Navel Piercing Jewelry Styles

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

Navel piercing is one of the most popular piercings. In fact, it is probably the most common piercing type after earlobe piercing. Since navel piercings are so popular it’s not surprising that there are many different jewelry types specially made for this kind of piercing.

Here is the list of the most popular navel piercing jewelry styles:

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are probably the most popular jewelry styles for navel piercings and they also tend to be among the most beautiful ones. The post of these barbells is slightly curved, which allows the jewelry to sit comfortably in the piercing.

Curved barbells are among the most versatile body jewelry types, so you can find one for every occasion and style. There are simple curved barbells made of Surgical Steel or Titanium. Or you may opt for richly ornamented and sparkly curved barbells that will sure draw a lot of attention.

Curved barbells typically have two balls (one on the top and other on the bottom), but other placements and designs are possible. The bottom ball is typically larger than the top one, both for easier gripping and for accentuating the jewelry piece. Sometimes, the top of the barbell is not a ball but it’s made into a different shape.

Curved barbells often include gems and other decorations. Gems can be found both on the top and the bottom of the barbell. Many barbells also include dangles and special dangle gems. Many unique decorations and patterns are possible, which makes navel barbells unique, interesting and very versatile.

Since curved barbells are so popular, chances are that you will want to own at least a few of them. Most people opt for several simple barbells and a few special, richly ornamented ones made for special occasions.

Another good thing about this jewelry type is that it can easily be concealed under the clothes. The jewelry rests very close to the body so it’s not really noticeable even under thin clothes. However, it also means it’s vital to choose only jewelry made of body safe materials. With the whole jewelry piece resting against the skin, you want to make sure that you are using only body-friendly materials. Unsafe materials, such as those containing nickel, can provoke serious allergies and should not be used.

Rings

Another popular navel jewelry piercing type is the ring. Navel rings come in many different sizes, styles, designs and materials. One advantage to other styles is that rings provide a circular, close shape on the piercing, which often makes jewelry more secure.

Rings come in several basic styles: Captive Bead Rings (with a removable ball on top), Screwball Rings (with the ball that can be screwed on the ring for more security), Seamless Rings, Segment Rings, and more.

Navel rings are decorated in many different ways. Some are simple yet elegant, and they can be worn with almost any outfit. Others are more complex, with bright, colorful gems or various dangles.

One good thing about navel rings is that they have a circular design, so it’s less likely that they will get caught on the clothes. It may be a significant advantage for new piercings, because chances of infection are reduced. On the other hand, rings tend to be a bit tricky to open. You will sometimes need special ring opening and ring closing pliers, as well as special pliers for large gauge rings.

Circular Barbells

Another popular type of jewelry for navel piercing are circular barbells. These barbells, also known as “horseshoe barbells” combine the effect of a curved barbell and a Captive Bead Ring.

They are circular in shape, so they slide comfortably in the piercing. However, they don’t form a whole circle. The ends are opened and have balls on them. This way, a circular barbell is very easy to insert and take out.

Circular barbells are made of many different materials (Surgical Steel, titanium, gold, etc.) and in many different sizes. While these barbells are usually simple in ornamentation, they look very elegant and they can match any clothing style.

An interesting thing about these barbells is that they can come in different sized balls, if this is what you want. You can have small, micro balls for your circular barbell, or you may opt for huge ones. Also, for many circular barbell types, it’s also possible to choose balls of a different size, if this is what you prefer.

Ear Cartilage Piercing Problems and Solutions

Ear Cartilage PiercingWhen deciding on a cartilage piercing you wish to get, it’s important to take both positive and negative aspects of this piercing type. While ear cartilage piercings are very beautiful and rewarding, it’s important to know how to take a proper care of them.

What to Consider

Ear cartilage is very sensitive and can be damaged easily. For this reason, all cartilage piercings should be performed with caution. Choosing the right piercer is essential. You want someone who is familiar with this type of piercing and someone who will know how to perform the procedure in a correct manner. Needless to say, you will need to choose a good, reliable piercing studio to get your ear cartilage piercing.

Keep in mind that while they don’t seem complex, ear cartilage piercings are trickier than they may look. While they are not among the most complicated piercings, they require someone who is familiar with this exact type of piercing. They are a bit more complex than they seem, so it’s something to keep in mind.

It all comes from the fact ear cartilage is extremely sensitive and can break easily. If done incorrectly, ear cartilage piercing can lead to numerous health problems. The cartilage may break and “melt” – meaning, you can lose part of your ear. In the more extreme cases, reconstructive surgery has to be performed to save the ear.

