Madison Piercing

Madison PiercingMadison piercing is a relatively rare piercing performed through the skin at the front of the neck.

At the same time, it is one of the more popular surface piercings, so it’s definitely not uncommon among body piercing enthusiasts.

Piercing and Placement

Just like any other surface piercing, Madison has a relatively high rate of migration and rejection. It is also a very sensitive piercing, so it’s important to perform careful aftercare in order to keep it as long as possible.

Madison piercing got its name after the porn star Madison Stone, who was the first person publicly associated with this piercing. However, Rasmus Nielson was the first person to actually have this piercing.

This piercing is placed horizontally at the jugular notch (base of the neck). Typically, this piercing is placed slightly above the collarbone.

The procedure is not complicated, but this piercing does carry certain health risks. First of all, the healing period is very long, so this is one of the things to keep in mind. There are also reports about Madison piercings that did not heal at all after one year. It’s clear this is a very sensitive piercing.

Another issue is a high rate of migration and rejection. Madison piercings that are not healed properly or those that migrate and reject will typically cause scarring. In order to prevent problems, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare. In addition to regular cleaning it’s also important to avoid any kind of irritation that might lead to infections, migration and rejection.

In order to prevent irritations, it’s vital to choose proper placement. Madison piercings placed too low will get caught on clothes. On the other hand, if it’s placed too high it will cause tension on the tissue due to skin movement. That’s why it’s important to find a reputable piercer experienced with this type of piercing to ensure success and minimize problems.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry piece for Madison piercing, especially initial jewelry, is a surface bar. Some people choose to wear flexible barbells instead. In some rare cases, people choose Captive Bead Rings as initial jewelry, but this is not a good choice since CBR can lead to quick migration and rejection.

After the piercing is healed a different type of jewelry can be worn. While surface bars are always popular for this type of piercing, it’s also possible to wear Captive Bead Rings, as well as barbells of different kinds. Curved barbells tend to be particularly popular with Madison piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Madison can be very effective but it’s important to heal it properly first. If you notice your piercing not healing it’s best to take jewelry out and retire the piercing before it causes further trouble.
  • In addition to migration and rejection Madison piercings can be dangerous in certain situations. For example, if you suffer a trauma on the neck it can cause impact damage. Keep in mind this piercing is located at a very sensitive spot.
  • In order to minimize migration and rejection risks it’s vital to wear softer jewelry or special surface bars as initial jewelry.
  • Jewelry for Madison piercing should be light in order to minimize pressure on your neck. Avoid overly complicated and richly decorated jewelry pieces on this piercing.

Top 5 Simplest Piercings

First PiercingNewbies often wonder about the best first piercing placements for beginners.

If you don’t have any piercings yet, or if you only have a few, you might wonder what is the best piercing type for newbies.

In other words, what is the best first piercing?

Here is a list of top 5 first piercing suggestions. These piercings are simple, relatively painless and typically risk-free, which makes them great choices for newbies.

  1. Earlobe

Earlobe is a logical first step for most people. A regular earlobe piercing is so socially acceptable that it’s popular even among people who dislike other piercings. In fact, it is considered so mainstream and inoffensive that it’s often not even counted as a “real” piercing.

Despite this reaction from the public, earlobe piercings are real piercings just like any others. Therefore, they should be treated as any other piercing, with the same aftercare instructions and approach to procedure. Meaning: it’s important to get pierced at a real piercing studio and it’s vital to be pierced by a professional using a piercing needle. Never allow to be pierced with a piercing gun or by a someone who is not a professional piercer. Keep in mind: earlobe piercings may be relatively simple and painless but they should be treated like real piercings.

That being said, earlobe piercings make an excellent choice for a first piercing because of several reasons. They are simple and quick, so they do not cause much pain or discomfort. They are also very popular and, as stated above, socially acceptable. It means you can try piercings without much risk. If you are interested in piercings it is recommended to start with earlobes even if this is not your most desired piercing type. An earlobe piercing will help you prepare for the whole experience better than going with a more extreme piercing first.

  1. Nostril

Another light and simple piercing you can get without much trouble. While not all nose piercings are painless and easy, a simple nostril piercing is a good choice for newbies. It is not particularly painful so it makes for a relatively easy experience.

Another advantage to nostril piercings is that they tend to be small and discreet. If you wish to have piercings other than those on your earlobes, starting with something small makes sense. Nostril piercings are easy to hide, which is yet another advantage of this piercing type.

  1. Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercings are very stylish and popular. The best thing is that they are not complicated to perform, which makes them a good choice for those who wish to get piercings but want to start with something simple enough.

