Popularity of Genital Piercings

54tGenital piercings are often perceived as extreme and unusual piercings. For some people, the idea of having a pierced genitalia is “too much” on itself.

There are even some piercing enthusiasts who’d gladly pierce their eyebrow, tongue or even a nipple but will never consider a genital piercings.

While piercings are a personal decision that should always depend on individual tastes, it’s important to know that genital piercings are not as rare as some people think. In fact, they are very popular among piercing enthusiasts. While they are not as common as, say, navel piercings or ear piercings, they are more popular than people think.

In other words, if you are intrigued by genital piercings, go for them! You are certainly not alone in your preferences.

How Common are Genital Piercings?

There is no clear statistics on genital piercings, or piercings in general, so it’s difficult to estimate the numbers. However, anecdotal evidence and popular demand show that genital piercings are far from being rare. While they may be rare in overall population, they are popular among piercing enthusiasts.

Some sources indicate that female genital piercings are more popular than male genital piercings. At the same time, Prince Albert piercing seems to be the most popular genital piercing in the world. It’s clear that both men and women enjoy this type of piercing so if you wish to get an intimate piercing you need to know you’re not alone!

Trained Piercers

A good thing about popularity of genital piercings is that there are trained, experienced professionals who can perform them properly. With any type of a piercing, it’s vital to find a reliable studio and an experienced professional to perform the piercing. This is the only way to stay safe and have a problem-free piercing.

When choosing a piercer it’s important to find an experienced person. An experienced piercer is the one who’s not only knowledgeable about piercings in general but also in the type of piercing you’re interested in.

This is even more important when it comes to genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Since genital piercings are more demanding and somewhat rarer than common piercings such as ear or navel piercings, it’s vital to find a piercer who is truly knowledgeable about the piercing you’re interested in.

Luckily, there are piercers specialized in genital piercings. There are also general piercers experienced with genital piercings. In other words, it’s not impossible to find a good piercer for your genital piercing. It is yet another proof of how popular genital piercings are. Again, they are not the most popular piercings in the world but they are more common than people think.

Most Popular Genital Piercings

The most popular genital piercings are:

For men:

For women:

Weights for Piercings

tongueWeights are a great way to add something extra to your piercing or a sex toy.

While it’s possible to use any sort of a weighting device to achieve the same result, it’s always best to use specialized devices made just for this purpose.

There are many different weights you can use. These small but powerful weights are made to be used on piercings and sex toys to enhance the sensation.

What Do Weights Do?

You may wonder what a small weight can do to your piercing or a sex toy. The answer is: a lot. A small weight carefully placed on the jewelry or a toy will increase the weight of the piece. This is very sensual and pleasurable, especially if used on very sensitive body parts, such as nipples or genitalia.

In many ways, heavy, sturdy toys and jewelry increase the pleasure. They put the pressure on the tissue and pull the skin, which is arousing to many people. While some of this tension can be created manually or using other devices, small weights are ideal for this purpose.

Weights made for piercings and adult toys are specially designed to be attached to jewelry or toys in numerous ways. Typically, it is done using “S” hooks or another type of hooks. Sometimes, chains and ropes are used for this purpose. Some jewelry pieces and sex toys will come with chains and hooks so they are designed with added weights in mind. The weights are small in size so they are not a nuisance while still providing that sensual feeling and added stimulation.

The best weights are made of body-friendly steel material so they are sturdy, strong and reliable. They are safe to be used on the body and they will last you for a long time.

How to Use Weights

There are many people who find this added weight stimulating, so weights can be used in numerous ways. They can be used alone or for some kinky games with a partner. That being said, it’s important to be careful when using the weights. Since they stretch the tissue it’s vital not to leave them on for too long or else you are risking tears and other damage to the tissue. Also, in case you wish to use them for piercings keep in mind that they can make piercings stretch. This is fine if stretching results is what you want but if not, be aware of the unwanted stretching weights can bring.

