Rook Piercing

Rook PiercingRook piercing is one of the most popular ear piercing types. It is a form of cartilage piercing. A Rook piercing is made on the antihelix of the ear and it looks very stylish and attractive. Both men and women enjoy this type of piercing and elegant jewelry they can wear with it.

Rook piercing got its name after the man who popularized it, Erik Dakota. He named this piercing after a shortened version of his first name. This piercing became popular in the 1990s. Many people today choose this piercing as one of their favorite ear cartilage piercings.

The Placement

Rook piercing has a precise placement on the ear cartilage. The hole is made on the antihelix of the ear, just above the tragus. It is done on the fold of the cartilage between the inner and outer conch. The piercing thus lies on the ridge between the inner and outer conch of the ear.

With this placement, Rook jewelry is made to go from the underside all the way to the top of this ridge. It makes Rook special and unique compared to many other ear cartilage piercings. Many cartilage piercings are made to go from a front surface of the ear to the back surface. Rook piercing, on the other hand, goes from bottom to the top.

Procedure and Aftercare

The procedure is not complicated and it’s similar to other ear cartilage piercings. Just like any cartilage piercing, the procedure itself is not complicated but it has to be done carefully. Ear cartilage is sensitive so it’s important that your piercer is experienced with this type of piercing.

Before the procedure, it’s important to agree on the chosen placement. Keep in mind that the nature of the piercing makes it difficult to see the entrance and exit holes. You should trust your piercer on the best location. This is why you should choose the best piercer who is experienced and knowledgeable. It’s the only way to ensure satisfaction.

After marking the spots, the piercer will push a hollow needle through the cartilage. Sometimes, clamps are used for the procedure, but this is not common. The procedure itself is typically done quickly.

Typically, a 16 gauge or 14 gauge needle is used, but you may request to be pierced with a large gauge needle.

After the hole is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry into your new piercing and instruct you on the aftercare.

The aftercare is similar to general aftercare for ear cartilage piercings. You should clean your new Rook piercing with a saline solution two times a day. You should perform this cleaning for at least two months after getting your Rook piercing done.

When performing aftercare, make sure not to over-wash the area. Also, never use any cleaners or other harsh chemicals that are not recommended for piercings. Use either a saline solution or special cleaning products made for piercing aftercare.

During aftercare, make sure not to touch your piercing often. Never turn or twist your jewelry! Do not manipulate or touch your piercing at all, except when you clean it.

Jewelry

Rook piercings can accommodate many different jewelry types. However, since this area is relatively small, typical jewelry will be small in size.

The most common jewelry type for Rook piercings is Captive Bead Ring. This is what most people wear with their healed piercings. However, piercers recommend that initial jewelry should be a curved barbell. Many people decide to wear curved barbells even in their healed piercings, so this jewelry type is another popular choice for Rook piercings.

Why curved barbells as initial jewelry and not Captive Bead Rings? Curved barbells have less curvature, which means a reduced strain on the healing fistula. With a curved barbell, healing is quicker and goes with fewer problems.

