Gem Cuts and Body Jewelry

Gem CutsThere are many different ways to shape a gemstone. These different designs are also known as cuts, since this is what they basically are: different ways to cut a gemstone. Each of these cuts produces a unique shape and gives a special aesthetic to the stone and to the entire jewelry piece.

Many of these cuts are used for body jewelry. In order to choose the best jewelry piece for yourself, it’s important to know what these cuts are, how they are shaped and how they can be used to emphasize the beauty of any jewelry piece.

Popular Gem Cuts

The most popular gem cuts include:

  • Round cut is probably the most popular of them all. It is specially designed to emphasize the gem’s brilliance. Typically, a round (brilliant) cut has 57 or 58 facets. This is a very common gem cut but it doesn’t make it “ordinary” in any way, since it amplifies the gem’s sparkles.
  • Oval cut is a symmetrical design shaped as a faceted oval. It is particularly effective on rings since it elongates the hand. However, it also works great in body jewelry and can be used in many different ways.
  • Marquise cut is a very elongated design with pointed ends. It is said to be inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, as commissioned by Louis XIV who wanted a gem that resembles her smile.
  • Pear (Teardrop) cut. This is a very effective shape, a combination of the oval and the marquise cut. It is actually shaped as an oval on one end and marquise on the other, which makes a pear shaped gem.
  • Emerald cut is a special rectangular shape with uniquely cut corners. The whole design of the gem’s sides sometimes resemble stairs. This is a very old cut used by royalty in the past. This cut can emphasize any faults in the gem, so it can reveal a high-quality stone as the opposite of an inferior one.
  • Triangle cut produces a triangle gem. This is a very brilliant cut that makes gems striking and unique. This cut makes triangular gems usually with truncated corners. This may seem like a simple design but it’s very effective and striking, especially for body jewelry.
  • Princess cut is a rectangular or shaped design with many sparkling facets. It requires special cutting procedure and craftsmanship to make it truly brilliant. Princess cut is known as “Square Modified Brilliant cut”. This is actually a square version of the round brilliant cut. This cut produces elegant yet striking stones and gems for body jewelry.
  • Heart shaped is a less common cut, but it’s very popular with certain body jewelry types. The heart shaped design is actually a pear-shaped cut with a cleft on top. This is a great shape for cute and romantic jewelry pieces. Since heart shaped gems are very complex and difficult to make, it’s a sign of a quality jewelry piece to have a beautifully shaped heart gem.
  • Trillion cut is a complex design originally developed in Amsterdam. There are some variations in the design depending on the gem’s characteristics or even the artist’s individual preference. Trillion gems are often triangular with pointed corners.

How Old Should You Be to Get Pierced?

Older Man PiercingsMany people are interested about the best age to get your first piercing. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal good answer to this question.

Everybody has their own, individual life path and maturity, so what’s good for one person might not be good for the other.

There are, however, some legal and ethical issues to take into account. As a rule, there is no such a thing as being too old for your first piercing – but there is such a thing as being too young.

Legal Aspects

Before you decide to get your first piercing, you need to make sure it’s legal. There are numerous rules and regulations when it comes to clients’ minimum age to get pierced. These rules vary from state to state (and country to country), so they are not universal and not the same everywhere. If in doubt, make sure to check local rules and regulations in your area.

Generally speaking, minors cannot get pierced without parental consent. Usually, the youngest age to get pierced is 16, but you need to have your parents’ consent. Typically, it’s possible to get pierced without parental consent once you’re 18 (though in some places it can be 21 – this is why you need to check).

These general regulations, however, differ when it comes to certain types of piercings, such as genital piercings or nipple piercings (in some areas). Generally speaking, you need to be 18 years old in order to request this type of piercing.

There are some controversies about parents allowing their minor children to get pierced. Basic earlobe piercings are very popular even with young demographic, so it’s usually the first piercing a person will get. Some parents want their children, even babies, get earlobe piercings.

