Barbells or Rings: Which is Better for Initial Jewelry?

Barbells or RingsSome people wonder which is the best jewelry type for initial piercings. As you know, initial jewelry should satisfy some special standards regular jewelry does not have to include.

For example, while all body jewelry has to be made of body-friendly materials, certain materials are considered safe only for fully healed piercings.

For example, initial jewelry should use only certain materials, such as titanium or 316LVM Surgical Steel, while gold and organic materials are not recommended for new piercings.

Similarly, initial jewelry should be of a certain length. This is particularly important for piercings where swelling is expected. Many piercings swell after the procedure is performed, so initial jewelry should be longer than the regular one.

Apart from these guidelines, there is also one common dilemma about initial piercings: should barbells or rings be used as jewelry? Or, to put it this way: which jewelry type is more suitable for new piercings – barbells or rings?

Which is Better?

Generally speaking, both barbells and rings are good choice as initial jewelry, as long as a particular jewelry type can accommodate this jewelry. Most piercings that can use barbells (be it straight, curved or circular barbells) can also use rings, so it’s not a problem.

Rings are often considered to be safer because they allow for easier cleaning. Proper cleaning is vital for aftercare and preventing problems, so it’s very important to perform regularly. Also, rings can accommodate swelling easily, so they often do not have to be changed once the first swelling is gone.

On the other hand, rings have certain disadvantages. They are more difficult to insert, though this should not be much of a concern, since your piercer will be the one to insert your initial jewelry. Also, rings are reported to cause more discomfort in some cases.

If we talk about barbells, it’s important to know that they can be cleaned properly – you just have to be more careful. Also, it’s possible to use a long enough barbell to accommodate for swelling, so this should not be a concern.

For example, rings are not a great initial jewelry choice for tongue piercings. In this case, it’s best to use a barbell. However, it’s vital to choose a barbell that is long enough to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone it has to be changed for a shorter barbell. It’s best to make your piercer change the jewelry for you.

The same should be done for other piercings with a significant swelling, such as lip piercings. Rings may be great jewelry for these piercings once they are fully healed, but different jewelry types, such as barbells or labrets are better used as initial jewelry. Just like tongue jewelry, initial lip jewelry should be longer to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone, your piercer should change your jewelry to a shorter one.

Also, navel piercings will typically benefit from barbells instead of rings as initial jewelry. While you may wear rings in your healed belly button piercing, it’s better to use a curved barbell as your initial jewelry. Rings are more likely to move inside the piercing and they can easily get snagged on clothing, which can be dangerous during the healing time.

Another thing to note in barbell vs ring dilemma is that the difference in curvature. Rings are always curved, which may be problem for certain piercings. With barbells, you can choose between different barbell designs, from straight to curved and circular. Each has a different curvature, so in case your jewelry has to be straight, it’s best to avoid both rings and more curved barbells and stick to straight barbells.

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, there is no much of a difference. Both barbells and rings make suitable initial jewelry, as long as they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials. For most piercing types, there is really no need to stress over the choice. Both barbells and rings will do a good job.

In some cases, yes, there is a bit of a difference. This is particularly important for very sensitive piercings, or those that are not easy to clean. However, it’s important to know that this small advantage also brings certain disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice is yours (and your piercer’s). That being said, keep in mind that both barbells and rings are good choices and neither will endanger your new piercing.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Segment and Seamless rings are a good alternative to classic Captive Bead Rings.

They are mostly used in the same way as CBRs are, and for the same piercing types, but they are designed a bit differently, which gives them some advantage to typical Captive Bead Rings.

Segment Rings

Unlike Captive Bead Rings, segment rings don’t have a bead. Instead, they have a removable segment. This segment is tightly pressed to the rest of the ring to make a perfect round shape when the ring is closed. Segment rings tend to be more elegant than Captive Bead Rings, since they offer a more seamless look.

To open a segment ring, simply hold the ring with the segment at the top. Push the segment gently to one side to open the ring slightly and force the segment out. Typically, opening a segment ring is easy, but closing it can be a bit tricky. To put the segment back, put one of its ends in the ring and push the segment in toward the end of the ring while pulling the other side out. It requires some practice but you will soon learn how to do it properly. Always be careful in order to preserve the ring’s shape and to prevent damages to the ring.