If this sounds too scary, don’t worry. Ear cartilage piercing is not dangerous if done by a knowledgeable, experienced professional and if you follow all recommended aftercare instructions. In these cases, chances are that your ear cartilage piercing will heal nicely and that you will enjoy it for years to come.

Problems and Solutions

Here are some common ear cartilage piercing problems and how to solve them:

  • Complicated procedure. While the procedure itself is not so complex, it should be done with great consideration. Piercing cartilage is not the same as tissue piercing. All reputable piercers are aware of this. Solution to this problem is easy: always get pierced at a reliable piercing studio and by a knowledgeable professional.
  • Pain. Ear cartilage piercings are surprisingly painful. While they are not as painful as certain types of male and female genital piercings or nipple piercings, they do hurt more than what people expect. The solution? Be informed. While ear cartilage piercings tend to be painful, the pain is not unbearable. Also, the procedure itself is not so painful – it’s that your ear becomes very sensitive afterwards.
  • Infections. Infections are dangerous for all new piercings, but with ear cartilage piercing it gets even trickier, because an infection can spread very quickly and damage your ear. The solution to this problem is to get pierced by a reliable piercer and to follow all the recommended aftercare instructions. Don’t forget to clean your piercing regularly with a saline solution or a specialized piercing cleaning product.
  • Discomfort. Ear cartilage piercings tend to cause discomfort during the initial stages of healing. This is normal. You may use some painkiller if your ear is too sensitive after the procedure. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, you should consult your doctor to make sure there’s no infection underway.
  • Soft bump on the back of the ear. These soft bumps sometimes form around cartilage piercings. They are not so dangerous, provided that they disappear quickly. The bumps usually form when you change your jewelry. To minimize this problem and risks associated with it, always use only well-crafted ear jewelry made from body-friendly materials. Never buy cheap jewelry at a mall – it’s a recipe for a disaster!
  • Long healing time. Ear cartilage piercing takes a long time to heal. There is no way around this. You need to give it that time and to perform cleaning routine every day. While your piercing may look fine after a few weeks, keep in mind that cartilage piercing takes between 3 and 6 months to fully heal. Don’t stop your cleaning routine just because your ear is not sore few weeks after getting the piercing done. Just keep the aftercare routine and your cartilage piercing will heal nicely!

Additional Tips

  • Observe your piercing to notice early signs of infection, migration or rejection.
  • During the healing time don’t wear large headphones and try not to sleep on the side where the new piercing is located.
  • Be careful: ear cartilage jewelry can easily be caught on clothes or hair. Be careful when changing clothes and keep your hair away from your ear during the initial healing time.
  • Since special care has to be made during the healing process, it’s advisable to only get one cartilage piercing at a time.
  • Stay away from cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials. Many cheap gold jewelry pieces are made with nickel, which can cause serious allergies. Always buy your jewelry from a reputable store and made of body-friendly materials.

Stretching Your PA Piercing

PA PiercingThe Prince Albert piercing is the most popular male genital piercing in the world. Even though it seems complicated, it’s actually among the quickest and least invasive genital piercings you can get. Another good thing about this piecing is that it can easily be stretched to a larger gauge if this is what you want.

What Makes PA Piercing Simple?

The PA piercing is less invasive than other male genital piercing because there is actually only a small piece of skin to be pierced. The majority of the flesh used for this piercing already has a natural hole: the urethral canal.

This piercing uses the urethral opening on the top of the penis, then goes through the urethra and only the small portion underside the head of the penis should be pierced. The PA jewelry is inserted using these holes: the hole on the tip of the penis, then urethra and finally the artificial hole made using a piercing needle.

If you like and enjoy your PA piercing you might also like to know that it’s easily stretchable if you wish to wear a larger gauge jewelry.

How to Stretch Your PA

One important thing that needs to be said about the Prince Albert piercing is that it’s very easy to stretch it. This is not true for PA piercing only, but also for many other penis piercings. They are all easily stretchable.

The reason is the penis (glans) tissue, which can be stretched easily. That’s why men who enjoy this piercing usually don’t have any problems stretching it to a larger gauge.

In fact, PA is so easy to stretch that it’s among the most popular piercings for stretching, just after the earlobes. It’s not unusual for guys to wear massive jewelry of large sizes in their PA piercing. Even rings in the gauge 0 or 00 are not unusual to wear with this piercing.

PA is so easy to stretch that, while you need to be careful just like with any other stretching job, you don’t have to go from size to size. You may be able to skip several sizes, though it depends on the tissue and individual anatomy.

One important thing before stretching is to wait for your Prince Albert piercing to be fully healed. This is important. Your piercing has to be healed, clean and in a great condition in order to stretch it to a larger gauge. You should wait at least several months (6 months preferably) until you attempt stretching.

