How to Clean Your Jewelry Depending on the Material

clean jewelry You sure want to keep your body jewelry shiny and in a perfect shape. To achieve this, it’s important to take a good care of it and to clean it regularly. The type of appropriate care and cleaning instructions will depend on the material.

Different materials (surgical steel, titanium, gold, organic materials, etc.) require different care and cleaning instructions you should follow.

Surgical Steel

Surgical Steel is a high-quality steel that’s safe for body use. Unlike stainless steel, it doesn’t cause allergies and other problems. It should be noted that some people can wear stainless steel jewelry without a problem, so you shouldn’t completely forget about stainless steel if you don’t have allergies. However, surgical steel is a superior material and it’s much safer for body use.

This is why it’s strongly advisable to purchase body jewelry and sex toys made of surgical steel. Chances are that you have at least several jewelry pieces made of this material. Another advantage to this material is that it can easily be cleaned and maintained.

To keep your surgical steel jewelry in a perfect shape, all you need to do is to wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to leave your jewelry to fully dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it for later use.

Titanium

Titanium is a premium material and it’s ideal for body jewelry. It is completely body safe so it’s great for people for allergies. Another great advantage to titanium is that it’s lightweight. On average, steel jewelry is twice as heavy as titanium jewelry. This is very important for larger jewelry pieces or jewelry worn in stretched piercings (the so-called “gauges”). Plus, titanium comes in many different colors (there are even multi-colored pieces), so it’s very fun to wear. It’s true that it costs a bit more than steel jewelry but it’s worth it.

To keep your titanium jewelry in perfect shape, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and a warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Make sure not to use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry – it can damage it.

One word of warning: colored titanium jewelry may fade after a while, especially if used for oral piercings. This is not dangerous and it will not damage your jewelry or hurt you in any way.

Gold

Gold jewelry is beautiful, elegant and classy. However, keep in mind that 14k gold is the most appropriate for body jewelry. Also, certain gold types contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions. This is why it’s advisable to only use body jewelry made of nickel-free gold.

To take care of your gold jewelry, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. It’s important to only use mild soap. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals on your gold jewelry. Gold jewelry can appear worn out after a while so gently buff it to make it regain its original shine.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is beautiful, but it should never be worn in new piercings. It’s also important to wear silver jewelry only if you’re not allergic to it.

To clean body jewelry made of sterling silver, use antibacterial soap with warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or harsh chemicals on your silver jewelry. Keep in mind that silver can tarnish over time (turn brown). To give it back its former shine, lightly buff it and it will be as good as new.

Acrylic

Acrylic jewelry is great because it’s very lightweight. Another advantage is that you can wear it in situations where metal jewelry is not recommended. The downside is that it can be used only for healed piercings (this goes for stretched piercings, too – never use it for newly stretched piercings). Also, acrylic jewelry is not the best material for oral piercings.

To take care of your acrylic jewelry, gently wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Never clean your acrylic jewelry with alcohol or other harsh chemicals.

When handling acrylic jewelry, you have to be careful. This is a gentle material that can easily break if it’s handled harshly. Also, it can warp on high temperatures so never leave it in direct sunlight.

Silicone

Silicone is body safe and lightweight, so it makes a good body jewelry material, especially for situations where wearing metal jewelry is not recommended.

To clean your silicone jewelry, make sure to use mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals because they can damage silicone material and ruin your jewelry.

Niobium

Niobium is a beautiful metal that’s completely body safe. While it’s a bit heavier than steel it’s a good alternative because it doesn’t cause allergies. Another advantage to niobium is that it can be colored, so there are many different colors available for your body jewelry.

To clean your niobium jewelry, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it.

PVD Coated Jewelry

PVD coated steel or titanium jewelry requires a bit of extra care. It’s important to keep the PVD coating intact, so it’s important never to use any harsh chemicals (such as alcohol) on the PVD coated jewelry. Stick to antibacterial soap and warm jewelry. It’s important to take care of your jewelry to prevent PVD coating from chipping.

Organic Jewelry

Cleaning organic jewelry will depend on the material (wood, stone, horn, glass, etc.) Keep in mind that this jewelry is made only for healed piercings. Organic jewelry is sensitive to extreme conditions (sun, warmth, water, etc.) so it’s best to store it in dark and cool place.

Wood: To keep your wood jewelry in a great condition, make sure to oil it with natural plant oil about once per week. Never get your wood jewelry wet for a long period of time. It’s best to remove it before swimming or showering. It’s also advisable to sand your wood jewelry with sandpaper and polish it afterwards (it’s best to polish your jewelry with a soft cloth).

Stone: Stone is best cleaned using a warm water and a bit of mild soap. Make sure to dry it before use or storing. Stone jewelry can break if you drop it, so make sure to handle it with care.

