Choosing Jewelry for Initial Piercings

Initial Piercing Initial piercing jewelry is different than the one you can wear in your old (meaning: healed) piercing. A healing piercing is very sensitive so special attention should be made to keep the piercing clean and to help it heal without a problem. The choice of jewelry is very important, because incorrect jewelry can pose a problem for your new piercing. Therefore, your initial piercing has to follow higher standards and it has to be made of body-safe, high-quality materials.

Choosing the Jewelry

Choosing the first jewelry for your piercing may be tricky, so there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, quality and materials should be more important than the look. It’s true that many jewelry pieces made for initial piercings look simple or plain, but that should not worry you. You don’t need a heavy, complicated jewelry piece in your fresh piercing. Things like quality and size are the most important.

After you get pierced, the initial jewelry should serve one important purpose: to make your piercing heal correctly and to heal as fast as possible. The jewelry should keep the piercing open and to make it heal without a problem. The style or look of the jewelry is not so important: what is important is to choose body-safe jewelry of an appropriate size. If your piercing heals correctly there will be plenty of time to try many different jewelry pieces or to pick the style you like the most. Initial jewelry, however, has to be functional and to make your piercing heal without problems.

Therefore, you need to focus on materials and quality. It means you should never go for the cheapest products. There are many sub-par jewelry pieces on the market and many cheap body jewelry products you can buy at the mall. These jewelry pieces are not good even for a fully healed piercing, let alone for your new piercing.

Safe Materials

You have to stick to the best materials known to be fully body safe. It’s important that the material chosen has no alloys (mixtures) because they are known to cause allergies. Titanium is one of the best materials on the market and it doesn’t cause allergies. Niobium is another good material that’s body-safe and can be used for initial piercing jewelry.

Surgical steel is one of the most popular jewelry materials on the market. It’s important to understand that there are many different types of surgical steel (made of a variety of alloys) and only certain types are safe for initial jewelry. First of all, it’s important to choose Surgical Steel, not Stainless Steel (stainless steel can cause allergies). When it comes to Surgical Steel, make sure to use high-quality, body-safe Surgical Steel of the highest standards.

Gold is a popular jewelry material but it’s not always suitable for initial piercings. Any gold jewelry used has to be nickel-free and 14k or higher quality. However, it’s best not to use gold for initial jewelry, especially if your chosen jewelry is only gold plated or has a gold overlay.

Glass can be a safe jewelry material as long as it’s lead-free. Fused quartz glass, soda-lime glass or borosilicate are good glass types for jewelry. However, glass is not often used for initial jewelry pieces because most of the glass jewelry is made at the larger gauges. On the other hand, glass jewelry can be a good choice for newly-stretched piercings, particularly ear piercings.

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.

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 for Gay Men

We present you a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for gay men. Body jewelry, adult toys and other items, all made for true fans of piercings and sex toys. The Chain Gang offers a huge collection of all body jewelry types, as well as some unique adult toys. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (you may use them before February 15th, 2014).

Happy – Captive Bead Ring

Happy - Captive Bead RingThis unique captive bead ring is suitable for many different types of piercings, including genital piercings. The rings has a special charm made of 316LVM Surgical Steel that will sure attract attention. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HAPPYVALENTINESDAY1

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis is one of the best rings in our collection, specially made to be luxurious, sturdy and practical. It’s great for many different types of piercings, including PA piercing. The ring comes apart in 2 halves so it’s easy to insert it in your piercing.

Thor’s Cock Ring and Anal Hammer

Thor's Cock Ring and Anal HammerAn excellent combination of a cock ring and an anal plug, this item is made to stimulate various erogenous spots at once. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, this excellent sex toy is made to be easily inserted and sanitized. A perfect combination of an anal intruder and a metal cock ring. Special Valentine’s Day Code: 10% OFF. Code – HAMMERMEUP

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved Barbells

Titanium Double Gem Set Curved BarbellsA great jewelry piece for those who prefer titanium jewelry. This curved barbell can be used for many different piercing types, including PA piercing. There are many different barbell and gem colors to choose from.

