The Most Common Piercing Gauges

Jewelry GaugesThere are many popular piercing types, such as earlobe piercing, navel piercing, nostril, eyebrow, tongue, nipples, and more. It’s important to know that each piercing type has its own standard gauge. It means that the piercing will typically be performed using a needle of a particular gauge.

It’s useful to know the standard sizes for the most popular piercing types:

Earlobe piercing

The most common piercing in the world is earlobe piercing. It’s sometimes not even considered a “true” piercing, because it’s completely normalized and socially acceptable. The most common gauge for this piercing type depends on the procedure. Earlobes pierced with piercing needles are typically 16 gauge or 14 gauge. Piercing guns use smaller gauges, typically 18 gauge or even 20 gauge. Needless to say, piercing guns are harmful and should never be used. Also, 18 gauge and 20 gauge tend to be too small anyway – it’s best to be pierced with something bigger.

Earlobes are also easily stretchable, so you won’t have any problems stretching your ears from 14 gauge or 16 gauge to larger ones. However, it’s important to start small and build your way from there.

Other Ear Piercings

There are many other ear piercings that are very popular. Cartilage piercings seem to be particularly common among both men and women. Typical gauges for these piercings are the same as earlobe piercing: 14 gauge or 16 gauge. However, keep in mind that these piercings are much more difficult to stretch. In some cases, stretching is nearly impossible, so make sure you are satisfied with the gauge you are pierced with.

Navel Piercing

This is the second most common piercing type (after earlobe piercing). The standard size for belly button piercings is 14 gauge. This is almost universal. Sometimes, a piercer will choose 12 gauge, but this is rare.

Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow piercings are very popular and easy to perform. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that this is a surface piercing and thus prone to migration and rejection. Typical gauge for this type of piercing is 16 gauge, though some piercers choose to perform it at a smaller size (18 gauge). As usual, larger gauge might lessen the risk of migration and rejection, though this is not guaranteed.

Nostril and Septum Piercings

The standard size for nostril piercings is 18 gauge or 16 gauge. The only difference is if you are pierced with a gun, which produces a 20 gauge hole. However, guns should never be used, but some people still don’t understand all the reasons why guns are so bad.

Septum piercings are typically pierced at 14 gauge, though there are variations (some are pierced at 12 gauge).

Lip Piercings

There are many different lip piercing types, starting from a common labret piercing to more complicated double or multiple piercings (the so-called “bites piercings”). Regardless of the piercing type, these piercings are typically performed at a bit larger gauges than other starter piercings. Typically, lip piercings are done at 14 gauge or even 12 gauge.

What is important to note is that the length of the jewelry is determined by the thickness of your lip. Lip thickness can vary greatly between individuals, which means there are different labret lengths to accommodate it. Your initial jewelry will always be a bit longer, to accommodate for swelling. It will later be changed to a shorter one that will fit your lip. It’s vital to achieve a good fit or else you are risking damage to your teeth and gums.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing is the most common oral piercing. The standard size for this piercing is 14 gauge, so chances are that you will be pierced with a needle of this size. However, some tongue piercings are done at 12 gauge.

Tongue piercings are stretchable so many people can easily wear 12 gauge jewelry even if they are initially pierced with a 14 gauge needle. However, we don’t recommend to go any further: do not wear any jewelry larger than 12 gauge or else you may risk injury.

Just like lip piercings, tongue piercings use initial jewelry that is longer than regular one in order to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone you will have to switch to shorter jewelry.

Nipple Piercings

Nipple piercings are typically done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge, depending on the individual in question. The gauge does not differ between men and women: both are pierced with standard 14 gauge or 12 gauge needles.

What differs between men and women is the length of the jewelry. Typically, women will wear longer jewelry.

Genital Piercings

There are many different genital piercings so standards vary greatly depending on the type. Also, male genital piercings and female genital piercings are somewhat different in this regard. What’s important to remember is that genital piercings are never done at a very small gauge. This is particularly true for penis piercings. Penis piercings are done at bigger gauges, such as 12 gauge or even 10 gauge. It’s crucial to never do any penis piercings at a very small gauge, since too thin jewelry can pose numerous problems for the wearer.

Nipple Jewelry Guide

Nipple Jewelry StylesNipple piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world, so it’s not surprising there are many different jewelry styles and jewelry types made for this piercing.

Some of these jewelry styles are basic ones and can be used for many different piercing types while others are made and designed for nipple piercings only.

