Product Care


  • Clean only with warm water + and non corrosive soap.
  • Immerse in warm water as long as there are no soft stones or pearls.
  • Remove jewelry before swimming in chlorinated water or the ocean.
  • DO NOT use sterling silver polishes or other metal polish – these are unnecessary for your BOND Hardware jewelry.


  • Store 935 Silver jewelry in a soft cloth or plastic pouch to prevent scratches.
  • DO NOT store your 935 Silver jewelry next to sterling silver jewelry – when the two silvers touch, the 935 Silver piece may tarnish.


  • BOND modular leather accessories are subject to the strictest standards of quality.  It is possible for marks or irregularities to appear even in(on) the most luxurious skins; these are naturally occurring features and should not be thought of as imperfections.
  • Smooth matte-leather accessories with chrome-finished hardware.


  • Clean only with warm water + and non corrosive soap.
  • Avoid contact with water, high temperature, humidity, grease, perfumes, make-up products, and light colored garments.
  • If your item gets wet, do not wipe the leather – dab it softly with a soft neutral colored cloth to absorb the moisture. Never force-dry the leather by using heat. Do not place on radiators or use hair dryers, simply leave it in a place that is normal room temperature until it dries naturally.
  • Any small dirt or grease marks on the finished side of the leather can be cleaned with a little warm water.
  • Avoid using commercial products meant for other uses such as shoe polish, turpentine, oil or stain removers, alcohols or solvents.
  • Do not rub the products with anything coarse or abrasive.
  • Scratches cannot be prevented.


  • Keep your leather products stored in a cool, dry place.


Every body is different.  The healing process will be impacted by every individual’s lifestyle, diet, climate, and body chemistry. A positive healing experience comes from a combination of not touching, or interfering with the natural healing process and proper aftercare and cleaning techniques.  See below guidelines + aftercare instructions, and please contact us with any questions or concerns. 



As your piercing works to heal itself, it will inevitably discharge fluids and cells. To combat this, we recommend washing your new piercing two to three times a day, both AM + PM.

Make sure to wash hands with soap + warm water each time before washing or touching new piercings. 

In the shower lather with unscented body wash or soap + air dry.  Then afterwards spray with saline solution directly onto piercing twice a day.  

If there’s no excess irritation or inflammation only use saline spray twice daily. 

If the new piercing gets inflamed or irritated: add this step: clean with 70% isopropyl alcohol after washing + before saline spray until the irritation or additional inflammation calms down.  Then switch back to unscented soap and saline spray only to avoid over drying. 



Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm water. Be sure the  ratio is precise, using too much salt can irritate the piercing and does not make for a better solution. 

Soak your piercing in the cup of salt water or apply a compress of the solution, using saturated clean gauze or paper towel, avoid cloth towels that can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry. Rinse thoroughly. Extra moisture can also lead to bacteria, drying the area with sterile non-woven gauze or using the cold setting on a hair dryer can help prevent this.


Ear Piercings

  • Avoid contact with any makeup, skin or hair products
  • To prevent irritation from friction or contact use a doughnut shaped pillow or travel pillow to isolate the ear in the middle of the hole while you sleep
  • Avoid wearing glasses or using headphones that may rub the piercing area
  • Use gentle water pressure in the shower or saline on a q-tip to clear debris from behind the earring


  • Refrain from using any harsh face wash
  • Avoid putting makeup, creams, and serums directly on the piercing
  • In have a cold or allergy season, be gentle when blowing your nose
  • Avoid any nasal sprays that are not saline
  • Use gentle water pressure in the shower or saline on a q-tip to clear debris from behind the earring


  • Showering is suggested for the first few weeks, avoid taking baths
  • Refrain from putting body creams and perfumes directly on or around the piercing
  • Avoid clothing that may rub or rest on the piercing. Ex: one-piece swimsuits, high-waisted pants, stockings, belts etc. 
  • Use gentle water pressure in the shower or saline on a q-tip to clear debris from behind the earring


  • Refrain from applying body creams directly on the piercing
  • Make sure only clean clothing comes in contact with the piercing
  • Avoid restrictive clothing, lace bras, and exposure to other bodily fluids
  • Use gentle water pressure in the shower or saline on a q-tip to clear debris from behind the earring


  • Be mindful of alcohol and any spicy + acidic foods that come in contact with your mouth
  • Avoid applying makeup and creams directly on the piercing
  • Use gentle water pressure in the shower or saline on a q-tip to clear debris from behind the earring


Full Healing Time Frames:

It’s important to understand that a piercing may only seem healed before the healing process is fully complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in. Although it may feel fine, the interior is still fragile during this time. The key is to remain patient + keep cleaning throughout the entire initial healing process.

