Inverse Navel Piercing

Inverse Navel Piercing For those who enjoy navel piercings but would like to have something more unique, an inverse navel piercing may be the best solution. Navel piercings are beautiful, classy and made to draw attention to your belly. An inverse navel piercing is no different.

The best thing about this piercing is that it can fit any style and outfit. There are many different jewelry options you can use for an inverse navel piercing, from simple rings to richly ornamented curved barbells, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry options being limited.

An inverse navel piercing is a great way to try something new while still getting a stylish, popular piercing type. Inverse belly button piercing is just that – a navel piercing with a twist!

Inverse Navel Piercing Style

An inverse navel piercing is very easy to perform. In many ways, it is similar to a regular belly button piercing. The only difference is the part of the belly button skin that is pierced. With a regular navel piercing, the pierced part is the upper ridge of the navel (skin above the belly button).

With an inverse navel piercing, the piercing goes through the lower ridge of the belly button. It is a small difference, but it allows for some very unique styles and produces a different look than a regular navel piercing.

Not to mention that an inverse navel piercing can easily be combined with a regular belly button piercing. This way, you can use two jewelry pieces, one to go through the hole on top of the belly button and the other to go through the hole on the bottom. Also, another interesting way to combine jewelry is to have an elaborate jewelry piece that goes through both holes at the same time. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

Suitable Jewelry

An inverse navel piercing is very similar to regular belly button piercing, so all the jewelry types suitable for a typical navel piercing can be used here. The difference doesn’t come so much from different jewelry types but form a different placement.

Since the inverse navel piercing has a hole through the bottom edge of the piercing, the jewelry is made to sit under the belly button. With a regular navel piercing, the jewelry sits either above the navel or falls from the top and covers the belly button itself.

Great jewelry pieces for an inverse navel piercing include curved barbells, rings (such as Captive Bead Rings) and circular barbells. There are many jewelry types and designs to choose from, so you won’t have any problem finding suitable jewelry for your inverse navel piercing.

Since most jewelry made for navel piercings is manufactured for the regular (upper rim) navel piercing, it may not completely right when worn on the underside of the belly button. While most jewelry pieces are made to be universal enough and would fit almost any piercing type, some elaborate or richly decorated pieces may work better on the regular navel piercing. In case you like a particular jewelry type and would like to have it in the inverse navel piercing, perhaps you can ask the store to reverse gems (top and bottom) so the jewelry would sit better in the inverse navel piercing. Keep in mind that there are many different gem placements and in some cases you might be able to ask for a different placement.

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry store offers many different jewelry types that would fit both regular and inverse navel piercings. If you want to change a gem placement, you can contact us and ask about different gem placement for your navel pierce.

Additional Tips

  • ·         An inverse navel piercing works best for people who have a prominent “lip” on the underside of the belly button. It means you have to have enough skin on the underside of the navel to get pierced successfully. Typically, it means you should be able to pinch the skin under the belly button.
  • ·         If you are unsure whether you can get an inverse navel piercing or not, consult your piercer. Experienced piercers should be able to tell you straight away is you are a good candidate for this type of piercing. Many people can get an inverse navel piercing, so chances are that you will be fine. However, it’s best to ask beforehand, just to make sure.
  • ·         An inverse navel piercing is a bit more sensitive, not in terms of pain but because it’s more likely to get snagged on the clothes. It is usually not a bit issue, but you need to be careful during the healing period.
  • ·         Since inverse navel piercing is almost like a surface piercing, you need to take a good care of it during the healing period. It may take months (around 4-5 months) for it to heal fully. You should also pay attention and note any potential signs of infection, migration or rejection.

More Advice on Choosing a Piercing Studio

Piercing StudioFor the very obvious reasons, you want to get pierced by professionals, and professionals only. A piercing studio has to be licensed and operating legally. If you are unsure, you should check online and make every effort to find out about this information. Do it even if your friends recommend a place for you. It’s always important to check.

