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SRX Chemistry
Volume 2010, Article ID 769070, 6 pages
Research Article

Nickel Release from Piercing Jewellery

Institute of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentská 573, 532 10 Pardubice, Czech Republic

Received 2 December 2009; Revised 29 December 2009; Accepted 14 January 2010

Copyright © 2010 Miloslav Pouzar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The migration of nickel was studied for a set of twelve new units of piercing jewellery and eleven ones used for longer than one year. First, the surface of the samples was analysed using ED XRF and then samples were submerged into the artificial sweat solution for 168 hours at 30C. The resulting solutions were then analysed using ICP OES. A significant migration of nickel was found for four samples used, whereas only one of them was considered to exceed the migration limit given by ČSN EN 1811 +A1. Regrettably, no connection between elemental composition of particular jewellery sample measured by ED XRF and corresponding Ni release to the artificial sweat was observed.