Things to Consider when Choosing Nostril Jewelry

Nostril PiercingNostril piercing is among the most popular piercing types. It looks very stylish and it’s rarely distracting so you can wear your nose jewelry in many different situations. Luckily, there are many different nostril jewelry pieces you can choose.

However, it’s important to know how to choose your nose jewelry. Not all pieces will fit your piercing, your needs or your general style. There are several things you need to take into account when choosing nostril jewelry pieces for yourself.

The Right Gauge

The first thing you need to keep in mind when choosing nose jewelry is the gauge of the jewelry piece. This may go without saying, but it’s worth to be reminded of it: the gauge of your jewelry should be the same as your piercing. Meaning, you should choose the jewelry of the same gauge as the one you are pierced with. This is why it’s always important to know your gauge.

In some cases, you may choose jewelry that is one gauge smaller than your piercing, but keep in mind that it may make your piercing shrink. A jewelry that is one gauge larger may also be acceptable, but you need to go slowly. Inserting jewelry of a larger gauge will make your piercing stretch, even a little, so you need to go slowly in order to avoid injuries.

When ordering nose jewelry, keep in mind that the size you order is the gauge of the post.

Length

Another thing to consider when choosing the best nostril jewelry is the length of the post. It is important that your nose jewelry sits nicely and that it’s never too large or too small. The proper length of the post will prevent the jewelry of flipping around or even falling out.

The best length is the one that makes the jewelry sit nicely against the skin. The jewelry has to be comfortable and also to allow for a bit of expansion during breathing. It should never be too tight to cut into the flesh or to cause other problems. On the other hand, it should not be too loose or else it might hit your septum.

The right post length sometimes requires a bit of trial and error. It’s important to be patient and you will be able to find the best length that suits you. We sell our nostril jewelry in several standard sizes, so chances are that you will find the best nostril jewelry piece for your needs.

Material

There are many materials suitable for nostril piercings. Typically, any body-friendly material you may use for other piercing types will also work for your nostril jewelry. Some of the most popular materials include Surgical Steel (it’s best to use medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel), Titanium and Gold.

If you choose gold nostril jewelry pieces make sure that the gold used to make the piece is nickel-free. Nickel allergy is a common problem and you sure want to avoid it.

Jewelry Style

There are several common nostril jewelry types to choose from. You choice will depend on your individual preferences and needs. While all of these jewelry styles look similar on the outside and therefore produce similar aesthetic effect, there are some differences in design you should know about.

The most common nostril jewelry types include:

  • Nose Bones. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end a decoration on the other.
  • Nose Screws. They have a curved body and are made in left and right variations. The curved keeps the jewelry in place. Decoration is placed on the other end of the piece.
  • L-Shapes. They have an L-shaped curve that keeps the jewelry in place.
  • Nose Studs. Similar to nose bones, but without the ball on the other end to keep jewelry in place.
  • Fishtails. They have a long bar with decoration one end. You can bend the bar in any way you find comfortable, so they are good for customization.

Gem Size

Many nostril jewelry pieces come with gems. These gems can be Zircons or Genuine Precious Stones, depending on the style. Some even have Genuine Diamonds, so they are truly classy and stylish.

When choosing the best piece for your needs, it’s important to take your preferences into account. While nostril jewelry styles are typically small and discreet, the gem size can make a whole difference. You may choose a small and discreet gem if you prefer your nose jewelry to be elegant and not distracting. On the other hand, you may make your nose jewelry more noticeable by choosing a larger gem for your piece.

When choosing the gem size, keep in mind the occasions in which you may wear your nostril piece. For example, chances are that you will have to opt for smaller gems and more discreet jewelry pieces for work or other conservative places. In these situations, it’s best to choose really small gems, in case you wish to add a bit sparkle to your piece.

In other situations, such as birthdays, parties or special occasions, you may wish to wear a piece with a lager gem. Such a large gem will add a lot of sparkle to your face and make your nose piercing noticeable.

Anodized Jewelry Produces Vibrant Colors

Internally Threaded Titanium Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Titanium Curved Barbell

Anodization is a special chemical process used on metals. The goal is to protect metals from corrosion and to make them more resistant, so it’s used in many industries. Anodized metals are more resistant since they can’t corrode, so they are more durable and suitable for use in many different industries.