Keep in mind: you should never simply pull the segment straight out of the ring without opening the ring slightly first. It may cause the ring to lose its shape and functionality.

Seamless Rings

Seamless rings go even further. They do not have a ball or a separate segment of any kind. Instead, all they have is a split in the ring. This split is so sharp and thin that it’s not easily visible, which gives the ring a perfect seamless design. This is a very elegant choice so it’s not surprising that seamless rings are so highly praised for their beauty.

One great thing about seamless rings is that you can easily slip in and out of your piercing. No beads to worry about. There is no risk that you’ll lose an integral part of a ring since the whole ring is made in one piece!

How to open and close a seamless ring? The only correct way to do it is to twist them open and closed. It means that you have to pick different your ring with both hands near the split and twist the ends in the opposing directions to open the ring. Do the opposite to close it: simply squeeze the rings sides together.

One word of warning: if you open and close these rings incorrectly you can stretch them, which will make the opening wider. This may make the ring lose its original shape or even to become unusable in some cases. Opening and closing seamless rings with pliers is not recommended, since they can damage the ring’s perfect shape. They are great for Captive Bead Rings and segment rings, though.

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

One word at the end: there is nothing wrong with Captive Bead Rings. In fact, they are beautiful, comfortable and very practical in many situations. There is a reason why they are the most popular body piercing ring type and why so many users choose them as body jewelry.

The problem is, CBRs have a bead that is not attached to the ring. It means it can fall off easily and there goes your beautiful ring. Of course, you may always use a replacement bead (in fact, that is highly recommended to do), but if you don’t want to worry about beads at all, get a ring without a bead.

Another thing is that CBRs can be very difficult to open and close. While some of these issues are present with segment rings, different designs allow for different opening and closing dynamics, which some users appreciate.

Finally, segment and seamless rings have a more seamless design and they tend to be perfectly round. This may look more elegant than a standard ring with a bead, so some people prefer these rings because of their aesthetics. And not just aesthetics: in some cases, having a perfectly smooth jewelry piece is exactly what you need (for example, if you have a highly sensitive piercing such as a genital piercing).

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Navel Jewelry Sizing

Navel Piercing SizeIn order to be fully satisfied with your navel piercing, it’s important to wear jewelry of the appropriate size. It means you need to ensure proper fitting.

Here are some tips on how to choose navel jewelry of the right size:

Things to Keep in Mind

Typical navel jewelry is 14 gauge. This is the gauge most people are pierced with so jewelry in this size is very common. However, other gauges are also possible so do not assume your belly button piercing is 14 gauge if you are unsure. It’s important to know the exact size you are pierced with to ensure a good fit.

When it comes to length, there are some common sizes. Typical navel jewelry is a curved barbell, so the length discussed here applies to this jewelry type. Most common navel jewelry is a barbell that is 3/8” to 7/16” long. Keep in mind however, that this is a length for healed piercing. Initial navel jewelry has to be a bit longer, to account for swelling.

While curved barbells are often used for navel piercings, you may also use other piercing types, such as Captive Bead Rings. CBRs are a good choice for initial jewelry, though many piercers choose to use curved barbells for initial jewelry. If you decide to get a ring, make sure it’s large enough to account for swelling.

How to Measure Jewelry

In order to find the best fit for your navel piercing, it’s important to know how to measure your jewelry properly. For a curved barbell, it’s vital to determine the length. This will be a straight line between the balls. Do not measure along the curve of the barbell! Simply measure the straight line between the top and bottom ball. Make sure to start measuring under the top ball and go all the way to the top side of the bottom ball.

When deciding on the best length of a curved barbell, make sure to give it some space. You should leave some barbell showing when you wear your navel jewelry. It means you should not get a barbell that is so short to dig into your flesh. Leave a bit of a barbell showing to make the piercing air properly and prevent the jewelry from pulling into the flesh.

