Vertical vs Horizontal Piercings

Vertical and Hortizontal PiercingsMany times you will hear piercings referred to as “horizontal” or “vertical”. While these terms may sound intuitive, it’s not always clear what they mean. The confusion becomes even bigger when you take jewelry into account.

Many jewelry pieces are made for only one style of piercing (vertical or horizontal) and they simply don’t look great in the other type. Even worse, certain jewelry types can’t be used for a style of piercing they are not made for.

In order to avoid confusion and to be able to tell a difference easily, it’s important to understand the difference between vertical and horizontal piercings.

Piercing Direction

Whether a piercing will be considered horizontal or vertical depends on its direction and position on the body. This is true for both the piercing hole (the direction of the needle) and jewelry worn in a specific piercing.

The two most common directions are horizontal and vertical. They are mostly intuitive and easy to understand:

  • Horizontal piercings are done horizontally on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from left to right. Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from left to right. Examples: typical nipple piercings, septum piercing, Ampallang.
  • Vertical piercings are done vertically on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from top to bottom (up and down). Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from up to down. Examples: typical navel piercing, vertical clitoral hood piercing, Apadravya.

Keep in mind that these directions are not the only ones possible. It’s possible, though rarer, to make a piercing under an angle. This type of diagonal piercings produce a unique look. They are mostly done on ears or navel. For example, diagonal Industrial Piercing may be taken as one of these, though keep in mind that it is, strictly speaking, two piercings in one. Each of the individual piercings that make an Industrial Piercing will typically be ordinary horizontal or vertical piercings, only done at an angle that when combined together, creates a diagonal look.

Another example of a diagonal piercing is eyebrow piercing. While it’s typically considered a horizontal piercing (unless it’s clearly vertical), it’s important to note that eyebrow piercings are often done at a slight angle.

Inside and Out

This divide into horizontal and vertical piercings may seem neat when it comes to piercings where both holes are outside the body. But what about those where only one of the holes is visible on the outside?

For example, many lip piercings, nose piercings and other facial piercings are of this kind. One side of the hole (and jewelry) lies outside of the body while the other one is on the inside. In the case of lip piercings, one hole is on the outside of the lip while the other one is inside the mouth. In the case of a nostril piercing, one hole is outside on the nostril while the one is on the inside.

This sort of placement is characteristic for these types of piercings. So, are these considered vertical or horizontal? There is no universal way to answer this question, especially since it’s often not mentioned how directions are called in the case of these piercings. However, conventional wisdom and piercing practice often treat this piercing types as horizontal piercings.

Yes, they go from inside to the outside rather than left-right, but they can be considered horizontal when it comes to practical aspects. Most importantly, they are defined as “non-vertical”. This is important, because most of these lip and nose piercings have their vertical variant, which is a special type of piercing. With a vertical variant, the hole goes from top to bottom and both ends of the piercing (and both decorative balls) are seen outside of the body.

For example, a typical labret piercing will have the ball outside of the lip but the other end of the jewelry will be inside the mouth. Vertical labret, on the other hand, typically uses barbells and both ends of the barbell (with balls) are seen. This is because, unlike typical labret piercing, a vertical labret will have both holes on the outside of the lip.

Horizontal and Vertical Jewelry

What does it mean for jewelry? While many jewelry pieces can be worn in both vertical and horizontal piercings, some pieces are made for only one type. Furthermore, some pieces are made for piercings that go from inside out (like typical lip piercings or nostril piercings). All these differences often mean a specialized jewelry has to be worn.

Also, some jewelry types are made in two variants, horizontal and vertical. It usually depends on the decoration. Sometimes, the placement of the decorative bead or a gem, dangles or charms will depend on the horizontal or vertical orientation. In these cases it’s important to remember the direction of the piercing and to request either horizontal or vertical variant of the jewelry you wish to buy.

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.

How to Find the Best Fit for Your Navel Piercing

Belly PiercingThe first thing to keep in mind when choosing a suitable belly jewelry piece is the size. Everything else – style, price, decoration, etc. – it all comes later. You will not be able to enjoy your belly jewelry piece if it is not appropriate for you. You need to ensure a perfect fit to enjoy that cute belly jewelry piece you like so much.