Another interesting effect of anodization is color change. This chemical process changes the color properties of a metal, which can be very interesting for some specialized uses of metals. It is particularly important for the jewelry industry, because anodized metals produce colorful jewelry pieces without addition of harmful colors or special coatings.

How it Works

Anodization is an electrolytic passivation process. Metals have a natural oxide level on their surface, and anodization is used to increase thickness of this oxide level. This building up of an oxide level during anodization can be done at different thickness on the surface of the metal. The color of the metal is determined precisely by the thickness of this new oxide level.

The name of the process comes from the procedure itself. During the chemical reaction, the metal acts as the anode electrode in an electrical circuit. This, in turn, produces an oxide layer on the material that is thicker than the layer naturally found on the surface of the metal.

Anodization as a procedure changes the metal’s texture, though only at a microscopic level. It also alters metals’ crystal structure on the surface. This improves certain characteristics of a metal and makes it more resistant.

Anodized Jewelry and Vibrant Colors

Many metals can be anodized, but the most common jewelry materials that are regularly anodized are titanium and niobium. Anodization can be used to change the color of these metals, making jewelry more vibrant and attractive.

Other materials that can be anodized include zinc, magnesium, tantalum and aluminum alloys. Some metals, however, don’t react as well to anodization, such as iron or carbon steel, because they exfoliate when they are oxidized and the new layer simply flakes off.

Anodization produces a number of very beautiful colors on titanium and niobium, without use of any coatings and harmful colors. It produces gorgeous jewelry materials and a wide range of unusual bright colors. It is not surprising that titanium and niobium jewelry is considered so beautiful and often praised for all the beautiful colors.

The colors are produced without any use of dyes and they solely depend on the thickness of the oxide on the surface of the metal. The thickness and, hence, different colors, are controlled by the voltage used in the process.

Some of the common colors produced through anodization include green, purple, yellow, copper, gold, fuchsia, and many others. A skilled craftsman can even produce a rainbow, “oil slick” effect on metal. However, some colors can’t be produced on anodized titanium and niobium, such as red and black.

Piercing and Pregnancy

Piercing and pregnancyMany women wonder if piercings are safe to be performed or maintained during pregnancy. It’s important to know that each person is individual, so the answer to this question will depend on the woman’s body and also the way her pregnancy progresses. Some of the individual factors also include a woman’s personality. For example, some women state that they would not like a piercing procedure to be performed while they are pregnant.
As usual, it’s important to listen to your body and to consider your wishes before you make a decision. However, it’s also vital to know all about health recommendations and potential risks associated with piercings and pregnancy. This is the only way to make an informed decision.

Getting a Piercing

Keep in mind that during pregnancy, your body is accommodating your developing child, so any invasive procedure may cause a shock for the immune system. This shock is usually not dangerous, but it may cause additional problems during pregnancy.

Many professional piercers will not pierce anyone they know is pregnant. You should respect their decision. Keep in mind that reliable piercers have your best interest in mind and that will not want to endanger you or your unborn child.

If you truly wish to get pierced while pregnant, you should consult your doctor. Tell them you wish to get pierced and ask for their advice. Don’t forget to tell your doctor what kind of a piercing you wish to get. A genital piercing is much different than piercing your earlobes. Ask your doctor if the procedure you want to get is safe for you. In case your doctor concludes that it’s safe for you to get pierced, you need to get an official permission to show to your piercer. Professional piercers will not agree to pierce you without this permission.

Existing Piercings

What about existing piercings you already have? Will you be able to keep them during pregnancy? Again, a lot will depend on your individual body and the way your pregnancy progresses. Many women are able to keep their existing piercings, but you should always consult your doctor to make sure it’s ok to keep your piercings.

It’s also important to listen to your body. In case a piercing becomes uncomfortable for whatever reason, it may be the best thing to remove jewelry.

This is particularly important for certain piercing types that may be affected by pregnancy. First and foremost, that’s belly button piercing, but nipple piercings will also be affected due to changes in woman’s breasts during pregnancy.

