Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow PiercingEyebrow piercings are among the most popular facial piercings in the world and one of the most popular piercings in general. It is not uncommon for people to have this one as their only piercing. While it’s very popular with young people eyebrow piercings are common among all the demographics.

Piercing and Procedure

Eyebrow piercing is typically done vertically through the ridge of the eyebrow. Depending on the person’s anatomy and wishes, the placement and orientation of the piercing can be different. Many eyebrow piercings are done at a slight angle but are still considered to be vertical piercings. Other placements and orientations are also possible, though they are generally considered to be variations of the general eyebrow piercing.

What is important to know about eyebrow piercing is that it’s a surface piercing, albeit the most famous of them all. However, as a surface piercing it is prone to some of the common problems other surface piercings face, such as migration and rejection.

Eyebrow piercings are not particularly difficult to perform, though it’s vital to go to a reliable piercing studio and hire and experienced piercer. The procedure is typically performed using a cannula needle. Some piercers use clamps for easier guidance. The needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and it exits through the top of the eyebrow. The exact placement is decided based on the client’s wishes and piercer’s recommendation.

Typically, eyebrow piercings are pierced with needles ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge. However, 16 gauge seems to be particularly common, though 14 gauge and 12 gauge are also popular.

Jewelry

Since eyebrow piercings are done in gauges ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge this is the range of the jewelry sizes used for this piercing. As with any other piercing, it’s crucial t know the gauge you’re pierced with so you can wear appropriate jewelry.

Typical jewelry for eyebrow piercings are curved barbells. While general curved barbells can be used there are also curved barbells made specially for eyebrow piercings.

Other jewelry choices are also common. For example, some people prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings while others opt for different type of barbells (usually curved barbells though some even choose to wear straight barbells).

The jewelry puts pressure on the piercing, which can increase the risk of migration, rejection and other problems. This is why it’s so crucial to use jewelry that is comfortable and has a perfect fit for the piercing. It’s important to minimize the pressure in order to protect the piercing and minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The eyebrow can be pierced anywhere above the eye, so there are many different placements possible. The furthest away one can go is to the edge of the eyebrow by the temple.
  • It is also possible to pierce an eyebrow further away above the eye, but this is a more risky procedure because of the presence of supra-orbital nerves.
  • Eyebrow piercings can be done in pairs and groups, depending on the wishes.
  • If done horizontally, this piercing is known as a horizontal eyebrow piercing.
  • A variant of this piercing is done underneath the eye. This one is known an anti-eyebrow piercing.
  • The healing time for this piercing is about 6 to 8 weeks for the initial healing. Full healing can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
  • Eyebrow piercings are known to produce crusts and discharge during healing. However, if you notice an abnormal amount of discharge or other problems, make sure to consult a medical professional. Same goes for any pain or prolonged swelling you may encounter.
  • The larger gauge is less likely to migrate and reject, so it’s better to be pierced at a larger gauge (for example, 14 gauge or 12 gauge) to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Gold as Body Jewelry Material

14K Gold - Spiral

14K Gold – Spiral

Gold is a beautiful and elegant material that is often used for jewelry. This noble metal is valuable and stunning so it’s not surprising that some of the most beautiful jewelry pieces in the world are made of gold.

Gold also makes a good body jewelry material. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you use any body jewelry piece made of gold. It’s vital to ensure safety and to know how to choose gold jewelry pieces properly. You need to know this info to use gold as body jewelry material properly.

What Gold to Use

Gold is a noble metal that’s often used for traditional jewelry as well as body jewelry. In order to be suitable for piercings, however, gold has to be of specific quality. This is important to keep in mind in order to keep your piercing safe and problem-free.

The first thing to think about is the purity. Pure gold is a very soft metal. It’s about as soft as lead so it’s not the best body jewelry material. All gold with purity higher than 18 is simply too soft. Such a soft metal can be easily scratched, which can lead to numerous problems. Scratches can easily hurt or irritate the body, so jewelry made of such soft gold is nod body friendly and definitely not safe to use.

Another thing to keep in mind are the alloys. These alloys are other metals and elements added to gold in order to improve its characteristics. All gold except for pure 24k gold contains alloys. These alloys make the metal harder and less prone to scratches and bending. However, these alloys can be irritants in some cases, so it’s vital to keep the gold’s purity high enough so the contents of alloys in the gold is low.