On the other hand, you don’t want to get a barbell that is too long. It might end up catching on clothes and hurting you. For the optimal result, leave around ¼” of barbell showing.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips about finding the best belly button jewelry size:

  • You need to be patient. You might need to experiment with a few sizes to find the best fit for you.
  • The length of your navel jewelry will depend a lot on your piercing. If you have a shallow piercing you will need to get a shorter jewelry than a person with a deep piercing. Typically, a good length for a shallow piercing is 5/16”, 3/8” to 7/16” for a standard piercing and around ½” for deep piercings. In some extreme cases, if your piercing is very deep, you might need to get jewelry as large as 9/16”, but this is rare.
  • In case you have a very sharp-angled piercing, you might experiment with jewelry types to find the ones that suit you best. Some jewelry types will make the piercing look straight so you might want to use them. Since this type of a piercing is not a standard one it’s tricky to determine the best size. This is why you should try several different things to find the one that’s best for you.
  • Shallow piercings will go best with smaller, lightweight jewelry pieces. You don’t want to go with anything too big, heavy or ornamented because your piercing might not be able to sustain it.
  • Keep extra care of your new piercing. You need to get a body-friendly initial jewelry that will account for swelling and help your navel piercing heal properly. This jewelry will typically be bigger than the standard jewelry you will wear once your jewelry is fully healed.

Piercing Discomfort

Piercing DiscomfortMany people wonder how much discomfort is normal and expected when wearing body piercing jewelry. There is no one universal answer to this questions, but generally speaking, your jewelry should not cause discomfort. In fact, discomfort and pain can often be a sign of a problem so you should never ignore it!

Discomfort Associated with Piercings

There are several different types of piercing situations in which you can experience discomfort. It’s very important to know which of these situations are “normal” and when you should take discomfort and pain as a warning sign.

Common sources of discomfort:

•           The procedure

•           Initial healing time

•           Swelling

•           Improperly Sized Jewelry

•           Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

•           Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

•           Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

•           Infections and Other Problems

The Procedure

You should expect some discomfort and even pain during procedure. This goes without saying. Some people are scared of piercing needles and piercing pain, but the good news is that it’s usually not as scary as it sounds. Also, the pain itself lasts only for a few seconds (for most piercings) so it’s not something to worry about.

Another type of pain and discomfort you should expect happen a few hours after the procedure. In fact, this is typically when you can expect the most discomfort or even pain. You can use some painkillers, but if the problem persists, make sure to consult your doctor.

Initial Healing Time

Piercings take a while to heal. Out all of this time, the initial days are when you can expect the most discomfort. This is also when you should be extra careful with your piercing. You can expect it to be tender and to cause some discomfort.

Make sure not to touch it too much. In fact, you should touch your piercing only when you clean it and perform aftercare. Never twist or turn your jewelry because it can bring more problems. Monitor your piercing to notice any potential infections or other problems.

Swelling

Swelling is normal during the initial phases of healing. In fact, it is expected. Your piercer should account for swelling when choosing initial jewelry for your piercing. You will probably need to replace your initial jewelry with a shorter one after the swelling is gone.

Monitor your piercing to see if the swelling is gone. It’s normal for a new piercing to be tender, but it should start healing. If you think the swelling is not going away, make sure to consult your doctor.

Also, keep in mind that swelling is not a normal occurrence past the initial healing. If you experience swelling, bumps or tenderness in your old piercing, it’s a sign that something is wrong so you should see your doctor to treat the problem.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Improperly sized jewelry is one of the most common reasons for discomfort. This can also lead to numerous other problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It’s vital to wear only jewelry of the appropriate size to ensure a perfect fit.

First of all, you should always wear only jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with (or your current gauge, if you have stretched piercings). Never wear jewelry of the larger or smaller gauge than your piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your barbells and diameter of your rings. A properly sized jewelry should sit comfortably against the skin. It should not dig into the skin or else you may develop problems. On the other hand, your jewelry should not be too long or big or else may get caught on clothes and hurt you.

Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

This is a common source of discomfort and it happens every now and then to most people. In most of the cases, this is not alarming and will cause only minor discomfort, but in some more serious cases you can hurt yourself and tear the tissue.

In order to avoid this, you need to be careful whenever you change your clothes. Be aware of your piercing and proceed with caution. Another way to prevent this problem is to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Stay away from too large jewelry or overly ornamented pieces.

Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

This is another common source of problems, and a dangerous one. Unsafe materials can cause numerous problems, such as infections, allergies, migration and rejection. Nickel allergy is among the most common allergy types, so in order to avoid it you need to ear only materials that don’t contain nickel.