Many people wonder if they will be able to keep their navel piercing during pregnancy. As your belly grows, it will affect your belly button and the placement of the piercing. You may find that your jewelry catches or clothing or it may irritated your skin.

However, these is usually a way to retain your navel piecing during pregnancy. Instead of metal jewelry, you should wear specially designed retainers made to keep your piercing until you are ready to wear regular jewelry again. These navel retainers are soft, transparent and very comfortable. They will not irritate your skin and chances are that you will be able to use them throughout pregnancy to keep your piercing.

Additional Information

  • Even with these recommendations, keep in mind that women are discouraged from getting any piercing during pregnancy. This is particularly true for piercings done on sensitive body parts such as nipples, navel or genitalia. During pregnancy, these body parts change and it may prevent the piercing to heal properly.
  • Always notify your piercer about being pregnant. It may not be obvious during the first months of pregnancy, so you need to be honest with your piercer.
  • In case you observe changes with your piercing, it’s vital to remove jewelry straight away. You should not endanger the health of your baby or yourself. In case the piercing becomes inflamed, red or irritated, or if it becomes uncomfortable, you should remove jewelry straight away. It is also recommended to visit your doctor to make sure there is no danger for your or baby’s health.
  • Remember, even if you have to retire your piercing during pregnancy, you can always get pierced again.
  • For new moms: breastfeeding should never be performed with nipple piercing on! Nipple jewelry is a choking hazard for the baby and makes it more difficult for baby to suck on the nipple. Even if you remove jewelry during breastfeeding, it may be a source of infection for the baby. This is why it might be best for nipple piercings to be retired during breastfeeding.

Common Problems and Complications of Tongue Piercings

Tongue PiercingOral piercings are getting more and more popular each year. While they are still not as popular as some other piercing types (earlobe piercing or navel piercing), they are among the most common piercing types.

Tongue piercings are very beautiful and you can find some truly gorgeous jewelry pieces to go with your tongue piercing. Not to mention that some people claim these piercings are functional when it comes to kissing and oral sex. It is not a secret that genital piercings can be used to enhance sexual pleasure, but a nice tongue piercing can help, too.

In order to enjoy your tongue piercing to the fullest, you need to know all about the procedure and all the possible risks. This is the only way to protect yourself and to avoid problems that may arise with a tongue piercing.

Are Tongue Piercings Dangerous?

One of the first thing many people as is whether tongue piercings are dangerous or not. The truth is that they can be harmless and very dangerous, and it all depends on the person who pierces you. If done correctly, tongue piercings are no more dangerous nor complicated than earlobe piercing. However, if you are pierced by an inexperienced piercer, there are some serious problems that may arise.

In order to avoid these problems, the key is to choose a reliable piercer who is not just professional and follows all the health and safety standards but is also knowledgeable and experienced in tongue piercings. You need someone who has a rich experience in performing this procedure.

This is the most important step: find a good professional. This person will know how to take care of the procedure and how to avoid all the possible complications that may arise from piercing a tongue.

Another way to avoid problems is to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. This is vital. You have to clean your piercing regularly and follow other aftercare instructions recommended by your piercer.

If you keep in mind these two tips (choosing an experienced piercer and follow aftercare instructions) you should not have problems with your tongue piercing.

Common Tongue Piercing Issues

There are some issues and problems that may arise with a tongue piercing, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly. You need to be aware of these problems and you need to know how to recognize them in case you need to seek professional and medical help. Keep in mind that these problems don’t happen often if you choose a reliable piercer and if you follow the aftercare instructions, but it’s still useful to be informed about them.

Common problems with tongue piercings include:

  • Excessive bleeding. Most of the time, it’s a consequence of inadequately performed procedure.
  • Injuries to the mouth and teeth. Again, most of these occur as a consequence of inadequate procedure. However, some of them can happen due to inadequate aftercare. Some of these injuries occur later, as a result of people cracking or chipping their teeth with tongue jewelry.
  • Infections. If a piercer follows safety measures, they rarely happen as a result of procedure. They usually occur when inadequate aftercare is performed.

