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).

Light vs Heavy Jewelry

Light or Heavy JewelryWearing light or heavy body jewelry is often just a matter of personal style. We all have our likes and dislikes, so our piercings and body jewelry will reflect our style. There is nothing wrong about it – after all, it’s an expression of individuality and personality.

At the same time, it’s worth knowing if there are some pitfalls of wearing heavy (or light!) jewelry. Health is important for preventing infections and other problems, so it’s worth knowing when it’s best to choose jewelry of particular weight.

Quality Jewelry Comes in All Sizes

Quality jewelry comes in all sizes… and weights. It means that a good, well-crafted, quality jewelry piece will be body-friendly regardless of its size. There are certain medical grade materials and other body-friendly materials you should choose if you wish to have quality jewelry, so you know you’re on the safe side.

The rule of thumb is: as long as you stick to body-friendly materials and well-crafted jewelry, it doesn’t really matter what the weight of the piece is. Most of the time, anyway, and for most of the people.

If you are extra sensitive and if you have a certain medical problem that would prompt you to wear jewelry of one type, that’s another thing. You should always wear jewelry of the type that suits your body and that will not endanger your health. Most of the time, however, quality jewelry is made in such a way that can be worn without a problem.

This is yet another reason why you should always wear high-quality jewelry. Cheap jewelry is poorly made and can break easily, so it can lead to numerous problems. Choose quality jewelry and you won’t have to worry about its size or weight, other than your own preferences.

A Difference between Light and Heavy

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding between light and heavy body jewelry. Heavy body jewelry is, well, heavy, which means it will put a pressure on your tissue. This may be uncomfortable or very pleasurable, depending on what you prefer. Some people, for example, love to wear heavy genital jewelry since it enhances the pleasure. Others prefer light pieces you can barely feel they’re there.

Another thing to keep in mind is stretching. Pressure created by heavy jewelry can sometime lead to unwanted stretching, so if you do not wish to stretch your piercing, you might want to stick to lighter pieces.

Comfort is another issue. Heavy jewelry tends to cause more discomfort than light jewelry, though this is not a universal rule. Again, it mostly depends on the design and craftsmanship. As long as you stick to quality jewelry it should be comfortable, even when made of heavy materials.

Finally, it’s important to consider health reasons. You should never wear too heavy pieces as your initial jewelry, because they can slow down the healing process. At the same time, some of the lightest materials (organic or plastic materials) are not suitable for new piercings, so this light jewelry should be avoided. In these situations, it’s best to stick to titanium, since it’s a relatively light metal that’s also medical-grade and completely body safe.

The Materials

Please note that these are just guidelines. It will all depend on the size of the particular jewelry piece.

Light:

Light metal:

  • Titanium

Heavy:

  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (at larger gauges)
  • Gold (at larger gauges)

Heavy organic materials:

It’s important to remember that it’s relative. Even the heaviest materials (such as niobium) are not particularly heavy when jewelry piece is small. In other words, the weight will mostly depend on gauge and the size of the piece.

Are Genital Piercings Right for Me?

Genital PiercingGenital piercings are popular but still often misunderstood form of body modification. There are many piercing enthusiasts who would gladly have many piercings all over their body, save for their genitalia. On the other hand, and as curious as it may sound, there are people who don’t have any piercings – except for genital ones. Obviously, the choice of piercing is a highly personal one and there are no two people who will approach this subject in the identical manner. What is important to know is that genital piercings are popular and if you are interested in them you are definitely not alone.

Is it Right for Me?

Many people wonder if genital piercings are the right choice for them and if piercing such a sensitive area brings unwanted consequences. In a way, this sort of attitude is understandable. After all, genitalia are highly sensitive and people want to keep them as healthy and functional as possible.

On the other hand, it’s important to know that, at the end of the day, these are piercings just like any other. While it’s true genital piercings may seem more extreme or even exotic, the truth is: this is a piercing like any other. Meaning: the same rules apply.

Just like with any other piercing, when deciding to get a genital piercing, it’s important to ask yourself the following things:

  • Would I like to have this sort of piercing?
  • Which particular piercing am I interested in?
  • Will this piercing fit my lifestyle?
  • Am I informed enough to know about the procedure and aftercare?
  • Did I do my research to find a reliable, experienced piercer?

All of these questions are crucial to ask yourself before you decide to get a genital piercing.

Would You Like to Have a Genital Piercing?

This is probably the first and most basic thing to ask yourself. There are many reasons why you might wish to get a genital piercing, just like there are many reasons why you might not want to have one. Think about yourself, your preferences and your desires. Usually, the idea of having a genital piercing doesn’t come to those who absolutely hate the idea. So, let’s just say you are intrigued. Good. This is a great way to go.

Your reasons for wanting to have a genital piercing are your own and you don’t have to explain them to anyone. Some of the most common reasons to get this sort of piercing are aesthetics and functionality. Namely, genital piercing look good but they can also make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner.

