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.

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’s Day Gifts for Gay Men

We present you a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for gay men. Body jewelry, adult toys and other items, all made for true fans of piercings and sex toys. The Chain Gang offers a huge collection of all body jewelry types, as well as some unique adult toys. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (you may use them before February 15th, 2014).

Happy – Captive Bead Ring

Happy - Captive Bead RingThis unique captive bead ring is suitable for many different types of piercings, including genital piercings. The rings has a special charm made of 316LVM Surgical Steel that will sure attract attention. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HAPPYVALENTINESDAY1

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis is one of the best rings in our collection, specially made to be luxurious, sturdy and practical. It’s great for many different types of piercings, including PA piercing. The ring comes apart in 2 halves so it’s easy to insert it in your piercing.

Thor’s Cock Ring and Anal Hammer

Thor's Cock Ring and Anal HammerAn excellent combination of a cock ring and an anal plug, this item is made to stimulate various erogenous spots at once. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, this excellent sex toy is made to be easily inserted and sanitized. A perfect combination of an anal intruder and a metal cock ring. Special Valentine’s Day Code: 10% OFF. Code – HAMMERMEUP

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved Barbells

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved BarbellsA great jewelry piece for those who prefer titanium jewelry. This curved barbell can be used for many different piercing types, including PA piercing. There are many different barbell and gem colors to choose from.

The Sound of Pleasure

The Sound of PleasureA fantastic sound ideal for all fans of urethral massage. This sound is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel of amazing quality. The item is ribbed so it stays in place and provides additional stimulation during use. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – PLEASEME2

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Donut Ball Stretcher WeightOne of the best ball stretchers you’ll ever find: this excellent, 2-piece donut weights are made for the best results and excellent comfort. It will contour smoothly with your body and provide the best stretching results. Available in several inside diameters for the best fit.

The “Stay Put” Shower Nozzle Hose Attachment

The A fantastic shower nozzle hose attachment for those who like to have some fun in the shower. The attachment is specially designed to stay put when inserted, and it has holes on the tip for the most exciting water experience. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – GETSTEAMY

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound Kit

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound KitA perfect collection of urethral sounds made for all fans of urethral stimulation. The kit contains 14 different sounds, so you can choose a perfect size for any game you want to play. The sounds are flat on one end so you can hold them easily. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, these sounds are body-safe and easily sanitized.

Long Stemmed Rose

Long Stemmed RoseA perfect item for teasing, foreplay and some sensual massage. This rose has a long stem so it can reach deep inside and a huge, bulbous head for the most intense experience. This anal intruder is a great toy for all fans of deep anal stimulation. It’s a perfect, long stemmed Valentine Rose made for pleasure. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – 12DOZENROSES

Rainbow Triple Cock Ring

Rainbow Triple Cock RingA sturdy and powerful cock ring made for experiencing many different sensations. This sex toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. You can put both your cock and balls through the largest ring, the second largest one is made for cock and the smallest one for ball stimulation.

Mysterium Saw Blade Snap in Bead Ring

 

Mysterium Saw Blade Snap in Bead Ring

Mysterium Saw Blade Snap in Bead Ring

The Mysterium Saw Blade Snap in Bead Ring will make you piercing look sharp and incredibly easy to deal with. The beads are spring loaded so they are not hard to get in an out of the ring. They just pop in place. This piece has a Surgical Steel core with a PVD coating to give the ring the black coloring which is permanent. This is a very tough looking ring to add to your jewelry collection.

Pure 14K Gold Body Jewelry at TheChaingang – Captive Rings

 

14K Gold - Captive Bead Rings

14K Gold – Captive Bead Rings

TheChainGang body jewelry brings to you the very best in pure 14K gold jewelry that is also nickel free. Now we offer 14K Gold – Captive Rings available in sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 3/4″ and with an option to choose from 14K Yellow or White gold.

If you love 14k gold but desire something more unique than the average Gold Captives with Solid Gold Balls, then this is the perfect piercing ring for you. This exquisite 14k gold piercing ring is totally Nickel Free and created with the highest quality gold available.

This type of rings are multi-functional and very practical. These rings bring with it the confidence of a highly experienced and trusted company in body jewelry industry for over 14 years now.

You can enjoy the ring, read more about it’s features and buy it now here:
14K Gold – Captive Rings listed under the Captive Bead Ring section of The Chain Gang Body Jewelry

Captive Bead Rings – Most Popular Body Jewelry

Blackline Gem Set Captive Bead Rings

Blackline Gem Set Captive Bead Rings

In Body Piercing, many people use Captive Bead Rings to fill their pierced holes. Captive Bead Rings are available in a variety of metals such as 14K Gold, Surgical Steel, Acrylic, and Titanium, just to name a few. All of these metals can be used safely in your piercings unless you have an allergy of course. Continue reading