It’s vital to stick to body-friendly materials, such as Surgical Steel, titanium, nickel-free gold or acrylic. This is why it’s so important to always buy only high-quality jewelry. Stay away from cheap jewelry you can get at a mall – these jewelry pieces are poorly made and typically contain harmful materials.

Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

This can be another source of discomfort. Sometimes, a perfectly good jewelry piece just won’t fit you and your anatomy. A ring or a barbell style that fits another person just doesn’t feel right for you.

In these cases, a solution is simple: use another jewelry piece. It may be frustrating, especially if you really wanted to wear a particular jewelry piece. However, it’s much better to use another piece than risk problems. Luckily, there are so many different jewelry pieces so you will always be able to find those you like. There is no need to restrict yourself to only one jewelry type or style.

Infections and Other Problems

Infections, allergies, migration and rejection are a common source of discomfort. They are also dangerous, so it’s important to always react quickly whenever you spot a problem. Watch for any changes in your piercing. If you experience rash, redness, tenderness, pain, discharge or another problem with your piercing, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. These problems are dangerous and can harm you so it’s crucial to visit your doctor. In some cases, you may need to retire your piercing, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s always important to monitor your piercings and treat any problem immediately. Keep in mind that while new piercings in healing are at the most risk any piercing, even an old one, can get infected. This is why it’s so important to keep a good eye on your piercings. Never ignore discomfort or tenderness since it can be a sign something is going on with your piercing.

Nipple Piercing Information and Tips

Nipple PiercingNipple piercings are popular for both men and women. While they are not the most common type of piercing a person can get, they are sure among the most popular intimate piercings.

Nipple piercings are known to be painful but with the right procedure the pain doesn’t last long and you can enjoy your new piercing for years.

Placement and Procedure

Nipple piercings are done on the base of the nipple, where the nipple meets areola. It’s very important to pierce only the nipple but not areola, or else you can experience numerous problems, such as infection, migration and rejection.

In order to ensure a good experience and a proper nipple piercing, it’s important to choose a knowledgeable and experienced piercer. Make sure to pick a reliable piercing studio and a person who knows what they’re doing. Nipple piercings are a bit complex so you need someone who has plenty of experience performing this type of piercing.

There are several ways to perform this piercing: clamping and freehand. The choice will generally depend on your piercer and your anatomy.

Nipple piercings generally do not have harmful side-effects. However, it’s important to ensure proper placement and correct procedure in order to have a good nipple piercing.

Jewelry

There are many jewelry pieces you can use for nipple piercing. A lot will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy.

Typically, a straight barbell is used for nipple piercings, though many people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Another choice may be a circular barbell, though this is a rarer option.

Whatever jewelry type you choose, keep in mind that it has to be properly fitted. Initially, you will want to get a bit longer jewelry that will account for swelling. This jewelry should be replaced after the swelling is gone.

It’s vital to make sure that jewelry is not too short. If it’s short, it will dig up into the nipple or areola, which is a recipe for trouble. A too long of a barbell or too big of a ring can easily get caught on clothes so that’s another situation you want to avoid.

Make sure to always use body-friendly jewelry. It has to be made of safe materials in order to prevent problems such as infections, migration or rejection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips and info about nipple piercings:

  • Most people can have their nipples pierced, but it’s always important to consult your chosen piercer before you book an appointment.
  • It doesn’t matter which side you get pierced. It will depend on your preferences and desired effect. Of course, you can always pierce both of your nipples.
  • You can have more than one piercing on your nipple, which can create interesting effects when you insert your jewelry.
  • The most common type of a nipple piercing is a horizontal one, but you can have your piercing oriented in any way you like. Vertical and diagonal nipple piercings are other common variants.
  • Nipple piercings are usually done in 16 gauge (or larger) for women and 14 gauge (or larger) for men.
  • Nipple piercings are sensitive and take a while to heal properly. It takes about 3-4 months for men and around 6 months or longer for women. You can experience tenderness during this time, which is normal, but if the problem persist you need to consult your doctor.
  • Nipple piercings can do wonders for inverted nipples. They will typically keep your nipple erect so it will improve the visual image of your nipples.
  • Nipple piercings can be very erotic. They not only look great but can also provide sexual pleasure and amazing sensations.
  • Generally speaking, a nipple piercing does not prevent breastfeeding. However, it’s always important to remove jewelry before breastfeeding to prevent the baby from swallowing the jewelry or hurting their mouth.