Keep in mind that Rook piercing is not really suitable for changing jewelry too often. This is why it’s important to be satisfied with the jewelry you buy for it because chances are that you will wear it for a long time.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A Rook piercing is also known as a piercing of the anti-helix of the ear.
  • Rook piercing takes about 12 to 18 months to fully heal, with primary healing lasting for about 6 months.
  • As with any other piercing, the pain is subjective. Some people describe Rook piercing as very painful, while others say it didn’t hurt more compared to other ear cartilage piercings. It’s important to note that ear cartilage on this spot is sensitive so keep this in mind if you wish to get a Rook piercing.
  • When cleaning your piercing, make sure to use warm (but not hot) water. Warm water will encourage the blood flow to the area and aid in the healing process. On the other hand, you don’t want water to be too hot.
  • Since the area is more tucked into the ear than with other cartilage piercings, Rook piercing is less susceptible to damage due to bumping or pressing against it. It makes it a bit less susceptible to problems and infections due to external damage.
  • Make sure not to hurt your piercing during initial stages of healing. Keep hair away from your ear and don’t sleep on the newly pierced ear. Same goes for using a telephone: don’t press your phone on the newly pierced ear. When changing clothes, pay close attention not to tug the jewelry with your clothes.
  • Do not change your jewelry for at least 8 weeks after the procedure. This is the time of initial healing and your piercing should be left alone.
  • Since the area is very small and difficult to reach, you might need assistance to insert and remove jewelry from your Rook piercing.
  • Not everyone’s anatomy allows for a Rook piercing. In case you have a poorly defined ridge in this area, it’s best not to have a Rook piercing. If you’re in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you are suited for this type of piercing.
  • Rook piercings tend to cause soreness, and may be prone to migration and rejection. However, most of these problems come from improper placement and poorly done procedure. Another cause may be the fact that you are not anatomically fit to have this piercing. These are the reasons why choosing a good piercer is so important. Problems with a Rook piercing may be caused by inadequate aftercare, so make sure to follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.
  • Rook piercings are generally not suitable for stretching. In case you wish to stretch your Rook piercing, you need to consult your piercer for proper advice. Keep in mind that cartilage piercings typically cannot be stretched to really large gauges.

Choosing the Best Nose Jewelry Piece for Yourself

Nose Jewelry PieceNose piercings, particularly nostril piercings (and, to a lesser extent, septum piercing) are very common piercing types. It means there are many people who choose this type of piercing for themselves. It can be as simple as a fashion statement and wanting to make yourself more stylish. Or it can be more extreme, especially in cases of stretched piercings.

Whatever your reasons may be, it’s important to keep in mind that jewelry is one of the most important things about your piercing. While it’s vital to keep your piercing clean and problem-free, the crucial thing about any piercing is jewelry.

In order to attract the most attention and use your nose piercing to the fullest, you need to know how to choose the right jewelry and how to take care of your nose jewelry pieces.

Nose Jewelry

There are many different nose jewelry pieces you can use. In part, this will depend on the type of nose piercing you have. Some jewelry types are specially made for certain piercings. For example, nostril piercing has special styles to go with them, such as NoseBones, nostril screws, fishtails or L-bars.

However, nose piercings can also use many generalized jewelry styles. Captive Bead Rings, circular barbells or even curved barbells and straight barbells can be worn in certain piercings. It all depends on your style and what you want to achieve. When it comes to septum piercing, it can use tusks and other similar jewelry types.

As you can see, nose jewelry is very varied and you don’t have to limit yourself to specialized pieces made for nose piercings only.

How to Choose the Best Jewelry

Once you get your nose piercing and once it’s healed, you can start thinking about many different jewelry styles to go with it. Some people don’t like to change jewelry often and prefer to find that one perfect jewelry piece and wear it all the time. This is a good way to go if you don’t like to change your jewelry, but you don’t have to limit yourself to one jewelry piece or one style.

Your chosen jewelry should be something comfortable, beautiful and something you like to wear. It’s important that your jewelry doesn’t hurt you or harm you in any way. This is why it’s important to find a perfect fit. Never insert any jewelry that is larger or smaller in gauge than the gauge you are pierced with. This is a recipe for a disaster.

Other than that, it’s important to choose jewelry that will suit your style. Think about your outfits and general fashion sense. What kind of nose jewelry would go with it? You may prefer elegant and discreet jewelry pieces. Or you might opt for something large and bold. Whatever you choose, it’s important to be comfortable with it and to like to wear it.

Remember, you are not limited to only one jewelry piece or just one style. It’s best to have several jewelry pieces you can wear in many different situations. You can have an “everyday” jewelry piece you can wear over and over again, and then some more decorative and more stylish jewelry pieces ideal for special occasions.

The choice is yours. It’s important to choose something that truly expresses who you are. Your nose jewelry should be comfortable and to suit your style, whatever it may be.

Large Gauge Jewelry Materials

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Large gauge jewelry is typically used for stretched piercings. The most common type of a stretched piercing is stretched earlobe, but there are many other piercings that can be stretched with a great success (septum piercing, nipple piercing and various types of genital piercings, among the others).

