Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.

Barbells

Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.

Studs

Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.

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.

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.

Tongue Jewelry Styles

Tongue Piercing JewelryTongue piercing is among the most common piercing types. It’s also the most common oral piercing many people like to have. If done right, it can be very effective.

Also, many people claim the procedure itself is not so complicated no painful as they expected. All these reasons make people choose this piercing type in large numbers.

Once you have a tongue piercing, the next thing to think about is tongue jewelry. A common misconception is that tongue jewelry has to be simple and boring. Nothing can be further from the truth! You can use very stylish tongue jewelry if you wish so.

Tongue Jewelry Basics

Tongue jewelry is any jewelry used for tongue piercings, regardless of placement. Appropriate tongue jewelry should take into account the nature of this piercing. Namely, tongue piercing is an oral piercing and it’s located inside a person’s mouth.

The jewelry should be smooth enough to be comfortable so it doesn’t cause problems during everyday activities. In the case of a tongue piercing, these “everyday activities” are, first and foremost, talking and eating. Your tongue jewelry has to accommodate these tasks and to make talking and eating problem-free.

Another activities you may choose to do with your pierced tongue are kissing and oral sex. Tongue piercing jewelry can help you make both of these things even more exciting and enjoyable. On the other hand, improper tongue jewelry can pose a problem or hurt your partner in the process.

For these reasons, it’s important to wear only jewelry suitable for tongue piercing. While there is no unique jewelry type made for tongue piercings only, there are several common jewelry types that are good for this type of piercing.

Common Jewelry Types

There are several jewelry types commonly used for tongue piercing. These are made to be safe, body-friendly and allow you to talk and eat normally (not to mention they are suitable for other kinds of activities you may wish to do with your tongue).

The most common jewelry types for tongue piercing include:

  • Straight Barbells. Straight barbells are probably the most common jewelry type for this kind of piercing. A good barbell for a tongue piercing is the one that is completely smooth. Smooth jewelry is very comfortable to wear and it doesn’t interfere with eating, talking and other activities you wish to do with your tongue. In case you want to use straight barbells, keep in mind that they have to be made of a body-friendly material. Medical-grade jewelry works best because it’s completely safe and suitable to be used inside the body. When choosing a straight barbell for your tongue piercing, it’s best to go with 316LVM Surgical Steel or Titanium barbells.
  • Decorated Barbells. Technically, these barbells are also straight barbells but we gave them their own category to show that you can use jewelry that is not completely simple and plain. However, in order for your decorated barbell to work, it still has to follow some rules. First of all, it has to be made of a body-friendly material. Another thing to keep in mind is that a decoration should not be such to harm your tongue or inside of your mouth. This is why colored barbells (such as anodized Titanium barbells) or barbells with a small gem or other decoration work better than richly ornamented jewelry pieces.
  • Labrets. While labrets are typically used for lip piercings, you may wish to use them for your tongue. Labrets tend to be smaller than straight barbells so they are lighter and easier to wear. However, keep in mind that your labret still has to be long enough to accommodate your piercing. Labrets are smooth and simple in design, but they usually have a decorated top. This is a great way to have a simple yet cute jewelry piece for your tongue piercing.
  • Captive Bead Rings. They are generally popular jewelry pieces, but they are used for tongue piercings sparingly. Some people find it difficult to insert CBR into their tongue piercing. On the other hand, there are many people who absolutely love them and prefer them over any other jewelry type for their tongue piercing. In case you wish to use a CBR for your tongue piercing, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate piercing.
  • Special Jewelry Types. There are many special jewelry types you may wish to wear in your tongue piercing. For example, tongue retainers are great for concealing and keeping your piercing at times when you can’t wear your jewelry. French Tickler is a great addition for your jewelry and an excellent way to improve your sex life. Just place one of those tickler on your tongue piercing and your oral sex technique will instantly become amazing.

Clitoral Piercing

Clitoral PiercingClitoral piercing is a form of female genital piercing. It is a very rare piercing and it depends a lot on person’s individual anatomy. Do not confuse this piercing with more common clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing). Unlike VCH, clitoral piercing goes through clitoris itself. It is a more complicated and serious form of body modification. However, nothing prevents you from getting this type of piercing if you want it and if you are anatomically suited for it.

Placement and Difference to Other Piercings

One of the most important things to know about clitoral piercing is that it’s a piercing done on clitoris itself. It may seem obvious: yes, clitoral piercing is a piercing done on clitoris. However, the situation is not as simple as it sounds. There are many common piercings done in the same area so it’s important to understand the difference between them and clitoral piercing.

