Re-use or Not – What to Do with Your Old Body Jewelry

body jewelryWe all have our favorite body jewelry pieces, but sometimes they need to be retired to buy new ones. Some get broken while the others just don’t fit our style anymore. Another common reason for retiring your jewelry is stretching. Once you have stretched to a larger gauge, you won’t be able to wear your old jewelry anymore.

This may leave you with tons of old jewelry you don’t use anymore. You may wonder what to do with it. It’s understandable that you don’t want to just leave it to collect dust, so what can you do?

The first thing you may think about is to simply re-use your old jewelry, give it to someone or even re-sell it. Also, you may be the one wanting to wear someone else’s old jewelry or even buy it. After all, if it’s properly cleaned, then there’s no risk, right?

Not quite. It’s important to know that old jewelry, even if it looks “as good as new” is never risk-free. Re-using or re-selling previously worn jewelry is not the best practice and can usually bring more harm than good. It’s much better to go with new, quality body jewelry.

If you really want to find some use for your old jewelry, it would be best to simply recycle it or use it for an art project instead of giving it to someone else to wear.

The Dangers of Used Body Jewelry

As you probably know, used jewelry is not always sanitary to wear. This is particularly true for used body jewelry, because it goes inside a person’s body. It gets in touch with body fluids and flesh, so it’s worse than using someone else’s toothbrush. Even more, some body jewelry is worn in very intimate places (nipples, genitalia, etc.) This is even more risky. It’s clear that simply using someone else’s old jewelry – or giving away your old jewelry – is not the best idea.

But what if I clean it, you say?

Sanitizing and sterilizing old jewelry is a must if you want to kill bacteria and other harmful agents. The thing is, it’s easier said than done. It’s actually pretty difficult to clean your old jewelry. Simply wiping it with alcohol or another cleaner won’t do it. To be properly sterilized, jewelry has to be treated in an autoclave.

Autoclaves are not something you can find in any home and most of the time, you will have to take your jewelry to a professional to clean it properly, which costs some money. However, don’t think that this is all you need to do to make your jewelry re-usable.

Re-using Sterilized Jewelry

An autoclave should be used to sterilize used jewelry. It is the only way to clean jewelry properly. However, even though autoclave can be used to sterilize jewelry, it’s still not a good idea to re-use or re-sell your used jewelry.

Why? Here’s the problem: even the fully sanitized used jewelry will still have the tiny scratches and nicks on the surface. Even jewelry made of high-quality material will have some scratches. Most of the time, you won’t be able to see them, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t there.

The trouble with these microscopic scratches is that they can harbor bacteria. It means they can quickly become unsanitary and cause infections and numerous other problems for the wearer. This is why used jewelry is never “as good as new”, even if it’s properly sanitized and sterilized.

It is considered a bad practice – and it’s even illegal in many places – to sell re-used jewelry, especially if you don’t inform your customers about what they’re buying. Used jewelry is never new jewelry, even if it’s “gently worn” or “barely used”. Even if someone decided to wear a jewelry piece only once, it’s used jewelry and has to be treated as such.

Remember: autoclave is the only way to sanitize your jewelry properly, but that’s not all. You can never be sure about those tiny scratched and marks that can harbor bacteria.

So, what to do?

autoclaveIf you want to re-use or buy used jewelry, the choice is all yours. You need to know about the risks associated with used jewelry, so if you are ready to take that risk, it’s your decision. Keep in mind, however, that in most of the cases, it’s just not worth it.

There are so many new jewelry pieces you can get at affordable prices today, so why would you buy used jewelry? There are many different straight barbells, wonderful curved barbells for belly piercings, numerous different ear plug and flesh tunnel styles, fancy nipple jewelry pieces, cute nose bones, and many other jewelry types to choose from. So why would you risk a used jewelry piece when you can get a brand new jewelry piece for an affordable price?

Sometimes, in special circumstances, you might want to go with used jewelry. For example, if a jewelry piece is in the family and has a huge sentimental value. In this case, you might think about getting it autoclaved by professionals and wearing it. However, these are really special circumstances you won’t encounter most of the time.

So, what to do? If you really want to find a new use for your old jewelry, there are other options. You don’t have to re-use it as jewelry. Ask around for various recycling programs or companies who might want to buy old jewelry (typically gold) to melt it down. You may receive cash on the spot, so this may be a good investment, if you don’t mind your jewelry being melted down and recycled. The trouble is, this method works mostly for gold and silver jewelry; Surgical Steel, Titanium and other materials may be more difficult to sell.