Just like with any other toy or jewelry, it’s important to be careful and to use weights with awareness. If used properly, weights can add a lot to your sex life and ensure that extra satisfaction you sure want to experience.

There are numerous ways in which you can use the weights. In a way, the only limit is your imagination! Here are some commons ways to use these small weights:

  • Adding Weights to Piercings. One of the most common ways to use weights is to add them to piercings, particularly those located at sensitive body places. Most people prefer to use them on nipples and genital piercings. Both men and women like to enhance the feeling by attaching weights to their genital jewelry or nipple jewelry.
  • Adding Weights to Sex Toys. There are numerous sex toys that feel much better with some added weight applied. Weights enhance the pleasure and make the area more sensitive. They are particularly great to use during BDSM and other kink games between partners. Of course, you may use weights with toys for some fun alone time.
  • Piercing Stretching. While stretching with weights is not the most reliable method and other methods are often preferred, it’s possible to stretch your piercings using weights. Once the piercing is fully healed you can add weights to the jewelry in order to stretch the piercing to a larger gauge.
  • Ball Stretching. There are many men who like to stretch their balls to achieve low-hangers. There are numerous stretching devices specially designed for this purpose. Some of these weights and stretchers come with hooks or chains so additional weights can be applied to make the effect even more pronounced. Also, there are some ball weights specially designed to accommodate additional weights. One of the most popular stretchers of this type is a Parachute Ball Stretcher. It comes with special chains so weights of different sizes can be added to it.

Acrylic as a Body Jewelry Material

Darkside Acrylic Segment Ring

Darkside Acrylic Segment Ring

Acrylic is one of the materials used for body piercing jewelry. This is a very lightweight material so it’s very comfortable to wear.

Also, acrylic offers other advantages to metal jewelry and it’s ideal for those who wish to avoid metal jewelry pieces.

Acrylic as a Material

Acrylic is one of the most popular plastic materials. There are some other plastics used for body jewelry, such as silicone and Lucite. However, Acrylic is by far the most popular plastic material used for body jewelry.

I provides numerous advantages for those who wish to use this material. First of all, it is plastic and not metal, so it makes for great unconventional jewelry. Metal body jewelry is often too heavy, which may cause discomfort. Acrylic, on the other hand, provides perfect comfort for the wearer. Most of the time you won’t even know that the jewelry is there.

Another thing to keep in mind is that metal jewelry is not always a good option. Metal detectors in airports can sometimes be triggered by metal body jewelry. In these situations, it makes sense to wear jewelry made of plastics.

Metal jewelry is also forbidden in certain circumstances, such as medical tests and procedures. Sometimes, hospitals prohibit the use of metal body jewelry both for patients and visitors. In these situations it makes sense to wear non-metallic body jewelry and Acrylic is great for this purpose.

Some Points of Warning

  • While Acrylic jewelry is comfortable and generally safe for use, it’s vital to keep some things in mind if you decide to wear jewelry made of this material:
  • Some grades of Acrylic are FDA approved and they are safe to be used as body jewelry.
  • Acrylic jewelry is suitable only for short-term wear. It should not be worn at all times.
  • Jewelry made of Acrylic is only suitable for fully healed, healthy piercings. Never use Acrylic jewelry as initial jewelry for your piercing.
  • Avoid wearing Acrylic jewelry in the mouth or genitals.
  • Acrylic jewelry cannot be autoclaved.
  • Since Acrylic is damaged by alcohol you need to be very careful when cleaning your jewelry made of this material.

Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.

Barbells

Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.

Studs

Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.

Piercing Decisions: Do Your Research

Piercing DecisionsGetting a new piercing is a very rewarding experience, but also an important decision. In order to be fully satisfied with your new piercing and its results, it’s worth to think about it beforehand. Acting on a whim may seem exciting and spontaneous but it’s not the best way to go. Remember, piercings are a form of body modification and as such, they should not be treated lightly.