The Most Popular Styles

Here are the most popular nipple jewelry styles:

  • Straight Barbells. Perhaps the most common nipple jewelry style is a straight barbell. It can accommodate nipple easily and it looks very effective in a pierced nipple. These barbells are smooth and go through a nipple easily, while their ends can be plain or decorated with a gem or another element.
  • Captive Bead Rings. Another common nipple jewelry style is a Captive Bead Ring (CBR). Rings are so popular that some people assume they are the only jewelry style available for pierced nipples. CBRs can be plain or they may come with a decoration, such as a decorative bead, gem, charm or another decoration.
  • Other Rings. Instead of CBRs, some people choose to wear different types of rings in their nipple piercings. Popular choices include segment and seamless rings, as well as screwball rings.
  • Nipple Shields and Nipple Rounders. These are more elaborate nipple jewelry pieces. They are usually larger in size and they are meant to encircle the nipple and accentuate it. Many nipple shields consist of a shield itself and a primary jewelry (usually a straight barbell). Others only include the shield and you have to add a barbell yourself. Nipple shields and rounders come in many different sizes, shapes and decorations, so they can be truly eye-catching.
  • Nipple Stirrups. Nipple stirrups are special dangle decorations added to the main jewelry piece, usually a straight barbell. Some of these dangle are very simple and consist only of a chain suspended from both sides of a barbell (or another jewelry piece). On the other hand, some dangles are very richly ornamented, with gems, beads, charms and other decorations. Some dangles are thick and made into full swings. Sometimes, these dangles are made to hold large decorations. These large decorations can be very attractive and made in the shape of birds, butterflies, flowers and other shapes.
  • Nipple Trainers. These are special devices made to be worn on the nipples in order to stretch and expand the nipples. They are often used in bondage and other sexual activities, but can be worn for the visual effect alone. Nipple trainers typically have special adjustment screws that allow the device to stretch to different heights. Nipple trainers are not, strictly speaking, nipple jewelry, but they are popular among people who like intense nipple stimulation, nipple stretching and nipple torture.
  • Decorative Elements. There are many other decorative elements that can be added to the basic nipple jewelry piece to make it more attractive. Some of the popular choices include charms, whirls, swings, chains, and more. Nipple jewelry is often very decorated so there are many decorative elements that are often used to make a jewelry piece more attractive.

Functional Piercings

Functional PiercingsYou’ve probably heard of the so-called “functional piercings”, but you may be unsure what this term means. As the name implies, functional piercings are those that can serve a specific piratical function for the wearer. In other words, those are piercings that are not purely decorative and whose purpose is not only aesthetic.

One can say that all piercings can serve a purpose other than pure aesthetics: they are great for expressing the wearer’s individuality and style. Some piercings and jewelry types can also be used to signify belonging to specific groups or supporting specific causes.

However, for a piercing to be considered truly functional, it has to have an immediate practical purpose. The best example of these functional piercings are genital piercings: these piercings serve an important purpose for the wearer – they are made to enhance sexual pleasure.

Genital Piercings and Pleasure

While not all genital piercings are also functional piercings, it’s important to note that many are. In fact, genital piercings are so great precisely because they can be both aesthetic and functional. Many times, the placement for a genital piercing is chosen based on the intended goal – enhancing sexual pleasure for the wearer or the wearer’s partner.

There are many erogenous zones men and women have, and many times, placing a piercing and jewelry on these erogenous zones make the pleasure stronger. These piercings are made to hit these precise spots and enhance the pleasure.

This pleasure enhancement can happen during all stages and types of sexual activity, from masturbation to intercourse. Some piercings and jewelry types are specially designed to stimulate the wearer’s partner during intercourse.

Opinions vary when it comes to the end result. Some people claim the pleasure enhancement is not that high while others say piercings are the only thing that can make them reach orgasm. This is particularly true for women who are otherwise unable to reach an orgasm. These women find very enjoyable to have a piercing done on the clitoral hood (Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing) since the jewelry is positioned in such a way to stimulate the clitoris. Of course, this is only one example of a functional piercing.

Functional genital piercings can also be used to enhance the pleasure for the wearer’s partner. For example, Apadravya piercing is a popular male genital piercing that is said to be very stimulating for women during vaginal intercourse. Similarly, many claim that Ampallang piercing is stimulating for the receiving partner during anal sex.

Another way to use functional piercings is for weights. Piercings can be enhanced by adding some weight to them to enhance the experience. There are specially designed weights you can use for this purpose. It’s another great way to make your experience more stimulating and use your piercings for sexual pleasure.

Is Earlobe Piercing a “Real” Piercing?

Circular_barbellFor many piercing enthusiasts and general public, earlobe piercings are not “real” piercings. These are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, even though there is no much difference between them and any other piercing type, if we talk in technical terms. However, the way earlobe piercings are perceived differ greatly to that of other piercing.