To strike a perfect balance between purity and hardness, it is recommended to use only 14k  gold for body jewelry (or perhaps 18k, in rarer cases). The best way to ensure safety is to use only 14k gold for body jewelry.

Perhaps the most important thing to ensure safety is to use only jewelry made of nickel-free gold. Nickel allergies are very serious so jewelry containing nickel should be avoided at all costs. That’s why it’s important to check that any body jewelry piece you wish to use is nickel-free.

Additional Tips

  • Gold plated and gold overlay jewelry is not recommended. It is not body-friendly and should be avoided. Same goes for gold-filled and vermeil jewelry. This jewelry is not really made of gold: the gold layer is too thin and can easily be scratched to reveal the underlying metal that might not be body-friendly at all. In order to avoid problems you should never use gold plated and similar jewelry as your body jewelry.
  • Gold is NOT recommended as initial jewelry. Piercings in healing (fresh piercings) should never use gold jewelry. Body fluids can easily corrode the base metals in the alloy and lead to discoloration of the surrounding tissue. It can also lead to gold allergy, in case the person is allergic to gold. For this reason, it’s best to avoid gold as initial jewelry material and stick to medical-grade materials such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel.
  • Gold makes a good jewelry material for fully healed piercings, as long as it’s 14k and nickel-free.
  • The autoclaving process can sometimes discolor the gold, but it won’t make it unsafe to use.
  • Gold is usually available in at least two variants: yellow and white gold. Other types of gold can also be used for body jewelry, such as rose gold.
  • Gold jewelry should be kept clean and polished regularly in order to keep it shiny and keep its quality.

Christina Piercing

Christina PiercingChristina Piercing is a female genital piercing performed below the pubic mound. While it’s not the most popular female genital piercing in the world, it’s common enough so there are many people who have this type of piercing done.

Christina is a very stylish piercing so it can look really good. Most women choose to have this piercing for the aesthetics, since it’s not known to enhance sexual pleasure, so it cannot be considered a “functional piercing” in this sense. However, it looks really effective so it’s not surprising that many women choose to have this piercing done.

The Piercing

Christina piercing is also known as “Venus piercing”, since it’s done on the mons Venus. This piercing has a specific placement below the pubic mound, at the place where the outer labia meet. This piercing is relatively long: it goes from the top of the clitoral hood, through the ridge where outer labia meet, all the way to the surface of the pubic mound.

This is a relatively new piercing. It was first performed in 1990 by Tom Brazda on a woman named Christina. It’s interesting to mention a slight controversy over this piercing: traditionally, new piercings are named after the first person who got them. Rumor has it that a female customer suggested this piercing and made an appointment; however, before this appointment the piercer performed the same procedure on a woman named Christina. This is how the piercings was named after the first person who actually got it, but not the one who suggested it.

Christina piercing is done on a place with thick, fatty tissue, which makes healing time longer. It’s vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your piercing properly to avoid infections and other problems.

Typically, Christina piercings are typically performed with 12 gauge or 10 gauge needles. Smaller gauges are not recommended for this piercing.

A good news about Christina piercings is that they are usually not very painful. They hurt as a typical body piercing, but not as much as more sensitive genital piercings.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Christina piercing is a curved barbell. Since there are significant anatomical differences between women, jewelry is often customized to achieve the best fit. In order to get a proper jewelry for your Christina piercing it’s important to know the exact length of the barbell you need.

Some women choose to wear a Captive Bead Ring in their Christina piercing, but not all women are anatomically suited for it. If in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you can use rings in your Christina. However, keep in mind that rings can be used only once the piercing is fully healed.

Another jewelry option for this piercing type is a surface bar, but this is a rarer option. One advantage to surface bars is that they greatly reduce the risk of rejection.

Additional Tips and Info

  • Christina piercing is a surface piercings (except in rare cases, but it depends on a woman’s anatomy). As a surface piercing, it has a high risk of migration and rejection.
  • Before getting Christina done, it’s vital to make sure you are anatomically suited for it. Not all women can get this piercing done.
  • Christina piercing can’t enhance sexual pleasure but it should not cause any discomfort. However, some women claim it’s painful or uncomfortable when it’s pressed, which may be a problem in some sexual positions.
  • It takes about 3 to 5 months for Christina piercings to heal. In some cases, the healing time can be much longer, 8 to 10 months or even more.
  • Christina piercings are known to cause certain problems due to the long piercing hole and constant friction against underwear. This increases the piercing’s risk for infection, migration and rejection.