All these stretched piercings require large gauge jewelry. This type of jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials used for large gauge jewelry are popular materials used for other types of body jewelry, such as Surgical Steel, gold or titanium. On the other hand, large gauge jewelry can also be made of many other materials, first and foremost, numerous organic materials. This is what makes large gauge jewelry truly stylish and unique.

Metals

Large gauge jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials are common body jewelry materials often used for other types of jewelry. The most common ones are popular body-friendly and medical-grade materials, such as 316LVM Surgical Steel or titanium. These materials are safe, durable and make a great choice for any body jewelry pieces, regardless of gauge.

If you like these metal jewelry pieces, you may choose between numerous large gauge Surgical Steel or titanium rings. Some of these rings are popular Captive Bead Rings, though you may choose other ring types, such as Screwball rings or Seamless rings.

Gold is another popular jewelry material. Gold jewelry can be made in any gauge, so you will find many large gauge gold pieces. When choosing gold jewelry, it’s important to make sure that the gold used is safe. It means it should not contain any harmful alloys, such as nickel. Nickel allergy is a serious problem so it’s important to use only nickel-free gold.

Organic Materials

Apart from popular body jewelry materials, large gauge jewelry has the advantage of using numerous exotic and organic materials. Some materials are too delicate to be used for small-gauge jewelry. With large gauges, however, there is no danger that the material would break. This is why there are so many materials used for large gauge jewelry only.

Organic materials are particularly popular for stretched piercing jewelry. Materials such as wood, stone, bone and horn or glass look wonderful in stretched piercings. These materials are carefully shaped to make large gauge jewelry for your stretched earlobes or another stretched jewelry types.

One advantage of these materials is that they allow the skin to breathe much better than with metal or acrylic. Another advantage are all those unique, organic colors and patterns you get with organic jewelry pieces. Since this type of jewelry is organic, each piece is truly unique and one of a kind.

One note about organic jewelry: it is very effective and beautiful, but it should be used for healed piercings only. This is why you should wait a bit after stretching to use them. Make sure that your stretched piercing is completely healed and infection-free before inserting any organic jewelry piece.

Additional Tips

  • In case you are unsure about jewelry size you have, use a gauge wheel. Gauge wheels are handy tools for measuring your jewelry so you can always choose jewelry of the appropriate size for your stretched piercing. When in doubt, use a gauge wheel so you won’t make a mistake and wear jewelry that doesn’t fit.
  • Organic materials are often porous, which means they make a good place for various bacteria. This is why it’s so important that your piercing is fully healed and stretched properly before you use any organic jewelry pieces.
  • In case you notice any redness, itching, infection, migration or rejection, do not ignore it. Take your jewelry out and replace it with a jewelry piece you’ve worn without a problem. If the problem persist, consult your doctor. You might need to retire a piercing or go back to a smaller gauge, but it’s a small price to pay. You should never allow for a piercing to get infected even if it means that you wouldn’t be able to wear your favorite jewelry piece.
  • Some materials are heavier than the others. Keep this in mind when ordering your large gauge jewelry. For example, Surgical Steel is heavier than titanium. Titanium, gold and all the metals are heavier than organic materials. Some organic materials (stone, glass) tend to be heavier than the others (wood, horn). In some cases, this size and weight can be an advantage (for example, for some genital piercing types). In other situations, heavy jewelry might pose a problem. This is why you should choose materials carefully and pick the one that weights just how you need it.
  • In case you have a stretched genital piercing but your partner doesn’t appreciate heavy jewelry, you may remove your jewelry during intercourse. Make sure to insert your jewelry after intercourse because genital piercings tend to heal very quickly so chances are that you’ll have a lot of problems inserting jewelry after a while. This is a common problem with penis piercings.

Clitoral Piercing

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

Placement and Difference to Other Piercings

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

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

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

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

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

Possible Risks

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

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

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

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

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

Procedure and Aftercare

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

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

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

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

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

Jewelry

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

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

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

Popular Nose Piercings

Nose Piercing TypesNose piercings are among the most common piercing types in the world. Their best advantage is that they are both very stylish and relatively discreet. This way, you can wear your nose jewelry almost in any situation and with any outfit.