Another thing you can do is to re-use your old jewelry in a new way. Make a project and turn it into something else. For example, you may take a decorative part of larger jewelry pieces and use them as new ornaments (hair pins, decorations, etc.) You may use smaller jewelry pieces to make costumes or new ornaments for your clothes. The only limit is your imagination!

This way, you will get to keep your jewelry without risking anyone’s health. Just don’t forget to sanitize it first! Take it to a professional to be autoclaved and then you can use it for your new and exciting projects!

In Conclusion

Re-used jewelry may sound tempting, but you should think twice before you decide to use it or re-sell it. Keep in mind that re-using jewelry is not the best practice, especially since you can find new jewelry pieces at very affordable prices. Even worse is to re-sell your jewelry: you will never know if it’s properly sanitized and scratch-free.

Remember: the only way to properly sanitize your jewelry is with autoclave, and chances are that you don’t have it at home. So it needs to be done by a professional, which costs money. Also, even properly sanitized used jewelry has little scratches and marks that can harbor bacteria.

There’s just too much risk associated with used jewelry. Since there are many gorgeous new jewelry pieces you can get at affordable prices, it’s best to always go with new jewelry bought at a reliable store.

This is why it’s much better to re-use your old jewelry in different ways. If you really want to get some cash, you can try selling your old jewelry to be melted. Alternatively, if you truly want to use your old jewelry again, turn it into an exciting project and use it in a new and different way. This will allow you to keep all those beautiful jewelry pieces without compromising anyone’s health.

Niobium: A Great Body Jewelry Material

NiobiumNiobium is a beautiful material sometimes used for body jewelry. While its use is not so widespread like surgical steel, gold or titanium, it definitely offers some benefits you might want to consider. This is a gorgeous material you will love to wear.

Is it Body-Safe?

Absolutely! One great thing about niobium as a material is that it can be used without the fear of allergies. Niobiom as well as its alloys are inert. It means they don’t cause allergies. This is a great news for people looking for stable, hypo-allergenic jewelry materials.

Colors

Probably the best thing about niobium jewelry is that it comes in many different colors. Just like titanium, it can be anodized so you get different colored jewelry pieces. Also, unlike titanium, niobium can be heat treated black.

This is a great news for all those who prefer their jewelry to be colorful but without artificial colors or other potentially harmful additions to the jewelry itself. It makes niobium jewelry beautiful and body safe.

Additional Advantages

Niobium also offers some additional advantages. It is autoclavable so that’s another thing to keep in mind. Of course, niobium can also be anodized, which gives us all those pretty colors.

Another great thing about niobium is that it can be used for new piercings. Jewelry made of niobium is body-safe and can be used for initial piercings and during the healing time.

Disadvantages

Niobium is a very beautiful material and makes a good alternative to more popular body jewelry materials out there. It has only two disadvantages that need to be mentioned:

  • It’s soft. Niobium is a very soft metal, which may even prove to be advantage in some aspects. When it comes to shaping body jewelry, keep in mind that it can’t be lathed for threading. It means it’s only used for jewelry with no threading, such as Captive Bead Rings. This limits niobium’s use when it comes to body jewelry but it doesn’t make the existing jewelry made of this material bad. It simply means you won’t be able to find all jewelry types made of niobium. However, you will still be able to enjoy all those beautiful rings and other non-threaded jewelry pieces.
  • It’s relatively heavy. Niobium is heavier than titanium and surgical steel. It usually doesn’t pose any problems, unless you are prone to irritations. There are also some people who prefer heavier jewelry. All in all, this disadvantage is not big enough to make niobium into an undesirable material. 

Migration and Rejection: Additional Things to Consider

Piercing Migration and RejectionMigration and rejection are probably the most common problems you can encounter with body piercings. It sucks when it happens, so you need to recognize their signs and understand why they are happening.

Treating migration and rejection is not easy and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, your body will react in a way you can’t predict. This is why it’s important to know that piercings are always under a certain risk of migration and rejection (particularly rejection). This risk is never 0%, but it can be minimized.

Read the following tips to learn how to minimize this risk.

Know the Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between migration and rejection. Many people seem to confuse the two or assume they are basically the same. They aren’t, but they can be closely linked (a migrated piercing is more likely to be rejected).

In short:

  • Migration - The movement of the piercing from its initial placement. After the move, the piercing settles and heals in this new location.
  • Rejection – The body rejects the piercing by slowly pushing it out of the body. A rejected piercing is a lost piercing.

Why Does Migration Happen?