Different piercing studios have different ideas about this. There are some ethnical issues about performing piercings at such young children, even with parental consent. What can a baby or an infant know about piercings and aftercare? Will they like to be pierced or is this just their parents’ wish? These are just some of the questions about piercing and minors.

All in all, it’s important to know that there is such a thing as being too young for your first piercing. Sometimes, this age is regulated through laws and rules, while sometimes it’s a grey area and it’s more related to ethnical issues and individual piercer’s decision.

If you are a teenager who wish to get pierced it’s important to know that you’ll probably need your parents’ consent. If they are unwilling to provide one, it’s important to wait until you get their consent or you’re old enough to get a piercing without parental consent.

Under no circumstances should you agree to get pierced by a friend or do it alone: piercings are a serious matter and they should be done by professionals. Never endanger your health for this! It’s much better to be patient and stay healthy than risk a traumatic and dangerous experience.

Am I Too Old?

On the other hand, you may feel you’re too old to get your first piercing. There are, after all, many people in their 40s, 50s or 60s without any piercings. You may think you’re past the age when piercings are cool.

If you are intrigued about piercings, fear not. There is actually no such a thing as being “too old” to get you first piercing, provided that your health allows it. Piercings are always cool if you like them, so there is no reason to get your first one in your 40s, 50s, 60s or even later!

Electro Stimulation FAQ

zeusMany beginners interested in electro stimulation and electro sex wish to know more about this practice.

There are some frequently asked questions about this type of stimulation you need to know before you start enjoying electro sex:

Is Electro Stimulation Safe?

Electro stimulation is safe, as long as you use specialized devices that are made for this type of use. It is vital to use only special devices, including special electrodes and clamps made for electro sex. Using any other type of electric device is dangerous. This is not something to play with: make sure to always use specialized devices made for electro stimulation.

Also, not just any electro stimulation device will do. There are many different products made for muscle electro stimulation, muscle therapy, massage or any other non-sexual purpose. While these devices are made to be used on the body, it’s still not wise to use them for sexual stimulation. In order to be safe, make sure to use only devices specially made for electro sex.

It’s also vital to use these specialized devices correctly. Make sure to always follow guidelines outlined in the instruction manual. Inform yourself about electro stimulation and make sure to know how to use any device properly. This is the only way to ensure safety.

Before you use any type of electro stimulation, it’s best to consult your doctor. It is vital to make sure that you are healthy and that you are allowed to try this type of stimulation. Do not try electro sex before consulting your doctor first!

If these guidelines are followed, electro stimulation is safe and enjoyable.

How long should electro stimulation last?

There are no strict rules on this, but it’s highly advisable for beginners to start with short sessions until they get used to the feeling. Do not go over 20-30 minutes in the beginning. This may not be enough to explore all aspects of electro sex or to achieve full sexual satisfaction, but it’s vital to train your body for the feeling of electro stimulation. It’s important to go slowly at first. The same goes for trying any new device or electrode for the first time.

Are they people who cannot use electro simulation?

Electro stimulation is not recommended to certain people. Those who have heart problems, seizures, epilepsy, stroke or implanted electronic devices (such as pacemakers, defibrillators, drug pumps and other types of medical devices) should not use electro stimulation. Also, electro sex is not recommended to pregnant women. In case you suspect you might be pregnant do not use electro sex. If you are unsure, it’s important to make a pregnancy test before you try this type of stimulation.

Should I use electrodes above the waist? Is nipple stimulation ok?

Generally speaking, electro sex devices should be used only on genitalia. In other words, it is not safe to use them above the waist. Nipples are particularly problematic because they are close to the heart, and one of the important things to keep in mind is that electro stimulation should not be used on the chest.

However, there are special electrodes and clamps designed to be used on nipples alone. These electrodes keep the current go through the area around nipples only so it doesn’t affect the chest. If you want to try nipple electro stimulation you need to use these special electrodes. That being said, keep in mind that electro stimulation is generally intended to be used on genitalia only.

Can two or more people use the same device at once?

