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

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  • 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.

Is Ever OK to Wear Unsafe Body Jewelry Materials?

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

With so many different materials around, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the right jewelry. You’ve probably heard about body-safe materials and the importance of choosing them for your body jewelry. It’s crucial that you pick jewelry made of materials that are safe for you to wear. Meaning: materials which don’t cause allergic reactions, infections or other problems.

It’s well-known which materials are body-safe and frequently used for body jewelry: surgical steel, titanium, bio-plastic, and more. However, it’s also important to know when it’s crucial that you wear jewelry made of these materials and when it’s ok to wear other materials. There are certain types of jewelry or parts of jewelry that can safely be made of other materials without compromising your health. This way, even if you are sensitive, you will be able to wear hybrid and composite jewelry pieces made of several materials.

When to Use Safe Materials

Using body jewelry made of body-safe materials is crucial for numerous things, first and foremost, your health. Certain materials are not suitable to be worn as piercing jewelry because they can cause allergic reactions and infections. Of course, it’s important to note here that a material known to cause allergies can still be worn by you if you are not allergic. However, for initial piercings and most piercing jewelry types, using safe materials (surgical steel, titanium) is the best way to go.

What about hybrid jewelry made of several types of materials? Are they ok to wear? The answer will depend on several factors, one of them being your allergic reactions. As a rule of thumb, however, it’s ok to wear composite jewelry made of different materials as long as the “unsafe” material doesn’t go through your piercing and/or it doesn’t touch your skin.

In practice, it means that the part of the jewelry (barbell, captive bead ring, etc.) inserted into the piercing must be made of a body safe material. It’s best to use popular body jewelry materials, such as surgical steel (not stainless steel!) or titanium. Surgical steel is probably the most popular material used for body piercing and it offers numerous advantages. It’s reasonably prices, smooth, durable and easy to clean.

Titanium is another highly-recommended material. It’s hypoallergenic, very strong but light and it can be anodized to make a wide variety of colors (blue, purple, rainbow, etc.) Titanium and surgical steel are ideal for initial piercings and can be used for all types of piercing jewelry.

Some other materials are also good to use. Bio-plastic, for example, is a very flexible and it’s a good choice for initial piercings, particularly facial piercings. Gold is also a good (safe) material, but it’s not recommended for initial piercings and its downside is a high price.

When to Use “Unsafe” Materials

Generally speaking, unsafe materials should never be used for body jewelry. However, it’s still possible to wear jewelry partially made of these materials as long as the material doesn’t go through the piercing hole and as long as it doesn’t touch your body.

A good example of this are various gems and other ornaments worn on the balls of straight or circular barbells. These materials can add color and beauty to jewelry without compromising health because they don’t come in touch with the piercing itself. Same can be said for various chains, pendants and other ornaments made to highlight different body jewelry styles.

One of the most popular materials of this type is Sterling Silver. It’s very beautiful and soft, so it’s suitable for making many elaborate designs and unique patterns. However, Sterling Silver should not be inserted in any part of the body so any jewelry containing this material should have a basis (shaft) made of surgical steel or titanium.

Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have one style they stick to, while others like to experiment. Some people prefer simple body jewelry types while others go for more elaborate, complex designs. There is no right or wrong way to go here.

There are some popular piercing types and body parts many people choose to pierce, and these piercings often require a certain type of jewelry. Within these types, you are free to choose designs you like the most.

Earlobe

Earlobe piercing is the most common body piercing. It’s so common and socially accepted that it’s often not even considered body piercing in “true” sense. There are many types of earrings people like to wear in their earlobes, and the choice of designs and materials is endless. Rings, dangling jewelry types and other forms are popular.

Special type of earlobe piercing is a stretched earlobe piercing, erroneously known as “gauge”. These piercings are stretched to a larger size so a different type of jewelry can be worn in the stretched hole, such as ear plug, earlet, flesh tunnel, tusk, spiral, and others. These jewelry types are often made of organic materials and they can be very effective. The “trick” when choosing jewelry for stretched piercing is to always choose the correct gauge. Wrong size can put a pressure on your piercing and tear your earlobe, which can lead to infections and other problems. Therefore, before choosing a design you like, you need to make sure the jewelry is of a correct gauge and also made of a body-safe material you can wear safely.

Ear Cartilage

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Various types of ear cartilage piercings are also popular. These piercings are suitable for many different jewelry types, so you can choose between rings or barbells, depending on your style. People who have multiple cartilage piercings often like to connect them with the same jewelry piece. The most popular form of this is the industrial piercing, usually connected by a long straight barbell, but there are other possibilities. Some people use spiraled barbells or chains to connect their cartilage piercings. Many jewelry types also incorporate dangling gems or pendants.

Navel

Navel piercing is one of the most popular forms of piercings. Jewelry used for this type of piercing is often known as “belly rings” or “navel rings”, even though the most popular jewelry type for this type of piercing is not a ring but a curved barbell. There are many curved barbell designs to choose from, such as simple surgical steel barbells with spherical balls or more elaborate designs with pendants, gems and other ornaments.