Common Problems with Navel Jewelry

Navel PiercingNavel piercings are among the most common piercings in the world. Most people don’t have any problems with their belly button jewelry, but sometimes there is discomfort caused by jewelry or improperly performed procedure.

Keep in mind that in order to enjoy your navel piercing, you need to get a proper fit for your navel jewelry. Most of the time, people who report problems with their belly button piercing actually have issues with inadequate jewelry or improper procedure.

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to wear only appropriately fitted belly jewelry and ensure that your jewelry suits your piercing perfectly.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you may face that will make it difficult to find a proper fit for your piercing:

  • Angle and depth of your navel piercing
  • Improperly sized jewelry
  • Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

While there are some other problems you may encounter, these seem to be the most prevalent ones.

Getting a proper fit on a belly button ring has nothing to do with your body size, it has to do with the angle and depth of the actual piercing.

Angle and Depth of Your Piercing

The first problem you might encounter is improperly done procedure. Simply put, you might be pierced in a way that is not fully suitable to your anatomy. Some piercings are done to be very deep or very shallow, which can cause further problems. Sometimes, the angle of the piercing is not right. All these things will make it difficult to find good jewelry.

Another problem may be your anatomy. While most people can get their belly button pierced, the exact position and depth of the piercing will depend on your individual anatomy. You might have such an anatomy that will require a piercing to be done at a unique angle or depth not usual for typical navel piercing. All of this can cause problems when you wish to get your navel jewelry.

Not to mention unique navel piercings. You may wish to have a stylish belly button piercing done at a special angle or many different navel piercings. All these things may make it tricky to find jewelry that suits you best.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Another common problem you may encounter is improperly sized navel jewelry. This is actually a common issue. Even if your belly button piercing is performed in the most optimal way chances are that you will encounter a problem if you use jewelry that is too big or too small for you.

“Size” can mean many different things in this context. For example, it can refer to the gauge of the jewelry. You should always wear jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with, or gauge you currently have (if you have stretched your navel piercing). This is the only way to achieve a good fit.

However, size can mean many other things. It can refer to the length of your curved barbell or a diameter of the Captive Bead Ring or circular barbell. It’s important to ensure that jewelry is of the optimal size so you don’t face any discomfort or other problems. Remember, improperly sized jewelry can lead to numerous problems. It jewelry is too big, it will get caught on clothes. If it’s too small, it will dig into your flesh and hurt you. For these reasons, it’s vital to always ensure a good fit for your navel jewelry.

Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

You should stay away from cheap, badly-made jewelry. This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning it again. Cheap jewelry is often made of materials that are unsafe for your body so it should be avoided. Not to mention that this type of jewelry is usually poorly made and it can break easily. To avoid any potential problems of this kind, make sure to always use high-quality navel jewelry made of body-friendly materials.

Different Types of Rings

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Titanium “Small Gap” Screwball Ring

There are many different types of rings used as body jewelry. In fact, rings are among the most popular jewelry types. They are elegant, practical and can be used for many different piercings. It’s therefore not surprising that so many people choose rings for their piercings.

There are several popular types of rings used for body piercing jewelry. All of them share certain similarities, but there are also notable differences you should know about.

Ring Jewelry

Typically, rings are circle jewelry pieces that can be used for many different piercing types. Rings are often used for earrings, but you may use them for almost any piercing, from nose and lip piercings to nipple and genital piercings.

Rings are usually round in shape, though other variations are also possible. They are closed on one end so they make a full circle. Rings are simple yet elegant, and they can be decorated in many different ways. Depending on the placement of the decoration, rings can be used for both vertical and horizontal piercings. Rings are practical jewelry pieces you can use for many different piercing types.

The most popular rings types are:

  • Captive Bead Rings
  • Screwball Rings
  • Fixed Rings
  • Seamless and Segment Rings
  • D-Rings

All of these ring types are similar in many ways, but they also have some differences. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can be sure which type of ring is the best choice for you.

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are the most popular ring types. They are also known as captive hoops or captive ball rings. These rings are typically circular in shape and have a small opening. This opening is closed by a bead. The bead is typically larger than the opening so the ring can be closed securely.