Migration can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, migration happens because you weren’t pierced correctly. A piercing has to be deep enough and made on a suitable place so it won’t migrate. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer who will know how to minimize the risk of migration. If insufficient amount of tissue is pierced, or if unsuitable tissue is pierced, migration can happen at any time.

Another cause of migration is a bad aftercare practice. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully during the healing process. Migration can be caused by harsh products or lack of hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that migration sometimes happens even when you’re pierced correctly and you follow aftercare instructions. This is the risk you need to make when getting a new piercing.

Why Does Rejection Happen?

Rejection mainly happens because your body recognizes a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, it will try to heal this wound and close it. It will also try to get rid of the foreign object by slowly pushing it out, like a splinter.

This is why one of the first signs of rejection is piercing getting shallow and jewelry being able to be seen under the skin.

There is no way to eliminate the risk of rejection completely, but there are some things that can be done to minimize it. Again, proper piercing technique should be used. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer. Your piercing needs to be deep enough to minimize the risk of rejection.

Also, you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Resist the urge to touch your piercing or to twist it and move it. It’s also important not to change your jewelry too soon: make sure that your piercing is healed before you do that.

Important Tips

  • For the best results and a long-lasting piercing, it’s important to make sure that there’s at least 5/16 inches of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If the piercing is narrower than this, you are risking migration and rejection.
  • Never allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface. If you experience rejection, it’s best to retire a piercing and then wait to get a new one. If you allow your body to reject a piercing it will leave a split scar. The scar will likely remain and it will make further piercing on the same spot more difficult.
  • In case you notice some changes, it’s important to keep an eye on them.
  • Some warning signs: you have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings, you can see the jewelry through the skin, or the skin between the openings is flaking or inflamed.
  • Any of the described issues can happen long after the piercing is healed. There is always a risk, but healed piercings have a lower risk of migration and rejection.
  • Always use high-quality body jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the best way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Choosing Your First Metal Butt Plug

Grooved Butt Plug

Grooved Butt Plug

Many people enjoy butt plugs, and for a reason: these sex toys can bring so much pleasure. They are specially designed for anal stimulation so they hit all the right spots. A well-crafted anal plug is body-friendly and suitable for anal use, so there’s no danger that it might get lost somewhere inside!

This is one of the reasons why it’s advisable to always – always! – use a toy specifically made to be inserted in the anus. You can’t put just any toy in there. Butt plugs are made with these safety guidelines in mind.

That’s not all, of course. A well-designed butt plug can bring a lot of pleasure. Many people love that feeling of fullness a butt plug can provide. Others like anal plugs so much that they wear them for prolonged periods of time. Finally, some people simply use them to enhance pleasure during sex, foreplay or masturbation. Whatever the reason may be, it’s undeniable that butt plugs have so much to offer.

Butt Plugs for Beginners

This is where a potential problem may arise. If you are new to butt plugs or anal play in general, you are probably advised to start slowly and begin with small, softer plugs that are made for comfort. This is a good advice and the best way to go. You need to start with the basics and work your way from there. Soft, flexible and small butt plugs are ideal for those who want to try anal stimulation.

Once you are used to the feeling a basic butt plug can provide, it’s time to move on to something bigger and better. If you enjoy the feeling of fullness and if you want a stronger butt plug to fully satisfy you, metal butt plugs are a good way to go.

Why Metal Butt Plugs?

While it’s important to start with something smaller and very flexible, you can actually try metal butt plugs even if you are not a seasoned user. There are many advantages of using a metal butt plug over any other.

First of all, metal butt plugs are made to fully satisfy you. They provide that irresistible feeling of fullness and they truly hit all the right spots. They are perfectly smooth and you can feel every curve. They are sturdy and provide full, strong stimulation. You just have to try one to see for yourself!

If you are a beginner wanting to try a metal butt plug for the first time, keep in mind that these plugs are more intense than the softer plugs made of materials such as silicone. As such, they are not flexible, so it’s best to wear them only for a short while at first. They can be a bit too intense if you are not used to them. However, once you get used to the feeling, you will love them! This is why it’s so important to know how to choose the right one.

Choosing a Metal Butt Plug

For your first metal butt plug, it’s best to stick to the usual: try a small one and go slowly. This general advice is true for any “first time” you try a new thing, especially when it comes to anal stimulation. This is the advice people should follow when using soft, beginner plugs for the first time, and the same truth stands for metal butt plugs.