Since piercings are done on the body there are numerous health and safety concerns you need to know about. This is why it’s highly recommended to always think beforehand and get informed before you decide to get a piercing.

Are Piercings Permanent?

Some people wonder if piercings are permanent and if this is the reason why one should be careful when getting a piercing. Generally speaking, the reason one needs to think before getting a piercing is not really about the permanent nature of piercings. The truth is, piercings do not need to be permanent.

While many piercings do leave scars and marking when retired, many piercings can be retired easily and without any trace. It means that piercings are not permanent the way some other body modifications are. In fact, maintaining a piercing is often an effort. Often times, all one needs to do to retire a piercing is to take the jewelry out and the hole will close on its own. Of course, it’s not always that easy – some types of piercings are more difficult to retire and will leave an open hole in some cases (particularly true for piercings stretched to very large gauges). However, it is true that so many piercings can be retired without a problem.

In this sense, one doesn’t need to worry that a piercing is a permanent modification. However, getting a piercing is still a big deal. If you intend to wear your piercing for years you will need to come to terms about having a piercing. It often involves people’s reactions. These reactions are not always positive (many people with piercings face discrimination on the job, for example). This isn’t a reason for anyone to give up on piercings but it’s definitely something to think about when deciding to get pierced. It is one of the reasons why you should be informed before making such a decision.

Health Issues

Another reason why you should do your research before getting a piercing is health. Health and safety are the most important things to think about when deciding on a piercing. Remember, piercings are body modifications and as such, they can affect your health and overall wellbeing if something goes wrong.

This doesn’t mean that piercings are dangerous. On the contrary: in the hands of an experienced, reliable piercer, they are very safe. This is why it’s vital to do your research and find the most reliable piercing studio and the most experienced piercer you can get. It’s an imperative to be pierced by people who have all the knowledge and technology to do it right.

Choosing a good piercer will guarantee that you have an access to all the necessary information you need regarding the procedure, aftercare, safe jewelry choices and other aspects of having a piercing. A good piercer will also instruct you on how to recognize a potential problem with your piercing, such as an infection, migration, rejection or another issue.

For all these reasons, it’s vital to get informed about all of the aspects of the procedure and having a particular piercing before you decide to book an appointment. Keep in mind that such a decision should never be done without prior research.

Nefertiti Piercing

Nefertiti PiercingNefertiti piercing is a female genital piercing made to combine a usual clitoral hood piercing and Christina piercing.

While not the most popular genital piercing of them all, it has its fans.

Many women decide to get this piercing because of its striking visual effect.

Piercing and Placement

The Nefertiti piercing is said to be popularized by Shane Munce. This piercing was named after the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who was famous for her beauty. Similarly, this specific genital piercing is made to be very visually striking and stunning, so it’s not surprising that such a name was picked for this piercing type.

Nefertiti piercing is a combination of two female genital piercings: a vertical clitoral hood piercing and a Christina piercing. It starts out very high, on the pubic mound, just like a Christina piercing. Unlike Christina, it doesn’t end at the top of the clitoris but it continues downwards, all the way through the clitoral hood, just like a VCH piercing.

This way, a very long piercing is produced. Nefertiti goes all the way from the pubic mound to the end of the clitoral hood. It combines the length of Christina and vertical clitoral hood piercings.

Jewelry

Recommended initial jewelry for Nefertiti piercing is a flexible bar made of nylon or tygon. This is made so the jewelry wouldn’t hurt the healing tissue and to accommodate movement in the early stages of healing. However, some piercers choose to use metal jewelry straight away. Keep in mind however that flexible jewelry is much better since it reduces the pressure put on the piercing that goes through so much flesh.

