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).

How to Use Crescent and Spiral Tapers

There are many gorgeous crescents and spirals you may try. These jewelry pieces are not only elegant, but also very functional. They combine tapers with jewelry, making a very attractive piece you will sure want to try.

Why Using Crescents and Spirals?

First of all: they are beautiful. Crescent and Spiral jewelry is made to be elegant and eye-catching. Many spirals and crescents are made of organic materials, which makes them truly unique and special. They are a great choice for stretched piercings. While they are typically used for earlobes, you can wear them in any stretched piercing. For example, many people wear them as septum jewelry.

Another great thing about crescents and spirals is that many of them can be used as tapers. In fact, many of them are made with this particular use in mind. Crescents and spirals can be used to safely and comfortably stretch your piercing to a larger gauge. This is why they are known as “gauging jewelry pieces” or “gauging tools”.

The main advantage to crescent and spiral tapers is that, unlike many traditional (straight) ones, is that they can be worn for a prolonged period of time. Spirals and crescents can be used as jewelry, which means you can keep them in your earlobe so it can stretch on its own.

Spirals and crescents also provide a very comfortable stretching experience, because you don’t just simply jump from one gauge to another. Instead, you slowly move from one to the other by gently adjusting your jewelry.

Using Spirals and Crescents

Spirals and crescents can be used as both jewelry and a stretching taper. They are actually very easy to use: you simply insert them in your stretched earlobe (or another stretched jewelry). You start with the side that’s the same as your current gauge and then you slowly move to a larger gauge over a period of several days.

It means that you don’t simply jump from one gauge to the other. You move the spiral or crescent slowly and gently to the thicker end, bit by bit, every day. Once you get to the large part of the jewelry (typically the middle) your piercing is stretched to the larger gauge, all without any pain and discomfort.

When using spirals and crescents to stretch your jewelry, keep in mind that patience is the key. Don’t try to force the jewelry through the piercing and don’t go too fast. It may seem like a long process, but it’s important to go slowly. It’s the best way to stretch your piercing without any problems or negative effects.

Niobium: A Great Body Jewelry Material

NiobiumNiobium is a beautiful material sometimes used for body jewelry. While its use is not so widespread like surgical steel, gold or titanium, it definitely offers some benefits you might want to consider. This is a gorgeous material you will love to wear.

Is it Body-Safe?

Absolutely! One great thing about niobium as a material is that it can be used without the fear of allergies. Niobiom as well as its alloys are inert. It means they don’t cause allergies. This is a great news for people looking for stable, hypo-allergenic jewelry materials.

Colors

Probably the best thing about niobium jewelry is that it comes in many different colors. Just like titanium, it can be anodized so you get different colored jewelry pieces. Also, unlike titanium, niobium can be heat treated black.

This is a great news for all those who prefer their jewelry to be colorful but without artificial colors or other potentially harmful additions to the jewelry itself. It makes niobium jewelry beautiful and body safe.

Additional Advantages

Niobium also offers some additional advantages. It is autoclavable so that’s another thing to keep in mind. Of course, niobium can also be anodized, which gives us all those pretty colors.

Another great thing about niobium is that it can be used for new piercings. Jewelry made of niobium is body-safe and can be used for initial piercings and during the healing time.

Disadvantages

Niobium is a very beautiful material and makes a good alternative to more popular body jewelry materials out there. It has only two disadvantages that need to be mentioned:

  • It’s soft. Niobium is a very soft metal, which may even prove to be advantage in some aspects. When it comes to shaping body jewelry, keep in mind that it can’t be lathed for threading. It means it’s only used for jewelry with no threading, such as Captive Bead Rings. This limits niobium’s use when it comes to body jewelry but it doesn’t make the existing jewelry made of this material bad. It simply means you won’t be able to find all jewelry types made of niobium. However, you will still be able to enjoy all those beautiful rings and other non-threaded jewelry pieces.
  • It’s relatively heavy. Niobium is heavier than titanium and surgical steel. It usually doesn’t pose any problems, unless you are prone to irritations. There are also some people who prefer heavier jewelry. All in all, this disadvantage is not big enough to make niobium into an undesirable material. 

