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- 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.
- Anatomy, Healing & Suitability | Jade Alexandra
ANATOMY, HEALING, JEWELLERY 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. 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 the studio. Something that is aesthetically pleasing on one person may not necessarily look the same on another, due to anatomy varying greatly from individual to individual. We all look online for inspiration, however, some styles/pictures found on the internet are often unfortunately not realistic in terms of suitability or practicality, with some placements being altogether dangerous and really shouldn't have been pierced at all. Some images may be photoshopped or may have been pierced poorly by a less experienced practitioner. But don’t worry that's not to say you can’t have something aesthetically pleasing and well suited to you. It's just important to be mindful and realistic of our expectations of what may or may not be possible. Rings. 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 to heal well. Please take into consideration that we aim to offer a safe and professional piercing experience only our business is founded on offering our services from a place of integrity refusal, unfortunately, can quite often be met with offence - this is never intentional, as you the client are the number one priority. Anything advised by the piercer is with you and your wellbeing in mind at all times. We want you to have a safe experience, we do not want to offer a service that may unnecessarily put you at risk or potentially cause you problems. We prioritise health and safety and ask that in any circumstance you respect the advice given and are not abusive or disrespectful to staff. Jewellery loss, we do not accept responsibility for loss of jewellery, jewellery coming out or piercings healing over. Once leaving the studio, it is the piercee's responsibility to ensure jewellery attachments are secure 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, lifetime guarantees cover any potential manufacturer defects only.
- Aftercare & Troubleshooting | Jade Alexandra
AFTERCARE RECOMMENDED AFTERCARE (1-2 x Daily) Step one - Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water. Step two - Spray the entry and exit points of your piercing with sterile saline solution. Step three - Wipe away any dry matter using non-woven gauze or clean kitchen towel (cotton buds, cotton balls and tissues all leave tiny fibres behind which could irritate your piercing, so please avoid using these) Step Four - Gently dab/pat dry using a separate, new clean piece of gauze or kitchen towel. Golden Rules Don't touch or mess with your piercing. No twisting, turning the jewellery and do not pick "crusties" from the area, please remove as per aftercare instructions advised above. Don't sleep on it! If you sleep on your side, place a travel pillow ontop of your usual pillow to prevent putting weight pressure onto your piercing. Avoid chemicals. Savlon, TCP, Tea tree, Surgical spirits, Dettol, Chlorine and the like are very harsh on piercings, please do not use them. Sterile saline all the way! Don't forget to give the area a good rinse after using hair products such as shampoo etc too. Stay healthy! Avoid overly stressful situations, eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep! all of these contribute to keeping and maintaining a healthy and strong immune system, which will be hard at work healing your piercing. Don't change or remove your jewellery too early! Piercings heal from the outside in, so it may look and feel healed early on, but it is very likely to still be raw inside, particularly if less than three months old. Remember to pop in for your check up appointments and downsize appointments so your piercer can monitor the healing process. ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE Rinse 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. 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.
- Appointments | Jade Alexandra Piercing
APPOINTMENT BOOKING We are a private studio and operate on an appointment only basis, with a strict one in one out policy. Due to this, we do not offer a walk in service for piercing services or jewellery browsing and/or purchases. You will need to book an appointment to avoid disappointment, you can book yourself in easily and conveniently by clicking the link below. Book Now PLEASE READ PRIOR TO BOOKING Booking Fees are non-refundable. No exceptions nor any gestures of goodwill will be given. The booking fee secures your chosen appointment slot and covers the cost of your service charge for the allocated time slot. - So please only book if you are sure you can make your appointment and fully intend to attend. Amendments to your booking can be made up to 6 hours before your appointment time. Cancellations will result in the loss of your booking fee. Jewellery is to be purchased separately on the day & is not included in the service charge. (Our Most affordable Jewellery starts at £25.) Click the information button for pricing. If you have an upcoming appointment, please ensure you arrive on time and aim to arrive early, as 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 unfortunately it may mean you will be disappointed to find that you no longer have the time that is necessary to have the service fulfilled. We certainly do not want to have to turn you away or for you to end up paying a second booking fee for another time slot. Please read the "Prior to your appointment" section on our website by clicking the information button. More information More information 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, you will also be sent an email with links to aftercare information as well, please read and follow thoroughly . - We advise cleaning your piercings with sterile saline wound wash only , please do not use anything else such as, abrasive antiseptics, Dettol, tea tree, aspirin or the like. They are much to harsh on healing piercings and can be counterproductive. Saline is gentle and non disruptive due to being isotonic, which works great. Ignore shoddy advice and quick fix suggestions sometimes found on the internet, it often causes more harm than good. - 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 future problems. - 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, experiencing symptoms of problematic healing, make a check up appointment promptly. We are here to help your piercing heal every step of the way! 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.
