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.

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.

Condoms and Piercings

CondomsOne of the main concerns people have about genital piercings is whether they can damage condoms or not. Or, rather, if it’s possible to wear a condom if you have a piercing. This is a good question. Safe sex is important so it’s vital to know if your body piercing can cause condoms to break.

The good news is that for the most part, you don’t have to worry. Condoms can be used even if you have a piercing. However, it’s important to follow some precautions.

Will Condoms Break?

The unfortunate things about condoms is that they break from time to time. It’s not always the user’s fault, but it’s important to know how to decrease the chance of condoms breaking.

Body jewelry typically used for genital piercings cannot make condoms break on their own. It’s due to the shape of jewelry made for genital piercings. Since comfort is important for piercings placed on the penis and other parts of genitalia, the jewelry used is typically smooth and without rough edges. It means that it can fit inside a condom easily without causing any damages to the condom. The sex can then proceed normally without a problem.

It means that you don’t have to worry. Condoms will not break due to body jewelry made for genital piercings. While accidents may happen here and there, the experiences of many people prove that condoms are safe to be used with genital piercings.

In fact, condoms are recommended in some cases. This is particularly true for new piercings at the early stages of healing. A new piercing is basically an open wound, so it’s recommended to use condoms during sexual activities. Condoms will not only prevent sharing of bodily fluids, which is increased with new piercings, but will also protect the piercing itself from being hurt or damaged.

It is important to take a good care of your new piercing in the early stages of healing in order to prevent infections and other problems, so condoms can help with that.

Advice on Using Condoms with Piercings

Here are some tips on how to ensure that condoms don’t break if you use them with genital piercings:

  • Make sure to always use smooth jewelry without rough edges. It is the most important thing to ensure safety.
  • The jewelry has to fit nicely under the condom. It shouldn’t be too loose and it shouldn’t move under the condom.
  • It’s best if the jewelry is not made in a very small gauge. Small gauge jewelry tends to be sharper and can damage condoms more than large gauge jewelry. The good news is that genital piercings typically don’t use jewelry of the smallest gauge.
  • Experiment with different types of condoms until you find the ones that fit you perfectly.
  • Complicated jewelry or decorated jewelry is best to be avoided while wearing a condom.
  • Same jewelry rules apply for any body part that comes in contact with the condom. If you engage in oral sex, make sure to wear only smooth tongue and lip jewelry. Women should also wear smooth jewelry pieces in their genital piercings to avoid damaging their partner’s condom during intercourse.
  • If you are scared that your jewelry may damage condoms, you may consider removing it during intercourse. Make sure to put jewelry back after sex because genital piercings tend to close quickly.

Dermal Piercings

Dermal PiercingDermal piercings are those piercings performed on the flat surfaces of the body. They differ from surface piercings because they have only one hole seen on the skin. While a typical piercing has an entry hole and an exit hole, dermal piercings have just one hole that can be seen on the surface of the skin. This produces a very unique visual effect and allows for many creative placements for the jewelry.

About Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are gaining more and more popularity. These specialized piercing types are like no others. They have only one hole on the surface of the skin, and only one hole for the jewelry. The other end of the jewelry is neatly placed within the dermal layer of the skin. This is how this type of piercing got its name.

What makes dermal piercings particularly attractive is the visual image they create. A person wearing dermal jewelry has beads forming on top of the skin. The beads can be positioned in many different ways, so there’s enough room for experimentation with this piercing type.

Dermal Piercing Benefits

This unusual piercing type brings numerous benefits, especially compared to surface piercings. Dermal piercings can be positioned on almost any flat surface of the skin, even the ones that are hard to pierce.

Another advantage to dermal piercings is that they are longer lasting than surface piercings. Unlike surface piercings, which are only made through the surface of the skin, dermal piercings use jewelry that is anchored under the skin. It makes these piercings less prone to migration and rejection.