Migration and Rejection: Additional Things to Consider

Piercing Migration and RejectionMigration and rejection are probably the most common problems you can encounter with body piercings. It sucks when it happens, so you need to recognize their signs and understand why they are happening.

Treating migration and rejection is not easy and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, your body will react in a way you can’t predict. This is why it’s important to know that piercings are always under a certain risk of migration and rejection (particularly rejection). This risk is never 0%, but it can be minimized.

Read the following tips to learn how to minimize this risk.

Know the Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between migration and rejection. Many people seem to confuse the two or assume they are basically the same. They aren’t, but they can be closely linked (a migrated piercing is more likely to be rejected).

In short:

  • Migration - The movement of the piercing from its initial placement. After the move, the piercing settles and heals in this new location.
  • Rejection – The body rejects the piercing by slowly pushing it out of the body. A rejected piercing is a lost piercing.

Why Does Migration Happen?

Migration can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, migration happens because you weren’t pierced correctly. A piercing has to be deep enough and made on a suitable place so it won’t migrate. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer who will know how to minimize the risk of migration. If insufficient amount of tissue is pierced, or if unsuitable tissue is pierced, migration can happen at any time.

Another cause of migration is a bad aftercare practice. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully during the healing process. Migration can be caused by harsh products or lack of hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that migration sometimes happens even when you’re pierced correctly and you follow aftercare instructions. This is the risk you need to make when getting a new piercing.

Why Does Rejection Happen?

Rejection mainly happens because your body recognizes a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, it will try to heal this wound and close it. It will also try to get rid of the foreign object by slowly pushing it out, like a splinter.

This is why one of the first signs of rejection is piercing getting shallow and jewelry being able to be seen under the skin.

There is no way to eliminate the risk of rejection completely, but there are some things that can be done to minimize it. Again, proper piercing technique should be used. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer. Your piercing needs to be deep enough to minimize the risk of rejection.

Also, you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Resist the urge to touch your piercing or to twist it and move it. It’s also important not to change your jewelry too soon: make sure that your piercing is healed before you do that.

Important Tips

  • For the best results and a long-lasting piercing, it’s important to make sure that there’s at least 5/16 inches of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If the piercing is narrower than this, you are risking migration and rejection.
  • Never allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface. If you experience rejection, it’s best to retire a piercing and then wait to get a new one. If you allow your body to reject a piercing it will leave a split scar. The scar will likely remain and it will make further piercing on the same spot more difficult.
  • In case you notice some changes, it’s important to keep an eye on them.
  • Some warning signs: you have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings, you can see the jewelry through the skin, or the skin between the openings is flaking or inflamed.
  • Any of the described issues can happen long after the piercing is healed. There is always a risk, but healed piercings have a lower risk of migration and rejection.
  • Always use high-quality body jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the best way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing Smiley piercing is still a relatively rare piercing, but there are more and more people who opt for it. It’s becoming more popular and many people seem to be intrigued by it.

Also, there are more and more piercers who offer this procedure, so if you want to get a smiley piercing, chances are that you won’t have any problems finding an experienced piercer who can do it.

What is a Smiley Piercing?

A smiley piercing is performed on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip (frenulum). The frenulum of the upper lip is a thin piece of skin that stretches from the lip to the upper gum. It adds support to the upper lip and keeps it securely attached to the gum. This piercing is therefore placed on the inside of the upper lip so the jewelry rests on top of the front teeth.

The Smiley Piercing got its name because you can only see it when a person smiles. It’s also what makes it so special. This types of “hidden” piercings are always exciting because they can be viewed only in certain circumstances. People who opt for a smiley piercing usually claim that they love the idea of a piercing that can be seen only when they smile.

The procedure is done quickly and the healing time is relatively short, so you should not have much problem getting a smiley piercing. You can expect your smiley piercing to be fully healed in about 4 weeks. If you are a smoker, the healing might take a bit longer.

As usual, it’s very important to keep a proper hygiene and to follow the aftercare instructions. This will ensure proper healing and prevent infections.

Jewelry

It’s important to keep in mind how delicate the pierced tissue is. Smiley piercing is performed on a very thin piece of skin, so jewelry can’t be heavy or it will damage the tissue. It’s best to use only very small gauge for this type of piercing. Typically, only 18 or 16 gauge should be used for smiley piercing.

