The Proper Fit for Nipple Rings

Star Nipple Shield and Barbell

Star Nipple Shield and Barbell

Nipple rings and other types of nipple jewelry are very effective and truly make your nipple piercing stand out. However, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the most appropriate size. Unlike many other piercings, knowing the gauge is not enough; you need to choose the appropriate length of a barbell and a suitable shape of the jewelry (this is particularly true for nipple shields and other jewelry types encircling the nipple).

Different Types of Nipple Piercings

The first step in choosing an appropriate nipple jewelry is to choose a jewelry type you wish to buy. There are many different jewelry styles, sometimes collectively known as “nipple rings”. However, rings are just one jewelry type, and it’s not even the most commonly used for nipple piercings. The most common and the most basic nipple jewelry type is straight barbell.

  • Straight barbells. A straight barbell made of a body-safe material is the most common jewelry type for nipple piercing. These are standard straight barbells and many of them can be used for other types of piercings. Some barbells specially made for nipple piercings have gems facing out so they can be seen from the front.
  • This basic jewelry type can further be expanded to add various dangles, chains and decorations. These decorations typically hang on a chain attached to the ends of the straight barbell.
  • The most complex nipple jewelry type is a nipple shield. This jewelry type is made to encircle the nipple and make it stand out from the hole in the center. Some nipple shields are not even made for pierced nipples and they are held in place using special glue or some other method. Nipple shields made for pierced nipples are attached to a straight barbell which goes through the piercing.

Sizing and Fitting

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Sizing for nipple jewelry can be a bit difficult because there are several things to take into account, depending on the type of the jewelry: the gauge, the length of the barbell and the diameter/shape of the hole (for nipple shields).

The first thing to take into account is the gauge size. You need to know the size you are pierced with (or the stretched size, if you have stretched nipple piercings). The gauge size will determine the gauge of the jewelry you need to use. Most nipple piercings are made at 14g, which is the most common gauge for nipple jewelry.

The next thing to determine is the length of the barbell you need to use. Sizing is done similarly to any other straight barbell sizing: you need to measure your nipple’s width to determine the length of the barbell. Make sure to add a bit because you don’t want the barbell to be tight: the balls should not press onto your nipple. The easiest way to determine a proper barbell size is to take your current jewelry and measure it. Remember to always measure the length of barbell between the two tips when both balls are screwed into place. The standard length of straight barbells used for nipple piercings is 5/8 inches (16 millimeters).

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

For nipple shields and other similar types of jewelry, you will also need to measure a diameter. These diameters vary greatly because there are many anatomic variations when it comes to the size and shape of a nipple. It’s important to measure your nipple and to talk to your piercer for sizing recommendations. A lot will depend on the style: some people want tight nipple shields while others are comfortable with loosely fit nipple shields. It’s important to understand all the variations and to take this into account when choosing a nipple shield for yourself.

Top 10 Valentine Day Gifts for Lesbians

Here is a handy list of the best Valentine’s gifts for lesbians. The Chain Gang offers a unique collection of beautiful clit rings, nipple jewelry, belly rings and other body jewelry made for all piercing enthusiasts. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (they expire on February 15th, 2014).

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Antique Owl Nipple RounderThese beautiful nipple rounders make a great gift for all fans of nipple jewelry. Each piece is very cute and detailed, so it truly makes your nipple piercing stand out. Each piece comes with a stainless steel straight barbell (14g). Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – LOVELYOWL14

14K Gold – Spiral

14K Gold - SpiralThis beautiful gold spiral is a great jewelry piece for many types of piercings. It looks particularly great on vertical genital piercing. Each piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold, and it’s available in yellow and white gold.

Double Heart Nipple Stirrup

Double Heart Nipple StirrupThis adorable nipple stirrup will sure make any nipple piercing stand out. The dangle charm consists of two hearts with an arrow that goes through them. This jewelry piece includes a surgical steel straight barbell (14g) for your piercing. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSINLOVE14

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed Ring

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed RingA beautiful and luxurious gold ring with a small flower gem. Ideal for your vertical piercing or many other types of piercings. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available). You may choose the center gem color, as well as the flower petal gem color.