It depends on the device, but it’s generally not recommended. Some devices have two or more output channels so it’s possible to use the same device as long as each person is connected to a specific channel. Never use a single-channel device between two people! It is too dangerous. The general rule is: one channel – one person. Sharing a device is recommended for more advanced users so it’s not something beginners should do.

Is prolonged tingling sensation normal?

Yes. After practicing electro sex your genitalia (and other body parts affected by electricity) can tingle even after the session is over. This tingling sensation is not dangerous but it may be annoying especially if it lasts for hours. The tingling should disappear in the matter of several hours but some people report the feeling lasting for a whole day. While this is not abnormal it may signal that you should try electro stimulation at lower settings or for shorter periods of time.

Is prolonged arousal normal?

The tingling sensation can make genitalia be aroused for a prolonged period of time. Sometimes, this is pleasurable, but sometimes it can be undesirable or annoying. The feeling should stop after a few hours, but if the effect is annoying you should try electro stimulation at lower settings or for a shorter period of time. If the feeling is prolonged and leads to problems make sure to contact your medical provider.

Does electro stimulation cause orgasms?

Electro sex is pleasurable and can lead to orgasms. However, this type of stimulation cannot produce orgasms out of nowhere. As in, nobody can be forced to have an orgasm just by using electro sex devices. However, electro stimulation is highly pleasurable and can make many people reach the height of sexual pleasure even if it’s difficult for them to orgasm in any other way. Also, electro stimulation often leads to stronger and more lasting orgasms, so it is a very pleasurable activity.

However, it’s important to note that you need to allow yourself some time so your body can get used to the new sensation. Chances are that you will be able to orgasm from electro stimulation alone, but it may not happen immediately. Your body needs to get used to this new type of sexual stimulation before you can orgasm to your full potential.

I tried electro stimulation, but it’s not pleasant!

It takes some time for your body to get used to the feeling of electro stimulation. Therefore, you should be patient and take it slowly. Once your body gets used to the feeling electro stimulation will become pleasurable. That being said, some people just do not like this type of sexual stimulation. It is definitely not for everyone. You may discover that this isn’t something you enjoy. That is ok. There are plenty other types of stimulation you can try to experience arousal and pleasure.

Can electro stimulation help with erectile dysfunction?

Generally speaking, electro sex devices are not designed to help cure any medical problems such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or other issues. That being said, electro sex provides a very special kind of stimulation that may lead to heightened arousal not easily achievable in any other way. However, before you wish to use electro stimulation it’s advisable to consult your doctor first, especially if you have a medical problem such as erectile dysfunction or another issue.

Navel Piercing Types

Navel PiercingNavel piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. While it’s mostly popular among women there are also many men who like this piercing type and visual effect it can achieve.

While a typical navel piercing is the one done through the upper rim of the navel, it’s important to know that this is just one of the possible placements for this piercing type. In fact, there are many different placements and navel piercing types you can get.

Typical jewelry for most navel piercings is a curved barbell, though there are other jewelry choices that can be used, such as Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Sometimes, the jewelry choice will depend on the navel piercing type you choose to get.

Piercing Types

Here are the most common navel jewelry types:

  • Regular navel. What is considered a “regular navel piercing” is a vertical piercing done through the upper rim of the navel. This is the most common and by far the most popular navel piercing in the world.
  • Inverse navel. This is another vertical placement. The main difference between this piercing and regular navel piercing is that the inverse variant is placed on the lower part of the navel (lower ridge) instead of the upper.
  • Horizontal navel. This is a horizontal variant of the navel piercing. Instead through the ridge of the navel, this placement is done long the ridge, horizontally. Sometimes, it’s possible to pierce different spots horizontally, so you may pierce through the lower ridge of the navel, to achieve the lower horizontal placement.
  • True navel piercing. This is a relatively rare placement and requires specific anatomy. To be able to get this piercing, you need to have an “outie” belly button. In the case of this piercing, instead of navel ridge, the piercing is done on the navel itself.
  • Navel industrial. This is a combination of several navel piercings connected by a single barbell. Typical jewelry is a long straight barbell (industrial barbell). There are many different directions to position a navel industrial. Typically, piercings are done separately and jewelry is added later, once the piercing are healed. However, some piercers choose to connect new piercings with the jewelry straight away.
  • Multiple navel piercings. A navel can be pierced multiple times to create different patterns. Some of these piercings can be connected by a single jewelry piece to create a navel industrial (see above), while others can use individual jewelry pieces. There are many different patterns and placements you can achieve with multiple navel piercings. These piercings always look very stylish and richly ornamented so it’s possible to achieve multiple different looks with these piercings.

