I needed to make to progress ethically and responsibly. ''When met with resistance, it's time to propel forward into something greater'' After spending some time feeling frustrated, I asked myself an important question one day, "Well, do you believe in yourself to be able to do and be better?" and my answer was "I do!" So with my answer I left knowing the next and only step for me was to run my own business, where I could make all of the decisions, invest in what I wanted to invest in, take responsibility for the direction I wanted my piercing services to go. I knew it wouldn't be straightforward or easy, but it would be worth it knowing that my heart was in the right place and that what I was doing wasn't in pursuit of money, success or any shallow means, it was because I wanted to just be genuinely integral above all else. To prioritise health and safety over profits. Because that was what and continues to be what really matters. At the time I had not long been bereaved of both my parents and admittedly, it was terribly frightening to leave a job where I had financial security, to pursue my own business. I had nothing saved up, nobody to help me, just very limited funds and some self-belief! I remember when my first quality jewellery order arrived and as little as it was, the feeling of excitement looking at the difference in quality to what I was about to use in comparison to that which I had been limited to using previously, is genuinely a feeling I will never forget. So shiny, hand polished to a literal mirror finish, I could actually see my face in it. I was going in the right direction, jewellery should be high quality, made of the correct biocompatible materials, this was it! There was no stopping me now! I knew I was making the correct choices and making the right steps into a better future, not only for myself but to contribute positively to an industry that for so long had inspired me, I could now support to evolve. I spent a couple of years learning, saving, investing, the ups and downs of business, adapting and growing. Not only was I evolving into a piercer I was proud to be, but I was also evolving on a personal level too, because finding out who we really are and want to be is equally as important in life. Our integrity is our biggest investment. In 2019, after looking for new premises, I met Sue and Chris, who are the owners of Buzzin Guns, they had the perfect space within their studio available for my business to trade from. Not only that, they were also business owners who shared the same ethics and dedication to evolving, integrally that I did! I have nothing but love and respect for them. It's an incredible Studio, every day is a joy to come to work and run my business from. In my personal time, I do love learning, reading books, gardening and being in nature. I like to and try to live a simple life honestly. I am quite partial to a cup of tea in my garden on a good weather day listening to and watching the birds before I start my day. I am blessed to have a wonderful partner, a couple chickens, Edith, Ethel and Elsey - Our three little dogs, Poppy who is a pom, she is getting a little old now bless her & our two Miniature Dachshunds Minnie and Lily... Much to love and be eternally grateful for. I am thankful for all of life's lessons, to all my wonderful clients old and new, for the trust love and support. It's my sincerest dedication that Jade Alexandra Piercing continues to evolve with genuine love and integrity. I haven't just grown it, it has also grown me. Thank you all for being a part of my journey and for allowing me to be a part of yours, even momentarily. with love and gratitude Jade xxx About the owner: About
- FAQ | Jade Alexandra
Frequently asked questions. Thanks for taking the time to browse this page, hopefully we can answer any questions you may have here to make things a little more convenient and more time efficient. Do I need an appointment? Yes, you will certainly need an appointment, whether it's for a piercing, aftercare check up or to purchase and look at jewellery. Appointments can be booked easily and conveniently through the booking system on our website, or direct through the "book now" button on our Facebook page. Can I have my piercing or more frequently asked my nose pierced with a ring? We do not pierce noses and most piercings with rings for a number of reasons, but particularly due to the shape causing healing complications and general lack of stability for wound healing. Small rings can be very restrictive to healing tissue and any uneven pressure or distortions of tissue effecting the wound usually result in piercing bumps and hypertrophic scarring among other things. What methods of payment do you accept? We accept cash, debit or credit card and contactless payments including apple or google pay. We also accept Clearpay, if eligible. Do you use a needle or Gun? We use single use hypodermic needles only, we do not advocate the use of guns for piercing. Needles are designed to puncture the skin with little trauma, whereas a gun uses blunt force trauma to penetrate the tissue, forcing inappropriate styles and limited size of jewellery into the tissue at high speed. Not only that, guns cannot be sterilised in a medical grade autoclave after use and simply wiping the instrument down does not protect against the potential spreading of bloodborne pathogens. Do you offer refunds or returns? For hygiene reasons, no. All sales are final. Body jewellery cannot be exchanged once it has been fitted into your piercing or if you have not had it fitted at your appointment, it cannot be returned or exchanged once it has left the studio. Piercing procedures are not a refundable service, you can of course always change your mind after having a piercing and we are happy to assist you to safely remove the jewellery, however we cannot be expected to give refunds for a service properly provided. Do you pierce babies/infants? We do not pierce anyone under the age of 7. Not only is it morally