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

Gem Set Heart Nipple RounderAnother great jewelry piece for your nipple piercing. This nipple rounder is made in a shape of a colorful heart and it comes with a surgical steel straight barbell (14g). The heart is made to sparkle. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSOFGEMS1

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Heart Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight BarbellA multi-functional jewelry piece you can use as a nipple chain, horizontal piercing jewelry or another type of piercing jewelry. The heart is made of Sterling Silver and straight barbell is made of titanium, so it’s completely body-safe.

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple Rounder

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple RounderThis is unique nipple rounder that will sure enhance your nipple piercing. The bow and arrow are made of high-quality Sterling Silver while the straight barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSBOW14

Trillion Straight Barbell

Trillion Straight BarbellThis is one of the most beautiful straight barbells in our collection. The Trillion Straight Barbell is a unique gem set piece and it’s ideal for many types of piercings, including eyebrow piercing and horizontal genital piercing. The barbell is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available).

Straight Arrow Straight Barbell

Straight Arrow Straight BarbellA beautiful addition to any piercing, this cute barbell will sure make your piercing stand out. It looks particularly great in a nipple piercing. This beautiful piece is made of surgical steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSARROW14

14K Gold – Gem Ball Ring

14K Gold - Gem Ball RingA beautiful ring with a special gem, suitable for many different types of piercings, including vertical genital piercing. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (available both as yellow or white gold). The gems are genuine hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request Zircons to be replaced with a different type of genuine precious stones.

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts

This is a great list of the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for couples. Make Valentine’s Day special for your significant other and enjoy together these beautiful jewelry pieces and adult toys. The Chain Gang offers a wide collection of all types of body-safe piercing jewelry and adult toys. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (to be used before February 15th, 2014).

Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup

Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup A gorgeous stirrup that will make any nipple piercing stand out. The butterfly is 1-1/8 inches wide and 7/8 inches long and suspended from the barrel by the steel chains. This jewelry piece also includes a beautiful teardrop stone dangle. The piece includes a stainless steel straight barbell (14g). Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – BUTTERFLYLOVE14TH

Triple Cock Ring

Triple Cock RingA great cock ring made for stimulating many different erogenous zones at once. This adult toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. The largest ring is made to go over the cock and balls together, the second largest ring is for the cock, while the smallest one is for the balls. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – ROCKTHATCOCK1

Heart Navel Curved Barbell

Acrylic Curved BarbellsA beautiful and effective jewelry ideal for nipple piercings. This piece has a stainless steel shaft and acrylic colored ball on top, with a matching colored heart on bottom. Many different colors to choose from. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – 14CUTEHEART

14k Single Gem Set Straight Barbell

14k Single Gem Set Straight BarbellA gorgeous straight barbell gem piece suitable for many different types of piercings. It looks particularly great in a tongue piercing. The piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available). The gems are available in many different colors. They are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request these zircons to be replaced with different types of genuine gemstones.

Penis Chastity Cage

Penis Chastity CageThis is a great gift for all fans of male chastity play. The penis cage is made of surgical steel, so it’s both comfortable and restricting. It has an open end so body fluids can easily pass through. The cage is secured by a hand-cuff style lock fastened around the base of the cock and behind the testicles. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – CAGEMEUP1

14k Flower Eyebrow Curved Barbell

14k Flower Eyebrow Curved BarbellA beautiful curved barbell ideal for eyebrow piercing. This jewelry piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold (available both in yellow and white gold). The gems used are hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request them to be replaced with a different type of genuine stones.