- Piercing Gallery | Jade Alexandra
- Expert Body Adornment | Designer Jewellery | Durham
1/1 LUXURY PIERCING & FINE JEWELLERY SPECIALISTS HOME TO A STUNNING COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE WORLDS 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 environment. 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. 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
- Age Restrictions and I.D | Jade Alexandra
AGE RESTRICTIONS & I.D WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. AGE RESTRICTIONS. Ear Lobes 7 + Navel 14 + Ear Cartilage (All other ear piercings)14 + Facial and Oral (nose, lip etc) 16 + Nipple: 18 + Surface Piercings and Microdermal anchors:18 + ACCEPTED FORMS OF I.D. - Valid I.D is essential, those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If your unsure, please contact the studio in advance to check what you may need. - Minors will not be pierced under any circumstances without a parent or legal guardian present. Valid I.D for both the child and the parent or guardian will be needed. No exceptions. Accepted forms of I.D are: Passport, Drivers license, Citizen card, or any photo card displaying the PASS hologram. For a parent or guardian accompanying a minor, one of the above forms of I.D will be required to prove the person giving consent has the right to do so, where a minor does not have a passport, a birth certificate may be accepted alternatively as long as the details match those of the parent or guardian giving consent. Those 16 + must provide valid I.D no exceptions Age restrictions are non-negotiable. NO I.D = NO SERVICE.
- 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 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. 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 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. What prices can I expect? The service charge for a single piercing is between £25 - £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 Titanium. Downsizes are charged at £20. Jewellery changes are charged at £6 Aftercare products range from £7-£10 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.
- About our jewellery and facillities | Jade Alexandra
The Jewellery we use, our training, sterilisation and processing practices. Ethical piercing, Exceptional Jewellery Here at Jade Alexandra Piercing, we only provide and pierce with the highest quality of jewellery, from world leading manufacturers we know we can trust. 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, 14ct and 18ct gold. Most of our jewellery comes lifetime guaranteed against manufacturing defects, so you can truly rely on investing into jewellery, that genuinely does embody master craftmanship to stand the test of time. As a dedication to continually evolving and keeping up to date, our piercer attends the United Kingdom Association of Professional Piercers educational seminars annually, attends classes on anatomy, jewellery standards, skin prep, asepsis and many more. Renews First aid certifications & CPR training routinely. Bloodborne pathogen training annually. 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, made specifically for piercing, single use and discarded of immediately after piercing. We use a disposable set up, 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.
- Pricing | Jade Alexandra
Pricing and services explained Here at Jade Alexandra Piercing the service charge includes: An extensive and dedicated appointment slot: with an average of 30 minutes. (Allowing you peace of mind to have fun picking out your jewellery, ask any questions, 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. A dedicated, educated and knowledgeable professional piercer, whom has over 10 years of experience execute your piercing safely with piercing specific hypodermic needles and correctly install your jewellery. Enclosed private piercing room, presented in a comfortable and clinical setting. Free Consultation Personalised aftercare advice, 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. Ear Piercing Ear Piercing, from lovely lobes to a variety of popular cartilage piercings. Service cost between: £25-35 Jewellery purchased separately, our most affordable jewellery starts at £25, prices for jewellery given in person in studio. Facial Piercing Facial and oral piercings, be it an Eyebrow - Lip - Nostril or Septum. Service cost between: £25 - £35. Jewellery purchased separately, our most affordable jewellery starts at £25, prices for jewellery given in person in studio. Body Piercing Body Piercing. Navels - Nipples - Dermal anchors & Surface piercing. Service cost between £25 - £50 Jewellery purchased separately, our most affordable jewellery starts at £25, prices for jewellery given in person in studio. Jewellery Prices As we have such an extensive jewellery collection, it is not realistically possible to give exact prices for piercings including jewellery on the website. Jewellery choice affects 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 given in person in the studio. Jewellery options can usually range from £25 to £300+ Jewellery at a minimum is premium, verifiable medical implant grade titanium backed with a lifetime guarantee against any manufacturer's defects. We stock options in highly polished titanium, authentic Swarovski zirconia, synthetic opals 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.
