Stretched Piercing Types

Snake Wood Plug

Snake Wood Plug

Stretched piercings look very unique and effective. Stretching can transform any plain-looking piercing into something different. This is particularly true for earlobe piercings. Regular earlobe piercing is so plain many people don’t even consider it to be “real” piercing. Stretched earlobes, on the other hand, are very effective and daring.

If you choose to stretch one or more of your piercings, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the stretching procedure. This is not something you should do out of nowhere and unprepared. Keep in mind that learning about stretching is more than simply learning how to do it. There are also some other things to keep in mind, such as how to choose the right piercing to stretch or how to pick the right jewelry for your newly stretched piercing.

When it comes to choosing the right piercing to stretch, you need to know that most of the piercings have the ability to be stretched (at least to a certain degree). However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll want to have them stretched. You need to think about the desired effect and what you want to achieve before you choose which piercing to stretch.

You should also think about jewelry. Stretched piercings are very effective and rewarding, so it’s important to choose the right type of jewelry to go with them.

Common Stretched Piercings

There are a few popular piercings that are commonly stretched. While many piercings can be stretched to a larger gauge, stretching is commonly performed just on some of them. The most popular stretched piercing forms include:

  • Stretched Earlobes. This is by far the most popular stretched piercing type. It transforms the plain-looking earlobe piercing into something special. Many people choose to stretch their earlobes to a really large gauge. Since earlobes are by far the most popular type of stretched piercings, it’s not surprising that most of the large gauge jewelry and stretched piercing jewelry is specially designed for stretched earlobes.
  • Genital piercings. Many types of genital piercings, especially penis piercings, are easily stretchable. It means there are many people who choose to have a genital piercing stretched to a larger gauge. While this stretching can be done for the aesthetics, it is also done for pleasure. Many people find heavy, large jewelry sexually stimulating. Not to mention that big jewelry can actively help during sex by stimulating both the wearer and their partner during sex.
  • Nipple piercing. Nipple piercings are another popular piercing type, and some people wish to stretch them. Just like in the case of genital piercings, stretched nipples may be sexually stimulating and allow you to wear very attractive jewelry types.
  • Septum piercing. Another relatively common piercing type to stretch is septum piercing. Many people enjoy sturdy, heavy jewelry in their septum piercing. While this style is not as popular as some other stretched piercing forms, there are people who enjoy it.
  • Other. Other piercing types are stretched more rarely. It doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to stretch other piercings, such as your lip piercing or navel piercing. It just means that stretching is not so common for these piercing types. In the case of some piercings, however, especially surface piercings, stretching is difficult and doesn’t always bring desired results.

Additional Info

  • When choosing a piercing to stretch, consider your motives and a desired effect you wish to achieve. Why are you doing this? Are you going after a unique visual look? Or do you perform stretching to make your piercing more functional (for example, more sexually stimulating)?
  • It is important to always wear jewelry made in the right gauge, so your piercing will remain stretched and the jewelry will fit perfectly. This is why it’s important to always carefully choose jewelry for your stretched piercing.
  • Keep in mind that stretching is reversible – up to a point. If you stretch your piercing to a very large gauge, you won’t be able to retire this piercing entirely. While the hole will probably get smaller, it won’t close altogether. This is particularly true for stretched earlobes.
  • If you don’t stretch to a much larger gauge, keep in mind that the holes will start to shrink if you don’t wear appropriately-sized jewelry in them. If you wish to keep your stretched piercing, don’t take the jewelry out and don’t wear jewelry of a smaller gauge than needed.

Large Gauge Jewelry Types

Large Gauge Jewelry TypesOne of the best things about stretched piercings are all those gorgeous jewelry pieces you can wear.

Large gauge jewelry fits your stretched earlobes or another piercing type perfectly.

There are many different jewelry styles you can use.

So it is important to know how to find the best jewelry pieces for your stretched piercings.

Stretched Piercings and Large Gauge Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types suitable for stretched piercings. Large gauge piercings require jewelry of the same gauge, so it’s important to always wear jewelry that fits perfectly.

