The Beauty of Circular Barbells

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

Circular Barbells are common body jewelry types you can use in many different ways and in many different piercing types. While they are not as popular nor widespread as some other jewelry types, such as Captive Bead Rings or curved barbells, circular barbells can be used for many different piercing so they are definitely jewelry pieces you want to consider.

The Design

The basic design of a circular barbell is a U-shape (or a horseshoe shape). This is how you’ll recognize them. Most of the circular barbells are not round nor do they make a full circle, so don’t be confused by their name.

Circular barbells have a nice round shaft and two open ends with balls or other ornaments attached to them. The ends (and the balls) are usually parallel to each other.

This type of jewelry tends to be simple yet elegant, discreet yet attractive, so it’s suitable for many different piercing types.

Circular barbells can be made of many different materials, such as surgical steel or titanium, though there are also soft, acrylic circular barbells and circular barbells made of other materials. Most of the time, the choice is yours, just make sure to pick a circular barbell made of a body safe material.

When to Use Circular Barbells?

Circular barbells can be used for many piercing types. As a general rule, you may use them in all the piercings where Captive Bead Rings can be used. Unlike Captive Bead Rings, however, circular barbells offer certain advantages.

First of all, the beads of a circular barbell are attached to the barbell so there is no fear you may lose them. With Captive Bead Rings, losing a bead is always a risk. You simply don’t have to worry about it for circular barbells.

Another advantage to circular barbells is that they are much easier to put on and take off. Since they don’t make a full circle, it’s much easier to open them and to take them out. It makes the whole process of changing the jewelry much easier. Not to mention that circular barbells provide some unique visual styles not available with rings.

D – Rings

Surgical Steel D Ring

Surgical Steel D Ring

D- Rings are specially designed jewelry pieces that are not just striking in looks, but also offer some advantages to the wearer. They are particularly suitable for eyebrow and nipple piercings, or whenever you need your jewelry to rest comfortably against the skin.

The Design

Rings make some of the most popular body jewelry pieces. The most popular rings are Captive Bead Rings, but more and more people move to other ring types these days. The reason? While considered classic, Captive Bead Rings offer certain disadvantages. The beads often fall out and the rings themselves are often difficult to open and close, so you need to use special ring opening and ring closing pliers.

Not to mention that Captive Bead Rings are round, which is suitable for certain piercing types, but not the others. In some cases, you want the ring to rest nicely against the skin, without moving unnecessarily.

This is where D Rings come in handy. The D Rings are specially designed to offer all the practicality of Captive Bead Rings, with some added advantages. The D Rings are ideal for many piercing types and they are known for their comfort.

What makes these rings special is that they are not round. Rather, the body of the ring is elongated so it resembles letter D. It has a straight portion and then it curves into the D shape. This gives the ring unique and eye catching design. There are many different rings and gems that can be used as the main ball or decoration for the ring, so D-Rings come in all sizes and styles.

The Advantages of D-Rings

D-Rings offer several notable advantages:

  • They are comfortable. D-Rings offer a better comfort than the traditional round rings because their body lies against the skin without moving. These rings have a flat top, which keeps the ball away from your piercing. Accidental rotations are less likely to happen than with traditional rings. Many people report that D-Rings are so comfortable it almost feels like you’re not wearing any jewelry.
  • They are secure. The ring is made to rest against the skin without much moving. This makes the wearer safe. Also, the ring rests lower so there’s less chance of accidental tugging or pulling the ring. This is very important if you want to use these rings for some sensitive body parts (nipples, for example).
  • They are great for many piercing types. While many other jewelry types, such as barbells or Captive Bead Rings can be used for many different piercings, D-Rings are truly an example of ideal jewelry for certain piercing types. Eyebrow piercings and nipple piercings are great for this type of rings. However, it doesn’t stop there. Many people like to use D-Rings for other piercing types, such as septum piercing or even certain genital piercings.
  • They are unique and beautiful. The D-Rings are simple, yet very striking. These jewelry pieces are truly special so they will draw a lot of attention to your piercing. Even the simplest ones are unique so it will never feel like you are wearing a plain jewelry piece.