In case some of these problems occur, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. In case of the infections, you will probably need to take antibiotic. In some of the cases, you will need to remove your tongue jewelry, which may leave scarring.

Some other problems you may face are: receded gums (as a result of the jewelry pushing against the front teeth) and teeth crowns being scratched. Sometimes, tongue jewelry can break certain tooth restorations, such as porcelain crowns.

Why Choose Titanium Jewelry

Single Captive Titanium Curved Barbell

Single Captive Titanium Curved Barbell

Titanium is a great body jewelry material. It offers numerous advantages and it ensures that your jewelry is body-friendly, comfortable and enjoyable to wear. All reputable jewelry makers offer titanium body jewelry because they know many people enjoy this type of jewelry.

Titanium Keeps You Safe

Nickel allergies are a very serious problem that affects many people. This is why it’s important to always use only body-friendly and, preferably, medical-grade body jewelry for all your needs. Not just for piercings: even regular jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets or watches should be nickel-free to avoid allergic reactions.

While titanium is not the only nickel-free material (medical-grade Surgical Steel is another good choice, or you may use nickel-free gold), titanium offers numerous advantages so it’s definitely a body material you wish to consider.

Titanium is a high-quality material with no alloys in it so you know you will always be safe with this type of jewelry.

In fact, titanium is such a great material that it’s highly recommended for initial jewelry pieces. When you get your piercing, it is very sensitive and it takes some time to heal. During this healing process, it’s important to wear only highest quality, medical-grade jewelry, and titanium is a perfect material for these needs.

Titanium is Lightweight

Titanium offers many additional benefits. For example, it is very lightweight for a metal. Unlike steel, which tends to be heavy, titanium is light and very comfortable to wear. While many people don’t mind heavy jewelry (some people even prefer big, heavy jewelry pieces), in case you are looking for something lighter, titanium is your friend.

Titanium is a hard and durable metal, but at the same time it is light enough to always stay comfortable. This is why it’s perfect for certain jewelry pieces and certain body parts where heavy jewelry would be uncomfortable.

Titanium is Colorful

In addition to all of the above, titanium also offers an additional advantage: it is available in many different colors.

Titanium can easily be anodized to create a wide range of colors, even multi-colored, rainbow jewelry pieces. This process is safe and doesn’t include harmful colors or simple color coverings – the metal itself acquires these different colors without affecting its quality.

It means that your colored jewelry stays perfectly body-friendly and safe even after acquiring all these bright colors. This is the best and safest way to get some colorful body jewelry and spice up your style without compromising your health.

Additional Tips and Information

  • When looking for titanium jewelry, it’s best to go with the highest-quality, safe materials. It is best to look for medical-grade titanium jewelry. This titanium grade is recommended by the Association of Professional Piercers and it meets ASTM or ISO standards. One of the best titanium types is Grade 23 (6AL4V ELI F-136) implant grade titanium.
  • Titanium jewelry weights only about 50%-60% of weight of the stainless steel.
  • Titanium jewelry is less likely to react with body fluids, which is another significant advantage.
  • Titanium is highly corrosion resistant material and it’s not magnetic.
  • The basic color of titanium is dark-grey but of course it can be anodized to produce many different colors.
  • The most common titanium colors are blue, purple, green, yellow and rainbow (multi-color).
  • Some colors are not available. For example, titanium can’t be anodized to produce red or black jewelry.
  • Titanium can be easily sterilized in an autoclave, so it can be kept clean and completely sanitary.
  • It’s important to know that colored titanium pieces will probably fade over time. However, it is not dangerous and it won’t affect the quality or safety of titanium jewelry. Jewelry pieces won in the mouth (for tongue piercings, for example) tend to fade the fastest.
  • To clean your titanium jewelry, use antibacterial soap and warm water. You may also use specialized cleaning products if they are suitable. Don’t use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry.
  • Titanium is a very tough material. In fact, it has the highest strength to weight ratio of all metals used for body jewelry.

Inverse Navel Piercing

Inverse Navel Piercing For those who enjoy navel piercings but would like to have something more unique, an inverse navel piercing may be the best solution. Navel piercings are beautiful, classy and made to draw attention to your belly. An inverse navel piercing is no different.