One thing to remember about eyebrow piercings is that they are actually surface piercings. In fact, they are the most popular surface piercings in the world. It makes for a simple and relatively painless procedure, but it also means these piercings are not permanent. While not all eyebrow piercings will migrate or reject, this is one risk associate with this piercing type, so it’s important to pay attention to that.

  1. Navel

Navel piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world. They make a perfect candidate for a first body piercing. If you wish a piercing that is not on your ears, navel makes a great place for a simple yet very effective piercing. It is therefore not surprising that many newbies choose this piercing type.

Navel piercings are great because they are typically easy to perform and maintain. Another huge advantage is the number of different jewelry styles you can choose to wear in your belly button piercing. Curved barbells are standard jewelry types for navel piercings, and many of them are very richly ornamented. On the other hand, you may choose a different jewelry style, such as a circular barbell or a Captive Bead Ring.

  1. Other Ear Piercing (not cartilage)

Ears make a good placement for beginner piercings. While earlobe is the obvious choice, some other placements are very popular with newbies. You may opt for a helix piercing or for a more unusual placement such as a rook or a daith piercing.

There are some words of warning, though. If choosing an ear piercing that is not located on the earlobe, make sure you are familiar with the exact type of the piercing you want to get. Keep in mind that ear cartilage piercings may be painful, so proceed with caution. That being said, ear piercings, especially when they are done at smaller gauges, are very popular and a good choice for newbies.

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.

Two Piercings Connected by a Single Jewelry

i7un5cnwThere are certain piercing types that require more than one hole to be made. Or, to put it more precisely, those piercing types are created by joining two different piercing holes with a single jewelry piece.

While, in theory, one can connect any random pair of piercings with a single jewelry piece if it’s physically possible to achieve, there are certain piercing types specially made of different holes connected by the single jewelry piece.

Two Piercings, One Jewelry Piece

The most popular among those is Industrial piercing. However, there are many other examples of piercings connected with a single jewelry piece. Industrial piercing consists of two holes done on the ear cartilage. The holes (piercings) can have different placements, but they are always located on the opposing sides of the ear. The placement should be carefully done so the holes can be connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a long straight barbell. This sort of placement can be done on other body parts as well, so any time you connect two piercings with a barbell you will get some form of an Industrial piercing (though this name is typically reserved for the ear piercing).

Orbital piercings are two piercings connected by a single ring. These piercings are often done on the ear but can work anywhere on the body (including genital piercings). As long as you connect two holes with a single ring you will have an orbital piercing.

There are also some popular piercings done in pairs but rarely, if ever, connected with a single jewelry piece. A good examples are lip “bites” piercings (such as Angel bites, Dolphin bites, Vampire bites, Snake bites and others). These are lip piercings done in pairs or fours, but they are typically not connected by a single jewelry piece.

Also, it’s important to note that some people like to connect close piercings with a single jewelry piece, even temporarily. It’s often done on ears, usually for ear cartilage piercings. These piercings connected by a single jewelry do not typically have a special name.

Initial Jewelry

It’s very important to choose the right initial jewelry for these piercings. Since they are done in pairs, there are two fresh piercings to take care of, which makes aftercare more complex. Jewelry can make this process easier or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

The first thing that needs to be ensured is proper placement of both piercings. It’s important that they work as a pair if you wish to use a single jewelry piece through both of them. It means your piercer has to angle both piercings accordingly. This is why it’s always best to do both at the same time to ensure proper placement.

When it comes to initial jewelry, there are two choices: to use a single jewelry piece straight away, or to use two separate jewelry pieces during the healing time. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. When two pieces are used, those are typically Captive Bead Rings, though some piercers choose to use other jewelry types.

The advantage of using two jewelry pieces is that it makes aftercare easier. You can clean your piercings separately and give each a proper attention. Also, piercings will use different jewelry so they will not pull each other or irritate each other during healing. Another advantage is that it’s easier to measure the proper length for final jewelry (orbital ring or Industrial barbell) once piercings are healed. However, a downside to this method is that sometimes, piercings will move slightly during the piercing time so they might not be perfectly aligned once they are healed.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a single jewelry piece are the opposite than what’s listed above. A good thing about using a single jewelry piece straight away is that jewelry will keep piercings connected and perfectly aligned. The downside is that it makes aftercare trickier and there is a possibility of irritating both piercings through the pressure from the jewelry.

At the end of the day, the choice will be made by your piercer. There are good reasoning for both of these methods, so it will all depend on your piercer’s opinion and your individual case. This is yet another reason why it’s always important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio.