Barbells or Rings: Which is Better for Initial Jewelry?

Barbells or RingsSome people wonder which is the best jewelry type for initial piercings. As you know, initial jewelry should satisfy some special standards regular jewelry does not have to include.

For example, while all body jewelry has to be made of body-friendly materials, certain materials are considered safe only for fully healed piercings.

For example, initial jewelry should use only certain materials, such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel, while gold and organic materials are not recommended for new piercings.

Similarly, initial jewelry should be of a certain length. This is particularly important for piercings where swelling is expected. Many piercings swell after the procedure is performed, so initial jewelry should be longer than the regular one.

Apart from these guidelines, there is also one common dilemma about initial piercings: should barbells or rings be used as jewelry? Or, to put it this way: which jewelry type is more suitable for new piercings – barbells or rings?

Which is Better?

Generally speaking, both barbells and rings are good choice as initial jewelry, as long as a particular jewelry type can accommodate this jewelry. Most piercings that can use barbells (be it straight, curved or circular barbells) can also use rings, so it’s not a problem.

Rings are often considered to be safer because they allow for easier cleaning. Proper cleaning is vital for aftercare and preventing problems, so it’s very important to perform regularly. Also, rings can accommodate swelling easily, so they often do not have to be changed once the first swelling is gone.

On the other hand, rings have certain disadvantages. They are more difficult to insert, though this should not be much of a concern, since your piercer will be the one to insert your initial jewelry. Also, rings are reported to cause more discomfort in some cases.

If we talk about barbells, it’s important to know that they can be cleaned properly – you just have to be more careful. Also, it’s possible to use a long enough barbell to accommodate for swelling, so this should not be a concern.

For example, rings are not a great initial jewelry choice for tongue piercings. In this case, it’s best to use a barbell. However, it’s vital to choose a barbell that is long enough to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone it has to be changed for a shorter barbell. It’s best to make your piercer change the jewelry for you.

The same should be done for other piercings with a significant swelling, such as lip piercings. Rings may be great jewelry for these piercings once they are fully healed, but different jewelry types, such as barbells or labrets are better used as initial jewelry. Just like tongue jewelry, initial lip jewelry should be longer to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone, your piercer should change your jewelry to a shorter one.

Also, navel piercings will typically benefit from barbells instead of rings as initial jewelry. While you may wear rings in your healed belly button piercing, it’s better to use a curved barbell as your initial jewelry. Rings are more likely to move inside the piercing and they can easily get snagged on clothing, which can be dangerous during the healing time.

Another thing to note in barbell vs ring dilemma is that the difference in curvature. Rings are always curved, which may be problem for certain piercings. With barbells, you can choose between different barbell designs, from straight to curved and circular. Each has a different curvature, so in case your jewelry has to be straight, it’s best to avoid both rings and more curved barbells and stick to straight barbells.

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, there is no much of a difference. Both barbells and rings make suitable initial jewelry, as long as they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials. For most piercing types, there is really no need to stress over the choice. Both barbells and rings will do a good job.

In some cases, yes, there is a bit of a difference. This is particularly important for very sensitive piercings, or those that are not easy to clean. However, it’s important to know that this small advantage also brings certain disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice is yours (and your piercer’s). That being said, keep in mind that both barbells and rings are good choices and neither will endanger your new piercing.

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing

VCHThe vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular female genital piercings. In fact, if a woman wants to have a genital piercing, there is a huge chance that she’ll choose this one!

Vertical hood piercing is relatively easy to get and it provides a lot of pleasure, so it’s not surprising that so many ladies have this piercing done.

Piercing and Placement

The vertical hood piercing, also known as VCH, is a very popular piercing. It is very old in origin: it is believed that it predates contemporary body piercing. While some people believe that genital piercings were all invented in the late 20 century, the truth is that many of these piercings are very old in origin.

