Additional Tips for Choosing Tongue Jewelry

Tongue JewelryTongue piercing is very popular so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces made for this piercing type. When choosing good tongue jewelry, however, there are certain things to keep in mind.

Your chosen jewelry piece should not only be elegant and effective. It should also be appropriately sized and made of body-friendly materials. In fact, these things are more important than the looks, so it’s something you need to focus on when choosing your tongue jewelry.

Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to:

Tongue Jewelry Sizes

While there are many different tongue jewelry sizes and designs to choose from, there are some standard sizes you will probably use. Keep in mind that tongue piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, which means it’s probably the jewelry size you will need.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of the jewelry. Since tongue jewelry typically uses straight barbells, the length of the jewelry will be the length of the barbell between the balls. Typically, initial tongue jewelry will be a 7/8 inch straight barbell. It will be later changed to a smaller barbell. The initial barbell has to be longer to account for swelling.

Once the swelling is gone you should get your proper tongue jewelry. Typical tongue jewelry will be a straight barbell 5/8 inches in length.

However, keep in mind that this is just a standard side. A lot will depend on your individual anatomy. For example, you might need to keep 7/8 inch long barbell, or you may opt for a different length.

It’s also possible that you will get pierced with a needle that is not 14 gauge. In this case, you will need jewelry of an appropriate gauge. It’s always vital to know the gauge you are pierced with because this is the only way to choose the right jewelry.

Tongue Jewelry Materials

Another important thing to keep in mind are jewelry materials. There are many cheap jewelry pieces offered out there, often made of dubious materials. While it’s always important to use jewelry made only of high-quality, body-friendly materials, it becomes even more vital when it comes to oral piercings.

Why? Oral piercings are inside your mouth and they come in contact with the inside of your body, so it’s absolutely vital to use only medical-grade and safe body jewelry. This is non-negotiable. You need body-friendly jewelry materials for your tongue piercing.

Luckily, there are many good materials for your tongue piercing to choose from, but you need to know where to look. Some of the best tongue materials include:

  • Surgical Steel
  • Titanium
  • Gold

When choosing jewelry made of these materials, however, make sure they are all made of medical-grade materials and not their cheaper variants. For example, steel should never be stainless steel. You need to use Surgical Steel, preferably the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel.

When it comes to titanium, this is generally a safe material, but it’s best to stick to the high-quality, medical-grade titanium for your tongue piercing.

Finally, if you choose jewelry made of gold, make sure that the gold chosen is body-friendly. Stay away from any gold containing nickel. Nickel is very dangerous and can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is always dangerous but it’s even more alarming in the case of tongue piercings.

When to Change Jewelry?

Another thing to keep in mind is the healing period. It’s very important to know when it’s safe to change your tongue jewelry. If you violate these tips you are risking infections and other problems.

Generally speaking, you will want to change your tongue jewelry at least once or twice. The first time is shortly after getting it done. Chances are that your initial jewelry will be longer, to account for swelling. You should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell once the initial healing is over. It’s always best to ask your piercer to do this for you.

After this, you should wait until your piercing is fully healed to change the jewelry again. Once your piercing is healed you can change your tongue jewelry whenever you want.

Hiding Your Lip Piercing

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lip piercings are beautiful and attractive. One great thing about this piercing type is that it’s both very stylish and discreet. Typical lip piercing jewelry is simple yet elegant. It’s rarely too big or richly ornamented so it’s not distracting. Simple labrets and small rings are among the most popular jewelry types for lip piercings.

If any piercing can be called “discreet yet attractive”, it is sure lip piercing. All variants of lip piercings fall into this category. It’s not surprising that these piercings are so popular: they are cute, beautiful and rarely distracting.

However, there might be a time when you’ll have to hide your lip piercing. Perhaps your boss doesn’t allow piercings or maybe you need to be in a situation where lip piercings are inappropriate. What to do in such a situation?

Hiding Your Piercing

Despite being small and discreet, lip piercings are sometimes considered inappropriate. Most of the time, it’s because your boss or your professors don’t allow any piercings to be worn. While lip piercings are typically small and jewelry is rarely too huge to be distracting, some bosses and other authority figures believe that they should not be used during work or classes.