Additional Information

  • Since these rings have a straight and a curved portion of the shaft, they can be seen as something between a straight barbell and a typical body jewelry ring.
  • The length of the D-Ring is typically measured along the straight part of the ring, before it starts to curve.
  • Most of the D-Rings are highly polished for your comfort and security.
  • D-Rings are great for new piercings because they are comfortable and they don’t allow the jewelry to rotate much. There is also less chance of accidentally pulling the jewelry.

Conch Piercing

Conch PiercingA conch piercing is a stylish ear piercing made on the specific parts of the ear cartilage. The name of this piercing comes from the fact that this part of the ear resembles a conch shell. Conches are beautiful sea creatures known for their elegant shells.

There are two main types of conch piercings: inner and outer conch. Both are very popular among many piercing enthusiasts and are among the most common ear piercings, even though they are not as popular as earlobe piercings or the Industrial piercings.

The Inner and Outer Conch Piercings

The Inner conch piercing is positioned at the cup-shaped area of the ear cartilage in the center of the ear. This area is located adjacent to the ear canal.

The outer conch piercing is positioned on the flat part between the helix and the antihelix.

Both inner and outer conch piercings are considered cartilage piercings and are often worn in pairs, though many people opt to have them only on one ear.

Important Things to Remember

It’s important to note that conch piercings tend to be tricky because they can lead to infections. However, they don’t pose any problem for an experienced pierced. The most important is to take a good care of your new piercing and listen to your body. Proper aftercare is important and you must prevent infection and inflammation at all costs.

Typically, the piercing is done with a 14 gauge needle. In case you want a larger gauge to be pierced with and to have a larger conch piercing, you need to have it done with a dermal punch. Dermal punches are less damaging. Keep in mind that cartilage can’t be stretched, so in order to be able to wear plugs and other large gauge jewelry pieces, the hole has to be cut out with a dermal punch.

Conch piercings are located near the center of the ear, which makes them relatively secure against migration and rejection.

Matching of the conch piercings is not always easy. They are relatively tricky to position to align properly, so it’s another thing to keep in mind if you decide to have conch piercings on both of your ears.

Conch piercings take about 6 months to fully heal.

Jewelry

There are many beautiful jewelry pieces you can wear in your conch piercing. The most common jewelry types are studs and rings. The studs are usually small and discreet. They are made to rest inside the ear.

Thee rings are typically Captive Bead Rings made to encircle the outer rim of the ear. Some people also opt to wear barbells.

There is also another option: conch orbital. Those are actually two piercings (two holes need to be made) connected by the ring. This way, the ring “orbits” around the ear cartilage, giving it a very unique, striking looks.

How Not to Regret a Piercing

Pierced girlPiercings are fun, exciting and great in so many ways. To make sure that your piercing experience a positive one, it’s important to follow certain guidelines. Let’s face it: there are many things that can go wrong, from unprofessional piercer to inadequate aftercare. Cheap jewelry made of dubious materials can also ruin your experience, not to mention endanger your health.

Also, there are some other things to keep in mind. Even a professionally-done piercing can turn into a mistake if you regret it. Contrary to some opinions, people usually don’t regret a piercing simply because they had it done; after all, in most of the cases, you can easily retire a piercing if you don’t want to have it anymore. So, simply having a piercing done is usually not a cause of concern and regret.

What people regret is not making a proper decision on what they actually want from their piercing. They never took the time to properly figure out where they really want to have a piercing or what kind of a jewelry would suit them. None of these mistakes are dangerous (not in a way improper piercing procedure or dangerous materials are dangerous, anyway), but they can sure make you regret a piercing and diminish your enjoyment.

To prevent this problem, it’s important to think about what you truly want from your piercing and to take some time to research it. Inform yourself about the type of the piercing you are interested in, take time to find a reliable piercer and think about the type of jewelry you want to wear.

Things to Take Into Account

Here is a list of things you should consider when getting a new piercing:

What type of the piercing do you want? It usually translates to: which body part do you want to pierce? There are some common ones (ears, navel, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) and more “exotic” ones. There are even very rare piercing types you can get at various parts of your body (such as knuckle piercing or uvula piercing). Keep in mind: originality when it comes to body part to pierce is not always the best way to go. There is a good reason why certain piercing types are more common than the others. Certain areas of the body and certain piercing types are less prone to rejection, migration, infection and other problems.

Find a reliable piercer. This should go without saying. It becomes even more vital if you want to have a rare piercing. Any good piercer can perform a successful belly piercing, but not everyone is experienced with rare piercing types, such as Fourchette piercing and many others. If you wish to get one of these piercings, make sure to find a piercing who is experienced in that exact piercing type.