and ethically wrong to pierce an infants ears against their will, infants and small children are still very much growing and developing anatomically. It is much better to wait until they have had the chance to be more anatomically developed, cosmetic piercing can be more well placed etc. We will not pierce anyone who is unable to give us their consent and we respect every individuals bodily autonomy regardless of age. Can I bring my own jewellery? We do not pierce with or fit jewellery into existing piercings that have been sourced outside studio. We must ensure we work with verifiable materials and we cannot ensure jewellery purchased outside studio is safe or suitable for human implant. We cannot reuse Jewellery previously purchased in studio into fresh piercings, as we cannot sterilize previously worn or soiled jewellery and risk contamination to our sterilization equipment. When can I change my jewellery? We do not recommend you change or remove your jewellery yourself until healed. However your piercer may be able to change attachments. Do I need an anatomy consultation? Some piercings are not anatomically suited to everyone, particularly "industrial" and "navel" piercings, so it would be advisable to those considering these particular placements to book an anatomy consultation, prior to booking a slot for the actual piercing, as this will prevent time being wasted if you are turned down for the placement. Anatomy consultations are also advisable to anyone who has had surgery, has scarring, past trauma etc in the area they wish to be pierced or those with uniquely shaped anatomy for advise. Do not book a piercing appointment for the same day as an anatomy consult, please book your piercing after you have had your consult, as it would be counter-productive to book both at the time. I have had a piercing done at another establishment & I have concerns, can I come in for a check up? If your piercing was not done by us, you would need to book a troubleshooting appointment and pay a small fee for our time and expertise, we would certainly be happy to take a look and advise, aftercare check up appointments are a routine service we offer to our piercees to utilise as part of their piercing package free of charge. It would be unfair to deal with issues from piercings we did not originally preform. Do you offer numbing? No we don’t offer numbing and we don’t recommend you attempt any personal numbing at home before your appointment either. Numbing products are medical products and do pose risks in terms of allergens, skin irritations and vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction is the narrowing (constriction) of blood vessels by small muscles in their walls. When blood vessels constrict, blood flow is slowed or blocked“ which is harmful to a new piercing because healthy blood flow for delivery of white blood cells are needed to start the healing process. How many piercings can I have done in one sitting? We do not recommend you have any more than three at any one time, with the exception of four ear lobe piercings. We will not do more than 3 cartilage, body, or facial piercings or any combination of them in a quantity of more than 3. We recommend waiting at least 12 weeks in between appointments to allow for the initial swelling and tenderness to pass before having more work done to make after care manageable and mitigate infection risk. You cannot waive your rights and ask to be pierced more times than this, as we always maintain the right to set safe boundaries on the procedures we perform. What prices can I expect? The service charge for a single piercing is between £20 - £30. This covers the cost of completely Sterile and Single use procedure set up, appointment time, sterilization, topical skin prep & in store consultation. As we only stock premium jewellery, jewellery purchases are not included in the service charge and can be anywhere from £25 - over £300, depending on pieces and customization of components chosen on the day. We stock Titanium, both 14Carat and 18Carat Gold, Swarovski Zirconia, Semi Precious Stones, Emeralds, Diamonds etc. Basic jewellery components from our essentials range is plain, highly polished to a mirror finish ASTM F-136 or ASTM F-1295 Titanium. Downsizes are charged at £20. Jewellery changes are charged at £6 Aftercare products range from £8-£12 Is your studio Wheelchair accessible? The Studio is street level and whilst we are situated on the ground floor for piercing services, unfortunately there is two steps prior to the front door to access the building. The street outside is cobbled and wheelchair users or those with limited mobility may find it difficult to attempt access. Apologies. Where can I park? There is on street parking outside the studio which is subject to pay and display. There are also near by multi storey car parks: Riverside and Prince Bishops. Alternatively, we are right next to the City centre bus station on North Road, if public travel is easier. Do you sell gift certificates? Yes, we sell egift cards, which can be customized and purchased online via our Online-Store. We also sell physical eco friendly plastic gift cards in studio with the optional addition of premium giftbox with magnetic clasp and gift bag for those of you that would like to add a touch of luxury to presentation when gifting their loved ones or to make it easier to wrap for those special occasions. My piercing has closed up can I have it re-pierced? Yes, in most cases piercings can be re-pierced. As long as healed and healthy tissue is available piercings should be ok to be pierced again. We do not take responsibility for piercings closing over, if your piercing has closed over, you are responsible for paying for it to be pierced again. Re-pierces will not be discounted. It is the piercee's responsibility to ensure jewellery and attachments are secure and that jewellery remain in the piercing to ensure it does not close over, even healed piercings should continue to have jewellery installed.
