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).

A Short Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow Piercing Eyebrow piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s very attractive and stylish, and can take many forms, depending on the jewelry you choose. Both men and women can enjoy a beautiful eyebrow piercing with an effective jewelry piece.

Eyebrow piercings are specific and different than other popular piercing types. Generally speaking, eyebrow piercings are considered the so-called “surface piercings”. It means that the piercing is done on one surface of the skin, unlike most of the other piercings.

The trouble with surface piercings is that they are more prone to migrations and rejections, and generally are known to last shorter than other types of piercings. However, with good care, it’s possible to maintain your eyebrow piercing for a long time.

Different Types of Eyebrow Piercings

There are several popular types of eyebrow piercings, depending on the way the piercing is done and the way the jewelry is positioned. The most common form is the Vertical Eyebrow Piercing. Here, the piercing is done almost vertically, on the outer side of an eyebrow. The jewelry is typically inserted from below of the eyebrow to the top.
Another way to perform an eyebrow piecing is to do a Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing. This piercing is done parallel to the eyebrow. The jewelry is positioned almost horizontally. Usually, the horizontal piercing is done above the eye but you may also choose to have it done just below eyebrow.

Another popular type of piercing is an Anti-Eyebrow piercing. It is getting more and more popular these days, especially among teenagers. This surface piercing type is also known as “teardrop” piercing or high cheek piercing. It’s usually done just below the eyes and above the cheekbone. The jewelry is made to resemble tears on the face.

The Procedure

Eyebrow piercing procedure is usually quick and doesn’t cause much pain. Anti-eyebrow piercing may be a bit more painful, but it’s done quickly.

As with any other type of piercing, it’s important to choose a reliable, experienced piercer. It’s also vital to choose high-quality jewelry made of body-safe materials. The procedure itself is pretty straightforward: the chosen area is disinfected and a piercing needle is inserted through the skin. The needle for vertical eyebrow piercing typically goes from the bottom of the eyebrow to the top. This is how you’ll insert the jewelry. Usually, the initial piercing is done in the 18g to 12g size range.

The healing time is 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, do not change your jewelry. You have to wait for your piercing to fully heal to change the jewelry. During the healing process, make sure that no cosmetic products come in touch with your piercing (such as shampoo, makeup, creams, etc.)

Keep in mind that you have to care for your piercing during the healing process, because this is when it’s very prone to infections, rejection and migration. Make sure to clean it regularly with a saline solution and resist the urge to touch the jewelry.

Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types you can use for your eyebrow piercing. Keep in mind, however, that the jewelry used has to be suitable for eyebrow wear. It means that the jewelry pierce should not be too thin nor too heavy. While it’s ok to use multi-functional jewelry pieces, it’s best to use special jewelry made for eyebrow piercings.

The most common jewelry types for eyebrow piercings are special mini curved barbells. These barbells are specially made for eyebrow piercings so they feel the most comfortable. Always make sure to choose jewelry of the appropriate size! This is why it’s important to know the gauge you’re pierced with.

Eyebrow jewelry is very varied. You may choose between simple and elegant pieces you will be able to wear in almost any situation. If you prefer something more ornamented, there are many eyebrow circular barbells with special balls on one end. These balls can have gems or special charms that make your jewelry even more attractive. Some jewelry pieces have specially designed balls (made in different shapes) or special additions on the top ball. All these different designs make for very varied jewelry so your eyebrow piercing will always look attractive.

How to Use Crescent and Spiral Tapers

There are many gorgeous crescents and spirals you may try. These jewelry pieces are not only elegant, but also very functional. They combine tapers with jewelry, making a very attractive piece you will sure want to try.

Why Using Crescents and Spirals?

First of all: they are beautiful. Crescent and Spiral jewelry is made to be elegant and eye-catching. Many spirals and crescents are made of organic materials, which makes them truly unique and special. They are a great choice for stretched piercings. While they are typically used for earlobes, you can wear them in any stretched piercing. For example, many people wear them as septum jewelry.

Another great thing about crescents and spirals is that many of them can be used as tapers. In fact, many of them are made with this particular use in mind. Crescents and spirals can be used to safely and comfortably stretch your piercing to a larger gauge. This is why they are known as “gauging jewelry pieces” or “gauging tools”.