The best thing about this piercing is that it can fit any style and outfit. There are many different jewelry options you can use for an inverse navel piercing, from simple rings to richly ornamented curved barbells, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry options being limited.

An inverse navel piercing is a great way to try something new while still getting a stylish, popular piercing type. Inverse belly button piercing is just that – a navel piercing with a twist!

Inverse Navel Piercing Style

An inverse navel piercing is very easy to perform. In many ways, it is similar to a regular belly button piercing. The only difference is the part of the belly button skin that is pierced. With a regular navel piercing, the pierced part is the upper ridge of the navel (skin above the belly button).

With an inverse navel piercing, the piercing goes through the lower ridge of the belly button. It is a small difference, but it allows for some very unique styles and produces a different look than a regular navel piercing.

Not to mention that an inverse navel piercing can easily be combined with a regular belly button piercing. This way, you can use two jewelry pieces, one to go through the hole on top of the belly button and the other to go through the hole on the bottom. Also, another interesting way to combine jewelry is to have an elaborate jewelry piece that goes through both holes at the same time. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

Suitable Jewelry

An inverse navel piercing is very similar to regular belly button piercing, so all the jewelry types suitable for a typical navel piercing can be used here. The difference doesn’t come so much from different jewelry types but form a different placement.

Since the inverse navel piercing has a hole through the bottom edge of the piercing, the jewelry is made to sit under the belly button. With a regular navel piercing, the jewelry sits either above the navel or falls from the top and covers the belly button itself.

Great jewelry pieces for an inverse navel piercing include curved barbells, rings (such as Captive Bead Rings) and circular barbells. There are many jewelry types and designs to choose from, so you won’t have any problem finding suitable jewelry for your inverse navel piercing.

Since most jewelry made for navel piercings is manufactured for the regular (upper rim) navel piercing, it may not completely right when worn on the underside of the belly button. While most jewelry pieces are made to be universal enough and would fit almost any piercing type, some elaborate or richly decorated pieces may work better on the regular navel piercing. In case you like a particular jewelry type and would like to have it in the inverse navel piercing, perhaps you can ask the store to reverse gems (top and bottom) so the jewelry would sit better in the inverse navel piercing. Keep in mind that there are many different gem placements and in some cases you might be able to ask for a different placement.

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry store offers many different jewelry types that would fit both regular and inverse navel piercings. If you want to change a gem placement, you can contact us and ask about different gem placement for your navel pierce.

Additional Tips

  • ·         An inverse navel piercing works best for people who have a prominent “lip” on the underside of the belly button. It means you have to have enough skin on the underside of the navel to get pierced successfully. Typically, it means you should be able to pinch the skin under the belly button.
  • ·         If you are unsure whether you can get an inverse navel piercing or not, consult your piercer. Experienced piercers should be able to tell you straight away is you are a good candidate for this type of piercing. Many people can get an inverse navel piercing, so chances are that you will be fine. However, it’s best to ask beforehand, just to make sure.
  • ·         An inverse navel piercing is a bit more sensitive, not in terms of pain but because it’s more likely to get snagged on the clothes. It is usually not a bit issue, but you need to be careful during the healing period.
  • ·         Since inverse navel piercing is almost like a surface piercing, you need to take a good care of it during the healing period. It may take months (around 4-5 months) for it to heal fully. You should also pay attention and note any potential signs of infection, migration or rejection.

Navel Piercing Jewelry Styles

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

Navel piercing is one of the most popular piercings. In fact, it is probably the most common piercing type after earlobe piercing. Since navel piercings are so popular it’s not surprising that there are many different jewelry types specially made for this kind of piercing.

Here is the list of the most popular navel piercing jewelry styles:

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are probably the most popular jewelry styles for navel piercings and they also tend to be among the most beautiful ones. The post of these barbells is slightly curved, which allows the jewelry to sit comfortably in the piercing.

Curved barbells are among the most versatile body jewelry types, so you can find one for every occasion and style. There are simple curved barbells made of Surgical Steel or Titanium. Or you may opt for richly ornamented and sparkly curved barbells that will sure draw a lot of attention.