The Sound of Pleasure

The Sound of PleasureA fantastic sound ideal for all fans of urethral massage. This sound is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel of amazing quality. The item is ribbed so it stays in place and provides additional stimulation during use. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – PLEASEME2

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Donut Ball Stretcher WeightOne of the best ball stretchers you’ll ever find: this excellent, 2-piece donut weights are made for the best results and excellent comfort. It will contour smoothly with your body and provide the best stretching results. Available in several inside diameters for the best fit.

The “Stay Put” Shower Nozzle Hose Attachment

The A fantastic shower nozzle hose attachment for those who like to have some fun in the shower. The attachment is specially designed to stay put when inserted, and it has holes on the tip for the most exciting water experience. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – GETSTEAMY

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound Kit

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound KitA perfect collection of urethral sounds made for all fans of urethral stimulation. The kit contains 14 different sounds, so you can choose a perfect size for any game you want to play. The sounds are flat on one end so you can hold them easily. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, these sounds are body-safe and easily sanitized.

Long Stemmed Rose

Long Stemmed RoseA perfect item for teasing, foreplay and some sensual massage. This rose has a long stem so it can reach deep inside and a huge, bulbous head for the most intense experience. This anal intruder is a great toy for all fans of deep anal stimulation. It’s a perfect, long stemmed Valentine Rose made for pleasure. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – 12DOZENROSES

Rainbow Triple Cock Ring

Rainbow Triple Cock RingA sturdy and powerful cock ring made for experiencing many different sensations. This sex toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. You can put both your cock and balls through the largest ring, the second largest one is made for cock and the smallest one for ball stimulation.

Gold Body Jewelry – Make a Brighter & Better Piercing Choice

Thinking of getting your body pierced? Go for gold body jewelry. It’s shinier, brighter and safer than many other metals. Body piercing takes a lot of guts to say yes to in the first  place and if it’s gold jewelry that you have set your eyes on, than guts alone won’t be helpful. Gold body jewelry definitely costs much more then stainless or plastic body jewelry but it sure is worth every dollar spent!

And it’s your body so the piercing jewelry has to be gold, doesn’t it? Alright may be at least one. No other metal can surpass the luxury and royalty that gold possesses. Also gold being a lot safer adds to it’s indispensability in body piercing.  So let’s talk about it and analyze:

Why opt for gold body jewelry?

Its safety is already talked about. There is one more thing -  gold body jewelry for body piercing should be completely nickel free. Nickel is an impurity that may cause allergy to skin and even result in rejection of the the body jewelry. Also try and always buy 14K pure gold body jewelry.

Because there’s both white and yellow – Both white and gold body jewelry are great and look absolutely stunning on skin. White gold may be a tad rarer (and perhaps more expensive) than yellow but is awesome for both men and women.

Gold jewelry adds fashion and zing to personality – Nothing can beat a brightly shining piece of body jewelry glistening on your skin.

As the summer gets on and the more skin shows, have piercing with gold body jewelry may be a good idea! The above are reasons enough for us, hope they are for you too!

Nickel Free Body Jewelry – Why Safety is Better than Saving

Heard of nickel free body jewelry? Or may be just about nickel? Well, nickel is that metal that is merged with base metals such as gold and silver to create body jewelry that is harder, stronger and shinier. Nickel is also the one to blame for most all allergic reactions that people mistakenly think that any and every body jewelry can cause. It’s nickel that does the damage and which is present in regular jewelry that you buy off Mall Kiosks (Very Bad Idea) and other bargain stores.

That does not mean you stop buying but instead start buying smartly. So the solution is not to shun body jewelry but body jewelry with nickel! Nickel free body jewelry is your best bet and it’s not only different from regular jewelry in terms of quality, look but is a lot safer overall, and you will usually find that the manufacturers that use nickel free jewelry will also provide you a much better quality and finish because they care about quality more then price.

What makes Nickel free body jewelry safer?