To open such a ring, you need to pop the bead out. To do it easily, it’s best to use special Ring Opening Pliers. To close the ring and ensure that it keeps its shape, use Ring Closing Pliers.

Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and are widely used for many different piercings. Their beads can be decorated in many different ways. Many of them include gems and charms. Some Captive Bead Rings come with dangles.

Captive Bead Rings are elegant and versatile, but they have one disadvantage: you can lose the bead if you are not careful. In extreme cases, especially if you don’t use proper pliers to open and close the ring, the bead may even fall out on its own. This is why it’s always good to have some Replacement Beads ready if you wish to use Captive Bead Rings.

Screwball Rings

Screwball Rings look a lot like Captive Bead Rings and they are typically used in the same way. The main difference is that their beads are threaded and can be screwed onto the ring. It means that it’s more difficult to lose the bead.

Fixed Rings

Fixed Rings resemble Captive Bead Rings in design, but their bead is permanently attached to the ring. It makes it even less likely to lose the bead. Another advantage to fixed rings is that the bead, gem or a charm will always be pointed at the same direction. It won’t spin around so it will always point at the right direction.

Seamless and Segment Rings

Seamless and Segment Rings do not have a bead. Instead, they are made in a perfect circular shape. They are made to be seamless, so it’s often difficult to note the point where they open. It makes for a more elegant design.

Segment rings are made of several segments that are made to fit perfectly into each other and together make an elegant circular shape. To open and close the ring, you need to take the segment out and put it back in place when you’re done.

These rings tend to look more elegant because of their seamless design. Since they don’t have a bead, they are also more comfortable to wear, which is ideal for certain types of piercings where beads can prove to be a nuisance.

To open and close these rings, you need to twist two ends in the opposite direction. Another way to open them is to bend the ends in the opposite direction. While segments are made to fit nicely into each other, there is always a danger that you may lose one of the segments, so you need to be careful when handling your rings.

D-Rings

D-Rings are unique due to their shape. Instead of being round, these rings have more of a D shape. It makes them sit closer to the skin, which proves to be more comfortable. It makes D-rings ideal for certain types of piercings, such as eyebrow piercings or nipple piercings, as well as certain genital piercings.

Choosing the Best Nose Jewelry Piece for Yourself

Nose Jewelry PieceNose piercings, particularly nostril piercings (and, to a lesser extent, septum piercing) are very common piercing types. It means there are many people who choose this type of piercing for themselves. It can be as simple as a fashion statement and wanting to make yourself more stylish. Or it can be more extreme, especially in cases of stretched piercings.

Whatever your reasons may be, it’s important to keep in mind that jewelry is one of the most important things about your piercing. While it’s vital to keep your piercing clean and problem-free, the crucial thing about any piercing is jewelry.

In order to attract the most attention and use your nose piercing to the fullest, you need to know how to choose the right jewelry and how to take care of your nose jewelry pieces.

Nose Jewelry

There are many different nose jewelry pieces you can use. In part, this will depend on the type of nose piercing you have. Some jewelry types are specially made for certain piercings. For example, nostril piercing has special styles to go with them, such as NoseBones, nostril screws, fishtails or L-bars.

However, nose piercings can also use many generalized jewelry styles. Captive Bead Rings, circular barbells or even curved barbells and straight barbells can be worn in certain piercings. It all depends on your style and what you want to achieve. When it comes to septum piercing, it can use tusks and other similar jewelry types.

As you can see, nose jewelry is very varied and you don’t have to limit yourself to specialized pieces made for nose piercings only.

How to Choose the Best Jewelry

Once you get your nose piercing and once it’s healed, you can start thinking about many different jewelry styles to go with it. Some people don’t like to change jewelry often and prefer to find that one perfect jewelry piece and wear it all the time. This is a good way to go if you don’t like to change your jewelry, but you don’t have to limit yourself to one jewelry piece or one style.

Your chosen jewelry should be something comfortable, beautiful and something you like to wear. It’s important that your jewelry doesn’t hurt you or harm you in any way. This is why it’s important to find a perfect fit. Never insert any jewelry that is larger or smaller in gauge than the gauge you are pierced with. This is a recipe for a disaster.