Urethral Toys: How to Accommodate Your Body?

252tBefore you start experimenting with urethral stimulation and urethral toys, it is vital that you get to know your body. Urethral stimulation is fun and arousing, but it’s important to be informed about the anatomy and potential dangers. Most of the problems that may arise from urethral stimulation come from not understanding urethral anatomy. For this reason, it’s important that you know at least basics so you can practice urethral stimulation in a safe and exciting way.

Note: these tips mostly concern male urethral stimulation, since this is the most popular form of urethral stimulation. However, men are not the only ones who can enjoy this type of stimulation. Female urethral stimulation is a thing, too. However, female anatomy is different than male, so these tips may not always work for women. If you are a woman wanting to try urethral stimulation you need to get to know female anatomy better in order to practice this type of stimulation in a safe way.

Urethral Anatomy

There are a few basic things you need to know about male urethral anatomy in order to practice urethral stimulation in a safe way. While you don’t need to be an expert, it is important to know a few basic things about the shape of the urethra and its functions.

Urethra starts at the bladder and then curves around the prostate gland. From the prostate, it goes all the way through the penis to the urethral opening on the tip of the penis. Unlike female urethra, which is a few inches long, male urethra is much longer, over 11 inches in average.

The bladder has a sphincter muscle that keeps the bladder shut so the urine wouldn’t spill. It opens during urination and then it closes again. This sphincter muscle is possible to be opened using urethral toys during deep urethral sounding, but this is more complex and reserved for those who are experienced in urethral stimulation. Definitely not recommended for beginners!

Urethral canal actually has two purposes: to transfer urine from the bladder to the outside of the body and to transfer sperm from testicles to outside of the body. Both body fluids exit through the hole on the tip of the penis (pee hole). The way muscles and anatomy works, these two cannot be opened at the same time so urine and sperm do not mix. This is another important thing to know.

The male urethra is very stretchable because it has to account for erections. It has the ability to stretch itself very quickly, within minutes. However, this stretching goes only for the length: in order to practice urethral stimulation you will need to stretch your urethra in diameter in order to be able to accommodate urethral toys of various sizes.

As you can see from this description, urethra is not a straight canal. This is why inserting toys into your penis should be done carefully and without force. Urethra has its natural curves and some toys are specially designed to accommodate those curves. This particularly goes for the so-called “deep urethral stimulation”. However, this is an advanced toy play and it’s not recommended to beginners.

How to Accommodate Your Body?

In order to be able to accommodate your body and insert urethral toys properly, you need to keep the above information in mind. It’s vital to understand the anatomy. The most important things you need to remember before you try to insert a toy into your urethra are:

  • Urethra is not a straight canal. It has its curves.
  • Urethra is very tight and narrow until it’s “trained” and stretched to accommodate toys.
  • Deep urethral sounding can reach bladder and prostate for some additional stimulation but this is reserved for advanced users – do not try deep urethral stimulation if you are a beginner!
  • Everyone is different. You need to get to know your body in order to enjoy urethral stimulation to the fullest.