There are many beautiful and compact metal butt plugs you can try. They are made for beginners who wish to experience sturdy anal plugs for the first time. A plug like this is ideal because it’s small enough not to be overwhelming, but also strong enough to provide full, intense stimulation a soft plug just can’t give.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a metal butt plug is to pick a quality one. This is important: subpar toys just won’t do. Metal toys made of medical grade Surgical Steel and other body-friendly materials are a good way to go. Also, it’s important that your chosen plug has a good base so it’s suitable for anal use. These are all the factors you should take into account.

Once you are satisfied with your first metal plug, you can move to more demanding ones, such as bigger plugs, metal plugs with a wide head or grooved butt plugs.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing Smiley piercing is still a relatively rare piercing, but there are more and more people who opt for it. It’s becoming more popular and many people seem to be intrigued by it.

Also, there are more and more piercers who offer this procedure, so if you want to get a smiley piercing, chances are that you won’t have any problems finding an experienced piercer who can do it.

What is a Smiley Piercing?

A smiley piercing is performed on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip (frenulum). The frenulum of the upper lip is a thin piece of skin that stretches from the lip to the upper gum. It adds support to the upper lip and keeps it securely attached to the gum. This piercing is therefore placed on the inside of the upper lip so the jewelry rests on top of the front teeth.

The Smiley Piercing got its name because you can only see it when a person smiles. It’s also what makes it so special. This types of “hidden” piercings are always exciting because they can be viewed only in certain circumstances. People who opt for a smiley piercing usually claim that they love the idea of a piercing that can be seen only when they smile.

The procedure is done quickly and the healing time is relatively short, so you should not have much problem getting a smiley piercing. You can expect your smiley piercing to be fully healed in about 4 weeks. If you are a smoker, the healing might take a bit longer.

As usual, it’s very important to keep a proper hygiene and to follow the aftercare instructions. This will ensure proper healing and prevent infections.

Jewelry

It’s important to keep in mind how delicate the pierced tissue is. Smiley piercing is performed on a very thin piece of skin, so jewelry can’t be heavy or it will damage the tissue. It’s best to use only very small gauge for this type of piercing. Typically, only 18 or 16 gauge should be used for smiley piercing.

The best jewelry for this piercing are small gauge Captive Bead Rings. They are small and light enough so the delicate tissue can handle it. Another jewelry choice is a small gauge barbell. Stay away from heavy or richly ornamented jewelry.

Additional Information

It’s important to understand that smiley piercing is a type of frenulum piercing. A frenulum is a very thin connective tissue and it can be found in many parts of your body. In this case, it’s a tissue connecting your upper lip to the gums. What is crucial to remember is that this tissue tends to be very sensitive. It makes frenulum piercings somewhat painful. The good news is that the tissue that needs to be pierced is very thin, so the procedure doesn’t last long. It’s over quickly so you don’t have to go through pain for long. Luckily, the healing is quick and aftercare is relatively easy to perform.

Keep in mind that not everybody can get a smiley piercing. It all depends on your upper lip frenulum. If it’s too small, it can’t be pierced. This is why you should consult your piercer to see if it’s possible to get a smiley piercing.

Smiley piercings are somewhat prone to rejection and migration, so it’s something to keep in mind. The pierced tissue is very thin so there’s not a lot of flesh to keep the jewelry in place. Also, migration and rejection is emphasized by the lip movements. It can put a lot of stress on the piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that jewelry used for smiley piercing can sometimes cause damage to teeth and gums. This is why you should observe your piercing and notice any irritation, scratches, shifting of the teeth and other problems.

Nipple Piercing Buyer’s Guide

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Nipple piercings are among the most popular body piercings. More and more people decide to get this type of piercing. Both men and women can enjoy nipple piercing. There is a wide range of appropriate jewelry, ranging from straight barbells to rings, so you will always be able to find a perfect jewelry for your needs.

There are several common types of nipple piercings you can get. The most common is a horizontal piercing. Other possibilities include: vertical piercing through the nipple, diagonal piercing or a combined vertical and horizontal piercing to form a diamond shape.

The Procedure: What to Expect

The first thing you need to do about getting your nipple(s) pierced is to find a good piercing studio. The importance of choosing a reliable studio can’t be stressed enough. You want your piercing to be done by professionals in a safe environment. Even before you start choosing your nipple jewelry or planning the type of piercing you want performed it’s important to start looking for a reliable studio. Do your research, visit several studios, ask questions – this will all help you make an informed decision. Once you have your chosen studio you can start thinking about the rest.

It’s also important to remember that your appointment will last for at least 45 minutes or an hour. Even though the piercing itself is done quickly, the whole procedure takes some time. You should take this into account when planning your trip to the shop. Some things you will need to do before the procedure itself is to fill out the paperwork and to discuss your piercing with the professional. Anatomy consultations are very important. You need to make sure that your nipples are suited for the type of piercing you want and that your anatomy fits. When it comes to nipple piercing, it is suitable for the most people: anatomically speaking, most people are fit for nipple piercings. However, this is something you need to check out before you get a piercing.