Nipple Piercing for Men

Male Nipple PiercingNipple piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world.

While it was once considered alternative and unusual, it’s getting more and more mainstream acceptance these days.

It’s therefore not surprising that there are so many people who wish to get this piercing, and many of these people are men.

Men and Nipple Piercings

While some people think nipple piercings are mostly for women or that they suit women better, the truth is that both men and women can have a nipple piercing without a problem. Sure, there are differences in sizes of the nipple (and often, the nipple’s position), but other than that, a female nipple piercing and a male nipple piercing are very similar to each other.

The placement is made in the same way, at the base of the nipple. It’s important not to get pierced the areola, since it can lead to complications (though not necessarily).

Even the jewelry is basically the same. Most men with nipple piercings, just like women with nipple piercings, wear straight barbells in their piercing. However, some men prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings instead. This is very similar to the way women choose to wear their nipple jewelry. The main difference is that male jewelry will typically be less ornamented. Also, women tend to wear nipple shields more than men, but this is not the rule.

Other than this, male nipple piercings are basically the same as female nipple piercings.

Male Nipple Piercing Info

Here are some important things you need to know about male nipple piercings:

  • The piercing is typically performed in gauge 14 and up. Many men can best accommodate 14 gauge nipple piercing, though some men can use gauge 12 if their nipples are large enough.
  • Typical healing time for male nipple piercing is 4 to 6 months.
  • Nipple piercing will make the nipple more erect, slightly larger and more sensitive.
  • Just like female nipple piercing, it’s important not to make the piercing too deep into the areola. It prolongs the healing time and increases the risk of infections and other problems.
  • Too shallow piercings have an increased risk of migration and rejection. This is why a nipple piercing should never be done near the tip of the nipple.
  • Men can successfully stretch their nipples or wear heavier jewelry pieces in their nipple piercing without a problem.

Lip Piercings: The Basics

lip piercingLip piercing is one of the most popular piercings in the world, and also one of the most common facial piercings. It’s relatively easy to perform, but you need to find an experienced professional and a reliable piercing studio.

This is typically one of the first piercings a person will get. It’s more adventurous than a simple earlobe piercing but not as intimidating as nipple or genital piercings.

However, nothing prevents you from having a lip piercing as your first and only piercing, if this is what you want. Remember: there are no rules and “good” vs “bad” when it comes to personal preferences! The only thing to remember is how to stay safe.

Placement and Procedure

Lip piercings are often known as “labret piercings”, even though labret is just one of the many possible placements for a lip piercing. Lip piercings are very varied since there are many different ways and spots to pierce one’s lip. This is why there are numerous different lips piercings known under many names. The basics, however, remain the same.

With a lip piercing, what is actually pierced is not the lip itself (save for a few specific cases). Rather, what is pierced is a skin near upper or lower lip. The piercing hole itself doesn’t extend to the lip itself in most of the cases. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule but these general guidelines are true for most of the cases. One of the main reason is to allow for normal talking and eating without jewelry getting in the way. As usual, there are types of lip piercings that may violate this rule so it all depends on the particular placement. Most of the time, however, the piercers try to keep the jewelry away from the mouth itself, even though the inside part of the piercing (and jewelry) will usually be inside the mouth. This is why lip piercings are considered both facial and oral piercings, which dictates the aftercare and safety instructions.

It’s possible to pierce a lip almost anywhere, so this is one of the main reasons there are so many different lip piercings. Both upper and lower lips can be pierced. The piercing can be made centrally or to the side, depending on the wishes and individual anatomy. Typically, each of these placements has a different name (Labret, Monroe, Jestrum, etc.)

The procedure doesn’t last long. Your piercer will make marks on the desired area and make sure you’re happy with the placement. Most piercers will use forceps to stretch out the lips and keep them in place during the procedure. The piercing itself is done with a piercing needle and it’s pretty straightforward. After the piercing is done, your piercer will put the jewelry and instruct you on proper aftercare.

Lip piercing is not particularly painful. In fact, a standard lip piercing is one of the least painful piercings, so it’s one of the reasons why it’s often chosen as one of the first piercings a person will get. However, it all depends on the type of the lip piercings. Some more extreme lip piercings tend to be more painful.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for all lip piercing is a labret stud. It is also commonly used as initial jewelry for all lip piercings. Labret studs are small and easy to use so they don’t cause much trouble. However, it’s vital not to twist or turn your labret stud during the healing time.