Your choice of jewelry will depend on many factors. First of all, there is your personal style. You should always choose jewelry pieces you truly like and that fit your preferences. On the other hand, your personal style is not the only thing that matters. It’s also important that your jewelry is suitable for your piercing. It means that it should fit your piercing size, which means it has to be of the appropriate gauge. Whenever you stretch your piercing to a larger gauge, you should also change your jewelry. You should always know what your gauge is so you can choose the appropriately-sized jewelry.

Many popular jewelry types are made in all gauges, such as Captive Bead Rings or various types of barbells, such as straight barbells, curved barbells or circular barbells. These jewelry types are usually simple yet very elegant, so they can go with any outfit.

These jewelry types are ideal for stretched nipple and genital piercings because they are smooth and comfortable. Also, their large size makes them heavy, which will enhance the sensations for the wearer. This is particularly important for genital piercings, because they can help you and your partner achieve great sexual pleasure.

There are also some jewelry types specially designed for stretched piercings. Typically, these are worn in stretched earlobes, though you may use them on other body parts. These jewelry types are often made of special organic materials. These jewelry types are only made in large gauges and they are intended to accommodate stretched piercings.

Common large jewelry types are:

  • Plugs
  • Flesh tunnels and Earlets
  • Claws
  • Spirals
  • Crescents (also used to stretch your piercings)
  • Tapers (used to stretch your piercings)

Plugs

Plugs (also known as ear plugs) are probably the most popular type of jewelry for stretched piercings. They are often incorrectly referred to as “gauges”. They are solid jewelry types, usually cylindrical in shape. They are meant to be inserted in a stretched piercings. Some plugs have the same thickness throughout the length of the plug, which means they are perfectly cylindrical in shape. Such plugs require O-rings to hold them in place.

Other plugs are flared on the ends, which means they cannot fallout from the piercing and O-rings are not required to keep them in place. Plugs come in many different styles and are made of many different materials. Some are simple yet elegant while others are richly ornamented. Some plugs even have gems on front, so they are very effective. Plugs made from organic materials are particularly interesting and stylish.

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets are another popular forms of large gauge jewelry. These jewelry types resemble ear plugs, but unlike the plugs, they are hollow in the middle.

Earlets and flesh tunnels adorn the piercing on the edges but leave an open middle, which produces a very effective look. There are many different styles of flesh tunnels and earlets. Many of them are made of organic materials.

Claws

Claws are specially designed pieces made for unique look. They are shaped like claws or talons so they are curved and typically have a pointed end. The other side of a claw is wider and it’s inserted into a piercing. Claws are made of many different materials. Acrylic claws are particularly effective.

Spirals

Spirals are very stylish jewelry pieces typically made for stretches piercings, though they are sometimes made in smaller gauges. A spiral is usually worn as an earring in a stretched earlobe, though this jewelry types can also be worn in other piercings. The thickness of the spiral is actually the gauge you need to order.

Crescents

Crescents are multi-functional jewelry pieces. On one hand, they make great jewelry for stretched piercings, particularly stretched earlobes. You may wear them just like any other large gauge jewelry type.

On the other hand, some crescents are made to serve as tapers (see below). They have a different gauge on the ends and in the middle, which means that you can use them to stretch your piercing. Depending on your current gauge, you will insert the crescent up to a point and then slowly move it to a thicker part and stretch your piercing gradually. This stretching method is ideal for those who wish to go slowly and avoid pain and discomfort.

Tapers

Tapers are specialized tools used to stretch piercings to a larger gauge. As a rule, they should not be worn as jewelry. Some people choose to wear them as regular jewelry pieces, but this is not a good practice. Tapers are tools and not jewelry. We only included them on this list because there’s still a confusion over this.

In short: tapers are tools for stretching your piercing and they should not be worn for a prolonged period of time. They are not jewelry! Once you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge using a taper you should remove the taper and insert a proper jewelry piece, such as a plug, flesh tunnel, spiral, claw or another large gauge jewelry piece.

Choosing the Best Nose Jewelry Piece for Yourself

Nose Jewelry PieceNose piercings, particularly nostril piercings (and, to a lesser extent, septum piercing) are very common piercing types. It means there are many people who choose this type of piercing for themselves. It can be as simple as a fashion statement and wanting to make yourself more stylish. Or it can be more extreme, especially in cases of stretched piercings.