Absence of nickel of course! Body jewelry made from Titanium and Nickel Free Gold is usually the safest materials to opt for because these contain zero nickel!  These are a tad more expensive than body jewelry with nickel but what’s a little money when it comes to the safety of your body, right? And we all know how majority of us do not reject gold at all :)

Especially when the first cheap piece from the mall causes and infection so then you purchase another one from a different kiosk only to make the problem worse, so you go to another store and get what they say is the best, on and on. Sound familiar? How much did all of those pieces of junk that you can not even wear cost you?

The difference between nickel free body jewelry and normal jewelry lies also in being medically and legally endorsed. The former has a legal sanction, the latter carries a directive against (especially in Europe).

So opt for safety rather than getting an allergy. And with all the potential allergies (and their treatments) that nickel can cause, regular body jewelry may not turn out to be that pocket saving anyways. only shop with company’s that have your safety in mind such as wwwTheChainGang.com , where all of their jewelry comes from the USA or England.

14K Double Heart Medium Curved Barbell

14K Double Heart Medium Curved Barbell

Double Heart Medium Curved Barbell

 

This piece is sexy and is a wonderful addition to be added to your wardrobe. You can customize the gem colors that you want to make it your own. The hearts are both 4x4mm in size.

The Gold used in this Piece is Totally Nickel Free, and available in either; solid 14K Yellow Gold, or solid 14K White Gold.
The Gems used are Genuine Swarovski Cubic Zircons. They are all hand set, Not just glued in as with most companies.
Naturally we can replace the Cubic Zircons for any Genuine Precious Stones you would like, as you can see on our Genuine Gem Page. Just email us if we can help with anything.

Gold and Steel for Quality look, and save some Cash

Triple Melee Hybrid Fixed Ring

The Triple Melee Hybrid Fixed Ring is a truly unique piece in looks. But still as with all the Hybrids the setting is 14k Gold, and the Ring is 316LVM Surgical Steel. The main stone is 6mm in size and the setting attached to the ring so that you never have to worry about losing it like you would with a captive charm. The 3 smaller gems on the bottom are considered the dangle color and can be a different color than the main gem color if you chose. It can be set horizontal or vertical which ever you prefer. The Gem Setting can be made in either 14K White or Yellow Gold at no additional charge to you.

Surgical Steel Gem Set Dome Curved Barbell

Surgical Steel Gem Set Dome Curved Barbell

This curved barbell is ideal for a Prince Albert piercing, a navel or even an eyebrow piercing. Anywhere that you want the jewelry to sit flatter against your skin rather then the typical ball look the domes are great for. This piece has a gem inlay that gives it a classier look making this piece perfect for a special occasion and daily wear.

From Labret Studs to Spikes – Types of Labret Piercing Jewelry

It’s not just studs anymore that is making peoples’ labret shine these days. A great variety of labret jewelry designs are available cut out just for the area between the lip and the chin. Labret jewelry can be made from Titanium, gold, surgical steel and other materials/ metals that are skin friendly and nickel free.

The most popular kinds of labret piercing jewelry are given below. See what suits your style:

Labret Stud – Initially it was the most popular labret piercing jewelry but now studs are gradually slipping into commonality from popularity. In this a long straight shaft has a flat disc on one end (which remains inside the mouth) and a bead which is visible outside. However, these are perfect for first timers to get initiated.

Labret Buttons – These are bigger than beads of the labret studs. A good option when you are bored of studs and want the piercing to be a bit more visible.

Labret Spikes – In these the only difference is of the bead, rest is just like a labret stud. The round stud is replaced by a spiked stud for an even more dashing look! Choose this for a total killer look.

Labret Ball – This type of Labret piercing jewelry has balls on the visible end of the shaft.

Labret Prongs – These look extremely stylish. Here there is a prong with a gem within, on the end that is visible. Looks great in gold!

Captive Bead Rings – These look unique on labrets. It’s one of the more popular labret piercing jewelry after studs.

Labret Retainers – These are basically used to hide labret piercing. Available in the shape of studs, these are transparent to make piercing discreet.

Apart from the above there are labret piercing jewelry available with skulls, flowers and other interesting and likable designs of labret piercing jewelry available. So next time you go for labret  jewelry shopping, try and go beyond the stud – it may be a classic but these days it’s nothing more than a safe choice. :)