Before you go to get your piercing, make sure that your anatomy allows you to have this particular piercing. Certain piercings are dependent on the anatomy so not all people can have them.

Follow aftercare instructions. This can’t be stressed enough. It’s vital that you take a good care of your healing piercing so you should follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.

Take time to observe your piercing so you can note any potential changes, such as redness, inflammation and other warning signs. If you react promptly, there is a good chance that you can treat the problem and avoid further complications.

Choose your jewelry wisely. Body jewelry has to be made of material that will not cause allergies and other problems. This is why it’s vital to get jewelry at a reliable store. Jewelry used for piercing has to be made of body-friendly material that will not hurt you. Never go for cheap jewelry you can get at a dollar store or at a mall – it can cause more harm than good.

Think about your style and what kind of jewelry you like to wear. Experiment until you find the ones that might suit you perfectly. Just make sure to wait until the piercing is fully healed before you attempt to change it.

Follow these simple tips and chances are that you will never regret your piercing.

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.

How to Clean Your Jewelry Depending on the Material

clean jewelry You sure want to keep your body jewelry shiny and in a perfect shape. To achieve this, it’s important to take a good care of it and to clean it regularly. The type of appropriate care and cleaning instructions will depend on the material.

Different materials (surgical steel, titanium, gold, organic materials, etc.) require different care and cleaning instructions you should follow.

Surgical Steel

Surgical Steel is a high-quality steel that’s safe for body use. Unlike stainless steel, it doesn’t cause allergies and other problems. It should be noted that some people can wear stainless steel jewelry without a problem, so you shouldn’t completely forget about stainless steel if you don’t have allergies. However, surgical steel is a superior material and it’s much safer for body use.

This is why it’s strongly advisable to purchase body jewelry and sex toys made of surgical steel. Chances are that you have at least several jewelry pieces made of this material. Another advantage to this material is that it can easily be cleaned and maintained.

To keep your surgical steel jewelry in a perfect shape, all you need to do is to wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to leave your jewelry to fully dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it for later use.

Titanium

Titanium is a premium material and it’s ideal for body jewelry. It is completely body safe so it’s great for people for allergies. Another great advantage to titanium is that it’s lightweight. On average, steel jewelry is twice as heavy as titanium jewelry. This is very important for larger jewelry pieces or jewelry worn in stretched piercings (the so-called “gauges”). Plus, titanium comes in many different colors (there are even multi-colored pieces), so it’s very fun to wear. It’s true that it costs a bit more than steel jewelry but it’s worth it.

To keep your titanium jewelry in perfect shape, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and a warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Make sure not to use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry – it can damage it.

One word of warning: colored titanium jewelry may fade after a while, especially if used for oral piercings. This is not dangerous and it will not damage your jewelry or hurt you in any way.

Gold

Gold jewelry is beautiful, elegant and classy. However, keep in mind that 14k gold is the most appropriate for body jewelry. Also, certain gold types contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions. This is why it’s advisable to only use body jewelry made of nickel-free gold.

To take care of your gold jewelry, wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. It’s important to only use mild soap. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals on your gold jewelry. Gold jewelry can appear worn out after a while so gently buff it to make it regain its original shine.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is beautiful, but it should never be worn in new piercings. It’s also important to wear silver jewelry only if you’re not allergic to it.

To clean body jewelry made of sterling silver, use antibacterial soap with warm water. Leave it to dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or harsh chemicals on your silver jewelry. Keep in mind that silver can tarnish over time (turn brown). To give it back its former shine, lightly buff it and it will be as good as new.

Acrylic

Acrylic jewelry is great because it’s very lightweight. Another advantage is that you can wear it in situations where metal jewelry is not recommended. The downside is that it can be used only for healed piercings (this goes for stretched piercings, too – never use it for newly stretched piercings). Also, acrylic jewelry is not the best material for oral piercings.

To take care of your acrylic jewelry, gently wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Leave it to dry before you use it or store it. Never clean your acrylic jewelry with alcohol or other harsh chemicals.

When handling acrylic jewelry, you have to be careful. This is a gentle material that can easily break if it’s handled harshly. Also, it can warp on high temperatures so never leave it in direct sunlight.