The main advantage to crescent and spiral tapers is that, unlike many traditional (straight) ones, is that they can be worn for a prolonged period of time. Spirals and crescents can be used as jewelry, which means you can keep them in your earlobe so it can stretch on its own.

Spirals and crescents also provide a very comfortable stretching experience, because you don’t just simply jump from one gauge to another. Instead, you slowly move from one to the other by gently adjusting your jewelry.

Using Spirals and Crescents

Spirals and crescents can be used as both jewelry and a stretching taper. They are actually very easy to use: you simply insert them in your stretched earlobe (or another stretched jewelry). You start with the side that’s the same as your current gauge and then you slowly move to a larger gauge over a period of several days.

It means that you don’t simply jump from one gauge to the other. You move the spiral or crescent slowly and gently to the thicker end, bit by bit, every day. Once you get to the large part of the jewelry (typically the middle) your piercing is stretched to the larger gauge, all without any pain and discomfort.

When using spirals and crescents to stretch your jewelry, keep in mind that patience is the key. Don’t try to force the jewelry through the piercing and don’t go too fast. It may seem like a long process, but it’s important to go slowly. It’s the best way to stretch your piercing without any problems or negative effects.

Niobium: A Great Body Jewelry Material

NiobiumNiobium is a beautiful material sometimes used for body jewelry. While its use is not so widespread like surgical steel, gold or titanium, it definitely offers some benefits you might want to consider. This is a gorgeous material you will love to wear.

Is it Body-Safe?

Absolutely! One great thing about niobium as a material is that it can be used without the fear of allergies. Niobiom as well as its alloys are inert. It means they don’t cause allergies. This is a great news for people looking for stable, hypo-allergenic jewelry materials.

Colors

Probably the best thing about niobium jewelry is that it comes in many different colors. Just like titanium, it can be anodized so you get different colored jewelry pieces. Also, unlike titanium, niobium can be heat treated black.

This is a great news for all those who prefer their jewelry to be colorful but without artificial colors or other potentially harmful additions to the jewelry itself. It makes niobium jewelry beautiful and body safe.

Additional Advantages

Niobium also offers some additional advantages. It is autoclavable so that’s another thing to keep in mind. Of course, niobium can also be anodized, which gives us all those pretty colors.

Another great thing about niobium is that it can be used for new piercings. Jewelry made of niobium is body-safe and can be used for initial piercings and during the healing time.

Disadvantages

Niobium is a very beautiful material and makes a good alternative to more popular body jewelry materials out there. It has only two disadvantages that need to be mentioned:

  • It’s soft. Niobium is a very soft metal, which may even prove to be advantage in some aspects. When it comes to shaping body jewelry, keep in mind that it can’t be lathed for threading. It means it’s only used for jewelry with no threading, such as Captive Bead Rings. This limits niobium’s use when it comes to body jewelry but it doesn’t make the existing jewelry made of this material bad. It simply means you won’t be able to find all jewelry types made of niobium. However, you will still be able to enjoy all those beautiful rings and other non-threaded jewelry pieces.
  • It’s relatively heavy. Niobium is heavier than titanium and surgical steel. It usually doesn’t pose any problems, unless you are prone to irritations. There are also some people who prefer heavier jewelry. All in all, this disadvantage is not big enough to make niobium into an undesirable material. 

Migration and Rejection: Additional Things to Consider

Piercing Migration and RejectionMigration and rejection are probably the most common problems you can encounter with body piercings. It sucks when it happens, so you need to recognize their signs and understand why they are happening.

Treating migration and rejection is not easy and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, your body will react in a way you can’t predict. This is why it’s important to know that piercings are always under a certain risk of migration and rejection (particularly rejection). This risk is never 0%, but it can be minimized.

Read the following tips to learn how to minimize this risk.

Know the Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between migration and rejection. Many people seem to confuse the two or assume they are basically the same. They aren’t, but they can be closely linked (a migrated piercing is more likely to be rejected).