VCH is, in many ways, the “basic” genital piercing you can get. Since it is so popular, this is usually the first piercing anyone who wishes to have a genital piercing asks for.

This piercing is done on the clitoral hood, the thin layer of tissue covering the clitoris. Since this is the vertical variant, it passes vertically through the hood, typically through a single central hole.

Interestingly, many people still think that a VCH is a “clitoral piercing”. There are also many women who require a “clitoral piercing” while they actually mean on the Vertical Hood Piercing. It’s important to know that a true clitoral piercing is a very rare genital piercing and it’s much more complex than a VCH. Keep in mind: VCH does not pass through the clitoris itself, only through the hood.

If you wish to have a basic genital piercing of the clitoral area, this is the one you should ask for, not a clitoral piercing.

Jewelry

There are several common jewelry types for VCH. Probably the most popular jewelry type used is a curved barbell. It has a double purpose: it serves both as a decoration and as a functional element to rub against the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.

Another common jewelry type used is a Captive Bead Ring or, rarer, a different type of a ring. It works similarly to a curved barbell, providing both the aesthetics and functionality by rubbing against the clitoris.

It’s also important to note that many of these jewelry pieces are very beautiful and nicely decorated, similarly to navel jewelry pieces. It is not uncommon for a VCH jewelry to have a gem, decorated bead or another ornament. These are very cute and look beautiful. Just do not go overboard: keep in mind that this is a very sensitive body part and you can get hurt if your jewelry gets caught on clothes. Huge jewelry can also be a nuisance during sex or it can enhance the experience – it all depends on the situation!

Additional Tips and Info

The healing time is relatively short, since there is a great blood flow to the area.

  • You should not have sex during the initial healing time. After this, it’s best to use condoms for vaginal sex until the piercing is healed.
  • A VCH is considered a functional piercing, which means it can increase sexual pleasure. The jewelry rubs against the clitoris, which is very arousing. It is not surprising why this piercing is so popular – it can bring great joy and sexual pleasure.
  • There are different reports about the level of sexual stimulation this piercing provides. Some people even claim that VCH gives constant arousal and pleasure. Most women who have this piercing done, however, say that the change is neither so drastic nor distracting.
  • Not all women are anatomically suited for this piercing. This is why it’s so important to consult your piercer first to see if you are built for this piercing.

How to Tell if a Piercing Studio is Bad?

studioThere are many good, reputable piercing studios with knowledgeable professionals. Getting a quality and safe piercing service is not rare these days. However, there is still a large number of sketchy, bad piercing studios popping all over the place. In order to avoid them and to prevent any possible unsafe and dangerous experiences, it’s important to know how to tell a bad piercing studio from a good one. Here are some of the most common signs that a piercing studio is bad:

It’s Unprofessional

A good piercing studio depends on its professional staff and piercers with good skills. Bad studios have amateurs who do not know what they’re doing. This is extremely dangerous. You do not want to rely on such individuals to perform your piercings.

There are many different ways in which this lack of knowledge can manifest itself. They won’t be able to answer your questions and they will never be specific enough about your needs. This is a very dangerous sign, since it signals that the piercers are ignorant or inexperienced. Bad piercers can endanger your health so you should never agree to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

It’s Cheap

Let’s face it: you get what you pay for. Beware of studios offering suspiciously low prices for piercings and jewelry. There is a reason why getting pierced at a mall kiosk is cheap – and unsafe. If you find a piercing studio with prices as cheap as a mall kiosk, ask why. No reputable studio can offer such low prices. They have to make some money so their service is not the best. Even more, it should make you wonder about their autoclave and sanitary conditions in the studio, as well as skills of their piercers.

That not to say that a studio has to be overly expensive or that it should never offer a discount or a coupon, or that their jewelry has to be pricey. There is a difference between marketing and bad service. You should be able to tell who is serious and who’s keeping the prices low because something important is missing in their quality.

It’s Dirty

Keep in mind that piercing is a procedure done on the body. As such, a studio has to adhere to all the highest standards. Hygiene has to be perfect inside the entire studio, especially in the room where piercings are performed. While that room should be sterile, other parts of the studio have to be clean as well.

Dirty counters, waiting rooms and toilets are a bad sign. If you notice the lack of hygiene and attention in these places you should rightfully wonder about the studio’s ability to keep the piercing process sterile and safe.