Ensuring a Good Fit

Keep in mind that a suitable size of a belly ring is not about your body size or your belly shape. It all depends on your piercing. Factors such as the angle and depth of the piercing will determine the size of the jewelry you can insert safely.

You need to be aware of some industry standards as well as adjustments and variations made. This is the only way to ensure a perfect fit.

There are some industry standards piercers follow, but it all depends on your anatomy and your belly button. It’s not uncommon that the standard is adjusted to fit your body, so you can end up with a bit different piercing. This will also affect the type of belly jewelry you can get and it will make proper fitting a bit more difficult.

Typically, a navel piercing is made in the 14 gauge. Ideal length of the barbell that should be worn for this piercing are in the 3/8″ to 7/16″ range. Most commonly, jewelry worn in a belly piercing is a curved barbell, though some other jewelry types can be worn as well (such as rings).

Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will be a bit longer. It is done because of the swelling and also to allow proper cleaning during the healing process. Once the piercing is healed you will know the correct size of your piercing and the jewelry you should use. Please allow at least 2 months for your piercing to heal properly.

Finding a Good Fit

Finding a good fit is essential for your satisfaction. It’s important to use a belly jewelry piece that is fully suitable for your piercing.

Before you start searching for the best jewelry, you need to know which gauge you are pierced with (14 g is an industry standard, but make sure that it’s used on you). Another thing to keep in mind is the depth of your piercing. It will determine the length of the barbell you can use comfortably.

A piercing can be shallow, standard or deep:

  • For shallow piercing: Use 5/16″ jewelry.
  • For standard piercing: Use 3/8″ jewelry.
  • For deep piercing: Use 1/2″ jewelry.

There are even some piercings that go deeper than that. These piercings will require 9/16″ barbells.

When determining your barbell size, keep in mind that a curved barbell should be fitted in such a way to leave some of the barbell showing. Never opt for a jewelry piece where only the balls and decorations are showing. You need to leave some of the barbell showing to allow for air circulation. It will also prevent the jewelry from pulling into the piercing.

Ideally, leave about 1/4″ of barbell showing.

Measuring Your Jewelry

In order to determine if a jewelry piece is suitable for your piercing, you need to know its size. It means you have to obtain its measurements or measure it itself.

To measure a curved barbell, you have to thread the top ball all the way on and then measure only the barbell itself. Keep in mind that you have to measure a straight line, not along the curve of the barbell.

The starting point is where the top ball meets the barbell, on the underside of the ball. The ending point will be where the bottom ball (or design) meets the barbell on the top side of the ball. Again, make sure to measure in a straight line on the inside of the curve and not along the curve.

Some common lengths are 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″. 1/2″, 9/16″, and more.

You will probably need to test a few sizes, to see which one fits the best.

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

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

Choosing Safe Jewelry

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

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

Navel Piercing Tips

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

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

Curved Barbell Design

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Curved barbells are among the most popular body jewelry types. They are known for their curvature, which makes for many different jewelry styles. In essence, however, a curved barbell is the same as a straight barbell, except for the curve.

Just like a straight barbell, it has a body and a ball (or bead) on the each end. Just like a straight barbell, it can have beads of different sizes and shapes, and it can include ornaments and decorations on the body. Just like a straight barbell, it can be internally or externally threaded.

However, the curvature makes this barbell into completely different, unique jewelry pieces. Curved barbells are suitable for many different types of piercings and they can be used on many body parts.

Typically, beads can be unscrewed from one (or both) ends, for easy removal of the jewelry. Just like any other barbell, circular barbells come in different gauges. To get one that suits you, you need to know your piercing size (in gauges).

Curved Barbells: The Shape

As explained above, curved barbells are basically identical to straight barbells, except the curvature. This curvature can range greatly, which gives many different design options. The curvature can range from almost straight to completely circular. Some barbells are carefully curved to make spirals, with the ends overlapping.

When a barbell is made to be completely circular in shape, it’s a circular barbell, also known as a horseshoe barbell. Some of these barbells have a distinctive U shape instead of a circle.

J- Bars

The so-called „J-bars“ are variations of the circular barbell type. These barbells are only slightly curved, with a 90 degree bend bear one end. This gives them a charasteristic „banana“ look, so they are sometimes known as banana barbells. Just like any other barbell, a J-bar can be either internally or externally threaded.