Whatever your reasons may be, it’s important to keep in mind that jewelry is one of the most important things about your piercing. While it’s vital to keep your piercing clean and problem-free, the crucial thing about any piercing is jewelry.

In order to attract the most attention and use your nose piercing to the fullest, you need to know how to choose the right jewelry and how to take care of your nose jewelry pieces.

Nose Jewelry

There are many different nose jewelry pieces you can use. In part, this will depend on the type of nose piercing you have. Some jewelry types are specially made for certain piercings. For example, nostril piercing has special styles to go with them, such as NoseBones, nostril screws, fishtails or L-bars.

However, nose piercings can also use many generalized jewelry styles. Captive Bead Rings, circular barbells or even curved barbells and straight barbells can be worn in certain piercings. It all depends on your style and what you want to achieve. When it comes to septum piercing, it can use tusks and other similar jewelry types.

As you can see, nose jewelry is very varied and you don’t have to limit yourself to specialized pieces made for nose piercings only.

How to Choose the Best Jewelry

Once you get your nose piercing and once it’s healed, you can start thinking about many different jewelry styles to go with it. Some people don’t like to change jewelry often and prefer to find that one perfect jewelry piece and wear it all the time. This is a good way to go if you don’t like to change your jewelry, but you don’t have to limit yourself to one jewelry piece or one style.

Your chosen jewelry should be something comfortable, beautiful and something you like to wear. It’s important that your jewelry doesn’t hurt you or harm you in any way. This is why it’s important to find a perfect fit. Never insert any jewelry that is larger or smaller in gauge than the gauge you are pierced with. This is a recipe for a disaster.

Other than that, it’s important to choose jewelry that will suit your style. Think about your outfits and general fashion sense. What kind of nose jewelry would go with it? You may prefer elegant and discreet jewelry pieces. Or you might opt for something large and bold. Whatever you choose, it’s important to be comfortable with it and to like to wear it.

Remember, you are not limited to only one jewelry piece or just one style. It’s best to have several jewelry pieces you can wear in many different situations. You can have an “everyday” jewelry piece you can wear over and over again, and then some more decorative and more stylish jewelry pieces ideal for special occasions.

The choice is yours. It’s important to choose something that truly expresses who you are. Your nose jewelry should be comfortable and to suit your style, whatever it may be.

Body Modifications and Public Reaction

Piercing PublicThere are many people who have at least one piercing (or tattoo). Body modifications have become very common and accepted in many areas of life. They are especially popular among young people and certain subcultures. Piercing, tattoos and other body modifications are a great way to express ourselves and change our appearance any way we want. It is a great way to add something new and to enjoy our bodies more.

In essence, a decision to get a piercing or a tattoo should be a personal one. It concerns you and nobody else. Your body, your choice. This is your own way to express yourself and it should not concern other people.

Public Reactions

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way in real life. There are many people who are still highly prejudiced against people with piercings, tattoos and other body modifications. Their reasons for hate are different, but have one thing in common: they want to police your own body and tell you what you can and can’t do with it.

The truth is, piercings, tattoos and body modifications do not harm anyone. In most of the cases, they have nothing to do with other people. Despite this, there are many out there who’d like to make your body modifications their business. Sometimes, it’s about expressing their opinion (usually negative), but it can often go beyond that.

As a person with piercings, tattoos or other body modifications, you probably know about all the comments, reactions and questions you face in everyday life. Many times, those reactions are positive, but what about the other ones? What happens when public has a negative reaction to your body modifications or think you are a bad person because of them?

In many situations, you can simply ignore it. These people are not worth your time and you don’t owe them any explanation. Your body is yours and you don’t have to listen to their negative reactions. If they don’t want to have any body modifications, fine – you don’t make them. It’s their choice not to have any piercings, body jewelry, tattoos or other body modifications and it’s not your place to tell them they’re wrong about it. Because it’s not wrong for them. Similarly, they have no right to tell you your body modifications are wrong, because they are not wrong for you.

This way to treat public reaction is a good way to make people mind their own business. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy like this. There are some situations in which public reaction can have negative consequences for you, especially in the professional setting.

What if Your Boss Doesn’t Like Your Piercings?