In short:

  • Migration - The movement of the piercing from its initial placement. After the move, the piercing settles and heals in this new location.
  • Rejection – The body rejects the piercing by slowly pushing it out of the body. A rejected piercing is a lost piercing.

Why Does Migration Happen?

Migration can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, migration happens because you weren’t pierced correctly. A piercing has to be deep enough and made on a suitable place so it won’t migrate. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer who will know how to minimize the risk of migration. If insufficient amount of tissue is pierced, or if unsuitable tissue is pierced, migration can happen at any time.

Another cause of migration is a bad aftercare practice. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully during the healing process. Migration can be caused by harsh products or lack of hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that migration sometimes happens even when you’re pierced correctly and you follow aftercare instructions. This is the risk you need to make when getting a new piercing.

Why Does Rejection Happen?

Rejection mainly happens because your body recognizes a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, it will try to heal this wound and close it. It will also try to get rid of the foreign object by slowly pushing it out, like a splinter.

This is why one of the first signs of rejection is piercing getting shallow and jewelry being able to be seen under the skin.

There is no way to eliminate the risk of rejection completely, but there are some things that can be done to minimize it. Again, proper piercing technique should be used. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer. Your piercing needs to be deep enough to minimize the risk of rejection.

Also, you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Resist the urge to touch your piercing or to twist it and move it. It’s also important not to change your jewelry too soon: make sure that your piercing is healed before you do that.

Important Tips

  • For the best results and a long-lasting piercing, it’s important to make sure that there’s at least 5/16 inches of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If the piercing is narrower than this, you are risking migration and rejection.
  • Never allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface. If you experience rejection, it’s best to retire a piercing and then wait to get a new one. If you allow your body to reject a piercing it will leave a split scar. The scar will likely remain and it will make further piercing on the same spot more difficult.
  • In case you notice some changes, it’s important to keep an eye on them.
  • Some warning signs: you have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings, you can see the jewelry through the skin, or the skin between the openings is flaking or inflamed.
  • Any of the described issues can happen long after the piercing is healed. There is always a risk, but healed piercings have a lower risk of migration and rejection.
  • Always use high-quality body jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the best way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing Smiley piercing is still a relatively rare piercing, but there are more and more people who opt for it. It’s becoming more popular and many people seem to be intrigued by it.

Also, there are more and more piercers who offer this procedure, so if you want to get a smiley piercing, chances are that you won’t have any problems finding an experienced piercer who can do it.

What is a Smiley Piercing?

A smiley piercing is performed on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip (frenulum). The frenulum of the upper lip is a thin piece of skin that stretches from the lip to the upper gum. It adds support to the upper lip and keeps it securely attached to the gum. This piercing is therefore placed on the inside of the upper lip so the jewelry rests on top of the front teeth.

The Smiley Piercing got its name because you can only see it when a person smiles. It’s also what makes it so special. This types of “hidden” piercings are always exciting because they can be viewed only in certain circumstances. People who opt for a smiley piercing usually claim that they love the idea of a piercing that can be seen only when they smile.

The procedure is done quickly and the healing time is relatively short, so you should not have much problem getting a smiley piercing. You can expect your smiley piercing to be fully healed in about 4 weeks. If you are a smoker, the healing might take a bit longer.

As usual, it’s very important to keep a proper hygiene and to follow the aftercare instructions. This will ensure proper healing and prevent infections.

Jewelry

It’s important to keep in mind how delicate the pierced tissue is. Smiley piercing is performed on a very thin piece of skin, so jewelry can’t be heavy or it will damage the tissue. It’s best to use only very small gauge for this type of piercing. Typically, only 18 or 16 gauge should be used for smiley piercing.

The best jewelry for this piercing are small gauge Captive Bead Rings. They are small and light enough so the delicate tissue can handle it. Another jewelry choice is a small gauge barbell. Stay away from heavy or richly ornamented jewelry.

Additional Information

It’s important to understand that smiley piercing is a type of frenulum piercing. A frenulum is a very thin connective tissue and it can be found in many parts of your body. In this case, it’s a tissue connecting your upper lip to the gums. What is crucial to remember is that this tissue tends to be very sensitive. It makes frenulum piercings somewhat painful. The good news is that the tissue that needs to be pierced is very thin, so the procedure doesn’t last long. It’s over quickly so you don’t have to go through pain for long. Luckily, the healing is quick and aftercare is relatively easy to perform.

