Different Types of Beads

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Beads are both functional and decorative, and they make an integral part of many different jewelry types. Barbells and Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry types that use beads, but there are many others.

Beads come in many different designs, shapes, sizes and decorations. Many times, bead is the main decorative element of a jewelry piece, so it makes the whole piece more beautiful and attractive. However, it’s important to understand that beads and balls are not just decorative elements: they serve an important purpose for a jewelry piece.

Why Beads?

Beads are pretty, but they are much more than eye candy. They make an integral part of your barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. You will discover this quickly in case you ever lose the bead on your jewelry. Suddenly, this gorgeous barbell or a ring becomes useless.

Why so? In many ways, beads are there to keep the jewelry in place. They are attached to the jewelry in many different ways. While some of them are permanently attached to the jewelry piece and cannot be removed, the others are made precisely for removing. By removing a bead you open the jewelry so you can put it on or take it off. Once the jewelry is in place or once it’s removed, you can put the bead back in place.

In short, beads keep the jewelry together and prevent it from slipping out of your piercing hole. Also, for many jewelry types (such as Captive Bead Rings), the beads are part of the mechanism for opening and closing the jewelry.

Where Are Beads Used?

Main jewelry pieces that use balls and beads:

  • Captive Bead Rings (CBR). The bead is used to close the ring and keep it inside your piercing. The beads can be attached in many different ways. Most commonly, the bead has dimples on both sides so it fits nicely into the ring. The beads can be popped in and out of the ring. Sometimes, it’s difficult to open and close a CBR so this is why you should use Ring Opening Pliers and Ring Closing Pliers.
  • Barbells. Barbells come in many different types and designs. Straight barbells, curved barbells, circular barbells, spirals – they all use beads as part of their design. Typically, one bead on the barbell is permanently attached while the other is removable. The beads on barbells are typically screwed so they are threaded. There are two threading types: Internally Threaded (means that the ball itself has an externally threaded post) and Externally Threaded (means that the ball has a threaded hole).

Bead Design

Typical bead design is spherical. It means that most of the beads are round. This design is simple yet practical, because it makes the bead sit comfortably against the skin. However, it doesn’t mean that other design types are not possible. There are beads that are cubical, triangular or conical in shape, just to make a few examples.

What makes a bead stand out is often its decoration. The simplest way to decorate a bead is through different coloring. Sometimes, it simply means that the bead is made of a different material, such as 14k gold. Other possibilities are Titanium beads. These beads come in many different colors because Titanium can easily be anodized to produce numerous bright, vibrant colors.

Another way to decorate a bead is to put a gem in it. This is a popular way to make a jewelry piece truly exceptional. Gems in beads look very effective and eye-catching. The gem itself can be a Zircon, a Genuine Precious stone or even a Genuine Diamond.

Finally, a bead can be decorated with a charm or a dangle. Such dangles are attached to the bead and they fall down from the piece. It produces a very striking and unique look. Typically, dangles are made of shiny chains but they often carry their own gems to make the jewelry piece truly outstanding.

Common Problems with Navel Jewelry

Navel PiercingNavel piercings are among the most common piercings in the world. Most people don’t have any problems with their belly button jewelry, but sometimes there is discomfort caused by jewelry or improperly performed procedure.

Keep in mind that in order to enjoy your navel piercing, you need to get a proper fit for your navel jewelry. Most of the time, people who report problems with their belly button piercing actually have issues with inadequate jewelry or improper procedure.

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to wear only appropriately fitted belly jewelry and ensure that your jewelry suits your piercing perfectly.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you may face that will make it difficult to find a proper fit for your piercing:

  • Angle and depth of your navel piercing
  • Improperly sized jewelry
  • Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

While there are some other problems you may encounter, these seem to be the most prevalent ones.

Getting a proper fit on a belly button ring has nothing to do with your body size, it has to do with the angle and depth of the actual piercing.

Angle and Depth of Your Piercing

The first problem you might encounter is improperly done procedure. Simply put, you might be pierced in a way that is not fully suitable to your anatomy. Some piercings are done to be very deep or very shallow, which can cause further problems. Sometimes, the angle of the piercing is not right. All these things will make it difficult to find good jewelry.

Another problem may be your anatomy. While most people can get their belly button pierced, the exact position and depth of the piercing will depend on your individual anatomy. You might have such an anatomy that will require a piercing to be done at a unique angle or depth not usual for typical navel piercing. All of this can cause problems when you wish to get your navel jewelry.