Another reason why you might want to hide your piercing is because of a special occasion. There are some situations in which any piercing, even the most discreet one, is considered inappropriate.

Finally, there are some situations in which wearing a lip piercing might be uncomfortable and unpractical, on top of being forbidden. Hospitals, dentist appointments and airports are just some of the situations in which you won’t be able to wear your lip piercing.

In all these situations the best idea is to hide your piercing the best you can. Taking out the jewelry is not recommended because your piercing will start to heal, which will make inserting jewelry uncomfortable or even impossible. You should never take the jewelry out unless you wish to retire your piercing. So, the only possible solution is to hide your lip piercing the best you can.

How to Do It: Ideas

Here are a few quick ideas on how to hide your lip piercing effectively and without any damage:

  • Use a retainer. Lip piercing (labret) retainers work wonders for hiding your piercing. These are soft, translucent jewelry pieces you can easily insert in your piercing. Such a jewelry piece will be basically invisible, so you can go to work or classes with it. It will keep your piercing so you can switch to regular lip jewelry once you get home. Another advantage to retainers is that they are typically made of non-metal materials so they can be used in all situations where metal jewelry just wouldn’t be suitable.
  • Cover it. Probably the simplest solution is to simply cover your lip piercing with something. Since lip piercing jewelry is typically small and discreet, it’s not so difficult to cover it. You may cover your jewelry with foundation, a flesh-colored powder or another makeup item. Alternatively, you may simply use a band aid to cover your jewelry. If you decide to go this route, cut a small part of the band aid to cover the jewelry. You don’t need to place the whole band aid on your piercing.
  • Turn the jewelry upside down. Another common trick is to turn the jewelry in the other direction. Meaning, you will put the ball inside your mouth and the flat, more discreet part on the outside. This will make your lip piercing less noticeable. Please note, however, that this may be uncomfortable.

Large Gauge Jewelry Materials

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Large gauge jewelry is typically used for stretched piercings. The most common type of a stretched piercing is stretched earlobe, but there are many other piercings that can be stretched with a great success (septum piercing, nipple piercing and various types of genital piercings, among the others).

All these stretched piercings require large gauge jewelry. This type of jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials used for large gauge jewelry are popular materials used for other types of body jewelry, such as Surgical Steel, gold or titanium. On the other hand, large gauge jewelry can also be made of many other materials, first and foremost, numerous organic materials. This is what makes large gauge jewelry truly stylish and unique.

Metals

Large gauge jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials are common body jewelry materials often used for other types of jewelry. The most common ones are popular body-friendly and medical-grade materials, such as 316LVM Surgical Steel or titanium. These materials are safe, durable and make a great choice for any body jewelry pieces, regardless of gauge.

If you like these metal jewelry pieces, you may choose between numerous large gauge Surgical Steel or titanium rings. Some of these rings are popular Captive Bead Rings, though you may choose other ring types, such as Screwball rings or Seamless rings.

Gold is another popular jewelry material. Gold jewelry can be made in any gauge, so you will find many large gauge gold pieces. When choosing gold jewelry, it’s important to make sure that the gold used is safe. It means it should not contain any harmful alloys, such as nickel. Nickel allergy is a serious problem so it’s important to use only nickel-free gold.

Organic Materials

Apart from popular body jewelry materials, large gauge jewelry has the advantage of using numerous exotic and organic materials. Some materials are too delicate to be used for small-gauge jewelry. With large gauges, however, there is no danger that the material would break. This is why there are so many materials used for large gauge jewelry only.

Organic materials are particularly popular for stretched piercing jewelry. Materials such as wood, stone, bone and horn or glass look wonderful in stretched piercings. These materials are carefully shaped to make large gauge jewelry for your stretched earlobes or another stretched jewelry types.

One advantage of these materials is that they allow the skin to breathe much better than with metal or acrylic. Another advantage are all those unique, organic colors and patterns you get with organic jewelry pieces. Since this type of jewelry is organic, each piece is truly unique and one of a kind.

One note about organic jewelry: it is very effective and beautiful, but it should be used for healed piercings only. This is why you should wait a bit after stretching to use them. Make sure that your stretched piercing is completely healed and infection-free before inserting any organic jewelry piece.