Keep in mind that not everybody can get a smiley piercing. It all depends on your upper lip frenulum. If it’s too small, it can’t be pierced. This is why you should consult your piercer to see if it’s possible to get a smiley piercing.

Smiley piercings are somewhat prone to rejection and migration, so it’s something to keep in mind. The pierced tissue is very thin so there’s not a lot of flesh to keep the jewelry in place. Also, migration and rejection is emphasized by the lip movements. It can put a lot of stress on the piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that jewelry used for smiley piercing can sometimes cause damage to teeth and gums. This is why you should observe your piercing and notice any irritation, scratches, shifting of the teeth and other problems.

Choosing Jewelry for Initial Piercings

Initial Piercing Initial piercing jewelry is different than the one you can wear in your old (meaning: healed) piercing. A healing piercing is very sensitive so special attention should be made to keep the piercing clean and to help it heal without a problem. The choice of jewelry is very important, because incorrect jewelry can pose a problem for your new piercing. Therefore, your initial piercing has to follow higher standards and it has to be made of body-safe, high-quality materials.

Choosing the Jewelry

Choosing the first jewelry for your piercing may be tricky, so there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, quality and materials should be more important than the look. It’s true that many jewelry pieces made for initial piercings look simple or plain, but that should not worry you. You don’t need a heavy, complicated jewelry piece in your fresh piercing. Things like quality and size are the most important.

After you get pierced, the initial jewelry should serve one important purpose: to make your piercing heal correctly and to heal as fast as possible. The jewelry should keep the piercing open and to make it heal without a problem. The style or look of the jewelry is not so important: what is important is to choose body-safe jewelry of an appropriate size. If your piercing heals correctly there will be plenty of time to try many different jewelry pieces or to pick the style you like the most. Initial jewelry, however, has to be functional and to make your piercing heal without problems.

Therefore, you need to focus on materials and quality. It means you should never go for the cheapest products. There are many sub-par jewelry pieces on the market and many cheap body jewelry products you can buy at the mall. These jewelry pieces are not good even for a fully healed piercing, let alone for your new piercing.

Safe Materials

You have to stick to the best materials known to be fully body safe. It’s important that the material chosen has no alloys (mixtures) because they are known to cause allergies. Titanium is one of the best materials on the market and it doesn’t cause allergies. Niobium is another good material that’s body-safe and can be used for initial piercing jewelry.

Surgical steel is one of the most popular jewelry materials on the market. It’s important to understand that there are many different types of surgical steel (made of a variety of alloys) and only certain types are safe for initial jewelry. First of all, it’s important to choose Surgical Steel, not Stainless Steel (stainless steel can cause allergies). When it comes to Surgical Steel, make sure to use high-quality, body-safe Surgical Steel of the highest standards.

Gold is a popular jewelry material but it’s not always suitable for initial piercings. Any gold jewelry used has to be nickel-free and 14k or higher quality. However, it’s best not to use gold for initial jewelry, especially if your chosen jewelry is only gold plated or has a gold overlay.

Glass can be a safe jewelry material as long as it’s lead-free. Fused quartz glass, soda-lime glass or borosilicate are good glass types for jewelry. However, glass is not often used for initial jewelry pieces because most of the glass jewelry is made at the larger gauges. On the other hand, glass jewelry can be a good choice for newly-stretched piercings, particularly ear piercings.

Nostril Jewelry Styles

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

Nostril jewelry comes in many different styles, sizes and designs, so it’s possible to choose exactly what you want and like. One might think nose piercing doesn’t allow many different designs or complex jewelry pieces, but despite certain limitations there are numerous styles to choose from. You are sure not limited to one or two plain designs – there are many different styles to choose from.

As usual, it’s important to know your gauge. Since 20g and 18g are the most common gauges for nostril piercings, these are also the most common jewelry sizes. However, it’s possible to find jewelry in other sizes. While stretching is not so popular for nostril piercing (septum stretching is more common), there are people who have nostril piercings of other sizes.

