autoclaves sterilize jewelry...im not exactly sure how they work but i do kno it uses heat 2 sterilize it
An autoclave is a pressurized device designed to heat aqueous solutions above their boiling point to achieve sterilization. It was invented by Charles Chamberland in 1879. The term autoclave is also used to describe an industrial machine in which elevated temperature and pressure are used in processing materials.
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Basically an auto clave uses heat and steam pressure in a contained atmospere to sterilize medical equipment and in the tattoo shop for tubes, clamps, tapers, jewelry, and other reusable metal [Usually stainless steel} parts that need hospital sterilization..Sometimes jewelry is sterilized just prior to insertion in a 'cold kill' or liquid sterilant...
Hope this helps............TatuBaron