The most common piercings done on this body part are clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing) and HCH (horizontal clitoral hood piercing). These piercings are done in the same area as clitoral piercing, but they pierce a different type of tissue. Namely, VCH and HCH pierce only the thin clitoral hood and do not go through clitoris itself.

These piercings are done much quicker and they are less complicated than a clitoral piercing. They are also much more common than a clitoral piercing. In fact, when one talks about “clitoral piercing”, chances are that they mean on clitoral hood piercing.

Clitoral piercings are rarer, but they exist and can be done if a person is anatomically suited for it. Keep in mind that most women are not suited for this type of piercing because their clitoris is fully covered by the hood. To be a good candidate for clitoral piercing, you need to have a large enough clitoris with a protruding head and your clitoral hood has to be loose enough to accommodate jewelry.

If in doubt, consult your piercer to see if you are a good candidate for clitoral piercing. It’s important to choose a piercer who know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that this is a rare piercing so it’s not something your average piercer will know about.

Possible Risks

One of the reasons why clitoral piercing is rarely performed is because of the risks. There is a significant danger of nerve damage if the procedure is not done right. Clitoris is full of nerves and very sensitive, so it’s easy to damage it if the piercer does not know what they doing.

If nerve damage occurs, it can not only pose a health problem but may lead to problems when it comes to sexual stimulation. Some women will become desensitized in this area, which will have consequences for her sexual enjoyment. On the other hand, a woman may become overly sensitive, which is very distracting.

For these reasons, it’s very important to understand the risk and to find a truly experienced, reliable piercer. It’s vital that you find someone who is knowledgeable in this exact type of piercing. This is the only way to go if you wish to have such a rare piercing done right.

Being over-sensitive is one of the common ways to describe a clitoral piercing, even if it’s done right. However, if done right, this added sensitivity may be beneficial, especially for women who usually have a problem to reach orgasm or to experience sexual pleasure.

Keep in mind that clitoral piercing can be very sexually stimulating, which is one of the reasons why women decide to have it done.

Procedure and Aftercare

You need to do some research before you get this piercing done. Inform yourself about all the aspects of the procedure and learn everything you can about this piercing. The next step is to find a truly experienced piercer who can get it done. This is the most crucial step. Don’t rush into it. Research piercers and make sure to find a truly experienced one.

Once you have found your piercer, get a consultation. It’s very important to know if you are anatomically suited for this type of piercing. If yes, take some time to discuss the best placement and ask your chosen piercer to explain the whole procedure.

During the procedure, your piercer will have to place clamps on your clitoris. This can be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t be too painful to endure. After clamping and agreeing on the placement, the piercer will use a special piercing needle to create a hole.

When it comes to pain, there is no doubt that his type of piercing is uncomfortable to perform and it proves to be intense for many people. However, the pierced area itself is not so huge so the procedure itself is relatively quick. More than the initial pain one needs to be careful about pain and sensitivity in the following days.

Since this is a very sensitive piercing you should take extra care in the first days and weeks after getting it done. As the piercing heals you will experience less and less discomfort, but it’s vital to perform aftercare instructions carefully. You need to clean your new piercing at least two times per day, using a saline solution. Since it’s located at a very sensitive area you may need to clean it more than twice per day. Make sure to ask about all of these things and to request detailed aftercare instructions from your piercer.

Jewelry

Since clitoris is a very sensitive body part, the jewelry worn has to be smooth enough not to pose discomfort. Keep in mind that one of the main reasons to get clitoral piercing is to increase sensitivity and to enjoy sex more, so your jewelry should accommodate that.

Typical jewelry pieces for clitoral piercings are circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. However, depending on the placement and anatomy you may be able to wear different jewelry types, such as straight barbells or curved barbells.

The most common jewelry size is 16 gauge. This is a gauge most commonly used to perform this type of piercing.

Nipple Piercing Buyer’s Guide

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Nipple piercings are among the most popular body piercings. More and more people decide to get this type of piercing. Both men and women can enjoy nipple piercing. There is a wide range of appropriate jewelry, ranging from straight barbells to rings, so you will always be able to find a perfect jewelry for your needs.

There are several common types of nipple piercings you can get. The most common is a horizontal piercing. Other possibilities include: vertical piercing through the nipple, diagonal piercing or a combined vertical and horizontal piercing to form a diamond shape.