Another popular type of jewelry for this type of piercing is the actual ring. Captive bead rings are popular, but their downside is that they can get caught on clothing. Therefore, they are recommended only for fully healed piercings.

Nose

Certain types of nose piercings are very common. Nostril piercing, for example, is among the most popular forms of piercing. It is a relatively simple piercing and jewelry types used for this piercing are simple but very effective. Many people choose simple studs and nose screws with bright gems on top for nostril piercings. A good thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very understated and easy to hide for work and other occasions: all you need to do is to choose a flesh-colored nose plug or stud. Some people prefer to wear nose rings instead of studs and screws.

Another popular type of nose piercing is septum piercing. It is a bit more complex type of piercing but it’s very effective. There are many different jewelry designs suitable for this type of piercing, such as rings and curved barbells. Depending on the style, a septum piercing jewelry can be simple or bold and more pronounced.

Eyebrow

Another popular piercing location is the eyebrow. Eyebrow piercing can look very beautiful and effective, but the downside is that eyebrow piercing tends to be very sensitive. Remember, eyebrow piercing is basically a surface piercing, which means there’s a relatively high risk of migration and rejection.

Also, this type of piercing has a high risk of becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully and with some consideration. Make sure to pick a body safe jewelry material and a jewelry suitable to be worn in an eyebrow piercing without a problem. Simple barbells look effective and they don’t pose much problems. Rings are another popular choice but you need to be careful not to make them caught on the clothing or hair.

Lips and Tongue

Titanium Micro Labret

Titanium Micro Labret

Many people choose to get their lips and tongue pierced. These piercings are very common but it’s important to be careful because of the sensitive tissue. Also, another risk associated with this type of piercings come from the fact lips and tongue regularly come in contact with food, so it’s another thing to keep in mind.

Generally speaking, lip piercings usually use labrets. This is a perfect jewelry type for this form of piercing. It’s effective but relatively simple and it doesn’t interfere with eating or brushing your teeth. However, labrets are not the only jewelry type used for lip piercings; many people prefer to use rings and other jewelry types.

Tongue piercing is more complex and the healing time is longer, so it requires special attention. Jewelry used for tongue piercing must be made of high-quality, body safe materials because it comes in contact with sensitive tissue.

Genital Piercing

While not as common as other type of body piercings, genital piercing has many proponents. Both men and women choose different types of genital piercings and jewelry types. As a general rule, jewelry worn in a genital piercing must be made of a high quality, body-safe material. Most jewelry types are relatively simple in design and have a smooth surface so they don’t pose a problem while walking or sitting. One advantage of genital piercing is that it can be used to enhance sexual pleasure for both partners.

Is Silver Jewelry Safe?

Silver Star Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Star Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight Barbell

When it comes to body jewelry, material is important. In fact, it’s probably one of the most important things you need to think about. Quality, body-safe materials are crucial because they will make your experience positive. Bad materials can cause various problems, from allergic reactions to infections, so they are best to be avoided.

Most people know about the popular body-safe materials: titanium, surgical steel and gold. These materials are often used to make all types of body jewelry, from barbells and captive bead rings to other types of jewelry.

Silver, on the other hand, doesn’t appear often on those lists. This is a bit strange: after all, silver is a precious (noble) metal and it’s very beautiful. While it’s not as popular or valued as gold, many people love it and want to wear body jewelry made of it.

So, is silver safe to wear?

In short: yes. Silver is a safe metal for body jewelry. This statement comes with a few conditions, though, so make sure you are familiar with them. Read them through before you decide to wear body jewelry made of silver. Most people can wear silver jewelry without a problem but some consideration should be made to ensure the best experience without any negative body reactions.

Generally speaking, silver is a good material to use because it’s precious and jewelry made of it is typically well-crafted. It’s better to use silver jewelry than many cheap types of jewelry made of questionable materials. This jewelry is also more durable than jewelry made of many other types of materials.

Silver, however, may also be the source of an allergy. First of all, there are people allergic to silver. If you are one of those people then silver body jewelry is not for you. Since silver is a common material for jewelry chances are that you know whether you are allergic to it or not.

The other problem associated with some types of silver jewelry is nickel allergy. Some silver alloys contain a certain nickel content so this type of jewelry can sometimes cause an allergy. This is why you should know if you are allergic to nickel (and how your body reacts to it).

Other than this problem, jewelry made of silver, particularly Sterling Silver, is very beautiful and safe to use. However, before you purchase a silver jewelry, make sure that you are not allergic to silver or nickel.

One more thing you can do is to use combined jewelry made of silver and another body safe material such as surgical steel or titanium. This type of jewelry will have parts that go inside your body made of surgical steel, titanium or gold, while the silver part will be the one that’s not touching your skin directly. This is a good, safe choice for those who want to wear silver body jewelry.

Final word of warning: silver is not suitable for new piercings (or damaged piercings) because blood and other bodily fluids will make it oxidize. This will not only turn the jewelry black but it will also release silver salts, which can cause allergies or discoloration of the skin around the piercing.

How to Open a Captive Bead Ring

14K Gold - Captive Bead Rings

14K Gold – Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are among the most popular body jewelry types. They can be used for many different types of piercings and they come in many different sizes. The main design is simple but effective: these rings have a ball made to close the ring and turn it into a full circle.

Types of Captive Bead Rings

There are different types of captive bead rings, depending on the method used to keep the ball in place. There are two common types of captive bead rings: snap fit style and tension style rings. Understanding the main difference between them will make it easier for you to understand how to open them.

  •  Snap Fit Style Rings: they have a completely smooth ball. The body of the ring goes inside the ball. The dimple used to keep the ball in place is located inside of the ball.
  • Tension Style Rings: they have a ball held in place by the tension of the ring. The ball has dimples and the ends of the captive ring fit into them.

Both these styles are made to keep the ball firmly in place so the ring won’t open during use. Tension captive bead rings tend to be more common and somewhat easier to open.

Opening Captive Bead Rings Manually

Happy - Captive Bead Ring

Happy – Captive Bead Ring

Many captive bead rings operate using a simple mechanism to open and close them. You can snap them to remove the bead and then place the bead back and close the ring when you want to close it. This mechanism can often be done manually and without much problem.

You can usually remove the ball by simply holding the ring in one hand and pulling the bead out with the other. To open it, you will also need to twist the ring slightly. To twist the ring, turn your right hand clockwise and your left hand counter clockwise. It does require a bit of practice but it’s usually easy to do.

However, it’s not uncommon for captive bead rings, especially at larger gauges, to be difficult to open. This is when you need to use special tools to open them.

Opening the Ring with Opening Pliers

To open a captive bead ring, you will need a quality ring opening pliers, specially made for this jewelry type.

To open a captive bead ring, slide the ring over the tips of the plier. Make sure that the ring rests on the grooves. Open the pliers gently, until you feel them touch the sides of the ring. Slowly but firmly, force the ring outwards until the ball falls out. This will open the ring so you can handle it (insert it or remove it from your piercing).

Tips

  • When using ring opening pliers, make sure not to squeeze too hard or you will deform the ring.
  • For large gauges, use special pliers made for these gauges.
  • Before handling your body jewelry, make sure to wash your hands and use clean, sanitized tools.
  • In case you have opened the ring too far or if you are changing the ball size, you will need to use ring closing pliers.
  • If you are unsure how to open and close your captive bead ring, practice before you insert it into your piercing.

Top 10 Valentine Day Gifts for Lesbians

Here is a handy list of the best Valentine’s gifts for lesbians. The Chain Gang offers a unique collection of beautiful clit rings, nipple jewelry, belly rings and other body jewelry made for all piercing enthusiasts. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (they expire on February 15th, 2014).

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Antique Owl Nipple RounderThese beautiful nipple rounders make a great gift for all fans of nipple jewelry. Each piece is very cute and detailed, so it truly makes your nipple piercing stand out. Each piece comes with a stainless steel straight barbell (14g). Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – LOVELYOWL14

14K Gold – Spiral

14K Gold - SpiralThis beautiful gold spiral is a great jewelry piece for many types of piercings. It looks particularly great on vertical genital piercing. Each piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold, and it’s available in yellow and white gold.

Double Heart Nipple Stirrup

Double Heart Nipple StirrupThis adorable nipple stirrup will sure make any nipple piercing stand out. The dangle charm consists of two hearts with an arrow that goes through them. This jewelry piece includes a surgical steel straight barbell (14g) for your piercing. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSINLOVE14

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed Ring

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed RingA beautiful and luxurious gold ring with a small flower gem. Ideal for your vertical piercing or many other types of piercings. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available). You may choose the center gem color, as well as the flower petal gem color.

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

Gem Set Heart Nipple RounderAnother great jewelry piece for your nipple piercing. This nipple rounder is made in a shape of a colorful heart and it comes with a surgical steel straight barbell (14g). The heart is made to sparkle. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSOFGEMS1

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Heart Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight BarbellA multi-functional jewelry piece you can use as a nipple chain, horizontal piercing jewelry or another type of piercing jewelry. The heart is made of Sterling Silver and straight barbell is made of titanium, so it’s completely body-safe.

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple Rounder

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple RounderThis is unique nipple rounder that will sure enhance your nipple piercing. The bow and arrow are made of high-quality Sterling Silver while the straight barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSBOW14

Trillion Straight Barbell

Trillion Straight BarbellThis is one of the most beautiful straight barbells in our collection. The Trillion Straight Barbell is a unique gem set piece and it’s ideal for many types of piercings, including eyebrow piercing and horizontal genital piercing. The barbell is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available).

Straight Arrow Straight Barbell

Straight Arrow Straight BarbellA beautiful addition to any piercing, this cute barbell will sure make your piercing stand out. It looks particularly great in a nipple piercing. This beautiful piece is made of surgical steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSARROW14

14K Gold – Gem Ball Ring

14K Gold - Gem Ball RingA beautiful ring with a special gem, suitable for many different types of piercings, including vertical genital piercing. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (available both as yellow or white gold). The gems are genuine hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request Zircons to be replaced with a different type of genuine precious stones.