Once your anatomy is checked and you are given green light you can proceed with the piercing. Depending on the studio’s schedule, you may be asked to come back later that day or you will be able to proceed to the piercing room.

Some people feel a little shy when it comes to having their nipples pierced while others are completely comfortable with it. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to: any reliable studio has a knowledgeable staff that will help you relax and walk you through the whole procedure. It’s best to dress comfortably and to choose a top that’s easy to remove.

The piercing procedure itself is a pretty straightforward process. It may seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a relatively easy piercing for a professional to perform. You will be market and the piercer will ask you to confirm the position of the piercing.

Some shops apply a light numbing agent to ease the pain (done at your request), while others are against it. Many studios are against the numbing because the pain during procedure actually triggers healing process in your body so these piercings tend to have a shorter healing time. After this, the piercer will use clamps and a special needle (cannula). Nipple piercing takes a few seconds at most. The needle is inserted through the tissue following the markings. The needle comes with a special tip made to be attached to your jewelry. The needle and the jewelry are simply pulled through the nipple and the jewelry is put into a desired position. It’s not uncommon to bleed a little as the nipple or jewelry go through the skin, but the bleeding is minimal. Once the jewelry is there, the needle is removed and the jewelry is closed.

After the procedure, you might feel a little dizzy. In this case, it’s advisable to stay at the piercing shop until you are feeling ok again. Having a friend to drive you to and from the shop is advisable in case you still feel a bit dizzy after procedure. You should be back to normal within a few hours.

After the procedure, your piercer will walk you through all the important steps of the aftercare. It’s very important to stick to these instructions to prevent infections. Following instructions will also allow your piercing to heal properly in a short enough amount of time.

The Pain

One of the basic questions people ask about any type of piercing is the pain. The first thing you need to understand that there are two types of pain and discomfort you may encounter when getting a piercing: pain during the procedure itself and pain after the procedure, when the healing kicks in. When asking about the pain level, people usually mean on the pain during procedure itself.

When it comes to nipples, they are very sensitive and delicate so it may seem like piercing those hurts a lot. This is not necessarily true. First of all, nipples are relatively easy to pierce and the procedure is over very quickly.

Jewelry

The choice of nipple jewelry is very important, for various reasons. First of all, your jewelry should be body-safe and suitable for your piercing type. Another thing a good jewelry should provide is to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For these reasons, you should spend some time deciding on the best nipple jewelry for your needs.

Another thing that should be kept in mind is that initial jewelry you get after the procedure is different than jewelry you can wear after the piercing has healed. This is something you should keep in mind.

Fresh piercing jewelry must be extra-safe and carefully designed not to hurt the wound. It should also help the heeling process. The looks are not as important, though there are many very beautiful barbells that make a great first jewelry for your new nipple piercing.

Some things you need to consider are jewelry size and style. It will greatly depend on your anatomy, but generally speaking, the appropriate gauge (thickness) of the jewelry is one of the most important deciding factors.

Another thing to keep in mind is the jewelry material. There are several materials you can use, and it will greatly depend on your potential allergies. Make sure that the material is approved for medical usage and made using current standards and recommendations.

For nipple piercing, straight barbells are the best type of first jewelry. Some people wish to start with rings, but it’s usually best to go with straight barbells. They are simple to use and they fit the shape of the hole created during piercing. Rings are curved so it may irritate your fresh wound, which is not what you need during the heeling time.

Straight barbells are a great choice because they keep the movement to a minimum and they are less likely to get caught in clothes during healing time. Other types of nipple jewelry can hurt healing fistulas inside the piercing or interrupt the healing process. For these reasons, straight barbells are usually the best way to go. Just make sure they are of an appropriate gauge and long enough to account for swelling – the balls should never press on your nipples.

It’s also important to choose an appropriate gauge. Usually, 14g or 12g are used. The thicker gauge is very helpful here because it reduces the risk of migration and rejection you may encounter with the piercing.

The Healing Process

The healing process is individual and it depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your nipples, your immune system and other factors. A good rule of thumb is: the less pressure you put on your nipple and the less you move the piercing, the better. Generally speaking, nipple piercings heal faster for men than women. The healing process kicks in as soon as you pierce your nipples and it may take time until it’s fully healed. Keep in mind that nipple piercings can take as long as 9 months or a year to fully heal.