- Appointments | Jade Alexandra Piercing
TERMS AND CONDITIONS All successful bookings will receive confirmation via email or text to the contact details provided, with a convenient link for you access your appointment details online and make any amendments if needed. New clients will also be sent an additional email prior to appointment with details explaining important details regarding the preparation and attendance of the appointment. Please look out for this. Safe piercing done to the highest standards. Book your appointment today. We are a private studio and operate on an appointment only basis, with a strict one in one out policy. As Jade is the only piercer and will likely be with a client, she can't unfortunately be in two places at once, therefor we are unable to accommodate a walk in service for any of our piercing services including jewellery browsing or to give prices and/or assist with jewellery purchases. You will need to book an appointment to have Jade's full attention and expert advice. You can book yourself in easily and conveniently by clicking the book now button below. Book Now AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT All clients are offered an aftercare check up appointment 2-4 weeks post piercing. Aftercare appointments are not limited, you can come in for check ups as frequently as you like. Aftercare. All clients will be given a leaflet with their specific jewellery information and aftercare instructions, alternatively aftercare instructions can be found here . Downsizing. You may need to come back for a shorter post. Piercings may swell initially, therefor it is appropriate to fit jewellery that is a little longer, once swelling has subsided, to ensure the piercing is getting the correct stability to heal, jewellery should be downsized to prevent jewellery that is too long to cause any healing complications/ future problems. Read more about downsizing here . Check your attachments are secure. Often, we use threaded jewellery for piercing. It is not unheard of for jewellery to become unthreaded over time. It is good practise to check your jewellery is threaded securely at the end of each cleaning routine twice a day. We do not accept responsibility for lost jewellery. After you have left the studio, it is your responsibility to ensure aftercare is properly followed and your jewellery is secure. If you have any concerns or encounter an issue, experience symptoms of problematic healing, make an aftercare check-up appointment promptly. The earlier it is seen, the better chance your piercing has of overcoming any issues. We are here to help you heal your piercing every step of the way. Appointments: Appointment booking © Copyright Jade Alexandra Piercing
- Aftercare & Troubleshooting | Jade Alexandra
AFTERCARE CLEANING SOLUTIONS Packaged sterile saline is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare. Mixing your own sea salt solution is no longer a suggested practice. We strongly encourage you to use a sterile saline labelled for use as a wound wash. Contact lens saline, eye drops, and other saline products should never be used on a body piercing. Your saline ingredients should list .09% sodium chloride as the only ingredient. Mixing your own sea salt solution will commonly result in the product being far too salty and strong, this can over dehydrate the piercing and interfere with healing. CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason. SALINE rinse as needed during healing. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue. If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan. RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewellery through the piercing. DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelle ry, causing injury. WHAT IS NORMAL? Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising. During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewellery. The tissue may tighten around the jewellery as it heals. Once healed: the jewellery may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewellery in - do not leave it empty. WHAT TO DO Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing it is not necessary to rotate your jewellery Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body. Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping. Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbour bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out. FOR PARTICULAR AREAS N AVEL: A hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of elastic bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports. EAR/EAR CARTILAGE AND FACIAL: Use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping. Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area. Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing. Return to your piercer for aftercare check-ups and downsize when requested. NIPPLES: The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping. GENITAL: Genital Piercings – especially Triangles, Prince Alberts, Ampallangs, and Apadravyas – can bleed freely for the first few days. Be prepared. Additional cleaning after urination is not necessary Wash your hands before touching on (or near) a healing piercing. In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing period. Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and waterproof bandages, etc. to avoid contact with your partners’ body fluids, even in long-term monogamous relationships. Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys. Use a new container of water-based lubricant; do not use saliva. After sex, an additional saline rinse is suggested. SURFACE ANCHORS: These piercings require maintenance during their entire lifetime because matter can build up underneath the threaded top causing the piercing to become irritated. Saline and/or shower rinses may be helpful with removing matter from underneath the threaded top. Avoid putting makeup on these piercings even after healing. Even with proper care, surface anchors may be less permanent than other body piercings. ORAL PIERCING : R inse thoroughly with Alcohol free mouth wash, (such as Corsodyl and CB12) including after meals. Downsize when requested and do not play with jewellery as this will cause irritation. Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes. Brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal. During healing floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewellery. Once healed, brush the jewellery more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up. WHAT TO AVOID Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, iodine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation. Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care. Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing. Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications. Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing. Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound sealant bandage. These are available at most drugstores and work best for nipple, navel, and surface piercing placements. Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc. Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed. Sleeping directly on a healing cartilage piercing can cause irritation, even causing shifts in the piercing’s angle which may result in the piercing failing. Placing a travel pillow, on top of your pillow, and then placing your ear in the opening can be helpful to avoid this. ORAL PIERCING HINTS AND TIPS Sleep with your head elevated in the beginning to minimize overnight swelling. Once the swelling has subsided, it is vital to replace the original, longer jewellery with a shorter post or barbell to avoid damage to the teeth and gums. Because this necessary jewellery change often occurs during healing, it should be done by a qualified piercer. This information should have been given to you during the piercing. If not, consult with a professional piercer about your downsize . With clean hands or paper products, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewellery for tightness. For threadless jewellery make sure there is no gap between the post (inside) to the top (outside). In case of a gap, place your index finger and thumb on both sides of the jewellery and press them together. Be sure to check that the gap is closed. Contact your piercer for a non-metallic jewellery alternative if your metal jewellery must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewellery or have a professional piercer remove it and continue cleaning the area until the hole closes. In most cases, only a small mark will remain. EATING Take your time with eating until you are used to the piercing and the jewellery is downsized to prevent irritation or prolonged healing. Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for the first two weeks (no specific foods need to be avoided). Cold foods and beverages can be soothing and help reduce swelling. For labret (cheek and lip) piercings: be cautious about opening your mouth too wide as this can result in the jewellery catching on your teeth. WHAT TO AVOID Do not play with your jewellery. Long term effects include permanent damage to teeth and gums. Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewellery can cause scar tissue, migration, and other complications. Avoid using mouthwash containing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. It can irritate the piercing and delay healing. Avoid oral sexual contact including wet kissing or oral sex during healing. Avoid chewing on tobacco, gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, and other foreign objects that could harbour bacteria. Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils. Avoid using straws. Straw use can increase the risk of swelling and bleeding. Minimize the intake of smoking and vaping (tobacco or cannabis). It increases risks and prolongs healing time. Avoid aspirin, alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling. Avoid submerging healing piercings in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, oceans, and even the bathtub. Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact a professional piercer. Troubleshooting Problems INAPPROPRIATE AFTERCARE IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF A DISTRESSED PIERCING. What is normal? Tenderness, bleeding and/or bruising. A clear, yellow or whitish discharge, which may crust. What is not normal? Puss or thick discharge, that may look greenish. Excessively swollen and is hot to touch. PIERCING BUMPS. Most people assume the bump around their piercing is a keloid, however this is unlikely to be the case. Most bumps forming around piercings are caused by improper aftercare and irritation. WHAT CAUSES BUMPS? Piercing bumps are caused by a number of reasons, such as excessive or overly rough cleaning, knocking and accidentally snagging piercings, sleeping onto the piercing and either poor quality jewellery, or jewellery that is not correctly fitting. Applying ointments and creams can also irritate piercings, such as tea tree oil and savlon etc. WHAT IF MY PIERCING IS INFECTED? If you suspect you piercing is infected, you should visit your GP as soon as possible. Please refrain from removing the jewellery, as infections can be dealt with - without the loss of the piercing and removal could then cause an abscess. EXCESSIVE SWELLING Fresh piercings are done with jewellery that has allowed room for some initial swelling, however in some cases, if the piercing has experienced trauma such as being knocked or bumped, the piercing has become infected or irritated, swelling may begin to surpass the jewellery. In these cases, you will need to visit your piercer and have them fit a temporary, more accommodating length or diameter piece of jewellery. WHAT IF I CANT SEE A PIERCER - ADVICE For suspected infections, follow the above advise and go see a medical professional. For excessive swelling, if you do not have a safe alternative piece of jewellery to wear temporarily you may need to remove your jewellery altogether to reduce the risk of imbedding and your skin healing completely over the jewellery, which unfortunately may mean you lose your piercing. Your piercer may be able to taper it back open, when you can get into see them, it may need to be re-pierced. If you have lost your jewellery and need a replacement, book an appointment to have your piercer refit you the correct jewellery. To prevent the piercing from closing up in the meantime, you can wear something temporarily. More troubleshooting info
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- Terms & Conditions | Jade Alexandra
TERMS & CONDITIONS APPOINTMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS BOOKING FEE - Booking fees are taken as a prepayment and are strictly non-refundable. No exceptions, nor any gestures of goodwill will be given. The booking fee is NOT a deposit, the booking fee secures your chosen appointment slot and covers the cost of admin, the service charge (piercing fee) and allocated time slot. APPOINTMENT AMENDMENTS - Amendments to your booking can be made up to 6 hours before your appointment time. You can make edits to your appointment online 24/7 and this is accessible through the original confirmation email that you received upon completion of your booking or by logging back into the booking system with the contact details you originally provided. Cancellations will result in the loss of your booking fee. ARRIVING ON TIME - Please ensure you arrive on time and aim to arrive a couple of minutes early, as our appointment times do run back to back and are time-limited, which means if you do not arrive on time to your chosen appointment slot then you may be disappointed to find that you no longer have the time that is necessary remaining to be able to have the services you desire fulfilled. Arriving late more than ten minutes will result in the loss of your booking fee. We cannot accommodate attendees who are late more than this. ONE IN ONE OUT POLICY - We operate on a 'one in one out' policy, Meaning you will not be able to bring anyone with you to your appointment. If you do arrive at your appointment with someone accompanying you, then they will be politely asked to remain outside and wait. As we have such a small waiting area we are unable to accommodate any extra persons not attending an appointment. The only circumstance that would be an exception, is for a parent or guardian legally needing to accompany a minor. Read more on age restrictions here . ACCESSING THE BUILDING - To access the building you will need to press the intercom button at the door, and wait before a member of staff can let you in. We kindly ask that clients do not attempt to force the door. CHILDREN - If you have young children or additional children to a child that you are bringing in to get pierced, we kindly ask that you leave them at home. We only have a small waiting area and a busy studio is not an accommodating or suitable environment for multiple children. They will not be permitted into the procedure room and they can not be left unattended in our reception. Due to having steps to the entrance of the building and glass cabinets in our reception area we do not allow pushchairs into the studio for safety reasons - No exceptions. I.D - Valid I.D is always required regardless of age. We cannot provide piercing services without this. Arriving to your appointment without valid I.D will result in your appointment being cancelled and your booking fee retained by Jade Alexandra Piercing. Check what you need here . JEWELLERY TERMS AND CONDITIONS JEWELLERY PURCHASE - Jewellery is to be purchased separately on the day of appointment and is not included in the service charge. Our most affordable jewellery starts at £25.00 JEWELLERY PURCHASE BREAKDOWN - Due to the nature of professional body jewellery, in order for it to be universally compatible with different styles and placements, jewellery is made up of components, which are charged for individually. For example: 1 x Titanium Labret (Post with fixed flat back disk) = £15.00 + 1 x 3mm Titanium ball attachment = £10.00 Total £25.00 JEWELLERY INTEGRITY - All jewellery used at Jade Alexandra Piercing are made of verifiable materials suitable for human implant. In order to adhere to health