Buffalo horn and bone: It’s important to clean the jewelry before use. Clean it quickly with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry it straight away. To make your jewelry last for longer, lightly oil it with coconut oil about once per week – it will prevent cracking. Polish your jewelry from time to time with a soft cloth to keep it in a great condition. It’s also recommended to take horn and bone jewelry out before swimming or showering. You should not get it wet!

Glass: Glass jewelry can be cleaned with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to let it dry before use or storing. Glass jewelry can break if you drop it so handle it with care.

Understanding Gem Placements

Gem Specifications

Gem Specifications

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers many different jewelry types and styles. Whatever your needs and preferences may be, you will be able to find numerous options for all jewelry types, be it navel piercing, tongue piercing, nipple piercing, stretched earlobe piercing, and more. You will also be able to choose between numerous elegant designs specially made for genital piercings.

Because the offer is so varied, it’s important to understand the product descriptions and the options you can get with your jewelry type. Pay attention to product images: they often reveal variations in barbell colors, gem colors, and more. The description will often state the available gauges and different styles you can choose from.

To get that perfect jewelry piece, you need to understand the different gem placement options, as well as gem color descriptions used. Generally speaking, a gem (or another decoration) can be top set, bottom set or a dangle. The top set gem is usually referred to as the “top”, depending on the type of setting (bezel top, princess top, etc.) The bottom set gem is usually referred to as the “main gem”. A navel jewelry piece can have dangles attached to the main barbell (dangle chains, gems or other decorations). If such a dangle decoration has a gem, it’s referred to as the “dangle gem”.

Belly jewelry pieces with multiple gems often have these gems in a formation. The most common formation is a flower. In this case, there are two types of gems: main gem (referring to the central gem) and petal gems (gems surrounding the central one). While the main and petal gems can be of the same color most jewelry pieces have them in different colors. Keep in mind that terms “main” and “petal” are used even if the formation is not a flower. Regardless of the type of the figure (formation), the central gem will be referred to as the main and the surrounding gem or gems as petals. In case of alternating stones without a circular formation of any sort, one color is considered a main gem and the other one petal gem.

This is important to know when choosing gem colors for your piece, because many navel pieces are available in many different gem colors for both main and petal gems.

Customization

However, that’s not all. You may be able to get a customized jewelry piece that will match your preferences perfectly. When it comes to gold belly pieces, the possibilities are endless, so chances are that you can get a customized piece a bit different than what’s described or shown on the photo.

Top and Bottom set decoration

Top and Bottom set decorationFor example:

For example:

  • In many cases, you can choose the type of gem you want in your piercings. Many gold jewelry pieces come with an option of a customized gem. There are many different genuine gems to choose from, so you should contact us about details and your preferred gems.
  • Yellow and white gold. Keep in mind that most of our 14k nickel-free gold jewelry pieces come both in yellow and white gold variations.
  • Gem placement. Each jewelry piece has a default positioning for the gem or another type of decoration (top set or bottom set). The great thing about these gold pieces is that they are usually available either way at no additional charge. That’s right: if you really like a jewelry piece but you don’t like the bottom set decoration, chances are that you will be able to get it with a top set decoration. Simply email us to get the details on how to order it.

Is Ever OK to Wear Unsafe Body Jewelry Materials?

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

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

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

When to Use Safe Materials

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

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

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

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

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

When to Use “Unsafe” Materials

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

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

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

Top 10 Valentine Day Gifts for Lesbians

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

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

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

14K Gold – Spiral

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

Double Heart Nipple Stirrup

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

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed Ring

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

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

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

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

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

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple Rounder

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

Trillion Straight Barbell

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

Straight Arrow Straight Barbell

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

14K Gold – Gem Ball Ring

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

To Wear or not to Wear Gold Body Jewelry

Many people still have misconceptions about gold body jewelry. Many people still even purchase cheap plated gold body jewelry which can be found at just about any mall and in stores like Spencers. Plated Jewelry can cause major infections due to the plating wearing off and the high nickel content in the Jewelry. Some people feel that the true solid gold body jewelry should be stamped 14k or 18k gold. However having this stamp does not mean a whole lot anymore since first of all, anyone can purchase the hammer stamps and put it on plated crap, and secondly having your body jewelry stamped just makes for a great place for bacteria to breed causing an infection. Usually this will only be done by the overseas companies and then it is very questionable what you are getting anymore based on the daily news. Body jewelry should be smooth without any places for bacteria to breed and hide. You should never wear Jewelry with nicks in it for that same reason. Continue reading

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

Double Helix Spiral

Double Helix Spiral

When you think about Ear Piercing what is the first thing that comes to mind. To me it use to be a diamond stud or two. Now you can have you whole ear practically pierced.

There are plenty of places on the ear to pierce that you may not even realize such as the Lobe, the Conch, the Tragus, the Diath, and the Helix. It is recommended to use a Larger Gauge of Jewelry in any cartilage piercings to make the healing more comfortable and less problematic.