Silicone

Silicone is body safe and lightweight, so it makes a good body jewelry material, especially for situations where wearing metal jewelry is not recommended.

To clean your silicone jewelry, make sure to use mild antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before use or storing. Never use alcohol or other harsh chemicals because they can damage silicone material and ruin your jewelry.

Niobium

Niobium is a beautiful metal that’s completely body safe. While it’s a bit heavier than steel it’s a good alternative because it doesn’t cause allergies. Another advantage to niobium is that it can be colored, so there are many different colors available for your body jewelry.

To clean your niobium jewelry, simply wash it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Let it dry before you insert it into your piercing or before you store it.

PVD Coated Jewelry

PVD coated steel or titanium jewelry requires a bit of extra care. It’s important to keep the PVD coating intact, so it’s important never to use any harsh chemicals (such as alcohol) on the PVD coated jewelry. Stick to antibacterial soap and warm jewelry. It’s important to take care of your jewelry to prevent PVD coating from chipping.

Organic Jewelry

Cleaning organic jewelry will depend on the material (wood, stone, horn, glass, etc.) Keep in mind that this jewelry is made only for healed piercings. Organic jewelry is sensitive to extreme conditions (sun, warmth, water, etc.) so it’s best to store it in dark and cool place.

Wood: To keep your wood jewelry in a great condition, make sure to oil it with natural plant oil about once per week. Never get your wood jewelry wet for a long period of time. It’s best to remove it before swimming or showering. It’s also advisable to sand your wood jewelry with sandpaper and polish it afterwards (it’s best to polish your jewelry with a soft cloth).

Stone: Stone is best cleaned using a warm water and a bit of mild soap. Make sure to dry it before use or storing. Stone jewelry can break if you drop it, so make sure to handle it with care.

Buffalo horn and bone: It’s important to clean the jewelry before use. Clean it quickly with mild soap and water. Rinse and dry it straight away. To make your jewelry last for longer, lightly oil it with coconut oil about once per week – it will prevent cracking. Polish your jewelry from time to time with a soft cloth to keep it in a great condition. It’s also recommended to take horn and bone jewelry out before swimming or showering. You should not get it wet!

Glass: Glass jewelry can be cleaned with antibacterial soap and warm water. Make sure to let it dry before use or storing. Glass jewelry can break if you drop it so handle it with care.

Helix Shields

5 Gem Shield

5 Gem Shield

Helix shields are among the most beautiful jewelry types. They come in many different designs and varieties, so it’s possible to find just the one that suits your needs. Helix shields are unique and truly draw attention to your piercing. They look very attractive so it’s not surprising so many people choose them as their favorite jewelry types.

Choosing the Best Jewelry

While helix piercing is not rare in any way, it’s not the most popular type of piercing either. It means that sometimes, you don’t use jewelry created specially for this kind of piercing. It’s important to remember that the piercing itself is often made with a small gauge needle, so it usually requires small jewelry. For example, small gauge Captive Bead Rings tend to be a common helix jewelry.

However, keep in mind that a helix piercing is done on the helix of the upper ear, which gives certain options when it comes to jewelry. You can go with a simple jewelry type if you like, or you may use something more attractive. This is where helix cuffs and shields come into play.

Using Helix Shields

Helix shields are great because they are specially designed for helix piercings. They will sure make your piercing more attractive and noticeable. These are also made to rest comfortably against the ear to provide the best experience.

Helix jewelry comes in many different types. There are fancy rings you can use, elaborate cuffs or richly detailed shields. Most of these jewelry pieces have additional decoration, such as gems or charms. These fancy jewelry pieces make a great addition to your ear jewelry collection so you can use them in almost any situation.

Understanding Gem Placements

Gem Specifications

Gem Specifications

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers many different jewelry types and styles. Whatever your needs and preferences may be, you will be able to find numerous options for all jewelry types, be it navel piercing, tongue piercing, nipple piercing, stretched earlobe piercing, and more. You will also be able to choose between numerous elegant designs specially made for genital piercings.

Because the offer is so varied, it’s important to understand the product descriptions and the options you can get with your jewelry type. Pay attention to product images: they often reveal variations in barbell colors, gem colors, and more. The description will often state the available gauges and different styles you can choose from.