Let’s face it: there is still stigma about piercings, tattoos and other body modifications. It’s therefore sad – but not surprising – to know that many companies and employers discriminate against people with body modifications. It’s still difficult to find employment if you have visible modifications, and while it should not be that way and while we should fight against it, it’s important to realize it’s happening.

So, what to do in this situation? There are several options. The easiest one would be to simply quit your job or refuse a job offer. However, this may not be a wise thing to do because most of us need jobs to survive.

Unfortunately, it means a bit of a compromise. It’s always best to seek employment with companies that do not mind body modifications, if this is not possible, try to talk to your employer and come up with a compromise.

In many cases, it may mean hiding your piercings or tattoos. You can approach this in several ways. For example, you may wear simple, discreet jewelry that will not draw attention to your piercings. Or you may try to hide your body modifications with clothes.

In some situations, you may go with special hider jewelry or retainers. These jewelry pieces are specially made to hide your piercings and to be discreet while preserving your piercing and preventing it to shrink. This may be a good way to go if your boss requires no visible jewelry. However, you need to talk to your employer about this.

Whatever you do, try to avoid jewelry removal. Many piercings shrink quickly so you may have difficulties to insert a jewelry piece after not wearing anything for hours.

Finally, you have an option of retiring your piercing. It is an extreme measure, but in some cases may be the only option if you wish to keep a job you like but your boss is absolutely against piercings. Keep in mind that you can usually get repierced later, so think about this retirement as temporary.

Unusual Piercings

Unusual PiercingsWe all know about the most popular body piercings in the world. Regular earlobe piercing is so common it’s often not really considered a “true” piercing at all, even though, technically, it’s no different than any other piercing.

Some of the more popular piercings include navel piercing, nostril piercing, eyebrow piercings, lip piercing and tongue piercing. Many people have those and they are very stylish and popular.

You may think that some more extreme piercings, such as nipple piercing or genital piercings are rare. While they may be less common that the most popular piercings, they are not truly rare: there are many people who choose them.

So, what is considered a rare or unusual body piercing?

Rare Piercings

A “rare” piercing is the one performed on a body part that is not so popular to pierce. This may seem a bit vague to define. It’s important to understand that, technically, any body part (or almost any) can be pierced. In this sense, it’s possible to have numerous rare piercings performed on unusual body parts. Here, “unusual” means “a body part not typically pierced”.

Some people enjoy these unusual piercings because, let’s face it: they are very original. Who wants an ordinary belly piercing or a nostril piercing when you can have a very unusual place pierced? Indeed, these rare piercings often attract a lot of attention.

However, it’s important to understand that some piercings are rare for a reason. Some body parts are not really suitable for piercings, so while you can technically perform a piercing it will not last for long or it will bring a lot of problems.

This is why many unusual body parts are often pierced temporarily. This is particularly true for surface piercings. They can be performed almost anywhere, but they are prone to migration and rejection, so they are only temporary.

That being said, there are many creative places to pierce. Many of these unusual piercings are also very extreme and therefore not everybody’s cup of tea.

Examples of Unusual Piercings

Here are some examples of more unusual piercings:

  • Web Piercings. There are many different types of web piercings because there are many delicate webs of skin on our body. Some of them are located in the mouth, for example, in between our lips and gums. Some of the most popular oral web piercings are Smiley piercing and Frowny Piercing. You can also find these webs of skin between our fingers and our toes, or wherever you have a connective tissue. A web of skin of this kind is known as “frenulum”, though this term usually means a specific web of skin, the one that connects foreskin to the penis (and yes, it can be pierced, too).
  • Uvula Piercing. This is a piercing done on the soft tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. It is very sensitive and can provoke a gag reflex when touched. Despite this problem there are people who like to have their uvula pierced. This piercing is very unique but it’s difficult to see unless you open your mouth really wide. Typical jewelry for this piercing type are Captive Bead Rings and circular barbells.
  • Achilles Piercing. This is an extreme piercing done on the spot in between the Achilles tendon, the ankle and the leg bones. It is a very deep piercing and can cause numerous problems. It also takes a long time to heal properly. Keep in mind that it has to be done by an experienced piercer because you don’t want any mistakes with this one. If done incorrectly, it can limit your movements or even prevent you from walking properly. This is a rare and extreme piercing and it’s not for everybody.
  • Corset Piercings. Corset Piercing and other forms of surface piercings are done temporarily. They can be performed on almost any surface of the skin, but the most popular spots include: the back, on the calves, and on the front of the neck. In fact, they can be placed anywhere where there’s enough soft tissue to pierce. It’s important that the chosen area is relatively large because these piercings are done in decorative patterns so they are typically performed in pairs and groups.