Lobe: 4-6+ months

Upper Lobe: 4-6+ months

Snakebite Midi: 6-9+ months

Helix: 6-9+ months

Flat Helix: 6-9+ months

Forward Helix: 6-9+ months

Conch: 6-9+ months

Tragus: 6-9+ months

Anti-Tragus: 8 months – 12+ months

Rook: 8 months – 12+ months

Daith: 8 months – 12+ months

Downsizing jewelry may be done after ½ the full Healing time frame has passed.



New piercings are done with jewelry that is a little longer + larger in diameter. This is to promote the healing process and prevent any possible problems and initial swelling that can occur from incorrectly sized jewelry. Downsizing your jewelry once the initial swelling has subsided can be crucial to proper healing. 

Our team will help curate your initial jewelry selection + advise whether you’ll require downsizing at a future appointment. With proper aftercare, after a few weeks, you may need to downsize jewelry. Jewelry should always be downsized by a professional piercer. If you do not downsize after healing, it can result in undesired movement of your piercing, and higher risk for an extra long bar to snag or get pulled, causing unwanted irritation.



Please note: If you love your jewelry, keep it in. Once removed, the hole will close immediately prior to healing making it difficult to put back in

  • Do not turn or rotate jewelry except to periodically tighten the post
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before + after cleaning your piercing
  • Do not clean your piercing with chemical based products that may cause irritation
  • Do not pick at the piercing site because it is attached to the healing tissue
  • Be cautious while washing and styling your hair with towels + fibers
  • In the shower, keep scented soaps + shampoos away from the pierced area
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated water or freshwater lakes
  • Be careful about performing any strenuous exercise and avoid tight clothing
  • Avoid putting makeup, moisturizers + perfumes directly on the piercing
  • Try to avoid sleeping on your piercing, use a travel pillow to isolate your ear



While healing times vary for everyone and every piercing, it’s dependent on your overall health + stress levels, as well as your aftercare regimen. 

You’ll know your ear is healed once any swelling, redness, flaking, or discharge completely stops and your piercing sits comfortably in its place. In general, your piercing should continue to feel better with time and consistent cleaning.

DO NOT listen to your friend’s advice over ours. Call or visit the studio, we have experience + want to help. Taking care of your piercing is key for optimal healing.



We recognize Internally threaded jewelry as the APP standard for initial piercing jewelry. The bar that passes through skin is smooth and the threads are on the removable end[s] to avoid the possibility of injurying newly pierced tissue with threads.

Alternatively, Bond creates externally threaded jewelry that has the screw pattern cut into the post.  Since new piercing jewelry is always initially inserted by screwing hardware into the end of the needle, we’ve found this standard practice protects the body from potentially sharp threads at the time of piercing, and comparatively makes for a smoother jewelry change when switching out fully healed piercings on your own. We also chose external threads so the jewelry itself is less susceptible to bent threaded end posts, giving it more durability and longevity. 


Few materials have proven to withstand the heat and pressure of sterilization + compatibility with the body to avoid irritation or infection. According to the Society for Testing and Materials Standard (ASTM), Surgical Steel is a category of alloys, one of which 316L is used for body jewelry.  Although surgical steel has been used for surgical implants + piercings for many years, recently the APP has amended their guideline to include only implant grade titanium, niobium and 18k+ gold. As experienced consumers we have always loved being pierced with high quality surgical steel, and this positive experience as well as extensive wear testing is how we chose to create our 316L surgical steel piercing hardware. 

BOND acknowledges APP best practices + chooses to pierce with quality tested 316L surgical grade stainless steel and externally threaded jewelry.  After testing our jewelry extensively for over 1 year on people with nickel allergies and many varieties of sensitive skin, with overwhelming excitement + success, we are proud to share the collection knowing this design may not suit everybody. 

See below for a list of queer, female + black owned APP compliant piercing studios for other options + needs: