Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.

Barbells

Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.

Studs

Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so Popular?

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so PopularCaptive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry styles for piercings. In fact, they are so common that they may be considered the most popular jewelry type.

Captive Bead Rings (CBRs) are very versatile so they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. It’s therefore not surprising that they are so common.

In fact, they are so popular that many people equate them with body jewelry of any kind. Ever heard of people talking about navel rings or eyebrow rings? While many people use CBRs for navel, eyebrow and other types of piercings, there are more common jewelry styles appropriate for these piercings. However, all these jewelry styles are often known under a collective name of “rings”. This is, in large part, due to the fact that Captive Bead Rings are so popular.

Captive Bead Rings: Design

Each Captive Bead Ring has a specific design setting it apart from any other jewelry style. A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit.

A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit. This is a pretty standard and recognizable design.

However, this doesn’t mean that CBRs are plain or boring. While the basic design is standard, there are many ways to make a Captive Bead Ring unique and more interesting. In fact, Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and they can be used almost anywhere. There are many different rings to use so it would be incorrect to say that these rings are “ordinary”, despite their huge popularity.

One of the best things about CBRs is how the basic design can be modified and enhanced to produce jewelry of varied styles. Some of the rings are very simple, with a plain bead of the same color as the rest of the ring. Others have beautiful beads done in many different colors and patterns. Some beads include a sparkly gem. Also, some rings include additional decorations, such as charms or chains. All these additions can make for a very decorated jewelry piece that doesn’t resemble a plain-looking Captive Bead Ring.

Popularity of Captive Bead Rings

There are numerous reasons why CBRs are so popular. Here are the most important of them:

  • They are practical. Captive Bead Rings are comfortable and easy to wear. While they take some level of practice to open and close, once you know how to do it they are very easy to use.
  • They are reliable. Captive Bead Rings are among the most reliable body jewelry types. They are not easy to get snagged on clothing and they typically don’t pose much problem for long-term wear. It makes them a very good choice for body jewelry.
  • They are versatile. CBRs can be used for almost any piercing type. Almost any piercing can accommodate a Captive Bead Ring, starting from simple earlobe piercings to some genital piercings.
  • They are beautiful. As described above, CBRs can be decorated in many different ways to achieve different looks and styles. The basic design is not a limit so there are many different styles to choose from. As a jewelry type, Captive Bead Rings are very elegant, starting from the simple, plain-looking ones to the richly ornamented pieces.
  • They are a classic. Simply put, a CBR is a classic jewelry piece used for so many piercings and in so many situations. It is not surprising that people always go back to this foolproof design.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Segment and Seamless rings are a good alternative to classic Captive Bead Rings.

They are mostly used in the same way as CBRs are, and for the same piercing types, but they are designed a bit differently, which gives them some advantage to typical Captive Bead Rings.

Segment Rings

Unlike Captive Bead Rings, segment rings don’t have a bead. Instead, they have a removable segment. This segment is tightly pressed to the rest of the ring to make a perfect round shape when the ring is closed. Segment rings tend to be more elegant than Captive Bead Rings, since they offer a more seamless look.

To open a segment ring, simply hold the ring with the segment at the top. Push the segment gently to one side to open the ring slightly and force the segment out. Typically, opening a segment ring is easy, but closing it can be a bit tricky. To put the segment back, put one of its ends in the ring and push the segment in toward the end of the ring while pulling the other side out. It requires some practice but you will soon learn how to do it properly. Always be careful in order to preserve the ring’s shape and to prevent damages to the ring.

Keep in mind: you should never simply pull the segment straight out of the ring without opening the ring slightly first. It may cause the ring to lose its shape and functionality.

Seamless Rings

Seamless rings go even further. They do not have a ball or a separate segment of any kind. Instead, all they have is a split in the ring. This split is so sharp and thin that it’s not easily visible, which gives the ring a perfect seamless design. This is a very elegant choice so it’s not surprising that seamless rings are so highly praised for their beauty.

One great thing about seamless rings is that you can easily slip in and out of your piercing. No beads to worry about. There is no risk that you’ll lose an integral part of a ring since the whole ring is made in one piece!

How to open and close a seamless ring? The only correct way to do it is to twist them open and closed. It means that you have to pick different your ring with both hands near the split and twist the ends in the opposing directions to open the ring. Do the opposite to close it: simply squeeze the rings sides together.

One word of warning: if you open and close these rings incorrectly you can stretch them, which will make the opening wider. This may make the ring lose its original shape or even to become unusable in some cases. Opening and closing seamless rings with pliers is not recommended, since they can damage the ring’s perfect shape. They are great for Captive Bead Rings and segment rings, though.

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

One word at the end: there is nothing wrong with Captive Bead Rings. In fact, they are beautiful, comfortable and very practical in many situations. There is a reason why they are the most popular body piercing ring type and why so many users choose them as body jewelry.

The problem is, CBRs have a bead that is not attached to the ring. It means it can fall off easily and there goes your beautiful ring. Of course, you may always use a replacement bead (in fact, that is highly recommended to do), but if you don’t want to worry about beads at all, get a ring without a bead.

Another thing is that CBRs can be very difficult to open and close. While some of these issues are present with segment rings, different designs allow for different opening and closing dynamics, which some users appreciate.

Finally, segment and seamless rings have a more seamless design and they tend to be perfectly round. This may look more elegant than a standard ring with a bead, so some people prefer these rings because of their aesthetics. And not just aesthetics: in some cases, having a perfectly smooth jewelry piece is exactly what you need (for example, if you have a highly sensitive piercing such as a genital piercing).

Nipple Piercing Information and Tips

Nipple PiercingNipple piercings are popular for both men and women. While they are not the most common type of piercing a person can get, they are sure among the most popular intimate piercings.

Nipple piercings are known to be painful but with the right procedure the pain doesn’t last long and you can enjoy your new piercing for years.

Placement and Procedure

Nipple piercings are done on the base of the nipple, where the nipple meets areola. It’s very important to pierce only the nipple but not areola, or else you can experience numerous problems, such as infection, migration and rejection.

In order to ensure a good experience and a proper nipple piercing, it’s important to choose a knowledgeable and experienced piercer. Make sure to pick a reliable piercing studio and a person who knows what they’re doing. Nipple piercings are a bit complex so you need someone who has plenty of experience performing this type of piercing.

There are several ways to perform this piercing: clamping and freehand. The choice will generally depend on your piercer and your anatomy.

Nipple piercings generally do not have harmful side-effects. However, it’s important to ensure proper placement and correct procedure in order to have a good nipple piercing.

Jewelry

There are many jewelry pieces you can use for nipple piercing. A lot will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy.

Typically, a straight barbell is used for nipple piercings, though many people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Another choice may be a circular barbell, though this is a rarer option.

Whatever jewelry type you choose, keep in mind that it has to be properly fitted. Initially, you will want to get a bit longer jewelry that will account for swelling. This jewelry should be replaced after the swelling is gone.

It’s vital to make sure that jewelry is not too short. If it’s short, it will dig up into the nipple or areola, which is a recipe for trouble. A too long of a barbell or too big of a ring can easily get caught on clothes so that’s another situation you want to avoid.

Make sure to always use body-friendly jewelry. It has to be made of safe materials in order to prevent problems such as infections, migration or rejection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips and info about nipple piercings:

  • Most people can have their nipples pierced, but it’s always important to consult your chosen piercer before you book an appointment.
  • It doesn’t matter which side you get pierced. It will depend on your preferences and desired effect. Of course, you can always pierce both of your nipples.
  • You can have more than one piercing on your nipple, which can create interesting effects when you insert your jewelry.
  • The most common type of a nipple piercing is a horizontal one, but you can have your piercing oriented in any way you like. Vertical and diagonal nipple piercings are other common variants.
  • Nipple piercings are usually done in 16 gauge (or larger) for women and 14 gauge (or larger) for men.
  • Nipple piercings are sensitive and take a while to heal properly. It takes about 3-4 months for men and around 6 months or longer for women. You can experience tenderness during this time, which is normal, but if the problem persist you need to consult your doctor.
  • Nipple piercings can do wonders for inverted nipples. They will typically keep your nipple erect so it will improve the visual image of your nipples.
  • Nipple piercings can be very erotic. They not only look great but can also provide sexual pleasure and amazing sensations.
  • Generally speaking, a nipple piercing does not prevent breastfeeding. However, it’s always important to remove jewelry before breastfeeding to prevent the baby from swallowing the jewelry or hurting their mouth.

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.

Different Types of Rings

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Titanium “Small Gap” Screwball Ring

There are many different types of rings used as body jewelry. In fact, rings are among the most popular jewelry types. They are elegant, practical and can be used for many different piercings. It’s therefore not surprising that so many people choose rings for their piercings.

There are several popular types of rings used for body piercing jewelry. All of them share certain similarities, but there are also notable differences you should know about.

Ring Jewelry

Typically, rings are circle jewelry pieces that can be used for many different piercing types. Rings are often used for earrings, but you may use them for almost any piercing, from nose and lip piercings to nipple and genital piercings.

Rings are usually round in shape, though other variations are also possible. They are closed on one end so they make a full circle. Rings are simple yet elegant, and they can be decorated in many different ways. Depending on the placement of the decoration, rings can be used for both vertical and horizontal piercings. Rings are practical jewelry pieces you can use for many different piercing types.

The most popular rings types are:

  • Captive Bead Rings
  • Screwball Rings
  • Fixed Rings
  • Seamless and Segment Rings
  • D-Rings

All of these ring types are similar in many ways, but they also have some differences. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can be sure which type of ring is the best choice for you.

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are the most popular ring types. They are also known as captive hoops or captive ball rings. These rings are typically circular in shape and have a small opening. This opening is closed by a bead. The bead is typically larger than the opening so the ring can be closed securely.

To open such a ring, you need to pop the bead out. To do it easily, it’s best to use special Ring Opening Pliers. To close the ring and ensure that it keeps its shape, use Ring Closing Pliers.

Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and are widely used for many different piercings. Their beads can be decorated in many different ways. Many of them include gems and charms. Some Captive Bead Rings come with dangles.

Captive Bead Rings are elegant and versatile, but they have one disadvantage: you can lose the bead if you are not careful. In extreme cases, especially if you don’t use proper pliers to open and close the ring, the bead may even fall out on its own. This is why it’s always good to have some Replacement Beads ready if you wish to use Captive Bead Rings.

Screwball Rings

Screwball Rings look a lot like Captive Bead Rings and they are typically used in the same way. The main difference is that their beads are threaded and can be screwed onto the ring. It means that it’s more difficult to lose the bead.

Fixed Rings

Fixed Rings resemble Captive Bead Rings in design, but their bead is permanently attached to the ring. It makes it even less likely to lose the bead. Another advantage to fixed rings is that the bead, gem or a charm will always be pointed at the same direction. It won’t spin around so it will always point at the right direction.

Seamless and Segment Rings

Seamless and Segment Rings do not have a bead. Instead, they are made in a perfect circular shape. They are made to be seamless, so it’s often difficult to note the point where they open. It makes for a more elegant design.

Segment rings are made of several segments that are made to fit perfectly into each other and together make an elegant circular shape. To open and close the ring, you need to take the segment out and put it back in place when you’re done.

These rings tend to look more elegant because of their seamless design. Since they don’t have a bead, they are also more comfortable to wear, which is ideal for certain types of piercings where beads can prove to be a nuisance.

To open and close these rings, you need to twist two ends in the opposite direction. Another way to open them is to bend the ends in the opposite direction. While segments are made to fit nicely into each other, there is always a danger that you may lose one of the segments, so you need to be careful when handling your rings.

D-Rings

D-Rings are unique due to their shape. Instead of being round, these rings have more of a D shape. It makes them sit closer to the skin, which proves to be more comfortable. It makes D-rings ideal for certain types of piercings, such as eyebrow piercings or nipple piercings, as well as certain genital piercings.

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.

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.

GUIDE – PA Piercing and Recommended Jewelry

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Men who wish to get a Prince Albert piercing should not worry about the available jewelry. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for this type of piercing, even the stretched PA piercing. Largely due to the fact that the jewelry used is often multi-functional, it can be used for other jewelry types as well. It’s important to note that PA piercings are usually done at a relatively large starting size. Typically, the starting gauge is 10g, though there are some piercers who recommend starting at 8 g. These two sizes are the most common ones, so men who have this size of Prince Albert piercing can easily find great jewelry to go with it. One of the main reasons that PA piercing is never done at small sizes (16g, 14g or even 12g) is that the jewelry is too thin and can easily cut through sensitive tissue (the unpleasant and dangerous “cheese cutter effect”. This is why larger needles are used to perform this type of piercing and this is why it’s important to wear jewelry that’s thick enough so it won’t be rejected easily and it won’t hurt the tissue.

The good news is that PA jewelry is in many ways multi-functional, so you don’t have to go with any specialized Prince Albert jewelry pieces. This makes it much easier for you to get the best jewelry, regardless of the piercing size. Finding jewelry you like and that fits you is not a problem for people with PA piercing. What can be tricky, is to find jewelry that suits you best when it comes to comfort and sexual satisfaction. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for PA piercing. The most popular are curved barbells (you can get them in all sizes and they look impressive when inserted), circular barbells, captive bead rings and segment rings. Most curved barbells used for PA piercing are 7/8 of an inch in length. This jewelry style is made so that one ball of the curved barbell sits at the urethral opening, while the other is on the lower side of the penis. Curved barbells are recommended because they don’t move around during wear, so they prove to be very comfortable. However, a lot will depend on your anatomy and preference, so you may find other jewelry types more comfortable. One note about sex: while there are many men who choose PA piercing for aesthetic purposes or any other non-sexual reason, there are many who want to use their Prince Albert piercing to enhance sexual pleasure for both them and their partner. The choice of jewelry in this case is crucial, because it helps both the wearer and his partner enjoy sex more (or less, if the jewelry is not chosen wisely).

Stretching and Jewelry

Preventing rejection and the “cheese cutter effect” is also the reason why it’s not recommended to start stretching your piercing aggressively even if it’s fully healed. While it goes without saying that any stretching requires your piercing to be fully healed, a special attention should be taken in this case. Go slowly and never stretch for more than one size at a time. Wait until it’s fully healed to go to the next size. Another good news is that penis piercing stretching is done relatively easily. The tissue itself is elastic and you can even observe some form of auto-stretching (albeit, a mild form of it), especially at larger sizes. You need to take heavy jewelry for a continuous period of time for this effect to show, but it can make stretching to the next size much easier (to the point of simply putting bigger jewelry without any problems). Also, it’s important to know when to stop and what’s the most appropriate size for your PA piercing.

Many people stretch their piercings to 6g, 2g, 0g or even further, but that’s a matter of preference. Whatever your choice may be, you will be able to find the appropriate jewelry for it. Jewelry choices are the same, only made in larger sizes. It means you can wear curved barbells or captive bead rings at the sizes of 6g, 4g, and more. There are many titanium curved barbells made specifically for PA piercing. Surgical Steel is another popular choice for jewelry material. One thing to keep in mind: while it’s easy to find appropriate jewelry for your stretched Prince Albert piercing, large, heavy jewelry might prove to be uncomfortable. This is why you need to check if this type of jewelry is something you enjoy wearing. If you experience pain or if it gets uncomfortable, it’s advisable to use lighter jewelry pieces or to downgrade your PA to a smaller size.