Niobium: A Great Body Jewelry Material

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

Is it Body-Safe?

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

Colors

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

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

Additional Advantages

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

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

Disadvantages

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

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

Is Ever OK to Wear Unsafe Body Jewelry Materials?

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

With so many different materials around, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the right jewelry. You’ve probably heard about body-safe materials and the importance of choosing them for your body jewelry. It’s crucial that you pick jewelry made of materials that are safe for you to wear. Meaning: materials which don’t cause allergic reactions, infections or other problems.

It’s well-known which materials are body-safe and frequently used for body jewelry: surgical steel, titanium, bio-plastic, and more. However, it’s also important to know when it’s crucial that you wear jewelry made of these materials and when it’s ok to wear other materials. There are certain types of jewelry or parts of jewelry that can safely be made of other materials without compromising your health. This way, even if you are sensitive, you will be able to wear hybrid and composite jewelry pieces made of several materials.

When to Use Safe Materials

Using body jewelry made of body-safe materials is crucial for numerous things, first and foremost, your health. Certain materials are not suitable to be worn as piercing jewelry because they can cause allergic reactions and infections. Of course, it’s important to note here that a material known to cause allergies can still be worn by you if you are not allergic. However, for initial piercings and most piercing jewelry types, using safe materials (surgical steel, titanium) is the best way to go.

What about hybrid jewelry made of several types of materials? Are they ok to wear? The answer will depend on several factors, one of them being your allergic reactions. As a rule of thumb, however, it’s ok to wear composite jewelry made of different materials as long as the “unsafe” material doesn’t go through your piercing and/or it doesn’t touch your skin.

In practice, it means that the part of the jewelry (barbell, captive bead ring, etc.) inserted into the piercing must be made of a body safe material. It’s best to use popular body jewelry materials, such as surgical steel (not stainless steel!) or titanium. Surgical steel is probably the most popular material used for body piercing and it offers numerous advantages. It’s reasonably prices, smooth, durable and easy to clean.

Titanium is another highly-recommended material. It’s hypoallergenic, very strong but light and it can be anodized to make a wide variety of colors (blue, purple, rainbow, etc.) Titanium and surgical steel are ideal for initial piercings and can be used for all types of piercing jewelry.

Some other materials are also good to use. Bio-plastic, for example, is a very flexible and it’s a good choice for initial piercings, particularly facial piercings. Gold is also a good (safe) material, but it’s not recommended for initial piercings and its downside is a high price.

When to Use “Unsafe” Materials

Generally speaking, unsafe materials should never be used for body jewelry. However, it’s still possible to wear jewelry partially made of these materials as long as the material doesn’t go through the piercing hole and as long as it doesn’t touch your body.

A good example of this are various gems and other ornaments worn on the balls of straight or circular barbells. These materials can add color and beauty to jewelry without compromising health because they don’t come in touch with the piercing itself. Same can be said for various chains, pendants and other ornaments made to highlight different body jewelry styles.

One of the most popular materials of this type is Sterling Silver. It’s very beautiful and soft, so it’s suitable for making many elaborate designs and unique patterns. However, Sterling Silver should not be inserted in any part of the body so any jewelry containing this material should have a basis (shaft) made of surgical steel or titanium.

Top 10 Valentine Day Gifts for Lesbians

Here is a handy list of the best Valentine’s gifts for lesbians. The Chain Gang offers a unique collection of beautiful clit rings, nipple jewelry, belly rings and other body jewelry made for all piercing enthusiasts. Pay attention to special Valentine’s Day coupons (they expire on February 15th, 2014).

Antique Owl Nipple Rounder

Antique Owl Nipple RounderThese beautiful nipple rounders make a great gift for all fans of nipple jewelry. Each piece is very cute and detailed, so it truly makes your nipple piercing stand out. Each piece comes with a stainless steel straight barbell (14g). Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – LOVELYOWL14

14K Gold – Spiral

14K Gold - SpiralThis beautiful gold spiral is a great jewelry piece for many types of piercings. It looks particularly great on vertical genital piercing. Each piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold, and it’s available in yellow and white gold.