The Procedure: What to Expect

The first thing you need to do about getting your nipple(s) pierced is to find a good piercing studio. The importance of choosing a reliable studio can’t be stressed enough. You want your piercing to be done by professionals in a safe environment. Even before you start choosing your nipple jewelry or planning the type of piercing you want performed it’s important to start looking for a reliable studio. Do your research, visit several studios, ask questions – this will all help you make an informed decision. Once you have your chosen studio you can start thinking about the rest.

It’s also important to remember that your appointment will last for at least 45 minutes or an hour. Even though the piercing itself is done quickly, the whole procedure takes some time. You should take this into account when planning your trip to the shop. Some things you will need to do before the procedure itself is to fill out the paperwork and to discuss your piercing with the professional. Anatomy consultations are very important. You need to make sure that your nipples are suited for the type of piercing you want and that your anatomy fits. When it comes to nipple piercing, it is suitable for the most people: anatomically speaking, most people are fit for nipple piercings. However, this is something you need to check out before you get a piercing.

Once your anatomy is checked and you are given green light you can proceed with the piercing. Depending on the studio’s schedule, you may be asked to come back later that day or you will be able to proceed to the piercing room.

Some people feel a little shy when it comes to having their nipples pierced while others are completely comfortable with it. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to: any reliable studio has a knowledgeable staff that will help you relax and walk you through the whole procedure. It’s best to dress comfortably and to choose a top that’s easy to remove.

The piercing procedure itself is a pretty straightforward process. It may seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a relatively easy piercing for a professional to perform. You will be market and the piercer will ask you to confirm the position of the piercing.

Some shops apply a light numbing agent to ease the pain (done at your request), while others are against it. Many studios are against the numbing because the pain during procedure actually triggers healing process in your body so these piercings tend to have a shorter healing time. After this, the piercer will use clamps and a special needle (cannula). Nipple piercing takes a few seconds at most. The needle is inserted through the tissue following the markings. The needle comes with a special tip made to be attached to your jewelry. The needle and the jewelry are simply pulled through the nipple and the jewelry is put into a desired position. It’s not uncommon to bleed a little as the nipple or jewelry go through the skin, but the bleeding is minimal. Once the jewelry is there, the needle is removed and the jewelry is closed.

After the procedure, you might feel a little dizzy. In this case, it’s advisable to stay at the piercing shop until you are feeling ok again. Having a friend to drive you to and from the shop is advisable in case you still feel a bit dizzy after procedure. You should be back to normal within a few hours.

After the procedure, your piercer will walk you through all the important steps of the aftercare. It’s very important to stick to these instructions to prevent infections. Following instructions will also allow your piercing to heal properly in a short enough amount of time.

The Pain

One of the basic questions people ask about any type of piercing is the pain. The first thing you need to understand that there are two types of pain and discomfort you may encounter when getting a piercing: pain during the procedure itself and pain after the procedure, when the healing kicks in. When asking about the pain level, people usually mean on the pain during procedure itself.

When it comes to nipples, they are very sensitive and delicate so it may seem like piercing those hurts a lot. This is not necessarily true. First of all, nipples are relatively easy to pierce and the procedure is over very quickly.

Jewelry

The choice of nipple jewelry is very important, for various reasons. First of all, your jewelry should be body-safe and suitable for your piercing type. Another thing a good jewelry should provide is to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For these reasons, you should spend some time deciding on the best nipple jewelry for your needs.

Another thing that should be kept in mind is that initial jewelry you get after the procedure is different than jewelry you can wear after the piercing has healed. This is something you should keep in mind.

Fresh piercing jewelry must be extra-safe and carefully designed not to hurt the wound. It should also help the heeling process. The looks are not as important, though there are many very beautiful barbells that make a great first jewelry for your new nipple piercing.

Some things you need to consider are jewelry size and style. It will greatly depend on your anatomy, but generally speaking, the appropriate gauge (thickness) of the jewelry is one of the most important deciding factors.

Another thing to keep in mind is the jewelry material. There are several materials you can use, and it will greatly depend on your potential allergies. Make sure that the material is approved for medical usage and made using current standards and recommendations.

For nipple piercing, straight barbells are the best type of first jewelry. Some people wish to start with rings, but it’s usually best to go with straight barbells. They are simple to use and they fit the shape of the hole created during piercing. Rings are curved so it may irritate your fresh wound, which is not what you need during the heeling time.

Straight barbells are a great choice because they keep the movement to a minimum and they are less likely to get caught in clothes during healing time. Other types of nipple jewelry can hurt healing fistulas inside the piercing or interrupt the healing process. For these reasons, straight barbells are usually the best way to go. Just make sure they are of an appropriate gauge and long enough to account for swelling – the balls should never press on your nipples.

