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Many hardwoods-- [[ebony]] being the most common example, but other '''woods''' such as [[chakte kok]] are also used, as well as woody grasses such as [[bamboo]]-- make excellent [[jewelry]], especially for stretched ear piercings. While wooden jewelry works best in dry piercings, it has been used successfully even in [[tongue piercing]]s. Properly finished wood jewelry has a tendency to thicken the skin of a piercing and drastically improve its health over metal or plastic [[body jewelry]]. I should point out that a small percentage of individuals have (or develop) a [[Wood Allergy|wood allergy]] to certain kinds of wood. In addition, many hardwoods are considered endangered, and care should be taken to ensure that jewelry is obtained ethically.
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Many hardwoods— [[ebony]] being the most common example, other woods such as [[chakte kok]], as well as woody grasses including [[bamboo]]— make excellent [[jewelry]]. While wooden jewelry works best in dry piercings, it has been used successfully in [[tongue piercing]]s as well. Properly finished wood jewelry has a tendency to thicken the skin of a piercing and drastically improve its health over metal or plastic [[body jewelry]]. A small percentage of individuals have (or develop) a [[Wood Allergy|wood allergy]] to certain kinds of wood. In addition, many hardwoods are considered endangered, and care should be taken to ensure that jewelry is obtained ethically.
  
 
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* [[Bloodwood]]
 
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And many others.
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and many others.
  
Some people finish their wooden jewelry using [[wax]], but many prefer simply oiling the wood using [[olive oil]], [[Vitamin E]] oil, or [[Emu Oil]]. '''DO NOT''' use varnishes since that defeats the whole purpose of using wood in the first place. You may also want to sand your wooden jewelry periodically.
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Some people finish their wooden jewelry using [[wax]], but many prefer simply oiling the wood using [[olive oil]], [[Vitamin E]] oil, or [[Emu Oil]]. '''DO NOT''' use varnishes, since that defeats the purpose of using wooden jewelry in the first place. You may also want to sand your wooden jewelry periodically.
  
It should also be noted that wearing wood jewelry in the shower can cause the wood to swell. If this happens, you can sand it until your can run your fingernail against the jewelry without feeling the grain and then reoil.  
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It should also be noted that wearing wooden jewelry in the shower can cause the wood to expand. If this happens, you may want to sand the jewelry until you can run your fingernail against it without feeling the grain. Once this has been done, you should re-oil the jewelry as well.
  
 
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Many hardwoods— ebony being the most common example, other woods such as chakte kok, as well as woody grasses including bamboo— make excellent jewelry. While wooden jewelry works best in dry piercings, it has been used successfully in tongue piercings as well. Properly finished wood jewelry has a tendency to thicken the skin of a piercing and drastically improve its health over metal or plastic body jewelry. A small percentage of individuals have (or develop) a wood allergy to certain kinds of wood. In addition, many hardwoods are considered endangered, and care should be taken to ensure that jewelry is obtained ethically.

Common woods used in body jewelry:

and many others.

Some people finish their wooden jewelry using wax, but many prefer simply oiling the wood using olive oil, Vitamin E oil, or Emu Oil. DO NOT use varnishes, since that defeats the purpose of using wooden jewelry in the first place. You may also want to sand your wooden jewelry periodically.

It should also be noted that wearing wooden jewelry in the shower can cause the wood to expand. If this happens, you may want to sand the jewelry until you can run your fingernail against it without feeling the grain. Once this has been done, you should re-oil the jewelry as well.

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