So, the best advice on how to accommodate your body is to get to know your own urethral anatomy. Learn how your urethra goes, where its curves are and what kind of stimulation feels pleasurable. All of this can be achieved through training and slow stretching of your urethra.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when it comes to your body and how to make it accommodate urethral toys without a problem:

  • There are certain advantages to a long urethra. The first one is a reduced risk to urinary infections. Since urethra is so long, it takes bacteria much longer to reach the bladder to cause problems. It is also easier to wash them out through urinating. This is why men are less prone to urinary infections than women.
  • However, once you start with urethral stimulation certain warnings need to be in place because inserting objects deep into urethra opens a possibility of transferring bacteria and dirt deep into urethra and close to the bladder. So it opens opportunities for urinary tract infections. This is why it’s important that all toys you insert into urethra are properly cleaned and sterilized. This is the only way to prevent urinary infections.
  • Urethral toys should never be pushed or forced down the urethra. This is very risky and can lead to numerous problems. During training sessions, try to stretch your urethra slowly and go inch by inch. Don’t forget to use plenty of lube to make the experience smoother and pain-free.
  • As you go, try to remember how your urethra behaves, where it curves and what is the easiest way to make it accommodate toys. In time, this will become natural for you, but it’s important to be very careful in the beginning.
  • While you may want to try deep urethral sounding straight away, it is advisable to try urethral stretching and basic stimulation before you insert long sounds made for deep urethral stimulation. Do not try bladder and prostate stimulation straight away – those are reserved for more advanced users.
  • If you wish to train with a partner, make sure they know your individual anatomy and how your urethra behaves. It is easier to learn by inserting toys by yourself, but if you really want to try with a partner, make sure they are careful and gentle. Ideally, the will be familiar with urethral anatomy so they will know how to approach urethral training. Never allow anyone to insert toys into your urethra unless they are familiar with urethral sounding urethral anatomy.

Risks and Dangers of Oral Piercings

tongueOral piercings such as tongue piercing and other piercings located inside the mouth can be very stylish and effective, but they also bring certain risks you need to know about.

One of the reasons why oral piercings can be so dangerous is because mouth contains millions of bacteria and it’s in contact with food. This creates a more dangerous environment than the one made for many other piercings.

Not to mention that putting jewelry in such a sensitive place (inside the mouth) can bring numerous other problems. It’s therefore not surprising that oral piercings are considered more sensitive than many others. While these piercings are not necessarily complex nor dangerous, it’s vital to understand dangers and potential pitfalls of these piercings.

Potential Dangers

Here are some of potential risks and dangers of oral piercings:

  • Damaged teeth. Your teeth can be harmed in many different ways. You can crack a tooth if you bit on the piercing. Not to mention that repeated clicking of the jewelry against the teeth can cause damage.
  • Damaged gums. Gums can also suffer due to oral piercing. Jewelry might tear or harm gums in another way.
  • Infections. Since there are so many bacteria in the mouth, infections are always a risk. Keep in mind that mouth is a sensitive area and that it’s easy to cause an infection there. Piercings will only make the matters worse. In order to prevent this problem, it’s important to monitor your oral piercings so you could spot the problem right from the start and prevent infections.
  • Swelling. In the case of an infection or another problem your tongue might swell so much it might close off your airway. This happens very rarely, but it’s a dangerous situation to be in. In order to prevent it, you need to monitor your oral piercings and react to any sign of trouble (such as the beginning of an infection).
  • Affected functions. Any oral piercing can interfere with chewing and swallowing. It can also affect speech.
  • Allergies. Another potential problem are allergies. Since the tissue inside the mouth is even more sensitive than the skin, allergies are more common and pronounced. This is why it’s vital to wear only jewelry made of medical-grade materials in order to prevent infections.
  • Numbness. This problem often occurs as a result of improper piercing and a sloppy procedure. If not done correctly, tongue piercing and other oral piercings can cause numbness of the nerves on the tongue and other areas of the mouth. In order to avoid this problem, always hire only reliable, experienced piercers working for a reputable piercing studio.
  • Drooling. Some tongue piercings and other oral piercings can increase the production of saliva.
  • Problems with dental appointments. Sometimes, oral piercings will make a dental appointment difficult. For example, jewelry can block X rays or the position of the piercing will make it difficult for a dentist to approach teeth.