Not to mention unique navel piercings. You may wish to have a stylish belly button piercing done at a special angle or many different navel piercings. All these things may make it tricky to find jewelry that suits you best.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Another common problem you may encounter is improperly sized navel jewelry. This is actually a common issue. Even if your belly button piercing is performed in the most optimal way chances are that you will encounter a problem if you use jewelry that is too big or too small for you.

“Size” can mean many different things in this context. For example, it can refer to the gauge of the jewelry. You should always wear jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with, or gauge you currently have (if you have stretched your navel piercing). This is the only way to achieve a good fit.

However, size can mean many other things. It can refer to the length of your curved barbell or a diameter of the Captive Bead Ring or circular barbell. It’s important to ensure that jewelry is of the optimal size so you don’t face any discomfort or other problems. Remember, improperly sized jewelry can lead to numerous problems. It jewelry is too big, it will get caught on clothes. If it’s too small, it will dig into your flesh and hurt you. For these reasons, it’s vital to always ensure a good fit for your navel jewelry.

Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

You should stay away from cheap, badly-made jewelry. This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning it again. Cheap jewelry is often made of materials that are unsafe for your body so it should be avoided. Not to mention that this type of jewelry is usually poorly made and it can break easily. To avoid any potential problems of this kind, make sure to always use high-quality navel jewelry made of body-friendly materials.

Nipple Piercing Placement

Nipple Piercing PlacementIn order to be fully satisfied with your nipple piercing, it’s important to make a proper placement. Improper placement can bring a lot of problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It can endanger your health and make you retire your piercing even if you don’t want to. Therefore, it’s very important to have a properly placed nipple piercing. The best way to ensure that is to get pierced by a professional. It means that your chosen piercer has to be experienced with nipple piercings and know how to make a placement that will work the best for you.

General Placement

Generally speaking, nipple piercing is placed at the base of the erect part of the nipple. It is very important for your piercer to pierce the exact spot where the nipple meets areola. It’s different for every person so this is why nipple piercings will vary a bit for everyone.

It is crucial to pierce only the nipple and not areola. Areola has a fatty tissue and it should not be touched or else you can experience problems. In some extreme cases it can even lead to mastitis. You don’t want this to happen to you so make sure to choose a piercer who knows what they’re doing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that nipple piercing can be oriented in many different ways. The most common placement is horizontal, but you may get a vertical nipple piercing, a diagonal nipple piercing. You can have your nipple piercing oriented in any way you wish.

Things to Keep In Mind

There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to nipple piercing placement:

  • Almost any nipple can be pierced, but in order to be sure, ask your piercer for advice.
  • Some things to consider when deciding on placement for nipple piercings is the length of jewelry and the shape of your nipples. These things are individual and nipples vary a lot among people.
  • In order to get a properly placed nipple piercing, your nipples have to be erect. It’s difficult to judge the best placement if your nipples are completely flat when they are not erect. Let your piercer know about this before the procedure so they can judge properly on how to place your nipple piercing.
  • It’s vital that the balls of the jewelry don’t press areolas. It can lead to redness, swelling and infections. Not to mention it’s very uncomfortable.
  • Keep in mind that everyone is unique and there are no two unique nipples. Even your own nipples tend to vary slightly, which will influence the placement.
  • Improper placement is not just dangerous but it also makes your nipples look bad. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing and jewelry will not sit properly.
  • When doing a proper placement, it’s also vital to choose good jewelry. It has to be made of body-friendly materials and of appropriate size or else you risk numerous problems, such as migration, rejection, infection and other issues.
  • The placement depends on the shape and size of your nipples. More defined nipples tend to pierce a smaller piece of tissue. Flat nipples require more tissue to be pierced.
  • Nipple piercing for men will often extend to areola, but if done properly, this is not a problem.
  • Typical jewelry worn in nipple piercing is straight barbell, Captive Bead Ring (or another type of a ring) and circular barbells. You piercer will need to determine the proper length of each jewelry piece to ensure the proper placement and correct procedure.

Ampallang Piercing

AmpallangThe Ampallang is one of the most popular male genital piercings in the world. In a way, it works as the opposite of Apadravya. While Apadravya is a vertical penis piercing, Ampallang is a horizontal one. It goes horizontally all the way through the glans of the penis. It is a very striking piercing with a long history around the world.