Once the piercing is healed you can wear metal jewelry. The standard jewelry type for Nefertiti piercing is a long straight barbell.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Nefertiti piercings tend to be very long, since they consist of two piercing lengths: Christina and VCH. This length makes the healing time very long. Any piercing that goes through this much tissue will have a long healing time. The healing time is about 12 to 18 months, sometimes even longer.
  • Since it consists of a vertical hood piercing and a Christina piercing (which is a surface piercing), Nefertiti should be treated as a combination of a clitoral hood and a surface piercing.
  • Nefertiti piercing is known as a functional piercing since it can enhance pleasure for some women. The gem or ball on the jewelry can rub against the clitoris and produce pleasurable sensations. On the other hand, the length of the piercing and jewelry may be uncomfortable for some women.
  • You will need to take jewelry out in order to shave or wax your pubic area.
  • Since the upper part of Nefertiti piercing is a surface piercing, it is prone to migration and rejection.
  • Sometimes, this piercing or jewelry can become uncomfortable if you wear tight clothes, such as skinny jeans.

Dermal Punches

Dermal PunchDermal punch is a special tool designed to make a hole in the tissue. It is used in medicine, for performing biopsies, where tissue is taken for the analysis. Dermal punches are also used for body modification since they can create larger holes than a standard needle.

This way, it’s possible to make a large gauge piercing straight away, so stretching isn’t needed.

How it’s Used

A dermal punch has a sharp, round blade resembling a mini cookie cutter. It is made to pierce the tissue in a circle so a round hole is created during procedure. The process is known to be more painful than regular piercing procedure performed with needles, and it also carries some added risks of infections.

However, it offers certain advantages so it’s used in situations when a client wants and instant large-gauge piercing, especially on body parts that are not known to stretch well.

While dermal punches are more invasive than needles, it’s important to note that smaller punches are healed just like any other piercing. It means that the piercer will insert initial jewelry in your new piercing after the procedure is over and you’re good to go.

However, dermal punches larger than 6 gauge have to be healed in a special way. With these dermal punches, it’s important to remove initial jewelry after a few days to encourage faster healing. At the same time, it’s important to pay attention because piercings without jewelry tend to shrink, so it’s important to let it heal on it’s own but still remain open at the gauge you prefer.

Some of the most popular piercings using dermal punches are earlobe piercings and cartilage piercings. Also, some nose piercings are done using a dermal punch, especially if a client wants a large gauge nose piercing. Dermal punches are also used for some punch and taper surface piercings.

It’s important to note that while dermal punches create large gauge holes, they also limit the tissue’s ability to stretch further (using conventional piercing stretching methods). That’s why dermal punches are not typically used for piercings other than those listed above.

Dermal Punch for Cartilage Piercing

Dermal punches are very popular for cartilage piercings, since cartilage is difficult or impossible to stretch. Doing a piercing with a dermal punch ensures a large gauge cartilage piercing right from the start. This is a good choice if you wish to have a 6 gauge and even larger initial cartilage piercing.

Also, dermal punches are useful for cartilage piercings because they reduce the pressure that a new piercing puts on the tissue. This pressure often leads to scar tissue and other problems in cartilage piercings, so using a dermal punch is a way to minimize this issue.

When performing a procedure using a dermal punch, it’s important to keep the area well-lit in order to notice all of the important blood vessels under the skin. This is particularly important for cartilage piercings. Since ear cartilage is thin it’s possible to see the vessels relatively easily. Using a source of light will help the piercer decide on the best placement and the least invasive spot to perform the procedure.

How to Treat Piercing Infections

Infected PiercingPiercing infections are uncomfortable. While they are a common problem with body piercings it’s vital to remember that most piercings do not get infected. Proper procedure and proper aftercare will prevent most infections. It means you have to choose your body piercing studio and your piercer carefully, and it also means you should clean your new piercing regularly and perform all aftercare instructions.

That being said, infections do happen from time to time. The good news is that most of them are not serious and can be treated easily. However, it’s vital to know that infections can pose a serious risk for your health so you should always treat them seriously.