While labret studs are very popular, some people prefer to use a Captive Bead Ring for their lip piercing. It is particularly common for piercings done near the mouth, because the loop of the ring can go in and outside of the mouth in a very effective manner.

Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will usually be a few sizes larger, to account for initial swelling. After the swelling is gone you should go to your piercer to get the proper jewelry that will ensure a good fit.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Lip piercing has a long history among many cultures. It’s popularized on the West in the late 20th century and it remains very popular to this day.
  • Different lip piercings have unique names so they are often identified as special names. One of the most popular lip piercing is Monroe, which is done on the upper lip, at the place where Marilyn Monroe had her beauty mark. A similar piercing done on the other side is called Madonna. These are just two examples of many lip piercing varieties.
  • While most lip piercings are done through the lip (the hole going from the outside to the inside of the mouth), horizontal placements are also possible. Horizontal placements are rare and they include piercing of the lip itself and include the bar going through the lip’s surface. It is considered a more extreme type of a lip piercing. The most extreme lip piercings have a hole starting out at the lip and going thought the mouth to exit on the lower edge of the jawline. These piercings also tend to be the longest of all lip piercings.
  • Keep in mind that a lip piercing is both a facial and oral piercing. It requires two types of aftercare: general aftercare for the outside part and oral aftercare for the part of the piercing inside your mouth. It’s vital to use saline solutions and other products that are specially made for oral piercing aftercare. Never use harsh chemicals inside your mouth!
  • Lip piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, but other sizes are also possible.
  • It’s very important to ensure a proper placement. A bar that is too short can sink into the lip, causing numerous problems. Also, it’s important that the jewelry doesn’t rub on the gums or else it can cause it to recede. In order to achieve the best placement you need to find a knowledgeable piercer who’s experienced with lip piercings. Never allow to be pierced by a friend or another non-professional!
  • The healing time for most lip piercings is between 1 and 3 months. However, more complex lip piercings or multiple lip piercings will take a longer time to heal.

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so Popular?

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so PopularCaptive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry styles for piercings. In fact, they are so common that they may be considered the most popular jewelry type.

Captive Bead Rings (CBRs) are very versatile so they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. It’s therefore not surprising that they are so common.

In fact, they are so popular that many people equate them with body jewelry of any kind. Ever heard of people talking about navel rings or eyebrow rings? While many people use CBRs for navel, eyebrow and other types of piercings, there are more common jewelry styles appropriate for these piercings. However, all these jewelry styles are often known under a collective name of “rings”. This is, in large part, due to the fact that Captive Bead Rings are so popular.

Captive Bead Rings: Design

Each Captive Bead Ring has a specific design setting it apart from any other jewelry style. A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit.

A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit. This is a pretty standard and recognizable design.

However, this doesn’t mean that CBRs are plain or boring. While the basic design is standard, there are many ways to make a Captive Bead Ring unique and more interesting. In fact, Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and they can be used almost anywhere. There are many different rings to use so it would be incorrect to say that these rings are “ordinary”, despite their huge popularity.

One of the best things about CBRs is how the basic design can be modified and enhanced to produce jewelry of varied styles. Some of the rings are very simple, with a plain bead of the same color as the rest of the ring. Others have beautiful beads done in many different colors and patterns. Some beads include a sparkly gem. Also, some rings include additional decorations, such as charms or chains. All these additions can make for a very decorated jewelry piece that doesn’t resemble a plain-looking Captive Bead Ring.

Popularity of Captive Bead Rings

There are numerous reasons why CBRs are so popular. Here are the most important of them:

  • They are practical. Captive Bead Rings are comfortable and easy to wear. While they take some level of practice to open and close, once you know how to do it they are very easy to use.
  • They are reliable. Captive Bead Rings are among the most reliable body jewelry types. They are not easy to get snagged on clothing and they typically don’t pose much problem for long-term wear. It makes them a very good choice for body jewelry.
  • They are versatile. CBRs can be used for almost any piercing type. Almost any piercing can accommodate a Captive Bead Ring, starting from simple earlobe piercings to some genital piercings.
  • They are beautiful. As described above, CBRs can be decorated in many different ways to achieve different looks and styles. The basic design is not a limit so there are many different styles to choose from. As a jewelry type, Captive Bead Rings are very elegant, starting from the simple, plain-looking ones to the richly ornamented pieces.
  • They are a classic. Simply put, a CBR is a classic jewelry piece used for so many piercings and in so many situations. It is not surprising that people always go back to this foolproof design.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

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

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

Segment Rings

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

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

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

Seamless Rings

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

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

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

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

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

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

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

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

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

Large Gauge Jewelry Types

Large Gauge Jewelry TypesOne of the best things about stretched piercings are all those gorgeous jewelry pieces you can wear.