To keep your new piercing clean during the healing process you can use homemade sea salt solution or a commercial product. To prepare the solution, you should boil water for about 5 minutes, pour about ¼ tea spoon of sea salt and mix. Let the mixture cool, then saturate cotton balls in the solution and apply to your piercing. You should apply this cleaning several times a day at the beginning. As the time passes you may reduce it to once a day.

Under no circumstances should you play with your jewelry or move it around. It was once thought that rotating your new jewelry can prevent migration or rejection, but this is actually a very bad practice that can only make the matters worse. Don’t touch your jewelry except when you’re cleaning it. This is very important for a proper healing process.

One important thing to remember during the healing process: your piercing may seem completely healed after about one or two months. However, it doesn’t mean it is fully healed so you shouldn’t stop cleaning it and taking care of it. During this time, for example, you might cause problems to the piercing if you irritate it or if you try to change jewelry too soon.

Choosing Jewelry for Initial Piercings

Initial Piercing Initial piercing jewelry is different than the one you can wear in your old (meaning: healed) piercing. A healing piercing is very sensitive so special attention should be made to keep the piercing clean and to help it heal without a problem. The choice of jewelry is very important, because incorrect jewelry can pose a problem for your new piercing. Therefore, your initial piercing has to follow higher standards and it has to be made of body-safe, high-quality materials.

Choosing the Jewelry

Choosing the first jewelry for your piercing may be tricky, so there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, quality and materials should be more important than the look. It’s true that many jewelry pieces made for initial piercings look simple or plain, but that should not worry you. You don’t need a heavy, complicated jewelry piece in your fresh piercing. Things like quality and size are the most important.

After you get pierced, the initial jewelry should serve one important purpose: to make your piercing heal correctly and to heal as fast as possible. The jewelry should keep the piercing open and to make it heal without a problem. The style or look of the jewelry is not so important: what is important is to choose body-safe jewelry of an appropriate size. If your piercing heals correctly there will be plenty of time to try many different jewelry pieces or to pick the style you like the most. Initial jewelry, however, has to be functional and to make your piercing heal without problems.

Therefore, you need to focus on materials and quality. It means you should never go for the cheapest products. There are many sub-par jewelry pieces on the market and many cheap body jewelry products you can buy at the mall. These jewelry pieces are not good even for a fully healed piercing, let alone for your new piercing.

Safe Materials

You have to stick to the best materials known to be fully body safe. It’s important that the material chosen has no alloys (mixtures) because they are known to cause allergies. Titanium is one of the best materials on the market and it doesn’t cause allergies. Niobium is another good material that’s body-safe and can be used for initial piercing jewelry.

Surgical steel is one of the most popular jewelry materials on the market. It’s important to understand that there are many different types of surgical steel (made of a variety of alloys) and only certain types are safe for initial jewelry. First of all, it’s important to choose Surgical Steel, not Stainless Steel (stainless steel can cause allergies). When it comes to Surgical Steel, make sure to use high-quality, body-safe Surgical Steel of the highest standards.

Gold is a popular jewelry material but it’s not always suitable for initial piercings. Any gold jewelry used has to be nickel-free and 14k or higher quality. However, it’s best not to use gold for initial jewelry, especially if your chosen jewelry is only gold plated or has a gold overlay.

Glass can be a safe jewelry material as long as it’s lead-free. Fused quartz glass, soda-lime glass or borosilicate are good glass types for jewelry. However, glass is not often used for initial jewelry pieces because most of the glass jewelry is made at the larger gauges. On the other hand, glass jewelry can be a good choice for newly-stretched piercings, particularly ear piercings.

Grooved Butt Plug Gives the Best Sensation

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The Grooved Butt Plug

The best anal toys are the ones that can make you wet just by looking at them.

The idea of stretching yourself with a textured, hard plug is just irresistible to me. I will try anything once and I love a challenge. Even more than anything, I love the feeling of being stretched and filled up in all of my holes, preferably at the same time. I wanted to try a different type of a hard butt plug, the one that can make you orgasm just as you try to insert it. The Grooved Butt Plug sounded like the best idea.

There are three grooved butt plugs of different sizes, and I own all of them. They make a perfect collection or a handy training kit for whoever wants to try my school of anal training: smooth, deep and unforgettable.

The Grooved Plug is intense in the best possible way. The first time I inserted the smallest of them all, I swear it felt like a toy double its size. It’s all in the texture: it’s smooth but pronounced, and you can truly feel it inside you. I love to take some time and go slowly, teasing myself with the tip of the toy, feeling the stretching of my butt as I put three fingers inside my pussy to feel completely filled up. After the smallest one, I play with the medium, inserting it in and out and waiting until I can take no more. When I am ready to be fully stretched, I take the huge one and feel its swirls stretching me so hard I have to moan so loud I lose my breath.