Additional Tips

  • In case you are unsure about jewelry size you have, use a gauge wheel. Gauge wheels are handy tools for measuring your jewelry so you can always choose jewelry of the appropriate size for your stretched piercing. When in doubt, use a gauge wheel so you won’t make a mistake and wear jewelry that doesn’t fit.
  • Organic materials are often porous, which means they make a good place for various bacteria. This is why it’s so important that your piercing is fully healed and stretched properly before you use any organic jewelry pieces.
  • In case you notice any redness, itching, infection, migration or rejection, do not ignore it. Take your jewelry out and replace it with a jewelry piece you’ve worn without a problem. If the problem persist, consult your doctor. You might need to retire a piercing or go back to a smaller gauge, but it’s a small price to pay. You should never allow for a piercing to get infected even if it means that you wouldn’t be able to wear your favorite jewelry piece.
  • Some materials are heavier than the others. Keep this in mind when ordering your large gauge jewelry. For example, Surgical Steel is heavier than titanium. Titanium, gold and all the metals are heavier than organic materials. Some organic materials (stone, glass) tend to be heavier than the others (wood, horn). In some cases, this size and weight can be an advantage (for example, for some genital piercing types). In other situations, heavy jewelry might pose a problem. This is why you should choose materials carefully and pick the one that weights just how you need it.
  • In case you have a stretched genital piercing but your partner doesn’t appreciate heavy jewelry, you may remove your jewelry during intercourse. Make sure to insert your jewelry after intercourse because genital piercings tend to heal very quickly so chances are that you’ll have a lot of problems inserting jewelry after a while. This is a common problem with penis piercings.

Clitoral Piercing

Clitoral PiercingClitoral piercing is a form of female genital piercing. It is a very rare piercing and it depends a lot on person’s individual anatomy. Do not confuse this piercing with more common clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing). Unlike VCH, clitoral piercing goes through clitoris itself. It is a more complicated and serious form of body modification. However, nothing prevents you from getting this type of piercing if you want it and if you are anatomically suited for it.

Placement and Difference to Other Piercings

One of the most important things to know about clitoral piercing is that it’s a piercing done on clitoris itself. It may seem obvious: yes, clitoral piercing is a piercing done on clitoris. However, the situation is not as simple as it sounds. There are many common piercings done in the same area so it’s important to understand the difference between them and clitoral piercing.

The most common piercings done on this body part are clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing) and HCH (horizontal clitoral hood piercing). These piercings are done in the same area as clitoral piercing, but they pierce a different type of tissue. Namely, VCH and HCH pierce only the thin clitoral hood and do not go through clitoris itself.

These piercings are done much quicker and they are less complicated than a clitoral piercing. They are also much more common than a clitoral piercing. In fact, when one talks about “clitoral piercing”, chances are that they mean on clitoral hood piercing.

Clitoral piercings are rarer, but they exist and can be done if a person is anatomically suited for it. Keep in mind that most women are not suited for this type of piercing because their clitoris is fully covered by the hood. To be a good candidate for clitoral piercing, you need to have a large enough clitoris with a protruding head and your clitoral hood has to be loose enough to accommodate jewelry.

If in doubt, consult your piercer to see if you are a good candidate for clitoral piercing. It’s important to choose a piercer who know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that this is a rare piercing so it’s not something your average piercer will know about.

Possible Risks

One of the reasons why clitoral piercing is rarely performed is because of the risks. There is a significant danger of nerve damage if the procedure is not done right. Clitoris is full of nerves and very sensitive, so it’s easy to damage it if the piercer does not know what they doing.

If nerve damage occurs, it can not only pose a health problem but may lead to problems when it comes to sexual stimulation. Some women will become desensitized in this area, which will have consequences for her sexual enjoyment. On the other hand, a woman may become overly sensitive, which is very distracting.

For these reasons, it’s very important to understand the risk and to find a truly experienced, reliable piercer. It’s vital that you find someone who is knowledgeable in this exact type of piercing. This is the only way to go if you wish to have such a rare piercing done right.

Being over-sensitive is one of the common ways to describe a clitoral piercing, even if it’s done right. However, if done right, this added sensitivity may be beneficial, especially for women who usually have a problem to reach orgasm or to experience sexual pleasure.

Keep in mind that clitoral piercing can be very sexually stimulating, which is one of the reasons why women decide to have it done.