Common Questions about Surface Piercings

2005pSurface piercings are very popular and varied.

The most common surface piercing type is eyebrow piercing.

But there are many other surface piercing choices, such as corset piercings, nape piercings, and more.

Here are some common questions you might have before you get a surface piercing:

What’s the main difference between surface and regular piercings?

The main difference is that surface piercings are made on a flat surface of the skin, so both the entry and exit hole are located on this same flat surface. Regular piercings, on the other hand, are made on a fold of a skin: they enter the skin on one side and exit on the other. This makes regular piercings more stable and long-lasting. Surface piercings, on the other hand, are temporary. This is a very important think you should keep in mind.

How long will a surface piercing last?

It is never possible to tell for sure. Some surface piercings are made to be very temporary: some are removed after only a few hours, for example. This is often the case with decorative piercings such as corset piercings. These are often used for photographs and art, so they are removed as soon as the photographs and videos are made.

Other surface piercings are more long-lasting. Eyebrow piercing, for example, can last for years. In this sense, they can be almost as long lasting as regular piercings. However, it will all depend on various factors. In order to prolong the life of your piercing you need to take a good care of it, especially during the healing time. It means proper aftercare and cleaning. That being said, keep in mind that surface piercings are just not made to be permanent.

How to prevent rejection?

As you probably know, one of the main problems about surface piercings is a high rate of rejection. Since these piercings are placed directly under the skin, it is very easy for your body to push the jewelry out. Think about a splinter: the jewelry is moved up the skin until it’s out.

One thing you need to understand about surface piercings is that they are not as long-lasting as other piercing types. This simply goes with the territory. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent migration and rejection so do not be too sad if it happens.

The only thing you can do is to monitor your piercing carefully. Make it into a habit to inspect it regularly to notice any potential changes. Usually, the rejection starts from the edges and it moves to the center of the jewelry piece. Another telling sing of impeding rejection is redness, tenderness and swelling.

The best thing you can do to prevent rejection of your surface piercing during the healing process is to perform adequate aftercare on a regular basis. While it is not a guarantee that rejection or migration won’t happen this is your best chance to prevent it from happening.

It is rejecting! Now what?

Take the jewelry out. This is the best course of action for any piercing that’s rejecting. Once the process starts there is very little you can do to stop it, so it’s best to simply retire your piercing. Failing to do so can result in scarring and infection, which is something you definitely want to prevent.

So, simply take the jewelry out and let the piercing heal.

Do surface piercings leave scars?

Surface piercings are shallow so they do not leave scars if you don’t let them reject or get infected. Marks and potential scars depend on the type of the surface piercing, though: an eyebrow piercing will leave a different type of a scar than multiple corset piercings across your back. So this is definitely one factor to take into account.

However, if you are careful and take a good care of your surface piercings they should not leave huge or noticeable scars. Typically, these piercings are retired without a problem, but you need to treat them for what they are: temporary (or semi-temporary) tattoos.

Can I get repierced multiple times?

As long as you retire your surface piercings properly so they don’t leave notable scar tissue yes, you can get repierced. This is exactly what many people do. However, keep in mind that you have to let your piercings heal properly before you attempt to repierced or else you’re at risk to develop infections and other problems.

Surface piercings have a high rate of rejection. Your body can see the jewelry as a foreign object and slowly pushes it out of your skin as it would a splinter. These piercings can slowly migrate to the surface of the skin. Surface piercings will start to grow out, or reject, from the outer edges slowly in towards the center of the jewelry. Key signs of rejection are redness, swelling, tenderness, and gooey discharge. Following the correct aftercare will give you the best chance of your piercing being a part of your body for years.

Beginners’ Electro Stimulation

Zeus Incite Eltrosex Deluxe Digital Power Box 1Electro stimulation, sometimes known as “electro sex” is a special type of erotic stimulation using electrical current. Since electricity on itself can be dangerous, it is vital to use specialized devices designed for sexual purpose.

Electro stimulation is popular among BDSM practitioners, especially those who like painful pleasures or medical toys.