Seek Medical Help

If you think you might have an infection in your piercing, it’s best to contact your doctor. Do not try to heal yourself on your own: it’s better to seek professional medical help. Even if your doctor says it’s nothing alarming, it’s best to make sure. Similarly, do not rely on advice given by your piercer: if in doubt, always seek medical help. While piercers are knowledgeable professionals who know a lot about piercings and aftercare, only your doctor can tell you how to treat an infection and only your doctor can tell how serious a problem is. It’s always better to be told it’s nothing serious than to wait a lot until the infection is well underway.

That being said, you don’t have to rush to your doctor every time you notice any slight change with your piercing. It’s important to pay attention and observe your piercing to see how changes develop. Most problems are insignificant and can go with a bit of cleaning and extra care. That being said, your piercing should never worsen: if it becomes more tender, or painful, or red, or swollen, it’s a sign the infection is underway. Infections are serious so if your condition worsens it’s vital to seek medical help.

Keep in mind: it’s much better to take your jewelry out and lose your piercing than to endanger your health. You can always get repierced later, once the infection is cleared. You don’t want to risk your health or permanent tissue damage.

Home Remedy

There are some effective home remedies you can try in case of a mild infection. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a substitute for a medical advice and that you should visit your doctor in case your infection worsens or if symptoms persist.

Salt water works great against infections. Saline solution is the best cleaner for your new piecing, and it will also help clean your piercing if you have a mild infection. To make a salt-water soak for your piercing, simply dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of warm water. Make sure everything is clean and sterile.

To apply to your piercing, simply soak the piercing using a cup (just like you did during aftercare) or use a clean washcloth saturated with the solution. This treatment should be done 2-3 times per day. Apply this salt solution for 10 to 15 minutes per session.

In the case of a mild infection, this remedy should help. In case you don’t notice any improvement, seek medical help.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid any anti-biotic creams or other similar products because they can easily trap any dirt inside the piercing. These creams will also prevent piercing from breathing.
  • Do not remove jewelry on your own. Once the jewelry is removed, the piercing might close, which will trap pus and bacteria inside your body. You need to let the infected piercing breathe. If jewelry has to be removed, let your doctor do it.
  • Keep in mind that infections can lead to tissue damage and other health problems. They are not a joke so you should take them seriously.
  • Never avoid to seek medical help just because you want to keep your piercing. It’s much better to heal the infection, even if it mean to retire a piercing. Once you are healthy and everything is settled you can get pierced again.

Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing

Horizontal Clitoral HoodHorizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, also known as a HCH, is a female genital piercing. It is lesser known than the more popular placement, Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing (VHC), but it’s popular enough so there are many women with it.

The fact it’s not particularly rare means that there are qualified piercers who are knowledgeable with this type of piercing. That makes it easier to find an experienced piercer to handle your HCH. However, you should never assume that a piercer is experienced with this type of piercing: you should always check and research piercers carefully before you find the right one.

Piercing and Placement

Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, as the name says, is done on the clitoral hood. Clitoral hood piercings are different than clitoral piercings because they don’t go through the clitoris itself. True clitoral piercings are actually rare and complex, so not many women opt for them. However, some women are not informed about the specifics so they think clitoral hood piercings are “clitoral piercings”.

The most popular clitoral hood piercing is the Vertical Hood Piercing, which is done vertically through the clitoral hood. This is probably the most popular female genital piercing in the world. Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is somewhat rarer placement, but it’s still popular enough.

As the name suggests, Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is done horizontally through the clitoral hood. As with any other piercing, especially genital piercing, it’s important to ensure you are anatomically built for this piercing. This is why it’s important to consult your chosen piercer. You need to have enough tissue so the piercing can be done horizontally through the hood. It’s also important to note that some women who are not built for Vertical Clitoral hood piercing are built for the horizontal, so it’s always important to check.

The piercing is typically done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge. Your piercer will decide which one is the best for your case.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Horizontal Hood piercing is a ring or a circular barbell. Some people recommend one over the other for initial jewelry, so ask your piercer for the advice. Once the jewelry is fully healed you may change the jewelry type to the one you prefer the best.