Procedure and Aftercare

You need to do some research before you get this piercing done. Inform yourself about all the aspects of the procedure and learn everything you can about this piercing. The next step is to find a truly experienced piercer who can get it done. This is the most crucial step. Don’t rush into it. Research piercers and make sure to find a truly experienced one.

Once you have found your piercer, get a consultation. It’s very important to know if you are anatomically suited for this type of piercing. If yes, take some time to discuss the best placement and ask your chosen piercer to explain the whole procedure.

During the procedure, your piercer will have to place clamps on your clitoris. This can be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t be too painful to endure. After clamping and agreeing on the placement, the piercer will use a special piercing needle to create a hole.

When it comes to pain, there is no doubt that his type of piercing is uncomfortable to perform and it proves to be intense for many people. However, the pierced area itself is not so huge so the procedure itself is relatively quick. More than the initial pain one needs to be careful about pain and sensitivity in the following days.

Since this is a very sensitive piercing you should take extra care in the first days and weeks after getting it done. As the piercing heals you will experience less and less discomfort, but it’s vital to perform aftercare instructions carefully. You need to clean your new piercing at least two times per day, using a saline solution. Since it’s located at a very sensitive area you may need to clean it more than twice per day. Make sure to ask about all of these things and to request detailed aftercare instructions from your piercer.

Jewelry

Since clitoris is a very sensitive body part, the jewelry worn has to be smooth enough not to pose discomfort. Keep in mind that one of the main reasons to get clitoral piercing is to increase sensitivity and to enjoy sex more, so your jewelry should accommodate that.

Typical jewelry pieces for clitoral piercings are circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. However, depending on the placement and anatomy you may be able to wear different jewelry types, such as straight barbells or curved barbells.

The most common jewelry size is 16 gauge. This is a gauge most commonly used to perform this type of piercing.

Popular Nose Piercings

Nose Piercing TypesNose piercings are among the most common piercing types in the world. Their best advantage is that they are both very stylish and relatively discreet. This way, you can wear your nose jewelry almost in any situation and with any outfit.

Of course, some nose piercing types are more extravagant than the others. Same goes for nose jewelry: while there are relatively simple, small and discreet nose jewelry pieces, there are also those that are heavier and richly ornamented. The thing is: nose piercings are so popular chances are that you will find jewelry type you like a lot and want to wear.

Your chosen jewelry will depend on your preferences and style, but also your nose piercing type. There are some very common and popular nose piercings, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those. You may wish to experiment with unusual placements or some less known nose piercing types.

Generally speaking, the most common and popular nose piercing types are:

  • Nostil piercing
  • Septum piercing

More unusual but still popular nose piercings are:

  • High nostril piercing
  • Rhino piercing
  • Bridge piercing
  • Nasallang

The Classic: Nostril and Septum Piercing

Nostril and septum piercings are the most common nose jewelry piercings. At the same time, nostril piercing is much more popular than septum piercing. In fact, nostril piercing is among the top 10 most popular piercings in the world.

This piercing is done on right or left nostril, though there are many people who have both of their nostrils pierced or have multiple nostril piercings in the same nostril. This type of piercing is easy to perform and it usually doesn’t cause problems.

Jewelry is very varied. You may choose between nose bones, nose screws, fish tails and L bars, just to name a few jewelry types unique to nostril piercings.

Septum piercing is another popular option, even though it’s rarer than nostril piercing. One reason why septum piercing is not as popular as nostril piercing is because it appears more extreme and complicated.

In reality, this type of piercing is relatively easy to perform. While it looks like the piercing goes through nose cartilage, it actually doesn’t pierce cartilage at all. Septum piercing is done on a thin tissue inside the nose that stands in front of cartilage. This way, only a very thin tissue is pierced so septum piercing is not complicated at all and it’s not painful.

It’s still very effective, though. With a septum piercing, you will definitely be noticed. Typical jewelry used for this type of piercing are circular barbells, though some people prefect Captive Bead Rings. You may also use tusks and other similar jewelry types for this piercing.

High Nostril Piercing

This piercing is a variation of a nostril piercing. It’s done on the point where the bone on the nostril ends. You may also choose between left and right placement, or you may choose to do both.