That being said, electro stimulation doesn’t have to be extreme or painful. Many people enjoy the tingling sensation on their erogenous spots, so if you find this sort of stimulation arousing, you should try it to see if it works for you.

However, before you start, it’s important to be informed and know how to keep yourself and your partner safe. Keep in mind: it’s vital to use only specialized devices and toys for this type of stimulation. Never play with electricity on your own! Use special toys made for this purpose and inform yourself about the safe practices of electro stimulation before you start!

How Does it Work?

Electro sex works by sending electrical impulses to erogenous zones, typically using electrodes or clamps connected to a specialized box. There are many different electro sex devices and many different settings, so there are numerous sensations you can experience. The type of sensation and pleasure will largely depend on the type of the device, the setting, how long the stimulation lasts, and more.

This type of devices are typically used on genitals and anal area to stimulate the sensitive nerve endings for the erotic purposes. This is the safest way to use electro stimulation. As a general rule, the electrical current should never be used above the shoulders. Nipple stimulation using electro devices is complex. While it can sometimes be used it is important not to run the electrical current near the heart. For this reason, elector nipple stimulation is not recommended for beginners! Stick to the genital area before you try anything above the waist!

Before you start, it’s important to get informed about the safe practices and how to use your electro sex toy properly. It is vital to keep yourself and your partner safe during use!

How Does it Feel?

There are many ways to describe electro stimulation, which depends on people’s individual preferences and the type of electro stimulation used. Most of the specialized devices come with different settings, so there are many different sensations you can achieve. As usual, it’s important to get to know your body and see what works the best!

On the basic level, electro stimulation feels like a gentle tingling. It should not be painful nor uncomfortable, so if this is what you like you don’t have to worry about pain. Electro stimulation may sound like an extreme kink, but those who like pain are not the only ones who can enjoy it. The low tingling sensations should add something new to your sex life and they feel very pleasurable to many people, so you can stop at this level if this is all you like.

On stronger levels, the tingling turns into pulsating effect. In a way, it’s similar to pulsating vibrator toys, only stronger. Electro stimulation spreads to a wider area than vibrators, so chances are that your body will feel it more strongly.

The more experienced users or those who like painful pleasures sometimes like to use electro stimulation at the highest settings and on wide areas of the body. If this is something that appeals to you, there is no reason not to try it. However, it’s still advisable to start small and build your way from there. Start with the lowest settings and see how it feels before you try something more intense.

Surgical Steel vs Titanium: Which is Better?

titaniumThere are several metals commonly used for body jewelry. They are considered safe and body-friendly.

While gold is one of the most popular jewelry materials, it’s not really suitable for initial piercings and any gold jewelry used has to be made of nickel-free gold in order to be safe.

What about other materials? The most popular ones include Surgical Steel and Titanium. In order to choose the best jewelry and ensure your safety it’s vital to know the advantages and potential disadvantages of each.

Surgical Steel as a Body Jewelry Material

Surgical Steel is one of the most popular body jewelry materials. Surgical Steel is a type of stainless steel with specific alloys. Some of these alloys include nickel, which is why generic stainless steel should not be used for jewelry.

In order to produce body-friendly material that can be used for body jewelry and implants, steel has to be treated in specific ways. What is colloquially known as Surgical Steel is a material with specific alloys and properties. There are many different grades of Surgical Steel but only a few are body-friendly and suitable for body jewelry.

The only body-friendly grades are 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. These are low-carbon Surgical Steel materials. They do contain alloys, however, the alloys are trapped inside the material through special process so they cannot be released from the metal. It means that even if a person suffers from allergies to some of alloys there is no problem since there is no release of alloys.

In order to achieve this, it’s vital to only use jewelry made of body-friendly Surgical Steel: 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. Out of the two, 316LVM is a superior material and recommended for body jewelry. It offers more protection and safety than the cheaper 316L Surgical Steel. That’s why 316LVM Surgical Steel is considered medical-grade and the top quality steel material for body jewelry.