What is important to remember is that you can always find suitable nostril jewelry for yourself. Your chosen jewelry pieces will largely depend on your personal styles and preferences. Other factors you should keep in mind are comfort and easiness of putting jewelry in and taking it off.

Generally speaking, nostril jewelry comes in several common styles:

Nose Bones

Nose bones are among the most common nostril jewelry styles. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end and a decoration on the other. The decoration is most commonly a gem (available in many different colors and gem types), but it can be a different kind of a decoration. Other common choices include: charms and simple balls or discs. The ball on the other end of the bar keeps the jewelry from falling out. Nose bones are a great and lightweight jewelry pieces, but it might be uncomfortable for piercings in healing.

Nose Screws

This is another popular nose jewelry choice. Nose screws have a curved body and often come in left and right varieties. The curve is there to keep the jewelry in place but it requires some practice to insert. It’s also not a great choice for piercings in healing. Other than that, however, nose screws are very beautiful and popular among people. Nose screws have different decorations on the end: gems, charms, ball and others. They are gorgeous and come in many different designs.

Other Jewelry Choices

Other types of nostril jewelry are a bit less common, but it’s possible to find many different designs made in these jewelry types:

  • L-Shapes. These jewelry pieces have an L-shaped bend that keeps the jewelry in place. They resemble Nose Screws but at easier to insert and take out. They give you a security without being too complicated to use.
  • Nose Studs. They resemble nose bones, but they don’t have the ball on the other end to keep the jewelry in place. It makes them more prone to falling out, so they are recommended for short-term wear. On the other hand, they are the easiest jewelry pieces to insert.
  • Fishtails. These jewelry pieces are specially designed for customization. They have a decoration (gem, charm, etc.) at one end and a very long bar. They are made so you can personally bend the bar in any way you want. This will ensure a perfect fit. Once they are fitted and bent, you should clip off the remaining length of the bar. It’s possible to bend a fishtail in many different ways: like an L-shape, C-shape, nose screw shape, etc. This is a great way to have a very comfortable jewelry piece because it’s made for your nose and perfectly customized for you. These are good jewelry pieces for healing piercings because you can make them longer at first (for swelling), and when the piercing is healed you can make them shorter by clipping the unwanted part of the jewelry.

Also, don’t forget that you can use other jewelry types for your nostril piercing even if they are not specially made for this type of piercing. For example, small gauge captive bead rings, segment rings and other types of body jewelry rings look very effective when used in nostril piercings.

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing Monroe piercing is a popular type of facial piercing that’s both attractive and discreet enough. It is a great choice for people who like their piercings and jewelry to be small and elegant but still noticeable and unique. Monroe is a great pick because it looks very good without ever becoming overwhelming.

About Monroe Piercing

Monroe piercing can easily be described as a lip piercing placed above the upper lip. It is made to resemble a beauty mark. The name of the piercing is inspired by famous actress Marilyn Monroe, who had a beauty mark on the left side of her lip. Some people refer only to piercings on the left side as “Monroe” while those done on the right side are known as “Madonna” piercings, after the singer who has a beauty mark on that side.

It’s not surprising that this piercing is more popular with the ladies, even though there are also some men who opt for this type of piercing to a great success.

One good thing about a Monroe piercing is that it can be somewhat customized. That is, you can choose a position on the upper lip according to your wishes, preferences and your unique anatomy. This is why you should think about different placements you might want and decide on the exact spot you want to have pierced. Depending on the placement and your unique facial features, a Monroe piercing can have many different effects.

The Procedure

Monroe piercing is not difficult to perform, but a special attention should be taken to the exact spot you wish to have pierced. Most piercers will give you a choice of several spots. Typically, the piercer will mark the spot with a permanent ink marker so you may test several placements until you are satisfied with your chosen one.

Once you are happy with the placement, the piercer will prepare you for the procedure. This will typically include rinsing your mouth with mouthwash for sterilization. After this, your upper lip will be clamped.

When all preparations are done, the piercer will perform the piercing by passing a needle through the lip. Typically, a Monroe piercing is done at 18 or 16 gauge.