Other than that, it’s important to choose jewelry that will suit your style. Think about your outfits and general fashion sense. What kind of nose jewelry would go with it? You may prefer elegant and discreet jewelry pieces. Or you might opt for something large and bold. Whatever you choose, it’s important to be comfortable with it and to like to wear it.

Remember, you are not limited to only one jewelry piece or just one style. It’s best to have several jewelry pieces you can wear in many different situations. You can have an “everyday” jewelry piece you can wear over and over again, and then some more decorative and more stylish jewelry pieces ideal for special occasions.

The choice is yours. It’s important to choose something that truly expresses who you are. Your nose jewelry should be comfortable and to suit your style, whatever it may be.

Different Types of Barbells

Different Types of BarbellsBarbells are among the most popular body jewelry pieces. They are probably the most popular piercing jewelry type after Captive Bead Rings. Barbells come in many different shapes and varieties, so they can be used for almost any piercing type.

The basic design of a barbell is a bar with a bead on each end. One or both beads are removable so you can insert your jewelry easily. The other bead is typically fixed, so only one bead is removable.

Barbells are a type of threaded jewelry. It means that the removable ball attaches to the shaft by screwing. Barbells can be Internally Threaded or Externally Threaded. Internally Threaded barbells have smooth ends and the ball is the one with a threaded post. The shaft has a threaded receiving tube. This type of jewelry tends to be more comfortable and safer to use, because there are no sharp edges on the shaft alone. It means you won’t hurt any tissue when you insert your shaft through the piercing.

Externally Threaded barbells are the opposite: they have a threaded shaft and a ball with a receiving tube. In this type of jewelry, you need to pass the shaft with a threaded post through the tissue. It may lead to tearing and other problems, so generally speaking, Internally Threaded jewelry is recommended. The only exception is jewelry of a very small gauge (such as gauge 20 or gauge 18). Such jewelry is too thin to be Internally Threaded.

Types of Barbells

There are many different barbell types to choose from. While all barbells share the basic design of a shaft with a ball on each end, the shaft itself can be shaped in several different ways. It makes for several unique barbell types. These different barbell styles are suitable for different piercing types.

The most popular barbell types include:

  • Straight Barbells
  • Curved Barbells
  • Circular Barbells
  • Spirals
  • Surface Bars

Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells are the basic types of barbells, and they can be used for many different piercings. A straight barbell has a straight shaft, with a bead on each end. The beads can be plain and simple, or they may have gems or other ornamentations.

A special type of a straight barbell is Industrial Barbell. This is a very long barbell, with the shaft significantly longer than regular. Such a long shaft is made to accommodate Industrial Piercings. Since this piercing type combines two piercing holes and goes from one side of the ear to the other, the bar should be long enough to reach both ends of the piercing.

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are sometimes known as “navel curves”, because they are most commonly used for navel piercings. Curved barbells have a curved shaft, which gives them a really unique look. This curvature makes jewelry sit better in certain piercing types (such as belly button piercing), so curved barbells are widely used for these piercings.

The curvature on the shaft can be made in many different ways. It can range to almost straight to almost circular. A popular variation of this design is a so-called “J-bar” or “banana barbell”. This is a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end. It is specially designed to be used in several types of navel piercings. It makes the decoration sit better against the skin.

Circular Barbells

Circular Barbells are also known as “horseshoe barbells”, because of their shape. These barbells have a shaft that is circular. The shaft usually makes the perfect circle, although some circular barbells have a more elliptical shaft.

The shaft of a circular barbell is never fully closed the way it is with Captive Bead Rings. Instead, there is a gap on top and each end of the barbell has a bead.

Spirals

Technically speaking, Spirals are almost never referred to as “barbells”, but they are a form of barbells. With this jewelry type, the shaft is made into a spiral. Sometimes, the Spiral is shaped in such a way that the ends overlap but they can be easily separated to make insertion of jewelry possible.

Spirals come in many different sizes and while some of them are ornamented with different types of decorations, it’s the shape itself that’s unique and made to attract attention. Therefore, most spirals are made to be simple yet elegant and they don’t have heavy ornamentation.

Surface bars

Surface Bars are used for surface piercings. This is a special type of barbell, where a shaft has two 90 degree bends. It makes this barbell resemble a staple. The ends of the barbell have beads. This shape is specially designed to make surface piercings more secure and less prone to migration and rejection.