The Ampallang is a functional piercing, which means it’s made to enhance sexual pleasure for the wearer and his partner. The wearer will enjoy the internal stimulation through penis tissue as the jewelry rubs on the inside of the penis. The partners will experience additional stimulation due to the thicker glans width.

Procedure and Placement

The Ampallang goes horizontally all the way through the glans of the penis. There are two main placements: transurethral (when it passes through the urethra) or non-transurethral (when the piercing and jewelry don’t go through urethra).

There are several health issues with the Ampallang piercing. First of all, an inadequate procedure can bring a lot of problems. One of the main risks during the procedure is the blood loss. It’s also vital to obtain a proper measurement for the jewelry or else the wearer risks infection, migration and rejection. This is something you will need to think about when deciding to get this type of piercing.

Also, keep in mind that Ampallang pierces a lot of tissue and therefore the procedure can be very painful.

You will also need to choose whether you want a transurethral placement or not. The choice is yours, but keep in mind that transurethral placement offers an advantage: the urine will keep this piercing clean. Also, transurethral Ampallangs are less likely to migrate.

Another possible advantage to transurethral Ampallang is that it pierces less tissue: urethra is a natural hole so it’s like having two shorter piercings done. It may make pain a bit less intense.

There are several different ways to perform this piercing: clamping method, freehand method and scalpelling method.

Before the procedure, the area will be cleaned and prepped. After this, your piercer will mark the spot and ask you to confirm the placement. If clamping method is used, the glans is clamped and the needle inserted through. After the piercing is performed the clamps are removed and jewelry is inserted. With a freehand method the piercer doesn’t use clamps but holds the glans firmly in one hand while piercing with the other. The scalpelling method is good for those who wish to get pierced at a larger gauge, for example, 4 gauge and up.

Keep in mind that it’s common and expectable for Ampallang piercing to bleed, sometimes even hours after the procedure. However, it’s important to ensure that bleeding is controlled. If you keep bleeding a lot for hours, consider contacting your doctor.

Typically, Ampallang is pierced with needles between gauge 12 and 8, but other possibilities ate possible.

Jewelry

The main jewelry type worn in an Ampallang piercing is a straight barbell. In fact, this is typically the only jewelry type you can wear with this piercing. A barbell has to be long enough to account for tissue expansion during erection.

At first, you will get an initial jewelry but it will be changed after the first stage of healing is done. Any jewelry worn in an Ampallang piercing has to be made of body-friendly materials because this is a very sensitive body part and you can’t risk any infections or other problems.

It’s vital to get a proper measurement for the jewelry or else the Ampallang will bring numerous problems. For adequate measurement, it’s important for penis to be erect. This is typically done in private by the customer himself. However, the piercing itself is always done on flaccid penis.

Keep in mind that for the best results, it’s better for the piercer to obtain this measurements. The piercer will know how to properly account for the angle and placement to get the right measurements.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A typical Ampallang goes through the penis glans. There is also a special variant of this piercing, known as the Shaft Ampallang, which penetrates the shaft of the penis horizontally. It can be done at any point along the shaft’s length, so there are many different placements possible.
  • It’s also possible to have a combination of an Apadravya and Ampallang. This penis piercing is known as the Magic Cross.
  • The healing time for the Ampallang is typically 4 to 6 months. However, it can take a year or more to be fully healed.
  • It’s important to know that this is a complex piercing so it’s vital to choose a knowledgeable piercer specialized in genital piercings. You simply can’t risk to visit an amateur for this one. It’s important that your chosen piercer knows what they’re doing.
  • You will need to abstain from sex for at least 6 weeks. In some cases this period can last for months.
  • While this piercing is partially made to enhance pleasure for the wearer’s partner keep in mind that it can be very uncomfortable for female partners during vaginal sex. Oral sex can also be uncomfortable due to the length of the jewelry.
  • It is possible to stretch your Ampallang piercing, but you need to wait until it’s fully healed.
  • If you have a transurethral Ampallang, keep in mind that it can divert the flow of urine. It may make you sit down to urinate.
  • Keep in mind that this piercing always leaves a tube of scar tissue, even if jewelry is removed and piercing is healed.

What if You Lose Jewelry Parts?

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Body jewelry should be quality-made to ensure your safety. In other words, cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials can pose a great danger to your health. Nickel allergies, infection, migration and rejection are just some of the problems you may encounter with low-quality jewelry.

However, that’s not all. Cheap jewelry is usually poorly made. It means that it’s not crafted properly. Chances are that parts of the jewelry will bend, break or simply fall out. This is yet another reason why you should stay away from cheap jewelry.