This material works for a large majority of users, save for people who suffer from hypersensitivity. Luckily, those people have a few more options to get beautiful body jewelry for themselves.

Titanium and Niobium: Ideal for Hypersensitive Users

Those with hypersensitivity issues should use titanium instead of Surgical Steel. Also, titanium is a preferred material for initial piercings, though it’s not mandatory: most people do well with medical-grade Surgical Steel even for initial jewelry. If you have hypersensitivity problems, however, you should try titanium instead.

Titanium offers another advantage: it is lightweight so it’s more comfortable. It can also be anodized to produce many vibrant colors. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive material.

Titanium is a body-friendly material because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. While certain grades do contain a small percentage of alloys, those are low and, most important, biocompatible. This is why titanium is a perfect choice for people with hypersensitivity. The most popular and body-friendly is grade 23 titanium. This is a great body jewelry material.

A good alternative to titanium is niobium. This is another elemental metal and it doesn’t contain any alloys. It makes it ideal for people who are hypersensitive. It can also be anodized to produce many lovely colors, which is a great advantage for body jewelry. One downside is that niobium is relatively heavy and it’s still not such a popular jewelry material so niobium jewelry choice is somewhat limited.

Studio Etiquette

Inside a Piercing StudioPiercing studios are great places. This is where you can get that piercing you’ve been dreaming about or pick a fancy jewelry piece.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that there are some guidelines you should follow in order to make the experience better for everyone.

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  • Before going to a piercing studio it’s best to have at least a vague idea of what you want. Your piercer needs to start from somewhere, so it’s best to visit a studio once you have at least some ideas in mind.
  • Piercers and other staff are there to answer your question. Do your best to ask questions related to their job and something that’s actually relevant. In other words, do not waste piercer’s time.
  • It’s best to do some research beforehand (see above). If you do that you will be able to ask more specific questions and get a better picture of what you need.
  • Listen. As much as questions are important, so are the answers. Listen to what your piercer has to say, especially if it’s about aftercare and health.
  • Do not touch your piercing or jewelry in the studio’s common room. Some people like to take their old jewelry out or to simply touch their piercing, which is not safe because it can pose a health danger. Keep in mind that a studio has to stay clean. Do not  touch or handle your piercing in any way, even if it’s a healed one.
  • This warning stands for all common areas of the studio, including the restroom.
  • It is very, very dangerous to change your jewelry in the studio, so it should be avoided at all costs (see above).
  • If you wish to change your jewelry, let the piercer do it in the piercing room.
  • Old jewelry should always be handled in a sealed container, such as a bag or a box. Never take it out, even in the common rooms.
  • Ask where to put your bag, coat and other personal belongings. It is important that the piercing room stays clean. Do not just assume that you can take your bag or another item into the piercing room. Ask to know what’s expected of you.
  • Be cooperative. Piercing procedures tend to make people anxious and nervous, but that’s not the reason to misbehave. If you feel you could not go through the procedure, communicate this to your piercer.
  • During the procedure, try to stay focused. Your piercer will want to talk to you and walk you through the entire process, so do your best to listen.
  • Questions are more than welcome. In fact, they are expected. However, you need to let the piercer do their job.
  • Ask if it’s ok to have a friend or a family member with you. This is usually allowed, since piercing artists know how important is to have moral support.
  • If visitors are allowed, they need to behave. They are not allowed to compromise the procedure in any way.
  • Ask before you use a camera or a phone in the piercing room, especially during the procedure. The same goes for your companions. You will probably need to skip flash. Flashes are very distracting for the piercers.
  • Don’t drink or take drugs before getting a piercing. The piercer will refuse to provide the service if you are under influence.
  • Mind your manners. Do not yell or disrespect your piercer, staff or other customers.
  • Tipping is typically welcome and highly appreciated. It is not necessary to do so but it’s a nice thing to do if you are satisfied with the service.
  • Do not bargain. Do not ask your piercer to match the price from the mall kiosk or another shabby place. The prices are there for a reason.