The best jewelry for this piercing are small gauge Captive Bead Rings. They are small and light enough so the delicate tissue can handle it. Another jewelry choice is a small gauge barbell. Stay away from heavy or richly ornamented jewelry.

Additional Information

It’s important to understand that smiley piercing is a type of frenulum piercing. A frenulum is a very thin connective tissue and it can be found in many parts of your body. In this case, it’s a tissue connecting your upper lip to the gums. What is crucial to remember is that this tissue tends to be very sensitive. It makes frenulum piercings somewhat painful. The good news is that the tissue that needs to be pierced is very thin, so the procedure doesn’t last long. It’s over quickly so you don’t have to go through pain for long. Luckily, the healing is quick and aftercare is relatively easy to perform.

Keep in mind that not everybody can get a smiley piercing. It all depends on your upper lip frenulum. If it’s too small, it can’t be pierced. This is why you should consult your piercer to see if it’s possible to get a smiley piercing.

Smiley piercings are somewhat prone to rejection and migration, so it’s something to keep in mind. The pierced tissue is very thin so there’s not a lot of flesh to keep the jewelry in place. Also, migration and rejection is emphasized by the lip movements. It can put a lot of stress on the piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that jewelry used for smiley piercing can sometimes cause damage to teeth and gums. This is why you should observe your piercing and notice any irritation, scratches, shifting of the teeth and other problems.

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.

Baby North’s Pierced Ears Spark Controversy

North West Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently celebrated their baby North’s first birthday. Numerous photographers gathered to document North on her important day, but there was one detail that made people polarized – shiny stones in baby North’s ears.

It’s undeniable that the baby’s ear lobes were pierced. This sparked a debate among readers and viewers. While some congratulated the parents on giving the baby such a sparkly jewelry, others felt that piercing should be done only when a child is old enough to consent to the procedure.

North looked stunning in her cute white dress and shiny diamonds in her ears, but some people felt the choice to pierce a baby’s ear was a sign of “bad parenting”.

Repiercing Made Easy

repiercingRepiercing is a common issue for many piercing enthusiasts. There are many reasons why you might decide to have a particular piercing repierced after you had to get rid of the old one. Accidents happen. Some piercings close on their own, while the others get rejected. Migration is another common problem many people face.

Sometimes, you are forced to take the jewelry out and you can’t retain your piercing. This will usually make the hole completely heal and close, so you will lose the piercing you love. All in all, there are many reasons why you might want to retire a piercing and yet even more reasons why you might be forced to do so.

Getting Pierced Again

In case you were forced to retire a piercing you loved, chances are that you’ll want to get this specific body part pierced again. This is when you’ll need repiercing. Repiercing is simply getting pierced again on the approximately same place.

A few considerations have to be taken into account here. First of all, repiercing is not always possible. It will depend on the way your previous piercing had to be retired. In case there was heavy scarring or another problem (usually due to rejection, migration and infections), repiercing the same place might not be possible. Luckily, this doesn’t happen often. Chances are that you will be able to get repierced.

If you want to get repierced, the key step is to be patient. You need to give your body enough time to heal after the original piercing has been retired. It’s generally advisable to wait about a year before you get repierced on the same spot. Even better, wait more than a year – the longer the better. This will give the tissue enough time to heal properly so repiercing can be done easily.

When getting repierced, it’s important to choose a good piercer who will know how to minimize any future risk to your piercing. A good piercer will know how to position a new piercing in relation to the scar tissue of the original piercing. Since the scar tissue is weaker than the regular skin, it’s not advisable to pierce straight through it. A good piercer will know how to choose a spot that’s strong enough to support new piercing.

Also, keep in mind that in some cases a new piercing can’t be placed too close to the old one. Sometimes, migrated piercings leave an open channel shallow in the skin and it can’t be used for a new piercing. Such a shallow channel can’t support any jewelry so it should be avoided. Even more, a channel like this can become infected or inflamed if a new piercing is made too close to it.

These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when thinking about repiercing. It’s best to consult your piercer and ask them about repiercing and whether you can get it or not. Chances are that it will be possible to find a solution and to once again have a piercing in the place of an old one. At the same time, you have to be open to a compromise. In case it’s not possible to get pierced on the exactly the same place, don’t despair. In many cases, it’s possible to find a satisfying compromise that will enable you to have a great piercing where you want it.