It’s also important to choose an appropriate gauge. Usually, 14g or 12g are used. The thicker gauge is very helpful here because it reduces the risk of migration and rejection you may encounter with the piercing.

The Healing Process

The healing process is individual and it depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your nipples, your immune system and other factors. A good rule of thumb is: the less pressure you put on your nipple and the less you move the piercing, the better. Generally speaking, nipple piercings heal faster for men than women. The healing process kicks in as soon as you pierce your nipples and it may take time until it’s fully healed. Keep in mind that nipple piercings can take as long as 9 months or a year to fully heal.

To keep your new piercing clean during the healing process you can use homemade sea salt solution or a commercial product. To prepare the solution, you should boil water for about 5 minutes, pour about ¼ tea spoon of sea salt and mix. Let the mixture cool, then saturate cotton balls in the solution and apply to your piercing. You should apply this cleaning several times a day at the beginning. As the time passes you may reduce it to once a day.

Under no circumstances should you play with your jewelry or move it around. It was once thought that rotating your new jewelry can prevent migration or rejection, but this is actually a very bad practice that can only make the matters worse. Don’t touch your jewelry except when you’re cleaning it. This is very important for a proper healing process.

One important thing to remember during the healing process: your piercing may seem completely healed after about one or two months. However, it doesn’t mean it is fully healed so you shouldn’t stop cleaning it and taking care of it. During this time, for example, you might cause problems to the piercing if you irritate it or if you try to change jewelry too soon.

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Curved Barbell Design

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Curved barbells are among the most popular body jewelry types. They are known for their curvature, which makes for many different jewelry styles. In essence, however, a curved barbell is the same as a straight barbell, except for the curve.

Just like a straight barbell, it has a body and a ball (or bead) on the each end. Just like a straight barbell, it can have beads of different sizes and shapes, and it can include ornaments and decorations on the body. Just like a straight barbell, it can be internally or externally threaded.

However, the curvature makes this barbell into completely different, unique jewelry pieces. Curved barbells are suitable for many different types of piercings and they can be used on many body parts.

Typically, beads can be unscrewed from one (or both) ends, for easy removal of the jewelry. Just like any other barbell, circular barbells come in different gauges. To get one that suits you, you need to know your piercing size (in gauges).

Curved Barbells: The Shape

As explained above, curved barbells are basically identical to straight barbells, except the curvature. This curvature can range greatly, which gives many different design options. The curvature can range from almost straight to completely circular. Some barbells are carefully curved to make spirals, with the ends overlapping.

When a barbell is made to be completely circular in shape, it’s a circular barbell, also known as a horseshoe barbell. Some of these barbells have a distinctive U shape instead of a circle.

J- Bars

The so-called „J-bars“ are variations of the circular barbell type. These barbells are only slightly curved, with a 90 degree bend bear one end. This gives them a charasteristic „banana“ look, so they are sometimes known as banana barbells. Just like any other barbell, a J-bar can be either internally or externally threaded.

These J-bars are very popular for vertical navel piercings. A J-bar is a good choice for a belly piercing jewelry because the shape of the barbell allows the decoartive end of the jewelry to be positioned correctly.

Jewelry Types

Curved barbells are among the most popular types of body jewelry and they are used for many different piercing types. They are particularly suitable and popular for navel, nose, tongue and eyebrow piercings, though they can also be used for certain ear piercings as well as genital piercings and nipple piercings.

Curved barbells are best suited for piercing types where captive bead rings can be worn. It needs to be emphasized, however, that circular barbells are usually heavier than captive bead rings, so this is something you need to take into account. On the other hand, circular barbells are generally easier to remove than captive bead rings, so this is one of their advantage.

To remove a circular barbell, all you need to do is unscrew one of the balls (beads). Make sure to do it with care because it’s easy to lose the bead once you remove it. To make removal easier, you may add a bit of the lube to the jewelry. When inserting the barbell, do it gently and make sure to crew the bead tightly so it doesn’t open during use.

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

Eye Brow Piercing to make your Personality Shine

Adding a bit of pizzazz to your face whether you are male or female is a great way to have your own unique personality stand out. The best way in which to accomplish this feat is with eye brow piercing. The idea of wearing jewelry not only on your ears where it may not be seen due to long hair, but on your face especially around your eyes will surely be a great way to express yourself.

Today, you can find a wide range of eyebrow jewelry created with various metals such as 14K gold, titanium, surgical steel and other precious metals and even acrylic. All of these will give you a variety of options to wear different eye brow jewelry for every occasion. Continue reading