Pierced earlobes (usually considered as: “pierced ears”) are fully socially acceptable, particularly for women. They are fully accepted to the point of not being considered a body modification at all.

The Earlobe Piercing

Technically speaking, the earlobe piercing is just like any other body piercing. It is performed on the body by piercing a hole through the tissue. It is the same mechanism as any other piercing type. As such, earlobe piercings are real and true body piercings.

What makes them different than other piercings is the public’s perception and level of acceptance. Earlobe piercings are socially acceptable in ways that other body piercings are not. This is particularly true for women, but even men with pierced earlobes do not face social stigma as much as people with other types of body piercings.

Earlobe piercing is so widespread that it’s often done on babies and infants. While it raises numerous ethical questions it’s very common to see a young child with pierced earlobes. Again, it is not considered unusual or on the same level as any other body modification.

Earlobe piercing is so popular – it is the most popular piercing in the world. One good thing about this is that it’s socially acceptable and easily made. All piercing studios in the world offer it and all piercers know how to perform it. However, the popularity of this piercing also means one downside: since earlobe piercings are so popular and not even considered “real” piercings, it may seem that anybody can perform it properly.

This is how you get all those botched earlobe piercings performed by friends or other non-professionals. This is how you get a bad practice of performing ear piercings with a piercing gun. Piercing guns are bad and should never be used to perform any kind of a piercing, including earlobe piercing. However, since earlobe piercings are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, some people think different rules apply. This is not correct: earlobe piercings are true piercings, even though the majority of people do not see them this way.

One Exception: Stretched Lobes

There is one huge exception to the general rule, though. Stretched earlobes are not considered an ordinary “ear piercing” and are seen as a more serious body modification. Even though most of them start as nothing more but an ordinary earlobe piercing, once you start stretching, especially to large gauges, the difference in perception shows.

As such, stretched lobes are considered more extreme and serious. They are not as socially acceptable as “regular” earlobe piercings. This is why some employers still prohibit their workers from having stretched lobes or force them to hide the lobes (or any other type of a “true” piercing).

Stretched lobes are considered a bigger deal even among the piercing enthusiasts. They are more difficult to get than regular earlobe piercing (since they require care and skill of stretching), and they are also more noticeable. Stretched lobes use specific types of jewelry, such as ear plugs and flesh tunnels, so it’s another thing that makes them different than “regular earlobe piercings”.

What about Other Ear Piercing Types?

Other types of ear piercings (done on parts of the ear other than the earlobe) are getting more and more popular and also more socially accepted. It is not uncommon to see a person with numerous ear cartilage piercings or other ear piercings. Some people who don’t like piercings in general will get multiple ear piercings.

As such, ear piercings are generally accepted among general public. That being said, most of these ear piercings are considered “real” piercings, unlike the earlobe piercing. It’s also uncommon (and often illegal) to pierce a baby’s ear on any other place than the earlobe. For these reasons, these ear piercings are considered true piercings, even though they are not perceived as extreme as some other forms of body piercings.

Urethral Stimulation: Q & A for Beginners

Urethral SoundingUrethral stimulation is a form of sexual practice. It brings pleasure to both men and women who enjoy this type of stimulation. While it may seem unusual or kinky to those unfamiliar with it, it’s important to note that it’s more popular than general public may think.

Men in particular enjoy this type of stimulation since their urethra is longer and wider. In fact, this is one of the most pleasurable ways to stimulate a penis. Unlike other types of penis stimulation, this one massages penis from the inside, bringing arousal and erotic sensations to the man. It’s not surprising there are so many people who enjoy urethral sounds, penis plugs and other suitable toys. Urethral stimulation truly works!

Answers for the Beginners

While urethral stimulation is very popular among men – and women! – it is still considered a somewhat unusual sexual practice. Some people are intrigued by it but lack information about how to do it safely. These people should know how to practice urethral stimulation safely and how to achieve the greatest pleasure. It’s an imperative for beginners to get informed because unsafe urethral stimulation can bring problems. Remember, you are stimulating your urethra, which can lead to infections and injuries unless you do it properly.