Of course, some nose piercing types are more extravagant than the others. Same goes for nose jewelry: while there are relatively simple, small and discreet nose jewelry pieces, there are also those that are heavier and richly ornamented. The thing is: nose piercings are so popular chances are that you will find jewelry type you like a lot and want to wear.

Your chosen jewelry will depend on your preferences and style, but also your nose piercing type. There are some very common and popular nose piercings, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those. You may wish to experiment with unusual placements or some less known nose piercing types.

Generally speaking, the most common and popular nose piercing types are:

  • Nostil piercing
  • Septum piercing

More unusual but still popular nose piercings are:

  • High nostril piercing
  • Rhino piercing
  • Bridge piercing
  • Nasallang

The Classic: Nostril and Septum Piercing

Nostril and septum piercings are the most common nose jewelry piercings. At the same time, nostril piercing is much more popular than septum piercing. In fact, nostril piercing is among the top 10 most popular piercings in the world.

This piercing is done on right or left nostril, though there are many people who have both of their nostrils pierced or have multiple nostril piercings in the same nostril. This type of piercing is easy to perform and it usually doesn’t cause problems.

Jewelry is very varied. You may choose between nose bones, nose screws, fish tails and L bars, just to name a few jewelry types unique to nostril piercings.

Septum piercing is another popular option, even though it’s rarer than nostril piercing. One reason why septum piercing is not as popular as nostril piercing is because it appears more extreme and complicated.

In reality, this type of piercing is relatively easy to perform. While it looks like the piercing goes through nose cartilage, it actually doesn’t pierce cartilage at all. Septum piercing is done on a thin tissue inside the nose that stands in front of cartilage. This way, only a very thin tissue is pierced so septum piercing is not complicated at all and it’s not painful.

It’s still very effective, though. With a septum piercing, you will definitely be noticed. Typical jewelry used for this type of piercing are circular barbells, though some people prefect Captive Bead Rings. You may also use tusks and other similar jewelry types for this piercing.

High Nostril Piercing

This piercing is a variation of a nostril piercing. It’s done on the point where the bone on the nostril ends. You may also choose between left and right placement, or you may choose to do both.

While it may seem a bit tricky, this is actually a very easy piercing to perform. It usually doesn’t cause much problems and it’s not particularly painful. It’s a great way to try something new and to be unique without going for a complex, painful piercing.

Jewelry for this piercing is similar to regular nostril jewelry and includes nose screws, nose bones, L-shapes and fish tails.

Rhino Piercing

Rhino piercing has many names. It’s also known as vertical nose piercing, vertical nose tip piercing or nose tip piercing. The name “rhino” comes from the fact that it resembles a rhinoceros, especially if you wear spiked jewelry.

This piercing goes along the length on the tip of the nose, though it’s also possible to choose a deeper placement. It is a very effective and unique piercing so be prepared: it will attract attention.

This piercing type goes through nose cartilage, which makes it more painful and difficult to perform. However, a skilled, experienced piercer should not have a problem with it. However, you need to find a piercer who is knowledgeable with this piercing type.

The most common jewelry worn with this piercing is a straight barbell.

Bridge Piercing

Bridge piercing, also known as “Earl” is a piercing done on the bridge of the nose. While it may seem that it pierces cartilage it actually doesn’t: the only thing that is pierced is the tine skin on the bridge of your nose. It means this piercing is not particularly painful nor difficult to perform.

This is a relatively simple piercing, but it may cause discomfort at first, especially if you wear glasses. It is a surface piercing so it’s prone to migration and rejection.

Typical jewelry worn in a bridge piercing is a curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people may be able to wear straight barbells, but it’s rare. There are even people who opt for Captive Bead Rings, but it’s an unconventional choice.

Nasallang

Nasallang is a horizontal nose piercing that goes all the way through the nose. This way, you get a left nostril piercing, a right nostril piercing and a septum piercing all in one. The name of this piercing is similar to Ampallang, a horizontal penis piercing. It’s clear why: in both cases, a piercing is performed horizontally through the whole length of a body part.