Curved barbells typically have two balls (one on the top and other on the bottom), but other placements and designs are possible. The bottom ball is typically larger than the top one, both for easier gripping and for accentuating the jewelry piece. Sometimes, the top of the barbell is not a ball but it’s made into a different shape.

Curved barbells often include gems and other decorations. Gems can be found both on the top and the bottom of the barbell. Many barbells also include dangles and special dangle gems. Many unique decorations and patterns are possible, which makes navel barbells unique, interesting and very versatile.

Since curved barbells are so popular, chances are that you will want to own at least a few of them. Most people opt for several simple barbells and a few special, richly ornamented ones made for special occasions.

Another good thing about this jewelry type is that it can easily be concealed under the clothes. The jewelry rests very close to the body so it’s not really noticeable even under thin clothes. However, it also means it’s vital to choose only jewelry made of body safe materials. With the whole jewelry piece resting against the skin, you want to make sure that you are using only body-friendly materials. Unsafe materials, such as those containing nickel, can provoke serious allergies and should not be used.

Rings

Another popular navel jewelry piercing type is the ring. Navel rings come in many different sizes, styles, designs and materials. One advantage to other styles is that rings provide a circular, close shape on the piercing, which often makes jewelry more secure.

Rings come in several basic styles: Captive Bead Rings (with a removable ball on top), Screwball Rings (with the ball that can be screwed on the ring for more security), Seamless Rings, Segment Rings, and more.

Navel rings are decorated in many different ways. Some are simple yet elegant, and they can be worn with almost any outfit. Others are more complex, with bright, colorful gems or various dangles.

One good thing about navel rings is that they have a circular design, so it’s less likely that they will get caught on the clothes. It may be a significant advantage for new piercings, because chances of infection are reduced. On the other hand, rings tend to be a bit tricky to open. You will sometimes need special ring opening and ring closing pliers, as well as special pliers for large gauge rings.

Circular Barbells

Another popular type of jewelry for navel piercing are circular barbells. These barbells, also known as “horseshoe barbells” combine the effect of a curved barbell and a Captive Bead Ring.

They are circular in shape, so they slide comfortably in the piercing. However, they don’t form a whole circle. The ends are opened and have balls on them. This way, a circular barbell is very easy to insert and take out.

Circular barbells are made of many different materials (Surgical Steel, titanium, gold, etc.) and in many different sizes. While these barbells are usually simple in ornamentation, they look very elegant and they can match any clothing style.

An interesting thing about these barbells is that they can come in different sized balls, if this is what you want. You can have small, micro balls for your circular barbell, or you may opt for huge ones. Also, for many circular barbell types, it’s also possible to choose balls of a different size, if this is what you prefer.

Ear Cartilage Piercing Problems and Solutions

Ear Cartilage PiercingWhen deciding on a cartilage piercing you wish to get, it’s important to take both positive and negative aspects of this piercing type. While ear cartilage piercings are very beautiful and rewarding, it’s important to know how to take a proper care of them.

What to Consider

Ear cartilage is very sensitive and can be damaged easily. For this reason, all cartilage piercings should be performed with caution. Choosing the right piercer is essential. You want someone who is familiar with this type of piercing and someone who will know how to perform the procedure in a correct manner. Needless to say, you will need to choose a good, reliable piercing studio to get your ear cartilage piercing.

Keep in mind that while they don’t seem complex, ear cartilage piercings are trickier than they may look. While they are not among the most complicated piercings, they require someone who is familiar with this exact type of piercing. They are a bit more complex than they seem, so it’s something to keep in mind.

It all comes from the fact ear cartilage is extremely sensitive and can break easily. If done incorrectly, ear cartilage piercing can lead to numerous health problems. The cartilage may break and “melt” – meaning, you can lose part of your ear. In the more extreme cases, reconstructive surgery has to be performed to save the ear.

If this sounds too scary, don’t worry. Ear cartilage piercing is not dangerous if done by a knowledgeable, experienced professional and if you follow all recommended aftercare instructions. In these cases, chances are that your ear cartilage piercing will heal nicely and that you will enjoy it for years to come.