Rings used for HCH are typically Captive Bead Rings. The bead of the ring is made to sit on top of the clitoris, so it’s best to use a ring with a decorative bead. On the other hand, some women prefer simple yet elegant rings without decorative beads, so that’s another possibility.

Circular barbells are another common choice. They are great because they don’t make the full circle so they can be tucked in behind the clitoris to ensure better comfort during everyday wear.

Additional Info and Tips

Here are some initial tips and information about HCH:

  • Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is not considered to be a functional piercing. Most of the time, it will not enhance sexual pleasure, since the jewelry doesn’t rub directly on the clitoris. However, it all depends on your anatomy. Some women can use the bead of the ring or jewelry itself to stimulate the clitoris.
  • This piercing is typically not painful to perform, since there’s only a little tissue to pierce and it’s not particularly sensitive. Remember: the piercing does not go through the clitoris, just the hood.
  • Healing time for this type of piercing is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • HCH is not a typical piercing to stretch, but it can be stretched to a certain size if you like. Typically, it’s recommended not to go over 10 gauge.
  • You should not abstain from sex for too long after getting a HCH done. The exact time will depend on your comfort. However, make sure not to damage the tissue or jewelry during the healing time. It’s best to use condoms for penetrative sex.

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so Popular?

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so PopularCaptive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry styles for piercings. In fact, they are so common that they may be considered the most popular jewelry type.

Captive Bead Rings (CBRs) are very versatile so they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. It’s therefore not surprising that they are so common.

In fact, they are so popular that many people equate them with body jewelry of any kind. Ever heard of people talking about navel rings or eyebrow rings? While many people use CBRs for navel, eyebrow and other types of piercings, there are more common jewelry styles appropriate for these piercings. However, all these jewelry styles are often known under a collective name of “rings”. This is, in large part, due to the fact that Captive Bead Rings are so popular.

Captive Bead Rings: Design

Each Captive Bead Ring has a specific design setting it apart from any other jewelry style. A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit.

A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit. This is a pretty standard and recognizable design.

However, this doesn’t mean that CBRs are plain or boring. While the basic design is standard, there are many ways to make a Captive Bead Ring unique and more interesting. In fact, Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and they can be used almost anywhere. There are many different rings to use so it would be incorrect to say that these rings are “ordinary”, despite their huge popularity.

One of the best things about CBRs is how the basic design can be modified and enhanced to produce jewelry of varied styles. Some of the rings are very simple, with a plain bead of the same color as the rest of the ring. Others have beautiful beads done in many different colors and patterns. Some beads include a sparkly gem. Also, some rings include additional decorations, such as charms or chains. All these additions can make for a very decorated jewelry piece that doesn’t resemble a plain-looking Captive Bead Ring.

Popularity of Captive Bead Rings

There are numerous reasons why CBRs are so popular. Here are the most important of them:

  • They are practical. Captive Bead Rings are comfortable and easy to wear. While they take some level of practice to open and close, once you know how to do it they are very easy to use.
  • They are reliable. Captive Bead Rings are among the most reliable body jewelry types. They are not easy to get snagged on clothing and they typically don’t pose much problem for long-term wear. It makes them a very good choice for body jewelry.
  • They are versatile. CBRs can be used for almost any piercing type. Almost any piercing can accommodate a Captive Bead Ring, starting from simple earlobe piercings to some genital piercings.
  • They are beautiful. As described above, CBRs can be decorated in many different ways to achieve different looks and styles. The basic design is not a limit so there are many different styles to choose from. As a jewelry type, Captive Bead Rings are very elegant, starting from the simple, plain-looking ones to the richly ornamented pieces.
  • They are a classic. Simply put, a CBR is a classic jewelry piece used for so many piercings and in so many situations. It is not surprising that people always go back to this foolproof design.