Nasallang is a complex piercing so it’s important to find a truly knowledgeable piercer experienced in performing this type of piercing. It’s vital that you chose a person who knows their job because you don’t want to damage any structure inside your nose.

Common jewelry for a nasallang piercing is a long straight barbell or an industrial barbell.

D – Rings

Surgical Steel D Ring

Surgical Steel D Ring

D- Rings are specially designed jewelry pieces that are not just striking in looks, but also offer some advantages to the wearer. They are particularly suitable for eyebrow and nipple piercings, or whenever you need your jewelry to rest comfortably against the skin.

The Design

Rings make some of the most popular body jewelry pieces. The most popular rings are Captive Bead Rings, but more and more people move to other ring types these days. The reason? While considered classic, Captive Bead Rings offer certain disadvantages. The beads often fall out and the rings themselves are often difficult to open and close, so you need to use special ring opening and ring closing pliers.

Not to mention that Captive Bead Rings are round, which is suitable for certain piercing types, but not the others. In some cases, you want the ring to rest nicely against the skin, without moving unnecessarily.

This is where D Rings come in handy. The D Rings are specially designed to offer all the practicality of Captive Bead Rings, with some added advantages. The D Rings are ideal for many piercing types and they are known for their comfort.

What makes these rings special is that they are not round. Rather, the body of the ring is elongated so it resembles letter D. It has a straight portion and then it curves into the D shape. This gives the ring unique and eye catching design. There are many different rings and gems that can be used as the main ball or decoration for the ring, so D-Rings come in all sizes and styles.

The Advantages of D-Rings

D-Rings offer several notable advantages:

  • They are comfortable. D-Rings offer a better comfort than the traditional round rings because their body lies against the skin without moving. These rings have a flat top, which keeps the ball away from your piercing. Accidental rotations are less likely to happen than with traditional rings. Many people report that D-Rings are so comfortable it almost feels like you’re not wearing any jewelry.
  • They are secure. The ring is made to rest against the skin without much moving. This makes the wearer safe. Also, the ring rests lower so there’s less chance of accidental tugging or pulling the ring. This is very important if you want to use these rings for some sensitive body parts (nipples, for example).
  • They are great for many piercing types. While many other jewelry types, such as barbells or Captive Bead Rings can be used for many different piercings, D-Rings are truly an example of ideal jewelry for certain piercing types. Eyebrow piercings and nipple piercings are great for this type of rings. However, it doesn’t stop there. Many people like to use D-Rings for other piercing types, such as septum piercing or even certain genital piercings.
  • They are unique and beautiful. The D-Rings are simple, yet very striking. These jewelry pieces are truly special so they will draw a lot of attention to your piercing. Even the simplest ones are unique so it will never feel like you are wearing a plain jewelry piece.

Additional Information

  • Since these rings have a straight and a curved portion of the shaft, they can be seen as something between a straight barbell and a typical body jewelry ring.
  • The length of the D-Ring is typically measured along the straight part of the ring, before it starts to curve.
  • Most of the D-Rings are highly polished for your comfort and security.
  • D-Rings are great for new piercings because they are comfortable and they don’t allow the jewelry to rotate much. There is also less chance of accidentally pulling the jewelry.

Tips for Caring for Captive Bead Rings and Barbells

Ring Closing Pliers

Ring Closing Pliers

Quality body jewelry is made to last for a long time, which means it’s designed to be functional. This includes balls on the ends of the barbells or balls used for Captive Bead Rings. However, even the best jewelry can become a bit loose during use, so it’s not a rare situation for beads to become less tight. This is a problem because you might end up losing jewelry balls.

Here are some tips on how to keep your jewelry tight and what to do if you lose beads:

Take Care of Your Jewelry

The first thing you can do is to take care of your jewelry. Inspect your jewelry regularly to make sure balls and beads are holding tight. You may even give barbells a twist to make them hold tighter. When it comes to Captive Bead Rings, check the balls regularly to make sure they are held snugly and won’t come off.

Use Pliers

Another thing you can do is to use special jewelry tools (ring opening pliers and ring closing pliers) to open and close your jewelry rings. This will make them keep their shape, which is important for making them stay tight and in a perfect shape.