Finally, dermal piercings are great because they allow you to be creative. Typically, a person won’t get only one dermal piercing. Dermal piercings are done in pairs or groups. Depending on the placement, you can create numerous interesting patterns so it’s a great choice for those who wish to be creative.

Most Common Placements

Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any surface of the skin to achieve many different piercing options. However, the most popular placements include:

  • Around eyes (all areas)
  • On the ear
  • On the face (all areas)
  • On the fingers
  • On the neck
  • On the wrist
  • On the lower back

The Procedure

The procedure is not particularly complicated but you need to visit an experienced piercer. There are two common methods for performing dermal piercings: with a needle and with a dermal punch.

The needle method resembles any other piercing procedure. The main difference is that during the procedure, the piercer creates an L-shaped pouch on the skin instead of a simple hole. The pouch is made to hold the base and anchor of the piercing. The jewelry base is inserted carefully, typically using forceps. At the end, the jewelry top (a bead or another decoration) is fixed to the base.

The punch method is similar to the needle one, but the main difference is in the way the pouch is made. Here, the tissue is removed to make the pouch for the jewelry base. While this process is said to be less painful, it is also more prone to problems so it’s banned in many places.

Aftercare

Dermal Piercings require their own aftercare, though you will find it’s not so different than with the regular piercing. Keep in mind that a clean dressing is placed over the pierced area for the first several hours, and some people may even use bandages. It all helps with the healing process.

To take care of your dermal piercing, clean it with salt solution or a specialized cleaning product. The easiest way to go is to take a clean paper towel to pat the area around piercing. Use another towel to dry the area after cleaning.

Keep in mind that most dermal piercings take about 3 months to heal, so it’s important to keep this aftercare routine in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry type for dermal piercings is dermal anchor. Dermal anchors are specially designed for this piercing type and they are made in such a way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Dermal anchors are placed under the skin. They typically have holes so the tissue can grow through them. It anchors the jewelry under the skin so it’s less likely to migrate or cause other problems. Of course, in order for this to work safely, a dermal anchor has to be made of a medical-grade material.

The base of the dermal anchor goes under the skin, while the top stays out of the skin. This is where the decoration (such as a bead, or a gem) is attached. This way, only the decoration is seen on the surface of the skin.

Dermal anchors typically use simple yet effective beads. Some beads have a gem on top while others are decorated in bright colors and interesting patterns. While the anchor stays under the skin, you can change the bead to give your dermal piercing a new look.

How to Clean Your Jewelry Depending on the Material

clean jewelry You sure want to keep your body jewelry shiny and in a perfect shape. To achieve this, it’s important to take a good care of it and to clean it regularly. The type of appropriate care and cleaning instructions will depend on the material.

Different materials (surgical steel, titanium, gold, organic materials, etc.) require different care and cleaning instructions you should follow.

Surgical Steel

Surgical Steel is a high-quality steel that’s safe for body use. Unlike stainless steel, it doesn’t cause allergies and other problems. It should be noted that some people can wear stainless steel jewelry without a problem, so you shouldn’t completely forget about stainless steel if you don’t have allergies. However, surgical steel is a superior material and it’s much safer for body use.

This is why it’s strongly advisable to purchase body jewelry and sex toys made of surgical steel. Chances are that you have at least several jewelry pieces made of this material. Another advantage to this material is that it can easily be cleaned and maintained.

To keep your surgical steel jewelry in a perfect shape, all you need to do is to wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to leave your jewelry to fully dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it for later use.

Titanium

Titanium is a premium material and it’s ideal for body jewelry. It is completely body safe so it’s great for people for allergies. Another great advantage to titanium is that it’s lightweight. On average, steel jewelry is twice as heavy as titanium jewelry. This is very important for larger jewelry pieces or jewelry worn in stretched piercings (the so-called “gauges”). Plus, titanium comes in many different colors (there are even multi-colored pieces), so it’s very fun to wear. It’s true that it costs a bit more than steel jewelry but it’s worth it.

To keep your titanium jewelry in perfect shape, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and a warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Make sure not to use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry – it can damage it.