These J-bars are very popular for vertical navel piercings. A J-bar is a good choice for a belly piercing jewelry because the shape of the barbell allows the decoartive end of the jewelry to be positioned correctly.

Jewelry Types

Curved barbells are among the most popular types of body jewelry and they are used for many different piercing types. They are particularly suitable and popular for navel, nose, tongue and eyebrow piercings, though they can also be used for certain ear piercings as well as genital piercings and nipple piercings.

Curved barbells are best suited for piercing types where captive bead rings can be worn. It needs to be emphasized, however, that circular barbells are usually heavier than captive bead rings, so this is something you need to take into account. On the other hand, circular barbells are generally easier to remove than captive bead rings, so this is one of their advantage.

To remove a circular barbell, all you need to do is unscrew one of the balls (beads). Make sure to do it with care because it’s easy to lose the bead once you remove it. To make removal easier, you may add a bit of the lube to the jewelry. When inserting the barbell, do it gently and make sure to crew the bead tightly so it doesn’t open during use.

Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Choosing a Belly Ring

Surgical Steel Single Dropper Curved Barbell

Surgical Steel Single Dropper Curved Barbell

It’s often difficult to choose the best belly ring design or other type of jewelry for your navel piercing. With so many styles, designs and materials, it’s not easy to decide which one to buy. Even more, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which one is the right choice for you. This guide will try to answer all of the common questions about choosing and buying belly rings and other navel jewelry.

Navel rings are typically made of a curved post inserted into the piercing and stylish balls and pendants on one or both ends. There are many different jewelry types: with beads, gems, diamonds, unique pendants, and more.

There are many different ways to get a navel piercing and it will sometimes, but not always, influence the type of jewelry you should wear. The Upper Vertical navel piercing is the most common belly button piercing. The piercing is made through the upper rim of the belly button and through the interior of the navel. Another common type is the Vertical Inverse, and it’s pierced first through the navel and then through the bottom rim. With horizontal navel piercing, the piercing goes above or below the naval rim and it bypasses the actual naval cavity. Another style is to actually create two piercings.

Choose Quality

The importance of choosing safe, quality body jewelry can’t be overlooked. There are so many different stores and products, often made of inferior or even dangerous materials. These cheap items will break, twist and even endanger your health, since they are often made of unsafe materials. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t buy your jewelry at the mall or other places not specialized in carrying body jewelry.

This part of the buyer’s guide goes without saying, but it needs to be emphasized. You should always choose quality products, and you need to know how to recognize it. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your belly ring – there are many quality products with reasonable prices. However, it’s important to know what a good, quality navel ring is when you see it.

Materials

Perhaps the most important thing to take into account when choosing a belly ring is the material. Materials are important and need to be discussed for all piercings because they will come in contact with your body so they have to be body-safe. This is non-negotiable. If you can choose your navel ring based on one and only one parameter alone, choose based on material. Seriously: it is that important. Never buy any jewelry if you are unsure about the material it’s made of and whether said material is safe for your body.

Unsafe materials can cause allergies and may lead to infections and numerous other problems. Migration and rejection are just some of the troubles you can face if using unsafe materials; you can seriously compromise your health. This is why choosing quality jewelry made of safe materials is an absolute must.

When it comes to proper materials for your belly rings, surgical steel is the most common safe material you can choose. The key word here is surgical, not stainless-steel. Stainless steel often contains various alloys that can be harmful for your body, so it should be avoided. Surgical grade steel is specially made for body use, so you can choose it for your jewelry.

Another good material to use is titanium, as well as certain synthetic materials (such as Bioplast or PTFE), specially made to be hypo-allergenic and safe for body use. Jewelry made of other materials, such as gold, can be used under certain circumstances and if you know you are not allergic to said material.

One word of warning regarding jewelry materials: when choosing a belly ring, it’s important to inspect the design and make sure that the part of the jewelry that goes under your skin or is directly touching your skin is made of a body-safe material. Your jewelry piece may contain parts made of other materials (such as different jewels or ornaments) as long as they never come in contact with your skin. This is why it’s important to carefully inspect any jewelry piece you wish to wear and determine how to wear it and which parts of it will come in contact with your skin. Never buy any jewelry piece unless you are sure about the material it’s made of.