How to Care for Your Genital Piercing: Quick Tips

Genital PiercingHere are some quick tips that will help you care for your genital piercing properly. Keep in mind, however, that each piercing type is unique. Not to mention there is usually a big difference between female genital piercings and male genital piercings, as well as a difference between different body parts (for example, penis piercings vs scrotal piercings).

Also, some genital piercings are too unique and require special care. For example, transscrotal procedures are very complex and require not just a special procedure to perform but they also ask for a dedicated aftercare not true for all other genital piercings.

That being said, here are some general tips all owners of genital piercings should know about. These tips will keep you healthy and help you prevent all of the problems and possible complications associated with genital piercings.

Quick Tips

Here are some basic tips on how to care for your genital piercings in order to avoid problems such as infections, migration and rejection.

  • Focus on aftercare. This is important for any piercing but it becomes vital for genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Ask your piercer to walk you through all the steps and make sure you understand how to perform adequate aftercare.
  • The most important aspect of aftercare is regular cleaning. You need to keep your new piercing clean. It’s best to use a saline solution or a special product made for cleaning new piercings.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, twist or turn your jewelry during the healing process.
  • In fact, try to touch your new genital piercing as little as possible.
  • Make sure to wash your hands before and after piercing cleaning.
  • Chances are that you will have to abstain from sex for some time after getting the piercing done. Stick to this requirement and don’t attempt to have any form of sex before the initial healing is done.
  • When you do have sex with your new piercing on, make sure to use a condom or other similar protection that will prevent sharing of fluids.
  • After sex, make sure to clean your piercing with a saline solution.
  • It’s best to clean the area before urination, at least in the first weeks after getting your piercing done.
  • Do not use public swimming pools until the piercing is healed.
  • It’s best to avoid hot tubs during the initial healing and use showers instead.
  • While healing period is particularly sensitive, keep in mind that you may encounter problems even after your piercing is fully healed.
  • Regularly monitor your piercing for any signs of infection or other problems.
  • If you notice any signs of infection, contact your doctor. Don’t attempt to solve the problem on your own.
  • Typical signs of infection include: redness, swelling, discharge, rash, fever, bad smell and sensitivity to touch. Remember, you don’t need to experience pain with infection, so watch for all suspicious signs. Better safe than sorry!

Removing Jewelry

Ring Opening Pliers

Ring Opening Pliers

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove your body jewelry. You may wish to change the jewelry and wear another piece, or you may wish to go without jewelry for a while. Whatever your reasons may be, you need to know how to open and remove your jewelry quickly and easily.

Different jewelry types are removed in different ways. In order to remove a jewelry piece, you need to know how this piece is designed and how to properly open it so you can take it out.

Here are quick tips on how to remove the most popular jewelry types:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings and other similar captive jewelry types come with a special bead that has to be removed in order to open the jewelry. To open your ring, it’s best to grab the bead with one hand and the ring with the other and then pull them into the opposite directions. This should make the bead pop out of the ring.

This process is sometimes difficult so you may need to use pliers. There are special Ring Opening Pliers you need to use for this. In case you wear large gauge jewelry, it’s best to use specialized Large Gauge Pliers.

Fixed, Seamless and Continuous Rings

These rings are a bit different than CBRs. Fixed rings have the bead attached to one side of the ring. Seamless and continuous rings do not use beads at all. They are built to be completely circular, usually with parts fitting nicely into each other. To open these rings, you should grab the bead (or, in the case there is no bead, one side of the ring) with one hand and the ring itself with the other hand and pull gently. Make sure to perform a small but firm twist. This should make ends separate and the ring will be opened.

Barbells

Barbells tend to be easy to open, comparing to the rings. These jewelry types have a bar (straight, curved, circular, spiral, etc.) and a bead on the each end. The beads are screwed on the shaft. To open these barbells, simply unscrew the bead from the shaft. The same logic can be applied to labret studs.