To get that perfect jewelry piece, you need to understand the different gem placement options, as well as gem color descriptions used. Generally speaking, a gem (or another decoration) can be top set, bottom set or a dangle. The top set gem is usually referred to as the “top”, depending on the type of setting (bezel top, princess top, etc.) The bottom set gem is usually referred to as the “main gem”. A navel jewelry piece can have dangles attached to the main barbell (dangle chains, gems or other decorations). If such a dangle decoration has a gem, it’s referred to as the “dangle gem”.

Belly jewelry pieces with multiple gems often have these gems in a formation. The most common formation is a flower. In this case, there are two types of gems: main gem (referring to the central gem) and petal gems (gems surrounding the central one). While the main and petal gems can be of the same color most jewelry pieces have them in different colors. Keep in mind that terms “main” and “petal” are used even if the formation is not a flower. Regardless of the type of the figure (formation), the central gem will be referred to as the main and the surrounding gem or gems as petals. In case of alternating stones without a circular formation of any sort, one color is considered a main gem and the other one petal gem.

This is important to know when choosing gem colors for your piece, because many navel pieces are available in many different gem colors for both main and petal gems.

Customization

However, that’s not all. You may be able to get a customized jewelry piece that will match your preferences perfectly. When it comes to gold belly pieces, the possibilities are endless, so chances are that you can get a customized piece a bit different than what’s described or shown on the photo.

Top and Bottom set decoration

Top and Bottom set decorationFor example:

For example:

  • In many cases, you can choose the type of gem you want in your piercings. Many gold jewelry pieces come with an option of a customized gem. There are many different genuine gems to choose from, so you should contact us about details and your preferred gems.
  • Yellow and white gold. Keep in mind that most of our 14k nickel-free gold jewelry pieces come both in yellow and white gold variations.
  • Gem placement. Each jewelry piece has a default positioning for the gem or another type of decoration (top set or bottom set). The great thing about these gold pieces is that they are usually available either way at no additional charge. That’s right: if you really like a jewelry piece but you don’t like the bottom set decoration, chances are that you will be able to get it with a top set decoration. Simply email us to get the details on how to order it.

Transscrotal Procedures

Transscrotal ProcedureTransscrotal procedures are unique and advanced piercing procedures performed on the scrotum. This sort of piercing goes through the entire scrotum, be it from front to back or, rarer, from side to side. Unlike “regular” scrotal piercings, such as Hafada, transscrotal piercings go through the scrotum as a whole. It is an advanced body modification you can’t simply get in any piercing studio.

About Transscrotal Procedures

“Regular” scrotal piercings, such as Hafada, are surface piercings. They only go through the skin on the scrotum, where jewelry is easily inserted. It pierces only the skin and not the scrotum itself.

Transscrotal procedures, on the other hand, are made through the entire scrotum. The result is a piercing that splits the scrotum, with a hole entering from one side and exiting on the other.

This procedure is complex and more serious than a regular piercing, even a relatively complex and rare one, such as a “regular” genital piercing. In so many ways, transscrotal procedures are special. One of the main differences between them and a regular piercing is the fact that a scalpel, rather than a piercing needle, is used to make a hole.

In a typical transscrotal procedure, a scrotum is clamped so the testicles won’t come into way. After this, an incision is made with a scalper to make a hole. The front and the back are carefully sutured together. Correct stitching is essential for a success.

After this, jewelry is inserted into the hole. The minimum gauge is 2g, but it can be larger. The jewelry used can be a thick barbell, but oftentimes, people go with different types of flexible jewelry. Once it’s healed, you can wear many different jewelry types, such as plugs or large Captive Bead Rings.

Why are Transscrotal Procedures Special?

Transscrotal procedures are special because of their complexity. You need a piercer who is experienced with this type of procedure because it is an advanced body modification.

Transscrotal procedures are:

  • Made through the entire scrotum, with the hole entering from one side and exiting in the other.
  • Performed with a scalpel rather than a needle.
  • Take between one and two hours to complete.
  • Require a piercer experienced in this type of procedures, and there are not many of them out there.
  • Carry a high risk of infections and complications, which in turn requires rigorous aftercare.

These are just some of the things that make transscrotal procedures special and different than regular piercings.

The fact that a scalpel is used during the procedure and not a piercing needle is also an important distinction. Depending on the location, there are laws and regulations stating that only medically-trained people can work with a scalpel. On the other hand, transscrotal piercing is not a medical procedure, which sometimes leaves this type of body modification in the legal gray area.