On the other hand, some well-made jewelry can also give you headache. Beads, balls, charms and other jewelry parts tend to get lost from time to time. You need to know what to do in a situation when you lose part of your jewelry.

Lost Jewelry Parts

Good jewelry is made to be secure, but there is always a risk that it may become loose. This is particularly true for removable elements, such as beads, balls, charms and gems. In fact, your jewelry doesn’t even have to be loose or low-quality to lose a bead – unfortunately, beads and balls are often lost by the owner in the process of removing and changing jewelry.

If this happens to you, do not panic! There are ways to go to remedy this problem, but you need to work quickly because piercings without jewelry can close up quickly.

The most commonly lost jewelry parts include:

  • Beads on Captive Jewelry
  • Balls on Barbells
  • Gems (of all kinds)
  • Charms
  • O-Rings (for ear plugs and flesh tunnels)
  • Shafts

Keep in mind that this problem happens relatively often, so you should not panic. There are ways to remedy this situation and to even save your jewelry piece.

Beads on Captive Jewelry

Captive jewelry beads are probably the most commonly lost jewelry pieces. It comes with the territory: captive beads are held in place by the opposing sides of jewelry, but they are not screwed nor permanently attached in a different way to the jewelry. This makes them easy to lose, especially during the process of removing and changing jewelry.

Beads are integral parts of Captive Bead Rings, but many other jewelry types use them, too. For example, Captive Barbells have removable rings with beads that can be lost. However, in this case losing a bead is not so bad since the main part of the jewelry is barbell and it will stay inside your piercing.

Since beads are so easy to lose, it’s always recommended to have a spare bead or two in your jewelry collection. These replacement beads are very handy so you should always have some at your disposal.

Balls on Barbells

Another commonly lost jewelry part is the ball on a barbell or another threaded jewelry piece (such as a Screwball Ring). These balls are more difficult to lose than beads on Captive Bead Rings, because they are screwed. However, accidents happen so you should not count on never losing a ball on your barbell.

Without a ball, the barbell will likely fall out at the slightest body movement. Again, this is why it’s important to have at least some replacement balls in your collection. They are handy for all the situations in which you can lose your original ball.

Lost Gems

High-quality jewelry is made in such a way that it’s difficult to lose a gem or another decoration. Unlike cheap jewelry pieces, gems on well-crafted jewelry are not simply glued. They are hand-set so they will hold.

However, in an unlikely event that a gem falls out, there are several options. If the gem is just a part of a ball or a bead and the ball (bead) is still in, this is a mere aesthetic problem. Your jewelry will not fall out, so don’t worry about it. However, if you lose a bead, you should get another one, even if it’s just a plain bead without a gem.

To make your jewelry as good as new, you can order special replacement beads and balls with gems. This way, you will be able to use your jewelry again and it will look as good as new.

Charms

Charms are usually not an essential parts of jewelry, so losing them will usually not make it impossible to wear the jewelry. Charms are made to enhance the beauty of your jewelry and to be eye-catching, but they are not part of the main mechanism.

If you lose a charm on your jewelry piece, this is usually just an aesthetic problem. Your jewelry will still be wearable. In order to make jewelry beautiful again, you can always order a new charm for it.

O-Rings

O-Rings are integral parts of many ear plugs, ear tunnels and earlets. Some jewelry types made for stretched earlobes are smooth so they require O-Rings to keep them in place. It means that the jewelry will fall out without an O-Ring, which can pose a huge problem.

Luckily, O-Rings are cheap and easy to replace. If you like jewelry made for stretched earlobes, make sure to always have some replacement O-rings in case you lose your original ones.

Lost Shafts

There is another, less frequent (but by all means not impossible) accident: you might lose your barbell’s shaft or a shaft on another jewelry piece. It is not a common occurrence, but it can happen.

In this situation, make sure to replace the whole barbell and order some replacement shafts for your jewelry. It’s important to replace jewelry as soon as possible so the piercing won’t close. At the same time, it’s possible to save your jewelry if you order a replacement shaft to fit with the original balls you already have.