One word of warning: colored titanium jewelry may fade after a while, especially if used for oral piercings. This is not dangerous and it will not damage your jewelry or hurt you in any way.

Gold

Gold jewelry is beautiful, elegant and classy. However, keep in mind that 14k gold is the most appropriate for body jewelry. Also, certain gold types contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions. This is why it’s advisable to only use body jewelry made of nickel-free gold.

To take care of your gold jewelry, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. It’s important to only use mild soap. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals on your gold jewelry. Gold jewelry can appear worn out after a while so gently buff it to make it regain its original shine.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is beautiful, but it should never be worn in new piercings. It’s also important to wear silver jewelry only if you’re not allergic to it.

To clean body jewelry made of sterling silver, use antibacterial soap with warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or harsh chemicals on your silver jewelry. Keep in mind that silver can tarnish over time (turn brown). To give it back its former shine, lightly buff it and it will be as good as new.

Acrylic

Acrylic jewelry is great because it’s very lightweight. Another advantage is that you can wear it in situations where metal jewelry is not recommended. The downside is that it can be used only for healed piercings (this goes for stretched piercings, too – never use it for newly stretched piercings). Also, acrylic jewelry is not the best material for oral piercings.

To take care of your acrylic jewelry, gently wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Never clean your acrylic jewelry with alcohol or other harsh chemicals.

When handling acrylic jewelry, you have to be careful. This is a gentle material that can easily break if it’s handled harshly. Also, it can warp on high temperatures so never leave it in direct sunlight.

Silicone

Silicone is body safe and lightweight, so it makes a good body jewelry material, especially for situations where wearing metal jewelry is not recommended.

To clean your silicone jewelry, make sure to use mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals because they can damage silicone material and ruin your jewelry.

Niobium

Niobium is a beautiful metal that’s completely body safe. While it’s a bit heavier than steel it’s a good alternative because it doesn’t cause allergies. Another advantage to niobium is that it can be colored, so there are many different colors available for your body jewelry.

To clean your niobium jewelry, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it.

PVD Coated Jewelry

PVD coated steel or titanium jewelry requires a bit of extra care. It’s important to keep the PVD coating intact, so it’s important never to use any harsh chemicals (such as alcohol) on the PVD coated jewelry. Stick to antibacterial soap and warm jewelry. It’s important to take care of your jewelry to prevent PVD coating from chipping.

Organic Jewelry

Cleaning organic jewelry will depend on the material (wood, stone, horn, glass, etc.) Keep in mind that this jewelry is made only for healed piercings. Organic jewelry is sensitive to extreme conditions (sun, warmth, water, etc.) so it’s best to store it in dark and cool place.

Wood: To keep your wood jewelry in a great condition, make sure to oil it with natural plant oil about once per week. Never get your wood jewelry wet for a long period of time. It’s best to remove it before swimming or showering. It’s also advisable to sand your wood jewelry with sandpaper and polish it afterwards (it’s best to polish your jewelry with a soft cloth).

Stone: Stone is best cleaned using a warm water and a bit of mild soap. Make sure to dry it before use or storing. Stone jewelry can break if you drop it, so make sure to handle it with care.

Buffalo horn and bone: It’s important to clean the jewelry before use. Clean it quickly with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry it straight away. To make your jewelry last for longer, lightly oil it with coconut oil about once per week – it will prevent cracking. Polish your jewelry from time to time with a soft cloth to keep it in a great condition. It’s also recommended to take horn and bone jewelry out before swimming or showering. You should not get it wet!

Glass: Glass jewelry can be cleaned with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to let it dry before use or storing. Glass jewelry can break if you drop it so handle it with care.

Understanding Gem Placements

Gem Specifications

Gem Specifications

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers many different jewelry types and styles. Whatever your needs and preferences may be, you will be able to find numerous options for all jewelry types, be it navel piercing, tongue piercing, nipple piercing, stretched earlobe piercing, and more. You will also be able to choose between numerous elegant designs specially made for genital piercings.