Risks and Potential Problems

While there are many men who are very satisfied with their transscrotal piercings, and while it’s possible to make this procedure without problems, it is important to note that this type of piercing carries a high risk of infections and complications.

This is why it’s crucial to maintain great aftercare and to observe your scrotum and piercing for any changes. Remember: once an infection occurs, it can spread rapidly, which can endanger not just your testicles but body as a whole.

If you truly want to have this piercing done, it’s important to take your time and do your research. Find the best piercer who is familiar and experienced with transscrotal procedures. After the procedure, follow the aftercare instructions carefully and make sure to observe your body regularly to notice any potential changes. This is very important, so keep in mind that you have to take a great care of your transscrotal piercing if you want it to be problem-free.

Additional Info

  • This type of piercing is sometimes called a “scrunnel” (scrotal + tunnel).
  • Transscrotal piercings can be stretched easily and without much effort. In fact, chances are that some stretching will occur even if you are not making a special effort at it.
  • Make sure to choose the right spot for your piercing. If it’s done too low, it will pose a problem in everyday life.
  • This type of procedure can’t really be done with a piercing needle because such a piercing usually won’t heal. It may sound illogical, but the larger the hole, the easier it is for it to heal.
  • Stretching your scrotum is not mandatory, but it can help. In fact, if you have a good bit of stretch, it’s relatively easy to position a transscrotal piercing above the testicles. This placement is better and easier to perform than the placement below or between the testicles.
  • If done right, a transscrotal piercing can heal surprisingly quickly – in less than a month!

Captive Bead Rings vs. Fixed Rings

14K Gold - Bezel Set Ring

14K Gold – Bezel Set Ring

Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular types of body jewelry. They can be found everywhere and they are so widely used they are sometimes considered the “default” body jewelry pieces. Think about simple rings. Chances are that you’ll imagine a captive bead ring whenever someone mentions “rings” in the context of body jewelry.

Fixed Rings, on the other hand, are something not so commonly talked about, even though they are almost as popular as Captive Bead Rings. In fact, some people might not even know what a Fixed Ring is, or how to tell a difference between this jewelry piece and a Captive Bead Ring.

To be able to choose the best jewelry for your unique situation and to always be satisfied with your jewelry pieces, it’s important to know the main properties, differences and similarities between Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings. This is the only way to make the right, informed decision about your purchase.

Common Features and Similarities

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share some common features and similarities. First and foremost, they are both types of rings you can use as your body jewelry. They are typically designed in a form of a hoop with a bead or a different ornament (decoration, charm) in the middle. Most of these rings are circular in shape, but it’s possible to have different types of rings. For example, D-shaped rings tend to be very popular with some people and they bring unique anesthetics and comfort to the wearer. There are also teardrop-shaped and other uniquely shaped rings to choose from.

Typically, however, a ring is almost circular in shape. Each of these rings has some sort of decoration in the middle, usually in the form of a plain, spherical bead. Beads can often vary in sizes to achieve different effects. However, many rings have special decorations or uniquely shaped charms instead of a bead. Some rings have dangles and other forms of decorations attached to the bead. Also, many rings come with gems arranged in beautiful patterns (such as flowers) to make the piece more beautiful.

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share the above mentioned similarities, though Fixed Rings often tend to have more complex charms and beads. Another similarity between the two types of rings is that they are used in many different piercing types and body parts. You can use them almost anywhere, from simple earlobe piercings to nipples, navel piercing and even many of the genital piercing types.

Differences

Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings may share some similarities, but there are also some important differences you need to know about. The differences mainly come from a different way the bead (charm) is attached to the ring and different mechanics to open the ring.

  • Captive Bead Rings have beads (gems, charms) dimpled and held in place by the pressure of the ring. It means that the bead is not fixed to the ring, so it can be popped in and out. This is why it’s important to open and close them carefully so they don’t become too loose. If this happens, the bead may pop out on its own so you may lose it. To open and close Captive Bead Rings properly, it’s best to use ring opening and ring closing pliers.
  • Fixed Rings have a bead (gem, charm) actually attached to one end of the ring. It’s fixed, usually in a form of a setting, so you can’t lose it. Also, these rings are often available in two different styles: with horizontal and vertical beads, to accommodate two types of piercings (vertical and horizontal).