Teen Gets Belly Piercing without Parental Consent

Concerned Parents Cheryl Radcliffe from Winnipeg, Canada is upset that her teenage daughter was able to get a piercing at a fair – without a signed parental consent.

Radcliffe’s daughter attended Red River Ex. On June 17 and decided to get her navel pierced at a mobile booth. The staff agreed to perform piercing despite the girl being underage and without parental consent. As Radcliffe points out, the staff told her daughter to simply “find someone who’s over 18 and have them sign the consent form”. The girl asked her 18 year old friend who worked at the fair at the time to sign the form. The staff at the mobile booth accepted this signature and performed the piercing.

Radcliffe emphasizes that she’s not so much upset with her daughter getting a belly piercing, but with the fact that the piercers performed the procedure without parental consent.

Plus, the aftercare instructions the girl received were very basic.

“God knows how many kids went to the Ex and got tattoos or piercings and are possibly are infected right now and they’re scared about talking to their parents, you know, or [asking] someone does this look right?, says Radcliffe.

Manitoba Health is now investigating the case.

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Nostril Jewelry Styles

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

Nostril jewelry comes in many different styles, sizes and designs, so it’s possible to choose exactly what you want and like. One might think nose piercing doesn’t allow many different designs or complex jewelry pieces, but despite certain limitations there are numerous styles to choose from. You are sure not limited to one or two plain designs – there are many different styles to choose from.

As usual, it’s important to know your gauge. Since 20g and 18g are the most common gauges for nostril piercings, these are also the most common jewelry sizes. However, it’s possible to find jewelry in other sizes. While stretching is not so popular for nostril piercing (septum stretching is more common), there are people who have nostril piercings of other sizes.

What is important to remember is that you can always find suitable nostril jewelry for yourself. Your chosen jewelry pieces will largely depend on your personal styles and preferences. Other factors you should keep in mind are comfort and easiness of putting jewelry in and taking it off.

Generally speaking, nostril jewelry comes in several common styles:

Nose Bones

Nose bones are among the most common nostril jewelry styles. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end and a decoration on the other. The decoration is most commonly a gem (available in many different colors and gem types), but it can be a different kind of a decoration. Other common choices include: charms and simple balls or discs. The ball on the other end of the bar keeps the jewelry from falling out. Nose bones are a great and lightweight jewelry pieces, but it might be uncomfortable for piercings in healing.

Nose Screws

This is another popular nose jewelry choice. Nose screws have a curved body and often come in left and right varieties. The curve is there to keep the jewelry in place but it requires some practice to insert. It’s also not a great choice for piercings in healing. Other than that, however, nose screws are very beautiful and popular among people. Nose screws have different decorations on the end: gems, charms, ball and others. They are gorgeous and come in many different designs.

Other Jewelry Choices

Other types of nostril jewelry are a bit less common, but it’s possible to find many different designs made in these jewelry types:

  • L-Shapes. These jewelry pieces have an L-shaped bend that keeps the jewelry in place. They resemble Nose Screws but at easier to insert and take out. They give you a security without being too complicated to use.
  • Nose Studs. They resemble nose bones, but they don’t have the ball on the other end to keep the jewelry in place. It makes them more prone to falling out, so they are recommended for short-term wear. On the other hand, they are the easiest jewelry pieces to insert.
  • Fishtails. These jewelry pieces are specially designed for customization. They have a decoration (gem, charm, etc.) at one end and a very long bar. They are made so you can personally bend the bar in any way you want. This will ensure a perfect fit. Once they are fitted and bent, you should clip off the remaining length of the bar. It’s possible to bend a fishtail in many different ways: like an L-shape, C-shape, nose screw shape, etc. This is a great way to have a very comfortable jewelry piece because it’s made for your nose and perfectly customized for you. These are good jewelry pieces for healing piercings because you can make them longer at first (for swelling), and when the piercing is healed you can make them shorter by clipping the unwanted part of the jewelry.

Also, don’t forget that you can use other jewelry types for your nostril piercing even if they are not specially made for this type of piercing. For example, small gauge captive bead rings, segment rings and other types of body jewelry rings look very effective when used in nostril piercings.