It’s Not Playing by the Rules

A sketchy studio is not doing all in the way that is recommended by the industry. Some of these studios do not follow the industry’s guidelines. Furthermore, some of these studios are even doing some illegal things, such as piercing minors. It’s not surprising for such studios to lack a spore test or a proper autoclave.

In short, these studios are not doing their work the way it’s required by the industry. By ignoring guidelines or performing illegal activities they are endangering the health of their clients.

Dentist Recommendations for Oral Piercings

Dentists and Oral PiercingsOral piercings are very popular among people of different ages. It is therefore not surprising for dentists to have patients with oral piercings.

You may wonder how dentists approach oral piercings and what’s their opinion on the subject.

While you may think dentist’ attitudes are not important in this matter, it’s always worth knowing about proper dental care and potential problems oral piercings may cause so you can prevent them.

Are Oral Piercings Dangerous?

Dentists often recommend caution when it comes to oral piercings. It’s important that they are carefully done so they don’t harm or damage teeth and gums. The most common oral piercings, such as tongue piercings and lip piercings (that have the end hole inside the mouth) can be placed in the way not to cause damage, but a great care must be taken. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to find a reliable piercer who will perform piercing in the most optimal way.

Even with these precautions, it’s important to understand that oral piercings can sometimes cause damage, especially if jewelry comes in contact with teeth and gums. This is particularly true for some more unusual or rare oral piercings, such as smiley, frowny or some even rarer forms. Keep in mind: the rarer a piercing is, the most risk there is because chances are that it will come in contact with sensitive tissue or teeth. Also, rare piercings are less standardized so there’s less knowledge about optimal placements and other technicalities.

That being said, even dentists agree that oral piercings do not have to be dangerous or harmful, as long as they are done right. Also, it’s important to choose optimal jewelry that will not cause damage.

Appropriate Aftercare

Dentists uniformly agree that it’s best to leave your oral piercing alone in order to reduce the risk of infections and other problems. The only thing you should do is perform adequate aftercare during the healing period.

Keep in mind that oral piercings demand specific aftercare. You need to rinse your mouth regularly with a saline solution. You need to do this after every meal in order to prevent problems. It’s important to perform aftercare regularly.

Other than that, however, dentists recommend not to do anything to your piercing. Resist the urge to touch your jewelry and never use strong chemicals or mouthwashes during the healing period. Dentists recommend to use the least invasive products, especially during the initial healing time.

Dentist Tips

  • Wash your teeth and tongue regularly to maintain optimal hygiene.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals, especially during the healing time.
  • Observe your piercing regularly to notice early signs of infections and other problems.
  • Wear smooth jewelry that will not harm your teeth and gums.
  • Jewelry for oral piercings has to be reliable and well-crafted so it doesn’t crack or break.
  • If you notice swelling or another problem, make sure to contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
  • To receive optimal dental care, choose a dentist who is experienced with oral piercings.

LITHA Aftercare Approach

Aftercare ApproachMany piercing enthusiasts know about the LITHA strategy for aftercare. What is LITHA and how to perform it?

Good news: it’s actually very easy to follow this aftercare approach. Not to mention this is the best way to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

What is LITHA?

LITHA stands for: “Leave It The Hell Alone”. A simple concept, isn’t it? This approach basically says that the best way for your piercing to heal is to manipulate is as little as possible. It means that you should not touch it, twist the jewelry or rub it in any way. However, it also means you should not use a lot of cleaning products on it.

Of course, you SHOULD clean it twice per day (or more, depending on the piercing type and your piercer’s instructions), but that should basically be it. When cleaning, use only non-invasive cleaning mixture that is approved for new piercings. Absolutely the best is to use plain saline solution.

Avoid strong chemicals and invasive cleaners on your new piercing. They can do more harm than good. You may use anti-microbial soap or a specialized cleaner made for new piercings, such as H2Ocean cleaner, but make sure that whatever you use is suitable for new piercings.

Other than that, follow LITHA. Leave your piercing. Do not touch it, do not manipulate it in any way. Do not even clean it more times than necessary, or a using a stronger saline solution than recommended. All these things can compromise the healing process and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

The idea behind the LITHA approach is that, as long as you keep your new piercing clean, your body will heal it perfectly on its own. No additional cleaning agents and products are needed. Nor is needed for you to touch or manipulate your new piercing in any way, except when you clean it (and even then the contact must be minimal).