Double Heart Nipple Stirrup

Double Heart Nipple StirrupThis adorable nipple stirrup will sure make any nipple piercing stand out. The dangle charm consists of two hearts with an arrow that goes through them. This jewelry piece includes a surgical steel straight barbell (14g) for your piercing. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSINLOVE14

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed Ring

14K Gold Small Flower Fixed RingA beautiful and luxurious gold ring with a small flower gem. Ideal for your vertical piercing or many other types of piercings. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available). You may choose the center gem color, as well as the flower petal gem color.

Gem Set Heart Nipple Rounder

Gem Set Heart Nipple RounderAnother great jewelry piece for your nipple piercing. This nipple rounder is made in a shape of a colorful heart and it comes with a surgical steel straight barbell (14g). The heart is made to sparkle. Special Valentine’s Day coupon: 10% OFF. Code – HEARTSOFGEMS1

Silver Heart Nipple Chain with Titanium Straight Barbell

Silver Heart Nipple Chain With Titanium Straight BarbellA multi-functional jewelry piece you can use as a nipple chain, horizontal piercing jewelry or another type of piercing jewelry. The heart is made of Sterling Silver and straight barbell is made of titanium, so it’s completely body-safe.

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple Rounder

Silver Bow and Arrow Nipple RounderThis is unique nipple rounder that will sure enhance your nipple piercing. The bow and arrow are made of high-quality Sterling Silver while the straight barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSBOW14

Trillion Straight Barbell

Trillion Straight BarbellThis is one of the most beautiful straight barbells in our collection. The Trillion Straight Barbell is a unique gem set piece and it’s ideal for many types of piercings, including eyebrow piercing and horizontal genital piercing. The barbell is made of 14k nickel-free gold (both yellow and white gold available).

Straight Arrow Straight Barbell

Straight Arrow Straight BarbellA beautiful addition to any piercing, this cute barbell will sure make your piercing stand out. It looks particularly great in a nipple piercing. This beautiful piece is made of surgical steel. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 10% OFF. Code – CUPIDSARROW14

14K Gold – Gem Ball Ring

14K Gold - Gem Ball RingA beautiful ring with a special gem, suitable for many different types of piercings, including vertical genital piercing. The ring is made of 14k nickel-free gold (available both as yellow or white gold). The gems are genuine hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. You may request Zircons to be replaced with a different type of genuine precious stones.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

Here are some quick Valentine’s Day ideas for him. The Chain Gang offers high-quality body jewelry for all men who enjoy piercings and effective body jewelry. Surprise your significant other with some of the best body jewelry for men:

Elektro and Clock Plugs

Elektro and Clock PlugThese unique ear plugs are ideal for stretched piercings. There are 10 different styles to choose from, all made in a distinctive clockwork design. There are two groups of plug designs: Circuit board and Clock workings. Each style is made to look completely unique.

Titanium Duplex Carousel Spirals

Titanium Duplex Carousel SpiralsA more colorful piece for those who like their piercing jewelry to stand out. This spiral has a nice shape and it’s made of titanium, so it’s a great choice for those who prefer titanium jewelry. The balls include simple but effective coloration (many different colors available)

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis jewelry type is based on the same idea as the segment rings, though these rings are made in much larger gauges. Any circle ring comes apart in 2 halfes, so it’s very easy to insert it the piercing. The rings are made of high-quality 316LVM Surgical Steel, made of one single block of surgical steel and not a bent wire. Ideal for Prince Albert piercing.

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber PlugBeautiful and organic, these honey amber ear plugs are both simple and very effective. The colors can vary since the jewelry is made of genuine Dominican amber. Ideal for stretched ear piercings.

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with Ring

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with RingSimple but effective surgical steel captive bead rings with attached titanium carousel cylinder. The cylinder adds style to the piece and bright colors sure make it stand out. The stripes are available in many different colors.

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

Internally Threaded Titanium Screwball Rings

Internally threaded Titanium Screwball Ring

Wide Gap Internally Threaded Titanium Screwball Rings.

These Screwballs are a little different in that even when the ball is screwed all the way in, there is still a small opening, so they are not good for piercing like PAs and a few others, but for nipples or ears where gravity will help them to hang properly and not come out, they are great.

There is no more pliers need to insert or remove your ring. Also being Titanium which has no alloys, it makes allergic reactions slim to none with this piece. And being Titanium the body jewelry it is much lighter then the same piece in Surgical Steel or Gold.
You can have either a Titanium Ball or a Surgical Steel Ball which ever you prefer.