The handle is a story on itself. I like large handles you can truly grab, the ones that make you manipulate the toy any way you want. A good handle will both keep the plug in place and allow you to move it in and out if you like, slowly stretching yourself and enjoying the buildup of pure arousal. My grooved butt plugs have not just good, but great, amazing handle. It comes with a gorgeous jewel inside so you can admire it while it sticks out of your lover’s butt. Cute little jewel circling on the entrance, making the experience so sexy and irresistible. Nothing compares to a feeling of being all stretched out and filled up and seeing a shiny jewel sticking out of your tight hole.

This is a secret you’ll want to take with you wherever you go. I love to wear it under my clothes. The way it feels as I’m sitting in the office on a boring day makes me think of all those deep fantasies of taking your clothes off, spreading your legs and finger fucking yourself right there, with the butt plug firmly pressing you on the inside. The thought of fingers wet with juices going in and out, in and out, waiting for someone to come to my office and see me is just too much to bear. I’d love to be seen with legs spread out, fingers deep in my pussy, grooved butt plug inside me with the jewel sticking out.

Sadly, I never act on those fantasies. Perhaps, one of those days…

Prince’s Wands

Prince Albert Wands are very stimulating sex toys. They are specially designed for men with PA piercing, though there are those designed for men who don’t have a PA piercing: these wands simulate the appearance of a pierced penis and provide pleasurable sensations.

These wands are made to be inserted into the urethra to stimulate it. Wands designed for pierced penis have a special post that goes through your PA piercing. This way, it works both as a piercing jewelry and a penis plug for urethral stimulation.

Wands made for non-pierced penises often have a glans ring that makes the
toy sit securely on place, so there’s no risk of the toy sliding out, which is sometimes a problem with typical penis plugs.

The Design

There are many different designs of prince’s wands, as well as many different sizes of this sex toy, to accommodate different needs and preferences. Generally speaking, the design mainly depends on the piercing. Wands made for a pierced penis have a special stem that goes through a Prince Albert piercing. Wands made for a non-pierced penis only have a shaft.

The shaft is inserted into the urethra and the top of the wand usually has a threaded cap, typically shaped as a ball. If the shaft is hollow, this cap can be removed to allow passing of urine and semen. Many wands, especially those made for non-pierced penises, come with a glans ring.

Wands vary by length and thickness, so each user has to determine what is the most optimal size for him. Some men choose several wands, made for many different sensations. Typically, a Prince’s Wand is between 2 and 6 inches long, though some are even longer.

Some wands have a hollow shaft, to allow urination and ejaculation without taking the toy out. Others have a solid shaft. Most Prince’s wands are made of surgical steel and titanium. When choosing a wand or any other type of a penis plug or a sound, it’s important to make sure it’s made of a body-safe material.

Some PA wands have external rings attached to the cap on the outside. Some of the wands make this ring into a glans ring, for added stimulation.

Using a Prince’s Wand

To determine the best size for your needs, you need to measure your penis when it’s fully erect. Some men don’t like penis plugs that go too deep into the urethra, so the standard 2-6 inches plugs will accommodate most users.

To make the insertion easier, you may use a bit of a lube. Avoid water-based lubricants because they can be absorbed into the urethra and make the plug stuck inside.

Prince’s Wand Penis Plugs

Prince’s Wands made for non-pierced penises are sometimes simply called “penis wands”. These are basically large penis plugs, usually bigger than the regular (smaller) plugs or beginner plugs. These wands are not the same as the wands made for pierced penises.

Generally speaking, these plugs are made for more intense urethral stimulation and are often thicker than the regular penis plugs (though this is not the rule). These plugs are usually held in place by a glans ring. These sex toys are very enjoyable for those who like deep, intense urethral stimulation.

How to Wear a Glans Ring

Large Captive Replacement Glans Ring

Large Captive Replacement Glans Ring

Glans rings are popular sex toys made to enhance a man’s pleasure. These rings are carefully designed to provide a perfect grip and make erection stronger, particularly in the penis head. Thanks to glans rings, the penis head becomes harder and more pronounced, as well as more sensitive.

Another advantage to glans rings is that they benefit a man’s sexual partner. Both the wearer and his partner will benefit from added stimulation, harder erection and a stronger penis. Glans rings are more than just cool jewelry pieces – these functional cock rings truly hit all the right spots and make sex more exciting.