- Prior to your appointment | Jade Alexandra
PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW AND PREPARE FOR 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. Please keep in mind that you will NOT be allowed to bring anyone with you into the procedure room, if you arrive at your appointment with someone accompanying you, they will be politely asked to remain outside and wait - This is to limit and prevent distractions, so we can prioritise safety effectively in a professional and clinical environment. The only circumstance that would be an exception, is for a parent or guardian legally needing to accompany a minor. If you have young children, please leave them at home. A busy studio is not an environment suitable for children & therefore they will not be permitted into the procedure room and they can not be left unattended in reception. We do not allow pushchairs into the studio for safety reasons. No exceptions. 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.
- About the owner | Jade Alexandra Piercing
ABOUT THE OWNER A real human owns this business 💕 Hello to the lovely person reading this! I'm Jade the Piercer and Owner of Jade Alexandra Piercing and this is my humble journey! I was born in December 1992 and such an inquisitive knowledge-seeking Sagittarius I indeed am! I have always lived locally to Durham, much like a hobbit I am endearingly fond of this shire, I may venture out in the world but I always love the green welcome of Durham when I return, it is and forever will be "just home". 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 the industry! I was at the time a recent care leaver, after being estranged from my family, back then apprentices in tattooing 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, I had been lucky to have 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 first piercing I ever did was a tongue! I was terrified but to my surprise it was second nature & it was from there that piercing became the love of my life. "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" I had been given all the tools and knowledge needed to start a career in piercing, believing a certificate and a not even "entry-level" piercing kit meant I knew what I was doing and oh boy was I wrong! Whilst the experiences under my belt since then have taught me all the do's and don'ts, Today I would strongly advocate that anyone wanting to become a piercer, avoid piercing courses like the plague! I honestly had to completely learn everything from scratch as what I had learnt at the course was incredibly insufficient and 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 aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Piercing is as much a science as it is an art. Experience and genuine education of the prior are more important than the latter. I have since worked in numerous studios over the years, 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 things I needed to change and educate myself on properly, such as the importance of jewellery materials, jewellery surface polish, proper knowledge of wound care healing stages etc - Piercing is really not as simple as most perceive! I had really begun to evolve, perfect how I did my piercings and procedures, everything from how jewellery affects healing, asepsis and how to maintain it, all I wanted to do was flourish and keep fine-tuning, to continue educating myself. However, despite my best efforts, my position in the studio I worked in at the time greatly hindered my ability to evolve in other 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 working? I understand that mentality, but it's not a mentality I shared, then or now. I would always 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 or 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! I asked myself an important question one day, "Well, do you believe in yourself" and my answer was "yes, 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 my heart was in the right place and that what I was doing wasn't in pursuit of money or any shallow means, it was because I wanted to be genuinely integral above all else. Because that was what really mattered! At the time I had also not long lost both of 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 £350 and some self-belief! I remember when my first quality jewellery order arrived and 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 I could 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 evolving personally too, to become a human being who leaves the world better than she found it. The journey of life and its tests of faith, what is lost is also gained. The universal balance, cause and effects, So many transformational chapters! 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 love learning, reading books, expanding my consciousness and being in nature. I am quite partial to a cup of tea in my garden on a morning listening to the birds before I start my day. I am blessed to have a wonderful partner, a work in progress.... eclectic but wonderful little home, our little Pomeranian Poppy who is getting a little old now & Miniature Dachshund Minnie... 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 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. Love Jade xxx