The 00ga, 7/16″ and 1/2″ are only available with Surgical Steel Balls but the Ring is still Titanium.

18 gauge is Externally threaded all other are all Internally Threaded.

Remember these Screwball Rings have a larger then average gap on them, so they are Not Suitable For A piercing like a PA, or any other piercing where they will not be hanging vertically all the time.

Titanium Screwball Ring for men from The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store

Titanium

Titanium “Small Gap” Screwball Ring

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store now brings to you the greatest thing ever made Titanium Screwball Rings for use in many different piercings. You do not need pliers in order to open the gap on this ring, just unscrew the ball.Since titanium has no alloys, the chance of allergic reactions while using this ring is the very least possible. Besides being Hypoallergenic the ring is very light weight compared to other rings of the same style and size.

The product has been very reasonably priced at $32.99 and is available in a variety of gauges, sizes, and colors. We can even custom make them to your specifications if you like.
Maximum shipping time for the piece is two weeks.

This is only one piece, there is a Wide selection in body piercing jewelry and body jewelry available at The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store. To buy or view this ring you can go directly to the product details view here at Titanium Screwball Ring.

Airport Security and Body Piercing Jewelry

Internally Threaded Titanium Circular Barbells

Internally Threaded Titanium Circular Barbells

It seems that things are starting to get a better regarding body piercing jewelry at airports. Many people have told us that they are not getting hassled nearly the way that they used to.

After 9-11 security was heightened and at times and in different locations it seemed that it was raised to the point of being silly for those of us with body piercings. I think that not only has security gotten a little more relaxed and reasonable, but so has the general public of mainstream.

Still though using the Acrylic, Wood, Bone and Horn, or Glass pieces can save you a ton of aggravation when traveling.

I do also have a friend that has quite a lot of Titanium body jewelry (all below the waist) and he flies regularly and he has yet to be questioned at all, so we have been wondering what they know, or don’t know. They have to be able to see it I would think but I do not know for sure.

Although body piercings are become more widely accepted and common place, they are definitely not as main stream as ear piercing or what we might hope for. People are starting to realize though that todays nose piercing or eyebrow piercing is yesterdays ear piercing.

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow is :-)

Niobium Seamless Rings being offered now in a variety of colors!

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store now brings to you a wonderful piece of Body Jewelry for either Male or Female Piercings – Niobium Seamless Rings.

Niobium Seamless Ring in Assorted ColorsThese rings can really be classified as a great improvement. With no ball to mess with or lose, these rings can be used for several different piercings both for the required look and for the ease of use.

The Colors on these pieces are AMAZING, the Oil Slick is my personal absolute favorite of all time.

These pieces work well in eyebrow, nose and various other body piercings gauges just to name a few. And priced at only $20.99 and up depending on the gauge you want, you can not pass these up to upgrade in color and to a Seamless or to give a very special Gift to a special person.

For your convenience and sense of style, these pieces are available in a variety of colors, gauges, and sizes to choose from.

Here is a direct link to the piece so that you can order the gift or the gift to yourself;http://www.thechaingang.com/niobium-seamless-rings.html

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

Double Helix Spiral

Double Helix Spiral

When you think about Ear Piercing what is the first thing that comes to mind. To me it use to be a diamond stud or two. Now you can have you whole ear practically pierced.

There are plenty of places on the ear to pierce that you may not even realize such as the Lobe, the Conch, the Tragus, the Diath, and the Helix. It is recommended to use a Larger Gauge of Jewelry in any cartilage piercings to make the healing more comfortable and less problematic.

The most common Jewelry for the ear piercings are Captive Rings, Circular Barbells, Ear Plugs, Flesh Tunnels & Earlets, Segment and Seamless Rings. I have had my cartilage pierced and to be honest I actually use the Nosebones in mine. They work great for that, for several reasons. They are light, and usually cheaper. Also unlike the standard backs they don’t stick me in the side of my head while I sleep. Also they don’t catch my hair, and have my hair wrap around the post, which can easily cause in infection. So be creative, the choices are only limited by your imagination.

I will not lie the cartilage piercings usually do hurt a little, but not a big deal. And just as with all piercings or tattoos, a few days of pain can equal a lifetime of pleasure and beauty. With all the Jewelry possibilities you have, whether it be in 14K Gold, Titanium, Surgical Steel, or Glass, how can you refuse.