Licensed studios have to adhere to certain rules and regulations, and they hire professionals who are knowledgeable about piercings. This is why you should always go to licensed places only. Don’t be lazy: just because there is a piercing studio one block away from your home doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a reputable place to go.

Important Things to Take Into Account

Take your time to research piercing studios in your area. If there are none, or if the only available studios are shady ones, look further. It’s better to spend a bit more on gas to travel to a reputable studio than to risk health complications by getting pierced in someone’s garage.

One good rule of thumb is: if a place looks dirty and you wouldn’t eat out there, you should not get pierced there.

Ask about their policy on piercing minors and the age requirements for piercings. This is a valuable information, even if you are not a minor. A good, legal studio wouldn’t risk its reputation by violating regulations and age requirements. Familiarize yourself with the exact age rules and regulations in your area and then ask around studios about their policies on piercing minors. Ignore any studio that does not follow age requirements or a studio which is known for bypassing the laws. You don’t want to get pierced in there.

Research for a studio online. What are independent testimonials and customer opinions? Is there any info on the studio you are interested in? What is studio’s online presence? Do they have a website? While a pretty website doesn’t necessarily mean that a studio is good, it will give you some ideas on what to expect. It’s more than just knowing that a studio has a money to invest into a web designer. Look at the info they offer and pay close attention to photos they publish.

A good piercing studio will present photographs of piercings they’ve performed, so take a look at them. Do these piercings look good? Are they placed correctly? How do they look when they are freshly pierced and how do they look when healed? Every good piercing studio should have a portfolio showcasing their work, so start from there.

Visit a studio before you decide to get pierced there. Look around and try to see if the place gives you a good or a bad vibe. Is the staff helpful and knowledgeable? Is the studio clean? What measures they perform to ensure safety for their clients?

One of the best ways to tell if a place is completely unreliable is to ask if they use piercing guns. A studio that uses piercing guns is a studio you don’t want to be pierced in. Piercing guns are bad in so many ways. In fact, they are so bad they are illegal in some states. Most of them can’t be properly sterilized and they pose a serious risk to your health. Stay away from any studio that uses a piercing gun.

Before you decide to get pierced at a particular place, think twice. Never rush into it. Give yourself some time to fully decide what is best for you. It’s better to wait a few days to make a good decision than to act on an impulse and make a mistake you’ll regret.

To Twist or Not to Twist?

Twisting Body JewelryMany newbies know of a common advice for new piercings: once you get pierced, you should twist your jewelry. The twisting is advised as a measure against jewelry getting stuck. This advice is usually given by inexperienced workers at malls and other people who are not really knowledgeable about piercings.

In short: this is a bad advice. It is a horrible advice.

You should NOT twist or rotate your jewelry during the healing time.

The Dangers of Twisting

Twisting your jewelry or manipulating your jewelry during the healing time can bring numerous other problems. Keep in mind that a new piercing is basically a fresh wound, and you don’t want to disturb it or cause a health problem.

Twisting or otherwise playing with your jewelry will only cause the bacteria and crusts to go inside of your new piercing. Since this area is freshly pierced, it is very sensitive and can get infected easily.

During the healing process, especially in the first days after getting pierced, it’s vital to keep your piercing clean. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully and to clean your piercing regularly with a saline solution or a specialized liquid made for this purpose.

Twisting and touching your jewelry only invites bacteria to the pierced area. Instead of being clean, a new piercing gets dirty. It opens the door to infections and other problems.

Another risk is that by manipulating your jewelry you will destroy the fistula. A fistula has to form inside a new piercing during the healing time. It is how a piercing heals properly. By destroying the fistula you are only prolonging the healing time. You are also at danger of developing excess scar tissue.

In short: jewelry should never be twisted or manipulated, especially in the first days after getting pierced.

What if Gets Stuck?