Size

Double Dolphin Navel Orbital

Double Dolphin Navel Orbital

Another important aspect you need to worry about is size. Proper size is important for comfortable fitting and it minimizes the risk of migration, rejection, infections and other problems. Never buy a “cute” belly ring if it’s not available in a size you need. Speaking of which, you need to know what is the size you are pierced with (or what your current size is) so you will know which jewelry to buy. Don’t buy any jewelry unless you are 100% positive it’s the size you need. Using improperly sized jewelry can only bring problems you sure wish to avoid.

Generally speaking, a typical navel piercing is made in 14 gauge. It means that the jewelry of size 14 gauge is the one you should seek. This is by far the most popular size and there are many different and interesting styles and types of belly rings made in this size. However, it doesn’t mean other options don’t exist so it’s important to make sure that this is really the size you need. Also, some people choose to stretch their navel piercing, which means they will need jewelry of a different size.

Different Jewelry Types

There are many different navel jewelry types and designs you can use, so it’s possible to find exactly what you like. Here are some of the most common options for navel jewelry you can try.

Captive Bead Rings. These are simple rings with a captured ball. These styles are smooth and simple so they are less likely to catch clothing. This may be an advantage during healing.
Barbells. Another common and simple style uses a curved barbells. The balls on both ends are typically ornamented or stylish. The bottom ball is often larger and more decorated. Some barbells feature stylish and unique pendants made to hang down from either the top or the bottom ball. Pendants come in many shapes, sizes and designs: you may choose between dangling charms, animals, flowers, abstract designs, and more. These styles are very elegant and best to be used in special occasions. These pieces tend to be larger than the usual ones so they are not recommended for prolonged wear or for sleeping.
Horseshoe. It’s a less common option for a navel ring, but many people use it. This style has a circular post which forms a horseshoe shape. This type of jewelry has balls on both ends, usually ornamented in ways similar to barbell balls.
Twister Spiral. These are beautiful twisted barbells and they look very effective and beautiful. They are simply inserted through a belly piercing and can be secured with a screw-on ball. These are available in many different lengths to achieve different effects.

Tips

• Before choosing a belly ring for yourself, make sure you know your allergies and which type of metals you can wear. If you’re unsure, choose jewelry made of super-safe materials with no alloys.

• Simple designs with smooth balls are safest because they are less likely to catch on clothing. You should have at least one of these plain rings so you can use it during sleep.

• Don’t switch or remove navel rings before your piercing is fully healed. It can take as much as nine months, so you should be patient.

• When in doubt, go for a lightweight belly ring. Heavy rings and jewelry can irritate your skin and make it sore. If you really like a piece of jewelry that’s heavy make sure to wear it for a short time. Avoid sleeping with this type of jewelry.

• If you have an “outie” belly button you can get the so-called “true navel piercing” and have gorgeous and unique jewelry to go with it.

• You can usually change your navel jewelry about 6 months after the initial piercing. However, keep in mind that the healing time is individual so it might take more than this.

• During healing, it’s best to protect your belly ring from being snagged on clothing with an eye patch or hard plastic. Secure it over your navel to protect the piercing and jewelry.

• The most common navel jewelry is 3/8 inches long, though many different sizes exist. The length determines how long the post is. When choosing a belly ring or a barbell, it’s important not to use one that’s too small for your piercing area because otherwise it may irritate the skin and lead to infections.

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

The Single Pearl Curved Barbell is a really cool navel piercing to so off your tan this summer. It is made from High Quality G23 Surgical Titanium High Polish Curved Barbell, with a threaded 9 mm Synthetic Pearl in place of the regular ball. This piece is a must have for your piercing collection.

Triple Gem Set Surgical Steel Captive Bead Ring(s)

Triple Gem Set Surgical Steel Captive Bead Ring(s)

The Triple Gem Set Surgical Steel Captive Bead Rings are naturally made put of the same grade Surgical Steel as everything else that we carry. The Triple Gem Setting is only made for horizontal Piercings like nipple piercings. They are available in two sizes 4mm-5mm-&-6mm balls, and these work well with smaller gauge rings. The other size has 6mm-7mm-&-8mm balls made for the larger gauge rings.rings