When I was 12 or so, I got my ears pierced for the first time by my aunt, with a gun, in my home. I didn’t actually know what the studs were before my ears were pierced, my aunt eyeballed where they were to be pierced (They look pretty good nonetheless) and the studs were a questionable metal. I was really scared, and so none of this really registered. They seemed to be gold but were became corroded very quickly, and turned green where my ears touched them almost constantly. Despite this, i used them for three years, cleaning them and my ears regularly, and never really got infected, though my ears leaked a clear liquid occasionally, but I never did anything about it. Since then I’ve thrown away the earrings, bought some decent ones that i knew were real silver, and my ears are much healthier!
What’s awful: Questionable metal, unsanitary environment, done by a non-professional.
For the record, “real silver” isn’t exactly great for long-term wear either as it can still contain nickel (which lots of people are allergic to) and tarnishes over time (in your body).
I’d highly recommend looking for some implant grade steel or titanium from brands like Industrial Strength, Anatometal, and Neometal.
In order mentioned:
(Anatometal also makes “normal” earrings, pictured on the left)
(Note, those are ONLY THE ENDS of Neometal labret studs)