Nostril Jewelry Pieces

Jewelry specially designed for nostril piercings is typically shaped in such a way to prevent jewelry to slip out of the piercing. It means it’s either curved or it has a small ball on the end to keep jewelry in place.

These pieces are sometimes struggle to get in and out, because they have to be tight enough to stay in the piercing during use. To remove them, you need to be aware of their shape and then carefully pull, move and turn the jewelry until it’s out.

Eear Plugs, Tunnels and Earlets

These jewelry pieces are specially designed for stretched lobes. There are many different types of plugs, flesh tunnels and earlets. Some are smooth and require O rings to keep them inside the piercing. These jewelry pieces are easily removed by simply taking the O rings out.

Flared jewelry pieces, especially double flared plugs and tunnels may be more difficult to remove, so you need to know how to manipulate the jewelry out of the piercing.

To learn more about inserting double flared jewelry, check out our article: How to Insert Double Flared Plugs and Tunnels.

Shrinking

Keep in mind that piercings tend to shrink rapidly after jewelry is removed. This is particularly true for new, fresh piercings but even older and fully healed piercings are not immune to it. Our bodies are quick to close the tissue, which will result in a rapid shrinkage of your piercing.

As a result, you may find out that it’s difficult to reinsert the jewelry. It may be uncomfortable or even painful. In some extreme cases it might become impossible to reinsert your jewelry. Shrinkage occurs very quickly, and it starts as soon as jewelry is taken out. Keep this in mind if you intend to remove your jewelry and go without it for some time.

Jewelry for People with Allergies and Sensitive Skin

Nickel Allergy ProblemThere are many sensitive people prone to allergies and other skin problems. There are also people with a very sensitive skin. Does it mean these people cannot enjoy body jewelry or piercings?

Good news: if you are prone to allergies or if you have a sensitive skin, it does NOT mean you can’t wear body jewelry. The trick is just to find jewelry that will not trigger your allergies and that will be comfortable for you to wear.

Unsafe Materials and Alloys

In most of the cases, to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity and other problems, it’s important to wear jewelry made of safe materials. Safe materials are those materials that are body-friendly and medical grade. These materials will not cause allergies in most people.

It’s important to understand what causes allergies in the first place. Most of the time, what people are allergic to are various alloys present in metal jewelry. Alloys are mixtures of elements. It means that even if the jewelry is made of a main element, it may contain traces of other elements, which can prove to be dangerous for you. Alloys are often added to enhance the properties of the main element, such as to make it stronger, or softer, or to change its color. This may work, but it can also be dangerous if you are allergic to the alloy.

Avoid Nickel Allergy

By far the most common is nickel-allergy. It is very common because nickel is a very popular alloy used in many metals. Nickel is sometimes used in gold jewelry, so all gold pieces containing gold can cause a serious allergy.

For this reason, it’s important to wear only nickel-free body jewelry. Whenever you choose your jewelry piece, especially if it’s gold, make sure it’s nickel-free. This is the only way to avoid nickel allergy.

Another material to avoid is steel. It may also contain nickel. However, not all steel jewelry is created equally. Surgical Steel is a safe material. This is a medical-grade jewelry material that does not contain nickel.

However, nickel allergy is not the only problem you may encounter. Depending on your body, you may be allergic to a different alloy. This is why it’s highly recommended to check all the alloys present in a jewelry piece or to stick to hypoallergenic jewelry only.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Hypoallergenic jewelry is the one that is specially made to be safe for people who have allergies and sensitive skin. This jewelry is made of materials that are known not to cause allergies so it’s generally safe even for the more sensitive users.

However, keep in mind that “hypoallergenic” is more of a generic term used by jewelry companies. There is no strict regulation what “hypoallergenic” actually means. It may simply mean that it’s nickel-free. On the other hand, it may mean it’s made of the medical-grade materials specially made for sensitive people.

The safest body jewelry materials are those that are considered to be “hypoallergenic”. The most popular of them are:

  • Titanium
  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (especially the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel)

You may also use gold jewelry, as long as it’s nickel-free.

Another good way to go is to use non-metallic jewelry pieces. Many of these materials, such as acrylic or Bioplast jewelry, is generally safe to use even by people with sensitive skin and allergies.