Because the offer is so varied, it’s important to understand the product descriptions and the options you can get with your jewelry type. Pay attention to product images: they often reveal variations in barbell colors, gem colors, and more. The description will often state the available gauges and different styles you can choose from.

To get that perfect jewelry piece, you need to understand the different gem placement options, as well as gem color descriptions used. Generally speaking, a gem (or another decoration) can be top set, bottom set or a dangle. The top set gem is usually referred to as the “top”, depending on the type of setting (bezel top, princess top, etc.) The bottom set gem is usually referred to as the “main gem”. A navel jewelry piece can have dangles attached to the main barbell (dangle chains, gems or other decorations). If such a dangle decoration has a gem, it’s referred to as the “dangle gem”.

Belly jewelry pieces with multiple gems often have these gems in a formation. The most common formation is a flower. In this case, there are two types of gems: main gem (referring to the central gem) and petal gems (gems surrounding the central one). While the main and petal gems can be of the same color most jewelry pieces have them in different colors. Keep in mind that terms “main” and “petal” are used even if the formation is not a flower. Regardless of the type of the figure (formation), the central gem will be referred to as the main and the surrounding gem or gems as petals. In case of alternating stones without a circular formation of any sort, one color is considered a main gem and the other one petal gem.

This is important to know when choosing gem colors for your piece, because many navel pieces are available in many different gem colors for both main and petal gems.

Customization

However, that’s not all. You may be able to get a customized jewelry piece that will match your preferences perfectly. When it comes to gold belly pieces, the possibilities are endless, so chances are that you can get a customized piece a bit different than what’s described or shown on the photo.

Top and Bottom set decoration

Top and Bottom set decorationFor example:

For example:

  • In many cases, you can choose the type of gem you want in your piercings. Many gold jewelry pieces come with an option of a customized gem. There are many different genuine gems to choose from, so you should contact us about details and your preferred gems.
  • Yellow and white gold. Keep in mind that most of our 14k nickel-free gold jewelry pieces come both in yellow and white gold variations.
  • Gem placement. Each jewelry piece has a default positioning for the gem or another type of decoration (top set or bottom set). The great thing about these gold pieces is that they are usually available either way at no additional charge. That’s right: if you really like a jewelry piece but you don’t like the bottom set decoration, chances are that you will be able to get it with a top set decoration. Simply email us to get the details on how to order it.

Smiley Piercing

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

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

What is a Smiley Piercing?

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

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

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

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

Jewelry

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

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

Additional Information

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

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

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

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

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

Belly (navel) piercing is among the most popular types of piercings. Luckily, it also means there are enough quality, body-safe jewelry pieces you can find. Belly jewelry comes in many different styles, materials and sizes, so you’ll sure be able to find something you truly like.

Choosing Safe Jewelry

The large number of different belly jewelry pieces also means that there are many subpar jewelry products you can find. You can buy belly jewelry almost anywhere: at a mall, or even on the streets. More often than not, these jewelry pieces are of poor quality and can endanger your health.

To keep yourself safe, it’s important to stick to reliable stores and only use jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to keep yourself safe and healthy. It also means you will have to pay a bit more than for that cheap jewelry piece you can find at a mall, but trust us, it’s a money well-spent. You don’t want to endanger your health, risk allergies (or worse conditions), experience infections and inflammation, or have your piercing rejected, just to save a few bucks. At the same time, you don’t really have to spend a fortune on a quality jewelry piece. There are many reasonably priced but still high-quality products you can find. What is important is to stay away from the cheap pieces (cheap both in price and craft).