Pleasure Wave Penis Plug

Pleasure Wave Penis PlugThis is one of the most exciting penis plugs in our collection. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, this sex toy is body-safe and easy to sanitize. The plug is hollow, so it allows easy flow of the body fluids. The plug has three “waves” to make it fit perfectly in place and provide additional stimulation. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: $5 OFF. Code – PLEASINGPLUG

Julian Snelling French Lover Dildo

Julian Snelling French Lover DildoThis is a sturdy dildo made for intense vaginal or anal stimulation. It’s 7” long and it has a special egg shaped head. Made of surgical steel, this sex toy is easy to sanitize. It is made for perfect stimulation of all your most sensitive spots. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – LOVERLOVER1

Locking Handcuffs

Locking HandcuffsThese handcuffs are perfectly sturdy but also comfortable enough to make all your kinky games super exciting. They are made of surgical steel and polished to perfection. A great item to use during foreplay or sex. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – RESTRAINME1

Slim Ryder

Slim RyderAn excellent dildo made for deep, sensual penetration. It’s about 9 ½ inches long and carefully crafted to provide intense stimulation. Made of surgical steel, this adult toy is body-safe and can easily be sanitized. Large and durable, this is a great dildo for those who enjoy intense stimulation. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HAPPYHAPPY1

The Beauty of Nipple Shields

Heart Nipple Cover

Heart Nipple Cover

Nipple shields are very beautiful and popular among fans of nipple jewelry. These ornament pieces have a long history and they appear in numerous cultures across the globe. Modern nipple shields are popular with many body jewelry enthusiasts so there are many different types and styles to choose from.

The main purpose of a nipple shield is to highlight the nipple (in case of women, the whole breast, too) and to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Some nipple shields are specially designed to lift the nipple and keep it erect, which can be used for erotic purposes. A nipple shield will always encircle the nipple and cover the areola partially or fully.

Nipple shields serve several purposes: they ornament the nipple and are highly aesthetic, they provide nipple stimulation and they can make a part of a more complex nipple jewelry system (nipple piercing jewelry).

Common Types of Nipple Shields

Broadly speaking, there are two common types of nipple shields, depending on the way the jewelry is held against the nipple: nipple piercing shields and non-piercing shields. As their name suggests, nipple piercing shields are made for pierced nipples. These elaborate pieces of jewelry are constructed as a part of a piercing jewelry system or are made to connect to nipple piercing jewelry.

For example, a nipple shield can be made to encircle a nipple and to connect to a straight barbell that goes through the nipple piercing. This is the most common type of nipple shields made for pierced nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can come attached to a straight barbell or it may be sold separately. These nipple shields are made in beautiful designs and often use materials different than pieces of jewelry that go through the nipple piercing. This way, it’s possible to achieve many different designs, styles and effects. Some nipple shields come with attached nipple chains or pendants. It all depends on the design. With so many different nipple jewelry styles, it’s possible to find the one that suits you.

Nipple shields made for non-pierced nipples are a bit different. While the designs themselves may be similar to those used for pierced nipples, the shield has to be stuck on a nipple by a different method. Usually, these methods include friction, suction or body-friendly glue. These types of nipple shields, however, are less popular than shields made for pierced nipples.

Styles

As mentioned above, there are many different styles as well as jewelry materials to choose from. When choosing a nipple shield, it’s important to take several things into account: your preferences, the occasion and materials. Your preferences will tell you what kind of style you like and which piece of jewelry you like the most. The intended occasion in which you’ll wear your nipple shield will dictate how large and elaborate a shield can be. Large, heavy shields and overly ornamental shields are not comfortable to be worn under heavy clothes, so it’s best to reserve them for special occasions when you expect your nipple shield to be seen.

Also, you may think about the function your nipple shield should have. Is there another reason to wear it, apart from anesthetics? You may wish to use your nipple shield as a sexual stimulant to massage and arouse your nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can keep your nipples erect and provide erotic stimulation during sex.

Finally, the choice of materials is also important. It’s always crucial that you choose jewelry made of materials that are body safe. Since nipple shields don’t go through the piercing itself the allergies are less common. However, remember that the shield will touch sensitive parts of your skin so it has to be made of a material that’s safe for you to wear.

Female Genital Piercing Considerations

Hood and nipple circular barbell

There is something irresistible and sensual about a woman with genital piercing. The jewelry looks great and the best thing is that you can use it to intensify the experience during sex. It will rub against your skin, making you extra aroused and it will also provide additional stimulation for your lover.

