Zirconium Tongue stud
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Tongue stud.
"Body jewelry" is a term that means jewelry meant to go through rather than simply on the body. This one is designed to go through the tongue, for example.
Niobium and titanium are commonly used for this type of jewelry, but this zirconium one is more unusual. These metals are highly corrosion resistant, which is good because the body is corrosive. Tantalum would be another obvious choice, but I haven't seen it used, probably because it's more expensive and doesn't offer any obvious advantages.
Source: eBay seller perkins55
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 28 November, 2003
Text Updated: 11 March, 2007
Price: $4
Size: 1"
Purity: 99%
Sample Group: Medical