Navel Piercing Tips

To keep yourself on the safe side and to keep your belly piercing clean, you need to stick to a few rules. Here are the basic navel piercing tips to follow:

  • Wait until your belly piercing is fully healed to change your jewelry. It’s true that most initial piercing jewelry pieces are very plain and simple, but there’s a reason for it. It’s understandable that you want to try different jewelry styles, but patience is important here. You need to wait for your new belly piercing to completely heal before you can try new jewelry. Remember, it can take as long as 9 months for your belly piercing to heal completely. In the most cases, it’s safe to change jewelry after 4-6 months, but keep in mind that healing time is individual.
  • Make sure to protect your belly jewelry from being snagged on clothing during healing time. Use an eye patch or hard plastic and secure it over your belly to protect both the piercing and jewelry.
  • Most common belly jewelry pieces are 3/8 inches long, but there are many other sizes to choose from. When picking the best belly jewelry for yourself, make sure that it’s not too small. Short navel jewelry can irritate the skin and it opens the door to infections and inflammation.
  • Always pick lightweight belly jewelry pieces. Heavy jewelry can make your skin sore and it can stretch your piercing even if you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention that heavy jewelry can make a problem when moving or changing clothes. If you really love heavy jewelry, don’t wear it for a long period of time. Never sleep with heavy belly jewelry.
  • Be careful with overly complicated jewelry pieces. There are many gorgeous belly curved barbells with lots of gems and dangles, and it’s understandable you might want to wear them in special situations. However, these jewelry pieces are best not to be worn every day. They can get caught on clothes. Also, these jewelry pieces are there to be shown, so wear them only when you want to have your belly shown.
  • People with the so-called “outie” belly button can have a true navel piercing, where the navel itself is pierced (as the opposite of just the skin above or under it). These people can also wear unique jewelry pieces in their belly piercing.

Important Notes about Nickel Allergy

NNickel allergy is pretty common. It’s often caused by your jewelry, including body jewelry. Many people are sensitive to nickel that can be found in many metals. This is why body jewelry containing nickel is not considered body-safe. While there are many people who are not affected by nickel, this allergy is very common so it’s important to choose only nickel-free jewelry.

Symptoms of Nickel Allergy

Nickel allergy has several common symptoms so it’s usually easy to recognize it. It can manifest as itching, swelling, flaking, soreness or inflammation. It’s usually easy to recognize the allergy because it appears when you wear jewelry (or other types of metal accessories, such as watches). Your skin will change the color and you will experience other symptoms of allergy.

This is your body’s response to various metal alloys (first and foremost, nickel) used in many metal jewelry pieces. Many metal jewelry pieces, especially ones of the lower quality, contain nickel or other alloys. These alloys can cause allergies.

In most cases, allergies are mild, but it doesn’t mean they should not be avoided. Also, it’s important to know that there are people with a serious nickel allergy. For this reason, it’s important to wear only body-safe, nickel-free jewelry.

Safe Jewelry

Body jewelry should be made of a safe material that doesn’t cause allergies. To avoid nickel allergy, you need to wear nickel-free body jewelry. There are many nickel-free materials you can use. The most popular of them all is titanium.

Titanium is a premium body jewelry material that doesn’t cause allergies. There are many beautiful titanium body jewelry pierces to choose from. Titanium jewelry comes in many different colors so it’s very effective while being completely body safe.

Another choice is high-quality Surgical Steel. It’s very important to use only jewelry made of the best Surgical Steel that’s approved for body use.

When it comes to gold, it’s vital to stick to nickel-free gold. Always check the label on your jewelry or ask your jeweler about the gold used for the jewelry. Gold often contains nickel as an alloy, so it’s vital to use only nickel-free gold jewelry.

Another good way to go to avoid nickel jewelry is to use organic body jewelry pieces. This type of jewelry is made of organic materials such as glass, wood, horn, bone or stone. These materials don’t contain nickel. However, to be on the safe side, make sure that your chosen organic material is body-safe so it doesn’t cause another type of allergy.

Choosing high-quality, body-safe jewelry is the best way to avoid nickel allergy. This is why it’s important to purchase your jewelry at reliable stores. You don’t have to pay a fortune for your body jewelry but you shouldn’t go cheap either. Cheap, low-quality jewelry is made of inferior materials and can cause numerous problems, including nickel allergy.