Your Choice of Piercing

Once you have decided that genital piercings are for you, it’s important to think about the exact type of a piercing. Chances are that you already have some ideas. After all, people rarely think about wanting to pierce “something down there” – they usually have a pretty good idea on the piercing they want to get.

Before you make a final decision, though, search around. Get informed about all the good and the bad sides of this piercing. It’s also helpful to talk to an experienced piercer. They can give you a lot of advice and help you decide.

Genital Piercing and Your Lifestyle

Chances are that a genital piercing can fit your lifestyle, whatever it may be. In a way, genital piercings are more versatile and suitable for many different lifestyles because they are largely invisible in the workplace and in everyday life. For this reason, it’s often impossible to tell if someone has a genital piercing or not.

To be sure that no aspect of your life will suffer because of a genital piercing, think about any problematic areas. Are you physically active in sports? If in doubt, check with your doctor. What about your partner? What do they think about the idea? Keep in mind that when it comes to a genital piercing it affects your sexual partners. It doesn’t mean that you have to ask for their permission to get this piercing but depending on your partner’s feeling toward it you may need to adapt to new circumstances. For example, if your partner doesn’t like it, you will probably need to remove the jewelry before the intercourse.

Do Your Research

Once you are ready to have a particular genital piercing, it’s time to do a research. Find about the procedure, healing time and aftercare instructions. It’s very important to be informed about these things. It’s also highly advisable to ask your chosen piercer before you make an appointment. It’s vital that you are familiar with all aspects of a procedure.

Also, if you are scared of pain, you may wish to research this aspect of a procedure, too. However, keep in mind that focusing too much on the pain usually makes the whole experience more uncomfortable.

Choose a Good Piercer

The last step before you get a genital piercing is to choose a good piercer. It goes without saying for all types of piercings, but it becomes even more crucial for genital piercings. Since genital piercings are highly specialized, not all piercers can perform them properly. Perhaps your local piercer is not experienced enough with this type of piercings, in which case you will need to search elsewhere. Remember: you are looking not just for a reliable, experienced general piercer but a good piercer who is experienced in the type of a piercing you want to get.

How to Care for Your Genital Piercing: Quick Tips

Genital PiercingHere are some quick tips that will help you care for your genital piercing properly. Keep in mind, however, that each piercing type is unique. Not to mention there is usually a big difference between female genital piercings and male genital piercings, as well as a difference between different body parts (for example, penis piercings vs scrotal piercings).

Also, some genital piercings are too unique and require special care. For example, transscrotal procedures are very complex and require not just a special procedure to perform but they also ask for a dedicated aftercare not true for all other genital piercings.

That being said, here are some general tips all owners of genital piercings should know about. These tips will keep you healthy and help you prevent all of the problems and possible complications associated with genital piercings.

Quick Tips

Here are some basic tips on how to care for your genital piercings in order to avoid problems such as infections, migration and rejection.

  • Focus on aftercare. This is important for any piercing but it becomes vital for genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Ask your piercer to walk you through all the steps and make sure you understand how to perform adequate aftercare.
  • The most important aspect of aftercare is regular cleaning. You need to keep your new piercing clean. It’s best to use a saline solution or a special product made for cleaning new piercings.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, twist or turn your jewelry during the healing process.
  • In fact, try to touch your new genital piercing as little as possible.
  • Make sure to wash your hands before and after piercing cleaning.
  • Chances are that you will have to abstain from sex for some time after getting the piercing done. Stick to this requirement and don’t attempt to have any form of sex before the initial healing is done.
  • When you do have sex with your new piercing on, make sure to use a condom or other similar protection that will prevent sharing of fluids.
  • After sex, make sure to clean your piercing with a saline solution.
  • It’s best to clean the area before urination, at least in the first weeks after getting your piercing done.
  • Do not use public swimming pools until the piercing is healed.
  • It’s best to avoid hot tubs during the initial healing and use showers instead.
  • While healing period is particularly sensitive, keep in mind that you may encounter problems even after your piercing is fully healed.
  • Regularly monitor your piercing for any signs of infection or other problems.
  • If you notice any signs of infection, contact your doctor. Don’t attempt to solve the problem on your own.
  • Typical signs of infection include: redness, swelling, discharge, rash, fever, bad smell and sensitivity to touch. Remember, you don’t need to experience pain with infection, so watch for all suspicious signs. Better safe than sorry!

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.

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.

Genital Piercings – Distinguishing the Facts from Myths

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Genital piercings are not as uncommon as you might think. While it is true that some people are freaked by the mere idea of getting a piercing ‘down there’, there are others who can’t think of anything more exciting and daring. Genital piercings are an expression of individuality and more and more people are now opting for them.

As is the case with anything uncommon, there are many myths attached with both male and female genital piercings. Let’s try and separate some prevalent myths from the facts:

Genital piercings hurt much more – No they don’t! Getting a hole punched in your body is bound to hurt and genital piercings hurt only as much as any other piercing would. Continue reading