What Not to Do

Here are some things you should avoid during the aftercare:

  • Twisting and turning your jewelry. This is not necessary and can compromise the healing process.
  • Strong products and chemicals. A new piercing is best cleaned with a saline solution. Never use invasive products on your new piercing. Also, make sure that the saline solution you use is not too strong for your piercing.
  • Overcleaning. You should not clean your piercing more than several times per day. It will only irritate it.
  • Rub it on clothes. This is tricky, because you need to be careful at all times. Do not let the jewelry on your new piercing get caught on clothes. Also, make sure not to rub it during sleep. In case of an ear or facial piercing, remove the hair away from it.
  • Change jewelry too soon. You should wait before you change your initial jewelry, unless a new jewelry piece is needed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, go to your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to do it by yourself.

All in all, keep in mind that”less is more” is a good strategy during the healing time. In case you notice something wrong (such as prolonged pain, redness, swelling and other signs of infection) you should consult your doctor. In case everything looks and feels fine it’s best to manipulate your piercing as little as possible.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Segment and Seamless rings are a good alternative to classic Captive Bead Rings.

They are mostly used in the same way as CBRs are, and for the same piercing types, but they are designed a bit differently, which gives them some advantage to typical Captive Bead Rings.

Segment Rings

Unlike Captive Bead Rings, segment rings don’t have a bead. Instead, they have a removable segment. This segment is tightly pressed to the rest of the ring to make a perfect round shape when the ring is closed. Segment rings tend to be more elegant than Captive Bead Rings, since they offer a more seamless look.

To open a segment ring, simply hold the ring with the segment at the top. Push the segment gently to one side to open the ring slightly and force the segment out. Typically, opening a segment ring is easy, but closing it can be a bit tricky. To put the segment back, put one of its ends in the ring and push the segment in toward the end of the ring while pulling the other side out. It requires some practice but you will soon learn how to do it properly. Always be careful in order to preserve the ring’s shape and to prevent damages to the ring.

Keep in mind: you should never simply pull the segment straight out of the ring without opening the ring slightly first. It may cause the ring to lose its shape and functionality.

Seamless Rings

Seamless rings go even further. They do not have a ball or a separate segment of any kind. Instead, all they have is a split in the ring. This split is so sharp and thin that it’s not easily visible, which gives the ring a perfect seamless design. This is a very elegant choice so it’s not surprising that seamless rings are so highly praised for their beauty.

One great thing about seamless rings is that you can easily slip in and out of your piercing. No beads to worry about. There is no risk that you’ll lose an integral part of a ring since the whole ring is made in one piece!

How to open and close a seamless ring? The only correct way to do it is to twist them open and closed. It means that you have to pick different your ring with both hands near the split and twist the ends in the opposing directions to open the ring. Do the opposite to close it: simply squeeze the rings sides together.

One word of warning: if you open and close these rings incorrectly you can stretch them, which will make the opening wider. This may make the ring lose its original shape or even to become unusable in some cases. Opening and closing seamless rings with pliers is not recommended, since they can damage the ring’s perfect shape. They are great for Captive Bead Rings and segment rings, though.

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

One word at the end: there is nothing wrong with Captive Bead Rings. In fact, they are beautiful, comfortable and very practical in many situations. There is a reason why they are the most popular body piercing ring type and why so many users choose them as body jewelry.

The problem is, CBRs have a bead that is not attached to the ring. It means it can fall off easily and there goes your beautiful ring. Of course, you may always use a replacement bead (in fact, that is highly recommended to do), but if you don’t want to worry about beads at all, get a ring without a bead.

Another thing is that CBRs can be very difficult to open and close. While some of these issues are present with segment rings, different designs allow for different opening and closing dynamics, which some users appreciate.

Finally, segment and seamless rings have a more seamless design and they tend to be perfectly round. This may look more elegant than a standard ring with a bead, so some people prefer these rings because of their aesthetics. And not just aesthetics: in some cases, having a perfectly smooth jewelry piece is exactly what you need (for example, if you have a highly sensitive piercing such as a genital piercing).