Here are some common questions and answers for all beginners who wish to try urethral stimulation for the first time:

  • Is it really pleasurable? While not all people will enjoy this type of stimulation, there are many who do. Those who like it find it extremely pleasurable. If you are unsure about it, you can try it and see if it’s something you enjoy.
  • Is this only for kink lovers? All people can enjoy urethral stimulation, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or kink. Yes, there are some fans of BDSM who enjoy urethral stimulation but they are not the only ones who like it.
  • Does it hurt? Urethral stimulation should not hurt. In order to achieve this, you need to use appropriate toys and plenty of lube. It’s vital to follow all safety guidelines in order to ensure a fun time without discomfort.
  • What are safe toys to use? It’s vital to use only devices specially designed for urethral stimulation. Urethral sounds and penis plugs are among the most popular urethral toys. Never insert a random object into urethra! You can hurt yourself and cause a medical emergency.
  • Is it possible to stimulate your prostate during urethral sounding? There is something called “deep urethral stimulation” or “deep sounding”. There are specialized sounds made to reach very deep into the urethra. However, these toys are recommended to more experienced users.
  • What is the best beginner urethral toy? A beginners’ urethral toy should be small and thin to accommodate a person’s narrow urethral opening. It takes a bit of practice to train and widen your urethra. This is why it’s best to use one of the beginner’s urethral toys. Go slowly and don’t forget to use plenty of lube! Another good thing to use is a penis toy with a glans ring: it will heighten the pleasure and it will keep the toy in place.

Tongue Piercing

piercingTongue piercing is one of the most popular body piercings in the world, as well as one of the most popular body modifications in general.

It is a common piercing with both men and women.

Some sources indicate that it’s currently the fourth most popular piercing in the world.

Piercing and Placement

Tongue piercing is very old in origin. It has a history in Meso-America and East Asia. For example, it was popular with Maya and Aztec cultures, typically through religious and performance practices.

On the West, however, tongue piercing is a relatively new thing, gaining popularity only in the late 20th century, during the 1980s. This is where we observe a rise in popularity of all body modifications and tongue piercing became one of the most popular piercings. The popularity is largely thanks to the first professional body piercing studio in the US, Gauntlet.

The most common placement for a tongue piercing is one hole through the center of the tongue. This is what is considered a “standard” placement, though other variations are also possible.

Tongue piercings are usually done at 14g or 12g, depending on the piercer. Before getting your piercing done, consult your piercer to see which gauge works the best for you. Also, your piercer will help you decide on the most optimal placement.

There are many blood vessels in the tongue so it’s important to hire an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. A knowledgeable piercer will know how to identify the large blood vessels and find the safest place to pierce.

The piercing itself is performed with a piercing needle or a cannula needle after the tongue is clamped. Typically, the piercing is done from bottom to top. While this type of piercing may seem very painful, it’s actually one of the least painful body piercings in the world. Therefore, the discomfort during the procedure should not be significant. That being said, tongues are known to swell after the piercing is done, so you should expect that. However, if the swelling persists you need to contact your doctor.


The most common jewelry for tongue piercings are straight barbells. It is vital to choose the barbell that matches the piercing perfectly. Tongue is a sensitive body part so it’s important to ensure a perfect fit. Luckily, this is not difficult: all you need to know is the exact gauge you’re pierced with (or your current gauge, in the case of stretched piercings).

While you may sometimes hear people referring to tongue jewelry as “tongue rings”, rings are rarely used for this type of piercing. That being said, there is nothing preventing you to have a ring in your tongue piercing. There are some people who prefer rings over straight barbells, though they are recommended only for fully healed tongue piercings.

When choosing jewelry, it’s important to ensure perfect comfort. The tongue moves a lot so jewelry has to sit nicely and shouldn’t prevent any movement.

Additional Info and Tips

  • It’s interesting to note that tongue piercing was once considered unusual and even extreme, but this is no longer true. Since this is such a popular piercing there are people from all areas of life and all demographics enjoying this piercing.
  • Tongue piercing has somewhat declined in popularity in the past several years, but it’s still considered a very popular piercing.
  • Tongue piercings tend to heal fast. They can heal in about 3 to 4 weeks. This is one of the fastest healing times for any piercing.
  • Since the tongue heals fast it also means that the hole can close quickly. This is why it’s not recommended to remove your tongue jewelry.
  • Initial jewelry for tongue piercing is always made to be significantly longer, to accommodate the swelling. Once the swelling is gone you can go to your piercer to switch jewelry to the right size. It’s vital that the jewelry change is made by your piercer and not by yourself.
  • To reduce the swelling after procedure, drink cold beverages and suck on crushed ice. Avoid alcohol and spicy food.
  • Tongue piercing can easily be stretched to a larger gauge. Gauges larger than 14g will reduce the chance of migration and rejection, so there are many people stretching their tongue piercings to 10g or even 8g.
  • There are other popular placements apart from standard. Some people choose to have their piercing done to the side of the tongue instead of center. Multiple piercings are also popular. One of the most popular multiple tongue piercings are the so-called “venom bites”: two piercings placed side by side on the tongue. Also, the tongue itself is not the only part that is pierced. For example, some people have tongue web piercings.

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 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 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.