Large gauge jewelry fits your stretched earlobes or another piercing type perfectly.

There are many different jewelry styles you can use.

So it is important to know how to find the best jewelry pieces for your stretched piercings.

Stretched Piercings and Large Gauge Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types suitable for stretched piercings. Large gauge piercings require jewelry of the same gauge, so it’s important to always wear jewelry that fits perfectly.

Your choice of jewelry will depend on many factors. First of all, there is your personal style. You should always choose jewelry pieces you truly like and that fit your preferences. On the other hand, your personal style is not the only thing that matters. It’s also important that your jewelry is suitable for your piercing. It means that it should fit your piercing size, which means it has to be of the appropriate gauge. Whenever you stretch your piercing to a larger gauge, you should also change your jewelry. You should always know what your gauge is so you can choose the appropriately-sized jewelry.

Many popular jewelry types are made in all gauges, such as Captive Bead Rings or various types of barbells, such as straight barbells, curved barbells or circular barbells. These jewelry types are usually simple yet very elegant, so they can go with any outfit.

These jewelry types are ideal for stretched nipple and genital piercings because they are smooth and comfortable. Also, their large size makes them heavy, which will enhance the sensations for the wearer. This is particularly important for genital piercings, because they can help you and your partner achieve great sexual pleasure.

There are also some jewelry types specially designed for stretched piercings. Typically, these are worn in stretched earlobes, though you may use them on other body parts. These jewelry types are often made of special organic materials. These jewelry types are only made in large gauges and they are intended to accommodate stretched piercings.

Common large jewelry types are:

  • Plugs
  • Flesh tunnels and Earlets
  • Claws
  • Spirals
  • Crescents (also used to stretch your piercings)
  • Tapers (used to stretch your piercings)

Plugs

Plugs (also known as ear plugs) are probably the most popular type of jewelry for stretched piercings. They are often incorrectly referred to as “gauges”. They are solid jewelry types, usually cylindrical in shape. They are meant to be inserted in a stretched piercings. Some plugs have the same thickness throughout the length of the plug, which means they are perfectly cylindrical in shape. Such plugs require O-rings to hold them in place.

Other plugs are flared on the ends, which means they cannot fallout from the piercing and O-rings are not required to keep them in place. Plugs come in many different styles and are made of many different materials. Some are simple yet elegant while others are richly ornamented. Some plugs even have gems on front, so they are very effective. Plugs made from organic materials are particularly interesting and stylish.

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets are another popular forms of large gauge jewelry. These jewelry types resemble ear plugs, but unlike the plugs, they are hollow in the middle.

Earlets and flesh tunnels adorn the piercing on the edges but leave an open middle, which produces a very effective look. There are many different styles of flesh tunnels and earlets. Many of them are made of organic materials.

Claws

Claws are specially designed pieces made for unique look. They are shaped like claws or talons so they are curved and typically have a pointed end. The other side of a claw is wider and it’s inserted into a piercing. Claws are made of many different materials. Acrylic claws are particularly effective.

Spirals

Spirals are very stylish jewelry pieces typically made for stretches piercings, though they are sometimes made in smaller gauges. A spiral is usually worn as an earring in a stretched earlobe, though this jewelry types can also be worn in other piercings. The thickness of the spiral is actually the gauge you need to order.

Crescents

Crescents are multi-functional jewelry pieces. On one hand, they make great jewelry for stretched piercings, particularly stretched earlobes. You may wear them just like any other large gauge jewelry type.

On the other hand, some crescents are made to serve as tapers (see below). They have a different gauge on the ends and in the middle, which means that you can use them to stretch your piercing. Depending on your current gauge, you will insert the crescent up to a point and then slowly move it to a thicker part and stretch your piercing gradually. This stretching method is ideal for those who wish to go slowly and avoid pain and discomfort.

Tapers

Tapers are specialized tools used to stretch piercings to a larger gauge. As a rule, they should not be worn as jewelry. Some people choose to wear them as regular jewelry pieces, but this is not a good practice. Tapers are tools and not jewelry. We only included them on this list because there’s still a confusion over this.

In short: tapers are tools for stretching your piercing and they should not be worn for a prolonged period of time. They are not jewelry! Once you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge using a taper you should remove the taper and insert a proper jewelry piece, such as a plug, flesh tunnel, spiral, claw or another large gauge jewelry piece.