Problems and Solutions

Here are some common ear cartilage piercing problems and how to solve them:

  • Complicated procedure. While the procedure itself is not so complex, it should be done with great consideration. Piercing cartilage is not the same as tissue piercing. All reputable piercers are aware of this. Solution to this problem is easy: always get pierced at a reliable piercing studio and by a knowledgeable professional.
  • Pain. Ear cartilage piercings are surprisingly painful. While they are not as painful as certain types of male and female genital piercings or nipple piercings, they do hurt more than what people expect. The solution? Be informed. While ear cartilage piercings tend to be painful, the pain is not unbearable. Also, the procedure itself is not so painful – it’s that your ear becomes very sensitive afterwards.
  • Infections. Infections are dangerous for all new piercings, but with ear cartilage piercing it gets even trickier, because an infection can spread very quickly and damage your ear. The solution to this problem is to get pierced by a reliable piercer and to follow all the recommended aftercare instructions. Don’t forget to clean your piercing regularly with a saline solution or a specialized piercing cleaning product.
  • Discomfort. Ear cartilage piercings tend to cause discomfort during the initial stages of healing. This is normal. You may use some painkiller if your ear is too sensitive after the procedure. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, you should consult your doctor to make sure there’s no infection underway.
  • Soft bump on the back of the ear. These soft bumps sometimes form around cartilage piercings. They are not so dangerous, provided that they disappear quickly. The bumps usually form when you change your jewelry. To minimize this problem and risks associated with it, always use only well-crafted ear jewelry made from body-friendly materials. Never buy cheap jewelry at a mall – it’s a recipe for a disaster!
  • Long healing time. Ear cartilage piercing takes a long time to heal. There is no way around this. You need to give it that time and to perform cleaning routine every day. While your piercing may look fine after a few weeks, keep in mind that cartilage piercing takes between 3 and 6 months to fully heal. Don’t stop your cleaning routine just because your ear is not sore few weeks after getting the piercing done. Just keep the aftercare routine and your cartilage piercing will heal nicely!

Additional Tips

  • Observe your piercing to notice early signs of infection, migration or rejection.
  • During the healing time don’t wear large headphones and try not to sleep on the side where the new piercing is located.
  • Be careful: ear cartilage jewelry can easily be caught on clothes or hair. Be careful when changing clothes and keep your hair away from your ear during the initial healing time.
  • Since special care has to be made during the healing process, it’s advisable to only get one cartilage piercing at a time.
  • Stay away from cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials. Many cheap gold jewelry pieces are made with nickel, which can cause serious allergies. Always buy your jewelry from a reputable store and made of body-friendly materials.

Reasons to Choose Internally Threaded Jewelry

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally threaded body jewelry is superior to externally threaded. You probably know that it’s valued more, so it’s usually a bit more expensive. This higher price is completely justified: internally threaded jewelry is more complex to make and also more expensive to produce.

It’s one of the main reasons why cheap manufacturers of bad body jewelry rarely bother with internally threaded jewelry: they don’t have money nor equipment to produce it. They are counting on customers’ ignorance and inability to tell the difference. It’s sad to say that there are some people out there who don’t pay attention to this. While most piercing enthusiasts know internally threaded jewelry is the best way to go, there are always people who will buy any cheap jewelry piece at a mall, just because it doesn’t cost much.

Is Internally Threaded Jewelry Expensive?

While internally threaded jewelry is generally more costly to produce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune on it. On the contrary: it is possible to find reasonably priced yet well-crafted internally threaded jewelry.

How? It’s simple. Reputable, reliable manufacturers and body piercing shops know about the importance of internally threaded jewelry. They know this type of jewelry is safe for the customers and they understand why it should be used. For reputable body jewelry makers, internally threaded jewelry is a standard.

Once you make something into a standard, you will stick to it and your customers will learn not to expect anything less from your products. For some, it means keeping high prices on internally threaded jewelry. The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers high-quality internally threaded jewelry at affordable prices. For us, internally threaded jewelry is the standard, and we don’t feel you should be forced to spend a fortune on a jewelry piece just because it is manufactured using the highest standards. Since we use only the best materials and a high-standard manufacturing process you will never get cheap, subpar jewelry with us. At the same time, we are dedicated to keeping our prices reasonable.