While it may seem a bit tricky, this is actually a very easy piercing to perform. It usually doesn’t cause much problems and it’s not particularly painful. It’s a great way to try something new and to be unique without going for a complex, painful piercing.

Jewelry for this piercing is similar to regular nostril jewelry and includes nose screws, nose bones, L-shapes and fish tails.

Rhino Piercing

Rhino piercing has many names. It’s also known as vertical nose piercing, vertical nose tip piercing or nose tip piercing. The name “rhino” comes from the fact that it resembles a rhinoceros, especially if you wear spiked jewelry.

This piercing goes along the length on the tip of the nose, though it’s also possible to choose a deeper placement. It is a very effective and unique piercing so be prepared: it will attract attention.

This piercing type goes through nose cartilage, which makes it more painful and difficult to perform. However, a skilled, experienced piercer should not have a problem with it. However, you need to find a piercer who is knowledgeable with this piercing type.

The most common jewelry worn with this piercing is a straight barbell.

Bridge Piercing

Bridge piercing, also known as “Earl” is a piercing done on the bridge of the nose. While it may seem that it pierces cartilage it actually doesn’t: the only thing that is pierced is the tine skin on the bridge of your nose. It means this piercing is not particularly painful nor difficult to perform.

This is a relatively simple piercing, but it may cause discomfort at first, especially if you wear glasses. It is a surface piercing so it’s prone to migration and rejection.

Typical jewelry worn in a bridge piercing is a curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people may be able to wear straight barbells, but it’s rare. There are even people who opt for Captive Bead Rings, but it’s an unconventional choice.

Nasallang

Nasallang is a horizontal nose piercing that goes all the way through the nose. This way, you get a left nostril piercing, a right nostril piercing and a septum piercing all in one. The name of this piercing is similar to Ampallang, a horizontal penis piercing. It’s clear why: in both cases, a piercing is performed horizontally through the whole length of a body part.

Nasallang is a complex piercing so it’s important to find a truly knowledgeable piercer experienced in performing this type of piercing. It’s vital that you chose a person who knows their job because you don’t want to damage any structure inside your nose.

Common jewelry for a nasallang piercing is a long straight barbell or an industrial barbell.

Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum PiercingA Jestrum piercing is best known as a vertical Medusa piercing. This is a somewhat rare lip piercing type.

However, it’s very unique and effective, so if you’re looking for something more special than a simple Medusa, a Jestrum piercing may be the right thing for you.

About Jestrum

A Jestrum piercing is a variation of a popular Medusa piercing. Medusa is done horizontally on the philtrum, the dimple above the upper lip and under the nose. A Jestrum piercing has a very similar placement, but it’s done vertically rather than horizontally. This is why it’s also known as “vertical Medusa”.

A Jestrum piercing can also be seen as a vertical labret piercing, as the opposite of the more common form, a horizontal labret. With a horizontal labret piercing (including Medusa), the hole is made from the top of the skin to the inside, so one end of the jewelry sits outside of the lip while the other end is inside of the mouth.

With vertical labret piercings, such as Jestrum, the piercing is done vertically along the lip. It means that both holes are on the outside of the lip and both balls of the jewelry sit outside of the mouth. It gives a very unique look and makes these lip piercings different than typical lip piercings that are done horizontally.

Jestrum is a vertical lip piercing done on the philtrum of the upper lip. It’s made in the dimple above the middle of the upper lip, just under the septum of the nose. It is the same placement as a Medusa piercing.

However, unlike Medusa, Jestrum is done vertically so both ends of the piercing are visible externally. The upper part of the piercing sits on the philtrum while the lower part sits on the underside of the upper lip.

Jewelry

A great thing about Jestrum piercing is that it gives you more jewelry options than a Medusa piercing. While Medusa typically uses a simple labret stud, Jestrum piercing uses curved barbells and other similar jewelry types.

Remember, with a Jestrum piercing both ends of the jewelry are visible, which creates unique look and makes the jewelry truly stand out. You may opt for simple yet elegant curved barbell or you may go with something more ornamented. The choice is yours. However, keep in mind that jewelry has to be comfortable enough because it will sit between your lips.

Some people even choose to wear other jewelry pieces in their Jestrum piercing, such as a circular barbell or even a ring, but these are rarer options.