Generally speaking, the stretching is done quickly and without a problem, using one of the many stretching devices available for body piercing enthusiasts. When stretching your PA, it’s important to use a curved device to accommodate your piercing. Chances are that you will be able to skip some gauges without a problem, but you should never force jewelry in.

Additional Advice

  • Large jewelry will stretch your piercing even further.
  • There is no danger to wearing heavy, large jewelry in this piercing. However, big rings and other PA jewelry pieces may be uncomfortable for your partner during oral sex.
  • Many men report increased sexual pleasure when wearing bigger jewelry. Big jewelry is also very enjoyable for the man’s partner during sex.
  • Stretched PA is generally easy to shrink. Penis tissue shrinks pretty quickly, so chances are that you will be able to shrink your piercing to a smaller gauge if you like, or to retire it altogether (provided that you didn’t stretch your PA piercing to a really large gauge).

Reasons to Choose Internally Threaded Jewelry

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally threaded body jewelry is superior to externally threaded. You probably know that it’s valued more, so it’s usually a bit more expensive. This higher price is completely justified: internally threaded jewelry is more complex to make and also more expensive to produce.

It’s one of the main reasons why cheap manufacturers of bad body jewelry rarely bother with internally threaded jewelry: they don’t have money nor equipment to produce it. They are counting on customers’ ignorance and inability to tell the difference. It’s sad to say that there are some people out there who don’t pay attention to this. While most piercing enthusiasts know internally threaded jewelry is the best way to go, there are always people who will buy any cheap jewelry piece at a mall, just because it doesn’t cost much.

Is Internally Threaded Jewelry Expensive?

While internally threaded jewelry is generally more costly to produce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune on it. On the contrary: it is possible to find reasonably priced yet well-crafted internally threaded jewelry.

How? It’s simple. Reputable, reliable manufacturers and body piercing shops know about the importance of internally threaded jewelry. They know this type of jewelry is safe for the customers and they understand why it should be used. For reputable body jewelry makers, internally threaded jewelry is a standard.

Once you make something into a standard, you will stick to it and your customers will learn not to expect anything less from your products. For some, it means keeping high prices on internally threaded jewelry. The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers high-quality internally threaded jewelry at affordable prices. For us, internally threaded jewelry is the standard, and we don’t feel you should be forced to spend a fortune on a jewelry piece just because it is manufactured using the highest standards. Since we use only the best materials and a high-standard manufacturing process you will never get cheap, subpar jewelry with us. At the same time, we are dedicated to keeping our prices reasonable.

Why Internally Threaded Jewelry?

Here are the main reasons why you should always opt for internally threaded jewelry:

  • Safety. Internally threaded jewelry doesn’t have sharp edges that go through your piercing. It means such a piercing is safe and recommended to be used. This is particularly important for new piercings.
  • Comfort. Internally threaded piercing jewelry is more comfortable to wear. It sits better and it’s easier to manipulate it. Internally threaded jewelry is made to ensure the best comfort for the wearer.
  • Vital for new piercings. Internally threaded jewelry should always be used for new piercings and piercings in healing. All initial jewelry pieces should be internally threaded in order not to hurt a new piercing. It is particularly hurtful and dangerous to pass an externally threaded jewelry through a new piercing hole.
  • Better quality. While externally pierced jewelry can be made of high-quality materials and using the latest manufacturing standards, internally threaded jewelry is generally better crafted. The simple reason is that all reputable jewelry makers stick to internally threaded jewelry as a standard, so they don’t even bother with less than optimal externally threaded jewelry.

Is Externally Threaded Jewelry Ever Ok?

While it’s highly recommended to buy internally threaded jewelry, you might have an externally threaded jewelry piece you truly like. Is it ok to wear it?

There is no simple answer to this question. As a general rule, you should always strive to use internally threaded jewelry. Stay away from shops selling nothing but externally threaded jewelry. That being said, externally threaded jewelry may be ok to use in certain situations.

For example, if your piercing is old and nicely healed, you might consider an externally threaded piece. If there is one jewelry piece you truly like and it’s externally threaded, then you may go for it. However, it’s always best to check if the piece you like is available as internally threaded.

Another reason why you might want to go with externally threaded jewelry is the gauge. Most gauges can be made in both variants (internally and externally treaded), but some very small gauges – generally 16 gauge and smaller – may be too small to be made internally threaded. In these cases, you may use externally threaded pieces, but only if they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly material.

In case you want to buy an externally threaded piece, make sure you go with a reputable store. Never choose cheap jewelry you can find at a mall. Such jewelry is often externally threaded and usually brings additional problems, many of which can be dangerous. This type of jewelry is typically made of cheap materials and using bad manufacturing process. Needless to say, you should stay away from such jewelry.

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.