The most common Jewelry for the ear piercings are Captive Rings, Circular Barbells, Ear Plugs, Flesh Tunnels & Earlets, Segment and Seamless Rings. I have had my cartilage pierced and to be honest I actually use the Nosebones in mine. They work great for that, for several reasons. They are light, and usually cheaper. Also unlike the standard backs they don’t stick me in the side of my head while I sleep. Also they don’t catch my hair, and have my hair wrap around the post, which can easily cause in infection. So be creative, the choices are only limited by your imagination.

I will not lie the cartilage piercings usually do hurt a little, but not a big deal. And just as with all piercings or tattoos, a few days of pain can equal a lifetime of pleasure and beauty. With all the Jewelry possibilities you have, whether it be in 14K Gold, Titanium, Surgical Steel, or Glass, how can you refuse.

14K Gold – Dangle Heart Oval Ring now available!

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry brings to you a beautiful piece of art – an attractive Dangle Heart Oval Ring made from 14K Gold and available in a wide variety of choices and styles to choose from.

The oval ring is manufactured using 100% nickel free gold and uses Genuine Swarovsi
Cubic Zircons gems which are guaranteed in writing to never fall out. They are all hand set, not just glued in as with most other companies.Naturally you can get the Cubic Zircons replaced for any Genuine Precious Stones you would like.

Priced at $85.99 the oval ring comes with a unique artistic design and superior product quality. It embodies the 14 years of experience of The Chain Gang Body Jewelry company in making artistic and very high quality body jewelry products.

To buy these rings online for yourself or as a gift for someone you care for, please visit: 14K Gold Only section of The Chain Gang Body Jewelry.

14K Gold Curved Barbells being offered now in different sizes!

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry store brings to you the very best in body jewelry. All of 14K Yellow Gold jewelry available at The Chain Gang is solid (even the balls). Our body piercing jewelry products do not make use of hollow balls or shafts that are being used by several other companies. You can find elegantly designed 14K Gold jewelry in our Body Piercing Jewelry store conforming to highest quality standards.

14K Single Gem Curved Barbell

14K Single Gem Curved Barbell

Here is an image of one of our beautiful solid ball Curved Barbells.

14 gauge and larger are internally threaded.

The standard ball sizes used are as follows:

  • 18 gauge use 1/8″ Balls
  • 14 and 12 gauge use 3/16″ Balls
  • 16 gauge use 5/32″ Balls
  • 10 & 8 gauge use 1/4″ Balls

Although Curved Barbells can be worn with virtually any piercing, they are the perfect option for navel piercing, eyebrow piercing, and several below the waist piercings. Solid Gold is great for adding a look of class and sophistication to any piercing.

14k Gold pieces are manufactured using totally nickel free gold and are available in two choices of solid 14K Yellow Gold, or solid 14K White Gold.

You can have a look at the curved barbell features and buy it now at 14K Gold – Curved Barbell presently under the Curved Barbells section of The Chain Gang Body Piercing Jewelry.

14K Gold – Genuine Colored Diamond Nostril Screw / NoseBone available now!

Genuine Diamond - Bezel Cluster - Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Genuine Diamond – Bezel Cluster – Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Make this attractive piece of body jewelry yours! This Nostril Screw is available in a number of styles with an option to choose from 14K yellow gold or 14K white gold.

These Nostril Screws are made with Genuine Diamonds that have undergone a safe and permanent treatment which creates a beautiful array of colors. So now Jennifer Lopez won’t be the only one with a colored Diamond. Of course these are not 6 carats either though. :-)

Besides being available both Prong and Bezel settings, Labrets, the product also comes in either the Nostril Screw style, or the Straight NoseBone Style. This is the Straight Post with a small ball on the other end to keep the piece in place. It is unbelievably easy to use. Just pop it in and out of your piercing in 1 second.

Priced at $61.99, this piece of body jewelry is available in carat size of 4 points with a gem diameter of 2mm.

You can have a look at the product features and buy it now at: 14K Gold – Genuine Colored Diamond Nostril Screw or NoseBone presently under Genuine Diamonds category at The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store.

Give this beautiful colored diamond nostril screw or diamond NoseBone as a gift to your friend or yourself now!

Beautiful 14K Gold Foot – Toe Rings from The Chain Gang Body Jewelry

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers 14K Gold Foot Toe Rings available in adjustable sizes from 2.5 to 5 with a choice of 14K yellow gold or 14K white gold.

The toe ring has a separation for adjustment in size so that it suits the ring size of most of the people. The ring has been manufactured using totally nickel free gold.

This beautiful 14K gold foot toe ring is nominally priced at $42.99 and is brought to you by The Chain Gang Body Jewelry – the company in body jewelry business for over 14 years!