Additional Tips

Here are some handy tips on how to prevent to lose parts of your jewelry or what to do if it happens:

  • Give your barbell beads and gems a little twist every few days to ensure they are tight.
  • Check your Captive Bead Rings regularly to make sure the bead holds snugly in place.
  • In case you lose your complete jewelry or if jewelry falls out of the piercing, make sure to insert a new jewelry piece immediately. It will prevent your piercing from shrinking.
  • Some temporary solutions when a ball or a bead falls out: you might want to put a piece of a chewing gum on the end of the jewelry to seal it. Some people use a tape for the same purpose. These might be a quick, short-term solutions, but keep in mind that they are not safe nor hygienic. They will cause infections and other problems, so they should be used only for a very short period of time (a few hours at most). For example, if you lose a bead when you are outside the home and want to keep your jewelry in until you go back home to replace your jewelry. However, do not use these solutions for anything longer because it will bring more harm than good!
  • Oral piercings are tricky, because once you lose a bead or another part of the jewelry, there is a danger that you might swallow your jewelry by an accident. If you swallow a bead or a ball, it’s usually not so much of a problem, since they are small and smooth. However, if you swallow a threaded shaft of a barbell, now that can pose a problem. It might not to, but you don’t want to risk it.
  • In case this happens, and especially if you experience signs such as gagging, choking or if you can’t breathe, make sure to seek medical help immediately. Same goes for other signs, such as pain in the abdomen, fever, bleeding or vomiting. These are all serious signs and you should take them seriously. Make sure to seek medical help immediately.

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.

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.

Additional Tips for Choosing Tongue Jewelry

Tongue JewelryTongue piercing is very popular so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces made for this piercing type. When choosing good tongue jewelry, however, there are certain things to keep in mind.

Your chosen jewelry piece should not only be elegant and effective. It should also be appropriately sized and made of body-friendly materials. In fact, these things are more important than the looks, so it’s something you need to focus on when choosing your tongue jewelry.

Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to:

Tongue Jewelry Sizes

While there are many different tongue jewelry sizes and designs to choose from, there are some standard sizes you will probably use. Keep in mind that tongue piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, which means it’s probably the jewelry size you will need.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of the jewelry. Since tongue jewelry typically uses straight barbells, the length of the jewelry will be the length of the barbell between the balls. Typically, initial tongue jewelry will be a 7/8 inch straight barbell. It will be later changed to a smaller barbell. The initial barbell has to be longer to account for swelling.

Once the swelling is gone you should get your proper tongue jewelry. Typical tongue jewelry will be a straight barbell 5/8 inches in length.

However, keep in mind that this is just a standard side. A lot will depend on your individual anatomy. For example, you might need to keep 7/8 inch long barbell, or you may opt for a different length.

It’s also possible that you will get pierced with a needle that is not 14 gauge. In this case, you will need jewelry of an appropriate gauge. It’s always vital to know the gauge you are pierced with because this is the only way to choose the right jewelry.

Tongue Jewelry Materials

Another important thing to keep in mind are jewelry materials. There are many cheap jewelry pieces offered out there, often made of dubious materials. While it’s always important to use jewelry made only of high-quality, body-friendly materials, it becomes even more vital when it comes to oral piercings.

Why? Oral piercings are inside your mouth and they come in contact with the inside of your body, so it’s absolutely vital to use only medical-grade and safe body jewelry. This is non-negotiable. You need body-friendly jewelry materials for your tongue piercing.

Luckily, there are many good materials for your tongue piercing to choose from, but you need to know where to look. Some of the best tongue materials include:

  • Surgical Steel
  • Titanium
  • Gold

When choosing jewelry made of these materials, however, make sure they are all made of medical-grade materials and not their cheaper variants. For example, steel should never be stainless steel. You need to use Surgical Steel, preferably the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel.

When it comes to titanium, this is generally a safe material, but it’s best to stick to the high-quality, medical-grade titanium for your tongue piercing.

Finally, if you choose jewelry made of gold, make sure that the gold chosen is body-friendly. Stay away from any gold containing nickel. Nickel is very dangerous and can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is always dangerous but it’s even more alarming in the case of tongue piercings.

When to Change Jewelry?

Another thing to keep in mind is the healing period. It’s very important to know when it’s safe to change your tongue jewelry. If you violate these tips you are risking infections and other problems.

Generally speaking, you will want to change your tongue jewelry at least once or twice. The first time is shortly after getting it done. Chances are that your initial jewelry will be longer, to account for swelling. You should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell once the initial healing is over. It’s always best to ask your piercer to do this for you.

After this, you should wait until your piercing is fully healed to change the jewelry again. Once your piercing is healed you can change your tongue jewelry whenever you want.

