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.

Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Body Jewelry

Valentine’s Day items are full of hearts and cuteness. To surprise your significant other, think about beautiful body jewelry made with heart gems. This is a great gift for all body jewelry enthusiasts. The Chain Gang offers high-quality body jewelry made of safe materials and at affordable prices.

Some of the best heart-shaped body jewelry:

14K GOLD HEART INDUSTRIAL BARBELL

14k Gold Heart Industrial Barbell

This is a great industrial barbell made to emphasize your industrial piercing and to make it more attractive. The pieces are threaded and come apart on both sides of the center piece, so the insertion is easy. The heart center piece is made of 14k white gold. The whole piece is made of nickel-free 14k gold.

14k Gold Dolphin Heart Curved Barbell

14k Gold Dolphin Heart Curved Barbell

This is a very beautiful jewelry piece, ideal for navel piercing. It includes a cute dolphin and a heart gem (6x6mm in size). The gold used for this jewelry is 14k nickel-free and it’s available either in yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request to replace them with other type of genuine precious stones.

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Heart Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight Barbell

This is a beautiful nipple chain made of Sterling Silver and with a titanium straight barbell attached. The heart chain is very elegant and made to enhance the nipple and add some sparkling to it. Ideal for all fans of beautiful nipple jewelry.

Jeweled Heart Curved Barbell

Jeweled Heart Curved Barbell

This beautiful curved barbell has an attractive heart attachment made of pure Sterling Silver, while the barbell itself is made of surgical steel. It contains clear gems so it sparkles and attracts attention.

Heart Nipple Cover

Heart Nipple CoverThis is an ideal gift for all fans of nipple shields. This heart-shaped nipple cover is elegant and provides a very unique look for your nipple. The shield is made of Sterling Sliver while the barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. This particular jewelry piece has a clear stone in the center to accent the jewelry.

Heart Basket Hybrid Fixed Ring

Heart Basket Hybrid Fixed RingThis gorgeous heart gem set fixed ring has a setting made of 14k nickel-free gold, while the ring itself is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. The heart gem is 6x6mm in size. The setting is attached to the ring for the best security. The gem setting is available either in 14k white or yellow gold.

Titanium Sacred Heart Curved Barbell

Titanium Sacred Heart Curved BarbellThis beautiful and effective curved barbell is a perfect gift for all fans of titanium body jewelry. Made of G23 titanium, this barbell has an added Sterling Silver design and setting with a red heart shaped gem.

14k Heart Eyebrow Curved Barbell

14k Heart Eyebrow Curved BarbellA very cute and effective eyebrow piece. This is a 14k gold micro curved barbell made to be super comfortable but effective. It includes a 4mm heart gem. The gold used is 14k nickel-free yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. If you wish to replace them, you may choose some other genuine stones to include in the jewelry.

14K Gem Set Heart Labret

14K Gem Set Heart LabretThis beautiful labret is made of 14k nickel-free gold with a gem set heart attached. The labret is internally threaded for the best comfort. The heart gem is 4mm in size. You may choose between 14k yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may replace them with other genuine stones, if that is what you prefer.

14k Gold Large Heart Curved Barbell

14k Gold Large Heart Curved BarbellThis is a gorgeous curved barbell that makes a great addition to any body jewelry collection. The barbell is made of nickel-free 14k gold and it’s available either in yellow or white gold. The heart gem is 8x8mm in size. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. We can have them replaced with some other genuine precious stones at your request.

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.

Blackline Nipple Star Shield

Blackline Nipple Star

The Blackline Star Nipple Shield is a nice addition to your nipple jewelry. There are not many Black Nipple Shields available. These are made from our standard Medical Grade Titanium with a Permenant PVD coating added to give them thier awesome Black Color. The straight barbell is not included but we do carry those as well in a choice of colors and materials. Just see the “straight barbell” section for those if you need them as well.

Attractive and Innovative Sterling Silver Nipple Shield from the House of The Chain Gang

Nipple piercings are fast becoming popular and with the growing number of nipple piercings, body jewelry designers are comping up with innovative and never before designs of nipple jewelry. When it comes to body piercing jewelry, The Chain Gang is the best source for quality jewelry crafted from the finest materials by leading designers. Continue reading