Just like with a Medusa piercing, the initial jewelry will have to be longer to accommodate for swelling. After a few weeks, when the swelling is gone, you should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell. Typically, this should be done by your piercer.

Additional Information

  • Jestrum piercing is sometimes combined with a lower labret piercing to make a symmetrical look.
  • Correct placement is crucial for a Jestrum piercing. Incorrect placement can lead to numerous problems, such as tooth erosion and gum problems.
  • Just like a Medusa piercing, Jestrum piercing may be uncomfortable to perform, since this part of the lip is very sensitive. It’s also vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your Jestrum piercing regularly in order to avoid infections and other problems.

Dermal Piercings

Dermal PiercingDermal piercings are those piercings performed on the flat surfaces of the body. They differ from surface piercings because they have only one hole seen on the skin. While a typical piercing has an entry hole and an exit hole, dermal piercings have just one hole that can be seen on the surface of the skin. This produces a very unique visual effect and allows for many creative placements for the jewelry.

About Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are gaining more and more popularity. These specialized piercing types are like no others. They have only one hole on the surface of the skin, and only one hole for the jewelry. The other end of the jewelry is neatly placed within the dermal layer of the skin. This is how this type of piercing got its name.

What makes dermal piercings particularly attractive is the visual image they create. A person wearing dermal jewelry has beads forming on top of the skin. The beads can be positioned in many different ways, so there’s enough room for experimentation with this piercing type.

Dermal Piercing Benefits

This unusual piercing type brings numerous benefits, especially compared to surface piercings. Dermal piercings can be positioned on almost any flat surface of the skin, even the ones that are hard to pierce.

Another advantage to dermal piercings is that they are longer lasting than surface piercings. Unlike surface piercings, which are only made through the surface of the skin, dermal piercings use jewelry that is anchored under the skin. It makes these piercings less prone to migration and rejection.

Finally, dermal piercings are great because they allow you to be creative. Typically, a person won’t get only one dermal piercing. Dermal piercings are done in pairs or groups. Depending on the placement, you can create numerous interesting patterns so it’s a great choice for those who wish to be creative.

Most Common Placements

Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any surface of the skin to achieve many different piercing options. However, the most popular placements include:

  • Around eyes (all areas)
  • On the ear
  • On the face (all areas)
  • On the fingers
  • On the neck
  • On the wrist
  • On the lower back

The Procedure

The procedure is not particularly complicated but you need to visit an experienced piercer. There are two common methods for performing dermal piercings: with a needle and with a dermal punch.

The needle method resembles any other piercing procedure. The main difference is that during the procedure, the piercer creates an L-shaped pouch on the skin instead of a simple hole. The pouch is made to hold the base and anchor of the piercing. The jewelry base is inserted carefully, typically using forceps. At the end, the jewelry top (a bead or another decoration) is fixed to the base.

The punch method is similar to the needle one, but the main difference is in the way the pouch is made. Here, the tissue is removed to make the pouch for the jewelry base. While this process is said to be less painful, it is also more prone to problems so it’s banned in many places.

Aftercare

Dermal Piercings require their own aftercare, though you will find it’s not so different than with the regular piercing. Keep in mind that a clean dressing is placed over the pierced area for the first several hours, and some people may even use bandages. It all helps with the healing process.

To take care of your dermal piercing, clean it with salt solution or a specialized cleaning product. The easiest way to go is to take a clean paper towel to pat the area around piercing. Use another towel to dry the area after cleaning.

Keep in mind that most dermal piercings take about 3 months to heal, so it’s important to keep this aftercare routine in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry type for dermal piercings is dermal anchor. Dermal anchors are specially designed for this piercing type and they are made in such a way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Dermal anchors are placed under the skin. They typically have holes so the tissue can grow through them. It anchors the jewelry under the skin so it’s less likely to migrate or cause other problems. Of course, in order for this to work safely, a dermal anchor has to be made of a medical-grade material.

The base of the dermal anchor goes under the skin, while the top stays out of the skin. This is where the decoration (such as a bead, or a gem) is attached. This way, only the decoration is seen on the surface of the skin.

Dermal anchors typically use simple yet effective beads. Some beads have a gem on top while others are decorated in bright colors and interesting patterns. While the anchor stays under the skin, you can change the bead to give your dermal piercing a new look.

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.