Once the piercing is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry. The initial jewelry will be longer than the one you’ll later need, to account for swelling. Most piercers will tell you to go back in a few weeks to have a shorter jewelry placed. It’s very important to have that done by the piercer – changing jewelry yourself during this stage is not safe nor recommended.

Aftercare

The aftercare is similar to the aftercare needed for other piercing types. You should clean your healing piercing with a salt solution several times per day. This will clean the piercing and help reduce the swelling, thus making the healing faster.

You should also brush your teeth at least three times a day and after every meal. You need to keep the inside of your mouth clean and sanitized. This will reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth.

Keep in mind that Monroe piercings are prone to infections is proper care is not followed, so you should take aftercare and cleaning instructions seriously.

Jewelry

The most common jewelry for Monroe piercing is a simple but elegant labret stud. These jewelry pieces are lightweight and practical, so they are ideal for Monroe piercing (and most of the other lip piercing types).

Remember: just because these labret studs are simple, it doesn’t mean they can’t be very beautiful and effective! You may choose between golden, titanium and surgical steel studs with simple beads on the end. Or you may opt for labret studs with sparkly gems on the top. This is the easiest way to make your Monroe piercing decorated! Finally, you may choose a labret stud with a small decorative charm on top, for a really attractive effect.

On the other hand, you may opt for a different jewelry type, such as a barbell.

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

Belly (navel) piercing is among the most popular types of piercings. Luckily, it also means there are enough quality, body-safe jewelry pieces you can find. Belly jewelry comes in many different styles, materials and sizes, so you’ll sure be able to find something you truly like.

Choosing Safe Jewelry

The large number of different belly jewelry pieces also means that there are many subpar jewelry products you can find. You can buy belly jewelry almost anywhere: at a mall, or even on the streets. More often than not, these jewelry pieces are of poor quality and can endanger your health.

To keep yourself safe, it’s important to stick to reliable stores and only use jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to keep yourself safe and healthy. It also means you will have to pay a bit more than for that cheap jewelry piece you can find at a mall, but trust us, it’s a money well-spent. You don’t want to endanger your health, risk allergies (or worse conditions), experience infections and inflammation, or have your piercing rejected, just to save a few bucks. At the same time, you don’t really have to spend a fortune on a quality jewelry piece. There are many reasonably priced but still high-quality products you can find. What is important is to stay away from the cheap pieces (cheap both in price and craft).

Navel Piercing Tips

To keep yourself on the safe side and to keep your belly piercing clean, you need to stick to a few rules. Here are the basic navel piercing tips to follow:

  • Wait until your belly piercing is fully healed to change your jewelry. It’s true that most initial piercing jewelry pieces are very plain and simple, but there’s a reason for it. It’s understandable that you want to try different jewelry styles, but patience is important here. You need to wait for your new belly piercing to completely heal before you can try new jewelry. Remember, it can take as long as 9 months for your belly piercing to heal completely. In the most cases, it’s safe to change jewelry after 4-6 months, but keep in mind that healing time is individual.
  • Make sure to protect your belly jewelry from being snagged on clothing during healing time. Use an eye patch or hard plastic and secure it over your belly to protect both the piercing and jewelry.
  • Most common belly jewelry pieces are 3/8 inches long, but there are many other sizes to choose from. When picking the best belly jewelry for yourself, make sure that it’s not too small. Short navel jewelry can irritate the skin and it opens the door to infections and inflammation.
  • Always pick lightweight belly jewelry pieces. Heavy jewelry can make your skin sore and it can stretch your piercing even if you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention that heavy jewelry can make a problem when moving or changing clothes. If you really love heavy jewelry, don’t wear it for a long period of time. Never sleep with heavy belly jewelry.
  • Be careful with overly complicated jewelry pieces. There are many gorgeous belly curved barbells with lots of gems and dangles, and it’s understandable you might want to wear them in special situations. However, these jewelry pieces are best not to be worn every day. They can get caught on clothes. Also, these jewelry pieces are there to be shown, so wear them only when you want to have your belly shown.
  • People with the so-called “outie” belly button can have a true navel piercing, where the navel itself is pierced (as the opposite of just the skin above or under it). These people can also wear unique jewelry pieces in their belly piercing.