Many people worry that if they don’t twist their jewelry, it will get stuck inside the piercing. This is, for the most part, a myth. While jewelry might appear tight, once the swelling is gone it is typically easy to move it inside the piercing – which still doesn’t mean you should move it or manipulate it during the healing process.

Furthermore, the cleaning process will usually prevent jewelry from becoming stuck. The liquids you use to clean your new piercing will not only clean the area but also remove any excess bits that might make jewelry to get stuck. Cleaning provides temporary wetness to the area, which also contributes to removal of any unnecessary bits that might make jewelry to get stuck.

In short: you should not worry about it and you should never twist or rotate your new jewelry.

In case the jewelry does become stuck, instead of trying to pull it out or twist it, go to your piercer. They will help you unblock your piercing or, in more serious circumstances, they will remove the jewelry for you.

If you notice any infection or if the pain persists, you should go directly to your doctor. Any medical concern should be treated immediately. It’s better to retire a new piercing and then try again once it’s healed than to cause health problems and possible complications.

Retiring a Piercing

Retiring a PiercingAll piercing enthusiasts know how bad it can be to retire your piercings. Especially the ones we like a lot. Sadly, this is something that needs to be done from time to time. Instead of being too frustrated about it, it’s important to know how to do properly.

Retiring a piercing is not complicated, but it should be done with care and consideration. Improper retiring may bring additional problems, not to mention infections and other health risks. For these reasons, it’s important to know what to do.

Why Retire a Piercing?

You might need to retire a piercing because of many different reasons. In the least problematic scenario, you might not like this particular piercing or you are tired of it. In these cases, you might simply want to get rid of it and not have this particular piercing anymore.

This is the least problematic scenario, but there are many others. Certain jobs, for example, prohibit piercings and other body modifications. While these rules are often unfounded and unfair, you might be in a situation to choose between a piercing and a job. In case you really want a particular job you may have to say goodbye to your piercings.

Another possibility is that your piercing is not positioned properly. In case the piercing is not in the exact place you want it to be, you might wish to retire it and get repierced after it’s healed. This also happens in case of badly done piercings, when the piercing itself is done incorrectly. These mistakes are often impossible to fix, so chances are that you will have to retire your piercing and start again.

Finally, you may be forced to retire your piercing due to a health concern. Your piercing may be infected or in the process of migration and rejection. While you may save your piercing in some of these situations, sometimes retiring your piercing is the only way to go.

How to Retire Your Piercing

Once you know you want (or need) to retire your piercing, it’s important to do it properly. In a way, retiring piercing is simply about taking your jewelry off. However, it’s important to take certain measures to ensure that this process goes smoothly.

Before you attempt to remove your jewelry, make sure that your hands are completely clean. You should never manipulate your piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.

Be careful when taking the jewelry out. You don’t want to cause any scratching or harm to your piercing. It will prolong the retirement process and make the hole more difficult to close.

For numerous piercings, this is all you should do. Depending on the body part, the hole might not close immediately, but it might not be visible. Keep in mind that certain piercings (such as penis piercings) are very quick to heal.

In case you have to retire a piercing due to infections or another problem, make sure to consult your doctor after removing jewelry. You need to treat the medical problem. If piercing is swollen, you should leave to medical professionals to remove the jewelry.

Additional Tips

  • In case you are asked to retire your piercing for a job, consider retainers and hider jewelry. These jewelry pieces may help you conceal your piercings so you won’t need to retire them.
  • Depending on the body part and especially gauge, the hole might take a long time to close. In case of some large gauges, it might never close completely, but it will sure shrink.
  • Keep in mind that you might regret your decision to retire a piercing. It might make you sad or frustrated. Whatever you feel, chances are that you can get pierced again, so not everything is lost.
  • If you have a new piercing you are not satisfied with you can easily retire it. However, it’s best to go to the piercing studio where you got pierced and ask them to remove your jewelry. Chances are that the area will be tender to touch so it’s easier for them to do it. Piercers will typically do this free of charge but don’t expect your money back for the piercing.

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.