Other Jewelry Types: Fixed Rings & Segment Rings

Consider fixed rings and other types of jewelry rings designed to keep the ball, bead or decoration in place. With a fixed ring, the ball (bead, decoration) is fixed to the jewelry, so there is no way that you’ll lose it. Another choice is to use a segment ring. Segment rings are made of several segments that fit perfectly together. They don’t use beads so you won’t have to think about them falling out. These are good alternatives to Captive Bead Rings (or circular and curved barbells, depending on the body part and style), so you may consider using them.

Have Replacement Parts Ready

It’s a good thing to have replacements balls and beads ready in case you lose the originals. This way, even if you lose the beads you will be able to quickly get another one. These replacements beads will sure save you when you’re in trouble and help you keep your piercing. Replacements balls and beads are usually not expensive and they come in packs so there is typically more than one. It means you can use them more than once and more than one jewelry piece. Some replacement parts are plain but there are also more effective ones (even colorful ones) to choose from, so they will definitely not make your piercing less attractive.

Captive Bead Rings vs. Fixed Rings

14K Gold - Bezel Set Ring

14K Gold – Bezel Set Ring

Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular types of body jewelry. They can be found everywhere and they are so widely used they are sometimes considered the “default” body jewelry pieces. Think about simple rings. Chances are that you’ll imagine a captive bead ring whenever someone mentions “rings” in the context of body jewelry.

Fixed Rings, on the other hand, are something not so commonly talked about, even though they are almost as popular as Captive Bead Rings. In fact, some people might not even know what a Fixed Ring is, or how to tell a difference between this jewelry piece and a Captive Bead Ring.

To be able to choose the best jewelry for your unique situation and to always be satisfied with your jewelry pieces, it’s important to know the main properties, differences and similarities between Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings. This is the only way to make the right, informed decision about your purchase.

Common Features and Similarities

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share some common features and similarities. First and foremost, they are both types of rings you can use as your body jewelry. They are typically designed in a form of a hoop with a bead or a different ornament (decoration, charm) in the middle. Most of these rings are circular in shape, but it’s possible to have different types of rings. For example, D-shaped rings tend to be very popular with some people and they bring unique anesthetics and comfort to the wearer. There are also teardrop-shaped and other uniquely shaped rings to choose from.

Typically, however, a ring is almost circular in shape. Each of these rings has some sort of decoration in the middle, usually in the form of a plain, spherical bead. Beads can often vary in sizes to achieve different effects. However, many rings have special decorations or uniquely shaped charms instead of a bead. Some rings have dangles and other forms of decorations attached to the bead. Also, many rings come with gems arranged in beautiful patterns (such as flowers) to make the piece more beautiful.

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share the above mentioned similarities, though Fixed Rings often tend to have more complex charms and beads. Another similarity between the two types of rings is that they are used in many different piercing types and body parts. You can use them almost anywhere, from simple earlobe piercings to nipples, navel piercing and even many of the genital piercing types.

Differences

Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings may share some similarities, but there are also some important differences you need to know about. The differences mainly come from a different way the bead (charm) is attached to the ring and different mechanics to open the ring.

  • Captive Bead Rings have beads (gems, charms) dimpled and held in place by the pressure of the ring. It means that the bead is not fixed to the ring, so it can be popped in and out. This is why it’s important to open and close them carefully so they don’t become too loose. If this happens, the bead may pop out on its own so you may lose it. To open and close Captive Bead Rings properly, it’s best to use ring opening and ring closing pliers.
  • Fixed Rings have a bead (gem, charm) actually attached to one end of the ring. It’s fixed, usually in a form of a setting, so you can’t lose it. Also, these rings are often available in two different styles: with horizontal and vertical beads, to accommodate two types of piercings (vertical and horizontal).

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Monster Screwball Rings

Monster Screwball Rings

Monster Screwball Rings

There is no way that the pictures can not do this piece justice. These are not made from bending the heaviest gauge wire on Earth, they are actually machined from a single block of 316LVM Surgical Steel. And since these are a Screw Ball Rings, you don’t have to be Superman to open them.