and safety protocols we will not in any circumstance fit or pierce with any jewellery that has been previously worn or sourced outside of studio. JEWELLERY FITTING AND PLACEMENT - Jewellery fitting and piercing placement are 100% anatomy dependent & we reserve the right to refuse to fit jewellery or piercing a placement if the piercer feels it is inappropriate, not suited to the individual anatomy or unlikely to heal well. If this is the case, the piercer will usually advise and quite often can offer many alternatives. RINGS IN FRESH PIERCINGS - Quite often we are asked if we can pierce with a ring, usually very small and thin. Unfortunately in most, if not all cases, it is not possible to fit rings this way in an initial or healing piercing. For a piercing to heal correctly, it requires suitable jewellery of size and shape, which can provide stability. (Petite rings can usually be fitted once successfully healed). Piercings that can be done with rings initially, for example, a “Daith” jewellery will most likely need to be quite large in gauge and diameter in order for it to be anatomically suitable enough to heal well. JEWELLERY LOSS - We do not accept responsibility for loss of jewellery or attachments, jewellery coming out or piercings healing over. Once leaving the studio, it is the piercee's responsibility to ensure jewellery attachments are secure each day and that they do not remove their jewellery whilst the piercing is still healing as part of their commitment to following proper aftercare advice and protocols. Jewellery losses or any accidental/deliberate damage are not covered by manufacturers' guarantees. JEWELLERY RETURNS/EXCHANGE - For health and safety, all Jewellery purchased in studio or online through our online store is strictly non-refundable and non-exchangeable. JEWELLERY QUALITY GUARANTEE - Jewellery retailed by Jade Alexandra Piercing comes with a warranty from the manufacturer. All Jewellery is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase, most of our manufacturers offer their guarantee for a lifetime. So this means that for as long as you look after your jewellery and it is not mishandled or mistreated. The craftsmanship is guaranteed not to be defective, Allowing you piece of mind of its quality. General wear and tear or loss of jewellery/attachments are NOT covered under manufacturers warranty. TERMS OF SERVICE PIERCEES BILL O F RIGHTS - EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT: To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves. To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing. To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else. To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes. To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene. To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle. To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions. To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio. To have initial piercings fitted with jewellery of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewellery is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing. To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision. To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process. To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice. To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper. CLIENT CODE OF CONDUCT We at Jade Alexandra Piercing will not in any circumstance tolerate the use of offensive, abusive, hateful or sexually inappropriate language. We will exercise the right to refuse service to anyone who is insulting or demeaning towards our staff in any way. Any unwanted physical contact made towards staff will be reported to the police immediately. Any attempts to stalk, intimidate or harass staff either in-person or through social media channels will be documented and we will exercise the right to take appropriate action and report to the police. We expect clients to: Treat staff members with the courtesy and respect that we all deserve. Respect our studio policies and professional boundaries.
- Downsizing | Jade Alexandra
DOWNSIZING - WHY IT'S IMPORTANT Downsizing refers to switching jewellery in a piercing to a shorter post, once initial swelling has subsided. Because of the way piercings heal, most require initial jewellery with a noticeable amount of extra room to allow the tissue to swell in the early phases of healing. This is crucial to avoid jewellery embedding in the skin. However, once the initial stages have passed, this initial swelling will have gone away. This will reveal the initial extra room and results in the initial jewellery now being too long. Jewellery that is too long can snag easily and move around excessively, leading to irritation and renewed swelling. In oral piercings, excessively long jewellery can lead to damage to teeth, gums, and other oral structures (read more in Oral Piercing Risks ). At this stage, it’s important to return to your piercer to have shorter jewellery installed to reduce these issues. The piercing is not healed enough to safely change your jewellery by yourself at this point in healing. If this window for downsizing is missed for piercings such as the helix, the excessive length may lead to migration or a change of angle of piercing, especially if the piercing gets slept on. This damage is irreversible and can get bad enough to result in the piercing failing. CREDIT - SAFEPIERCING.ORG