Before choosing the best type of genital piercing for you and the jewelry you wish to use, it’s important to consider your anatomy. It often influences the way the piercing looks and feels. The good news is that there is something for everyone so it’s possible to find the best piecing that will suit you. A great piercing can help you a lot during sex and it can truly make your clit, labia and vulva more sensitive.

The Way it Looks

Don’t forget about the way your piercing will look. You want your lover to be amazed when they see it and you also want to look great for yourself. Nothing feels better than having your shiny hood or labia piercing exposed.

Simple rings are probably the most popular type of genital piercing jewelry. They look very effective despite their simple design. Barbells are another popular type. Personally, I love the look and feel of curved barbells. They look very classy and they feel so good when they rub against your skin.

It Makes You More Sensitive

Genital piercing is not for aesthetics only. It can be used to increase sensitivity and help you enjoy masturbation and sex more. Once the healing time has passed you will be able to experience different sensations. It’s truly worth it: your genital jewelry will add to the sensation, making you more aroused. It will also provide more arousal for both you and your partner.

Perhaps the best thing about intimate piercing is that the sensation often depends on the jewelry itself. I’ve found out that rings provide different types of pinching sensations that I love, while more complex jewelry can be used for massaging a wide area. It’s definitely something you can experiment with. I recommend having at least two or three types of jewelry for all your genital piercings. It will allow you to experience many different sensations.

One great and very functional piercing is the horizontal hood piercing. What I love about it is that it looks very beautiful and you can find gorgeous jewelry for it. It can help a lot when it comes to sensitivity. You can have your lover pinching your piercing or moving the tongue around the jewelry. I prefer simple rings because they are small and comfortable and they help a lot during sex. They are simply irreplaceable during oral sex.

How to Wear It

Here are some tips on how to wear your genital piercing with pride and to the maximum effect.

To receive maximum stimulation, make sure that the bead of the jewelry rests on the clitoris itself, not the hood. If your hood covers your clit the horizontal piercing will likely rest on the hood. It will feel ok, but not as great as direct clitoral stimulation. If you want to receive a more intense stimulation, choose vertical piercing. In this case, the bead of the jewelry will touch your clitoris, which gives you maximum stimulation. What I love about vertical piercing is that the jewelry presses against the tip of your clitoris and it gives you so much stimulation during sex.

For maximum stimulation, choose triangular piercing. This is the number one piercing for women who need intense massage to achieve arousal or those who like strong pressure on their clitoris. If you have any problems with your orgasms or if you like to apply strong pressure to your clit during masturbation and sex, this is the piercing for you.

Sensitivity issues mostly depend on the piercer and the after-care. Some women report decreased sensitivity after piercing, which generally should not be happening. We are all individual and what suits me might not be the right for you, but genital piercing should not make you less sensitive.

After the piercing, chances are that you’ll have to learn how to touch your body. Learning how to masturbate again and learning what you like is an exciting experience, especially if have your lover explore you and arouse you.

Hood piercings tend to increase sensitivity more than labia piercings. Labia piercings are largely decorative so don’t expect a sudden change in sensitivity. However, what I find great about labia piercings is that the jewelry will provide some extra weight and may even expose your clit a little, which can be very hot and arousing.

For extra adventurous ladies, I recommend the Princess Albertina piercing. It is great for urethral stimulation and it can be used for intense and deep sensations you can’t feel with any other piercing. Keep in mind this is an advanced piercing, though. It’s important to find a very experienced piercer. This is a great piercing for women who enjoy urethral stimulation.

14k Gold Trillion Fixed Ring

The Gold Trillion Fixed Ring is a Classic piece that has come to stay. With all the sparkle the gem gives off in this cut it’s bound to be popular though. This piece can be customized in either 14k White or Yellow Nickel Free Gold and can be set for either a Nipple or Navel, or any other vertical or horizontal piercing, the choice is up to you. This piece is very classy and looks great where ever you might want to wear it.