Different Types of Glans Rings

A glans ring is a special type of a cock ring made to be worn around the glans. It is typically adjusted just under the penis head, so it provides a nice grip and additional stimulation while also enhancing erections.

While regular cock rings can sometimes be used as glans rings, it’s strongly advised to use specially designed glans rings on your glans. They are made to be positioned under the penis head so they provide the perfect comfort. Also, purchasing a special glans ring makes it easier to find the best fit. This is why it’s best to seek glans rings specially made for this purpose and wear regular cock rings elsewhere on the penis (down the shaft, around the balls, etc.)

Metal glans rings are sturdy and provide a perfect grip. While they require a bit of experience to put on and take off, they provide much better results than glans rings made of other materials. Metal glans rings are specially designed to provide maximum stimulation with a good comfort for the wearer.

There are also special glans rings with an attached rod that’s inserted into urethra. These rings, also known as “sperm stoppers”, are made to provide unique urethral stimulation and stronger orgasms.

Glans rings can be used alone or in a combination with another sex toy. They can be paired with regular cock rings or ball rings, making a cock cage or a cock trap. These elaborate cock rings are made to stimulate the whole penis, from balls to the penis head.

Glans rings are often used in a combination with penis plugs. Penis plugs are great sex toys made for urethral stimulation. Many of them include a glans ring. Such a glans ring serves two purposes: it keeps the penis plug in place and it provides additional stimulation for the wearer.

How to Use a Glans Ring

Just like regular cock rings, glans rings also come in a wide range of sizes and materials. The choice of a glans ring will depend on a man’s anatomy, preferences and experience. Beginner users should stay away from heavy glans rings until they are fully accustomed to the feeling and sensations glans rings provide.

Typically, a glans ring is worn under the penis head when the penis is fully erect. For easier wear, make sure to use lube. The lube will make the ring slip on your penis easily and without any discomfort. This is particularly important for using metal glans rings. They tend to be very sturdy and sometimes tight, so you want to be able to slip it on and off easily.

At the same time, make sure that the ring is tight enough so it provides a perfect grip and doesn’t go off on its own. You don’t want your glans ring to slip off during sex or masturbation. This is why proper fitting is important.

How to Fit for a Glans Ring

A general rule of thumb for glans rings: you want them to be tight to provide a good grip, but also easy to put on and take off with the help of lube. To ensure this, it’s important to choose a glans ring of an appropriate size.

To measure properly for a glans ring, it’s best to take two measures: one when you’re soft and another one when you’re erect.

Take a string or a soft measuring tape and wrap it around your penis just below the head. Make sure to mark the measurement. Measure yourself at least two times: once when you’re flaccid and once when you’re erect. Even better, take several measurements for both flaccid and erect state and use the average value.

These numbers give you your circumference: one when you’re soft and the other when you’re hard. The difference between two measurements is typically between 0.5 and 1 inch, though other measurements are also possible. You will need to take all these measurements to make sure that the ring stays on when you’re soft but that it doesn’t become way too tight when you’re hard.

As an additional security, you can measure your corona (the widest point on your head) when you’re soft and when you’re hard. This is to make sure the glans ring doesn’t simply slip off.

Once you have your circumference measurements, divide them by 3.14 (pi). This will give you the diameter when you’re soft, when you’re hard and also the diameter of your corona. To choose an appropriate glans ring, use the largest ring that will not slip off but is also comfortable enough not to become too tight.

The measuring takes some practice or even trial and error. This is normal. Just be patient and you will find that perfect glans ring size you will wear for a great satisfaction.

Additional Tips

• A glans ring should be tight, but not uncomfortable. If you ever experience pain or if the ring stops your circulation altogether, make sure to remove it immediately.
• Never leave your glans ring on for too long. You need to give your penis some time to rest.
• Both circumcised and uncircumcised men can wear and enjoy glans rings; your circumcision status will not prevent you from enjoying this handy sex toy.
• Glans rings made of metal are the best because they provide the best grip and the most intense stimulation. However, make sure that the metal used is body safe (surgical steel, for example – not stainless steel!)
• The appropriate size will depend on your erection. If you are a major grower, you will find that a glans ring ends up being a bit too tight if you measured when you’re flaccid.
• If you have a very pronounced head (that sticks out from the shaft), it will be easier for a glans ring to stay on. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear a glans ring if your head is not so pronounced.
• If you are a beginner user, start slowly and be patient. It’s important to get used to the sensation and to learn how to put on the glans ring properly.
• Always use lube to make the experience more comfortable and satisfying!