Clitoral Piercing

Clitoral PiercingClitoral piercing is a form of female genital piercing. It is a very rare piercing and it depends a lot on person’s individual anatomy. Do not confuse this piercing with more common clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing). Unlike VCH, clitoral piercing goes through clitoris itself. It is a more complicated and serious form of body modification. However, nothing prevents you from getting this type of piercing if you want it and if you are anatomically suited for it.

Placement and Difference to Other Piercings

One of the most important things to know about clitoral piercing is that it’s a piercing done on clitoris itself. It may seem obvious: yes, clitoral piercing is a piercing done on clitoris. However, the situation is not as simple as it sounds. There are many common piercings done in the same area so it’s important to understand the difference between them and clitoral piercing.

The most common piercings done on this body part are clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing) and HCH (horizontal clitoral hood piercing). These piercings are done in the same area as clitoral piercing, but they pierce a different type of tissue. Namely, VCH and HCH pierce only the thin clitoral hood and do not go through clitoris itself.

These piercings are done much quicker and they are less complicated than a clitoral piercing. They are also much more common than a clitoral piercing. In fact, when one talks about “clitoral piercing”, chances are that they mean on clitoral hood piercing.

Clitoral piercings are rarer, but they exist and can be done if a person is anatomically suited for it. Keep in mind that most women are not suited for this type of piercing because their clitoris is fully covered by the hood. To be a good candidate for clitoral piercing, you need to have a large enough clitoris with a protruding head and your clitoral hood has to be loose enough to accommodate jewelry.

If in doubt, consult your piercer to see if you are a good candidate for clitoral piercing. It’s important to choose a piercer who know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that this is a rare piercing so it’s not something your average piercer will know about.

Possible Risks

One of the reasons why clitoral piercing is rarely performed is because of the risks. There is a significant danger of nerve damage if the procedure is not done right. Clitoris is full of nerves and very sensitive, so it’s easy to damage it if the piercer does not know what they doing.

If nerve damage occurs, it can not only pose a health problem but may lead to problems when it comes to sexual stimulation. Some women will become desensitized in this area, which will have consequences for her sexual enjoyment. On the other hand, a woman may become overly sensitive, which is very distracting.

For these reasons, it’s very important to understand the risk and to find a truly experienced, reliable piercer. It’s vital that you find someone who is knowledgeable in this exact type of piercing. This is the only way to go if you wish to have such a rare piercing done right.

Being over-sensitive is one of the common ways to describe a clitoral piercing, even if it’s done right. However, if done right, this added sensitivity may be beneficial, especially for women who usually have a problem to reach orgasm or to experience sexual pleasure.

Keep in mind that clitoral piercing can be very sexually stimulating, which is one of the reasons why women decide to have it done.

Procedure and Aftercare

You need to do some research before you get this piercing done. Inform yourself about all the aspects of the procedure and learn everything you can about this piercing. The next step is to find a truly experienced piercer who can get it done. This is the most crucial step. Don’t rush into it. Research piercers and make sure to find a truly experienced one.

Once you have found your piercer, get a consultation. It’s very important to know if you are anatomically suited for this type of piercing. If yes, take some time to discuss the best placement and ask your chosen piercer to explain the whole procedure.

During the procedure, your piercer will have to place clamps on your clitoris. This can be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t be too painful to endure. After clamping and agreeing on the placement, the piercer will use a special piercing needle to create a hole.

When it comes to pain, there is no doubt that his type of piercing is uncomfortable to perform and it proves to be intense for many people. However, the pierced area itself is not so huge so the procedure itself is relatively quick. More than the initial pain one needs to be careful about pain and sensitivity in the following days.

Since this is a very sensitive piercing you should take extra care in the first days and weeks after getting it done. As the piercing heals you will experience less and less discomfort, but it’s vital to perform aftercare instructions carefully. You need to clean your new piercing at least two times per day, using a saline solution. Since it’s located at a very sensitive area you may need to clean it more than twice per day. Make sure to ask about all of these things and to request detailed aftercare instructions from your piercer.

Jewelry

Since clitoris is a very sensitive body part, the jewelry worn has to be smooth enough not to pose discomfort. Keep in mind that one of the main reasons to get clitoral piercing is to increase sensitivity and to enjoy sex more, so your jewelry should accommodate that.

Typical jewelry pieces for clitoral piercings are circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. However, depending on the placement and anatomy you may be able to wear different jewelry types, such as straight barbells or curved barbells.

The most common jewelry size is 16 gauge. This is a gauge most commonly used to perform this type of piercing.