Why Internally Threaded Jewelry?

Here are the main reasons why you should always opt for internally threaded jewelry:

  • Safety. Internally threaded jewelry doesn’t have sharp edges that go through your piercing. It means such a piercing is safe and recommended to be used. This is particularly important for new piercings.
  • Comfort. Internally threaded piercing jewelry is more comfortable to wear. It sits better and it’s easier to manipulate it. Internally threaded jewelry is made to ensure the best comfort for the wearer.
  • Vital for new piercings. Internally threaded jewelry should always be used for new piercings and piercings in healing. All initial jewelry pieces should be internally threaded in order not to hurt a new piercing. It is particularly hurtful and dangerous to pass an externally threaded jewelry through a new piercing hole.
  • Better quality. While externally pierced jewelry can be made of high-quality materials and using the latest manufacturing standards, internally threaded jewelry is generally better crafted. The simple reason is that all reputable jewelry makers stick to internally threaded jewelry as a standard, so they don’t even bother with less than optimal externally threaded jewelry.

Is Externally Threaded Jewelry Ever Ok?

While it’s highly recommended to buy internally threaded jewelry, you might have an externally threaded jewelry piece you truly like. Is it ok to wear it?

There is no simple answer to this question. As a general rule, you should always strive to use internally threaded jewelry. Stay away from shops selling nothing but externally threaded jewelry. That being said, externally threaded jewelry may be ok to use in certain situations.

For example, if your piercing is old and nicely healed, you might consider an externally threaded piece. If there is one jewelry piece you truly like and it’s externally threaded, then you may go for it. However, it’s always best to check if the piece you like is available as internally threaded.

Another reason why you might want to go with externally threaded jewelry is the gauge. Most gauges can be made in both variants (internally and externally treaded), but some very small gauges – generally 16 gauge and smaller – may be too small to be made internally threaded. In these cases, you may use externally threaded pieces, but only if they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly material.

In case you want to buy an externally threaded piece, make sure you go with a reputable store. Never choose cheap jewelry you can find at a mall. Such jewelry is often externally threaded and usually brings additional problems, many of which can be dangerous. This type of jewelry is typically made of cheap materials and using bad manufacturing process. Needless to say, you should stay away from such jewelry.

The Beauty of Circular Barbells

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

Circular Barbells are common body jewelry types you can use in many different ways and in many different piercing types. While they are not as popular nor widespread as some other jewelry types, such as Captive Bead Rings or curved barbells, circular barbells can be used for many different piercing so they are definitely jewelry pieces you want to consider.

The Design

The basic design of a circular barbell is a U-shape (or a horseshoe shape). This is how you’ll recognize them. Most of the circular barbells are not round nor do they make a full circle, so don’t be confused by their name.

Circular barbells have a nice round shaft and two open ends with balls or other ornaments attached to them. The ends (and the balls) are usually parallel to each other.

This type of jewelry tends to be simple yet elegant, discreet yet attractive, so it’s suitable for many different piercing types.

Circular barbells can be made of many different materials, such as surgical steel or titanium, though there are also soft, acrylic circular barbells and circular barbells made of other materials. Most of the time, the choice is yours, just make sure to pick a circular barbell made of a body safe material.

When to Use Circular Barbells?

Circular barbells can be used for many piercing types. As a general rule, you may use them in all the piercings where Captive Bead Rings can be used. Unlike Captive Bead Rings, however, circular barbells offer certain advantages.

First of all, the beads of a circular barbell are attached to the barbell so there is no fear you may lose them. With Captive Bead Rings, losing a bead is always a risk. You simply don’t have to worry about it for circular barbells.

Another advantage to circular barbells is that they are much easier to put on and take off. Since they don’t make a full circle, it’s much easier to open them and to take them out. It makes the whole process of changing the jewelry much easier. Not to mention that circular barbells provide some unique visual styles not available with rings.