What about Organic Jewelry?

Another good way to go is to use organic jewelry (made of wood, stone, glass, horn or bone). If you choose to do this, however, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the organic components of your jewelry.

Organic jewelry is very beautiful and can be very effective but it can cause additional problems because it can’t be sterilized as much as metal jewelry. You need to make sure that organic jewelry is made of a material you are not allergic to. Also, it’s highly recommended to wear this type of jewelry only in fully healed piercings.

Different Types of Barbells

Different Types of BarbellsBarbells are among the most popular body jewelry pieces. They are probably the most popular piercing jewelry type after Captive Bead Rings. Barbells come in many different shapes and varieties, so they can be used for almost any piercing type.

The basic design of a barbell is a bar with a bead on each end. One or both beads are removable so you can insert your jewelry easily. The other bead is typically fixed, so only one bead is removable.

Barbells are a type of threaded jewelry. It means that the removable ball attaches to the shaft by screwing. Barbells can be Internally Threaded or Externally Threaded. Internally Threaded barbells have smooth ends and the ball is the one with a threaded post. The shaft has a threaded receiving tube. This type of jewelry tends to be more comfortable and safer to use, because there are no sharp edges on the shaft alone. It means you won’t hurt any tissue when you insert your shaft through the piercing.

Externally Threaded barbells are the opposite: they have a threaded shaft and a ball with a receiving tube. In this type of jewelry, you need to pass the shaft with a threaded post through the tissue. It may lead to tearing and other problems, so generally speaking, Internally Threaded jewelry is recommended. The only exception is jewelry of a very small gauge (such as gauge 20 or gauge 18). Such jewelry is too thin to be Internally Threaded.

Types of Barbells

There are many different barbell types to choose from. While all barbells share the basic design of a shaft with a ball on each end, the shaft itself can be shaped in several different ways. It makes for several unique barbell types. These different barbell styles are suitable for different piercing types.

The most popular barbell types include:

  • Straight Barbells
  • Curved Barbells
  • Circular Barbells
  • Spirals
  • Surface Bars

Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells are the basic types of barbells, and they can be used for many different piercings. A straight barbell has a straight shaft, with a bead on each end. The beads can be plain and simple, or they may have gems or other ornamentations.

A special type of a straight barbell is Industrial Barbell. This is a very long barbell, with the shaft significantly longer than regular. Such a long shaft is made to accommodate Industrial Piercings. Since this piercing type combines two piercing holes and goes from one side of the ear to the other, the bar should be long enough to reach both ends of the piercing.

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are sometimes known as “navel curves”, because they are most commonly used for navel piercings. Curved barbells have a curved shaft, which gives them a really unique look. This curvature makes jewelry sit better in certain piercing types (such as belly button piercing), so curved barbells are widely used for these piercings.

The curvature on the shaft can be made in many different ways. It can range to almost straight to almost circular. A popular variation of this design is a so-called “J-bar” or “banana barbell”. This is a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end. It is specially designed to be used in several types of navel piercings. It makes the decoration sit better against the skin.

Circular Barbells

Circular Barbells are also known as “horseshoe barbells”, because of their shape. These barbells have a shaft that is circular. The shaft usually makes the perfect circle, although some circular barbells have a more elliptical shaft.

The shaft of a circular barbell is never fully closed the way it is with Captive Bead Rings. Instead, there is a gap on top and each end of the barbell has a bead.

Spirals

Technically speaking, Spirals are almost never referred to as “barbells”, but they are a form of barbells. With this jewelry type, the shaft is made into a spiral. Sometimes, the Spiral is shaped in such a way that the ends overlap but they can be easily separated to make insertion of jewelry possible.

Spirals come in many different sizes and while some of them are ornamented with different types of decorations, it’s the shape itself that’s unique and made to attract attention. Therefore, most spirals are made to be simple yet elegant and they don’t have heavy ornamentation.

Surface bars

Surface Bars are used for surface piercings. This is a special type of barbell, where a shaft has two 90 degree bends. It makes this barbell resemble a staple. The ends of the barbell have beads. This shape is specially designed to make surface piercings more secure and less prone to migration and rejection.

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.