5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

Lorum Piercing

lorumLorum piercing is a male genital piercing very similar to a frenum piercing. The main difference is the placement. Lorum basically means “low frenum”. The name says it all: this is a piercing located very low on the shaft, at the juncture of the shaft and scrotum.

This can be a very effective piercing, so it’s not surprising there are many men interested in this particular piercing type. While it’s not among the most popular and common genital piercings it sure has its fans. Many men decide on this placement so it’s popular enough, which means there are piercers who are very experienced at creating this particular piercing.

Piercing and Procedure

“Lorum” is a portmanteau of “low” and “frenum”. This is basically a frenum piercing with a special placement. It is located very low on the shaft, at the point where shaft meets the scrotum. This specific placement makes lorum piercing. This piercing is sometimes referred to as “front centered hafada”.

Lorum was invented by Elayne Angel for the piercing done on Dan Kopka. He was the one who requested this placement by asking for a frenum piercing, only lower. This is how lorum piercing was first performed and the name stuck.

This is not a complex piercing so procedure is fairly simple. That being said, just like any other genital piercing, this one requires not only a good piercer but also an experienced piercer: it has to be someone who has experience performing this type of piercing.


A typical jewelry piece for lorum piercing is a ring. Many men choose Captive Bead Rings for their piercings but another type of a ring can be used.

Since lorum is usually pierced at 12 gauge or 10 gauge, this is the size of the ring you’ll need. You will also have to worry about diameter. ¾” or 7/8” seem to work great.

Also, keep in mind that tissue on this spot is very stretchy so the piercing can migrate and reject easily if too small ring is used. It’s always best to use bigger rings to prevent these problems.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The healing time for lorum piercing is around 2-3 months, though it can take more.
  • Since this placement is unique, it might cause discomfort in some men. When in doubt, consult your piercer prior to the procedure.
  • For more security during sex, it’s best to place the piercing a bit more towards the shaft so it can fit inside the condom. This is very important, not just because of safe sex but also for safe healing. Remember: you should not have sex right after having the piercing done.

Genital Piercings Made to Stimulate Erogenous Zones

coupleThere are many people who are fans of piercings but do not like genital piercings. On the other hand, there are many people who adore these types of intimate piercings.

One might wonder why someone might want to get a genital piercing, especially since these piercings are known to be painful.

While it’s true genital piercings are among the most extreme and painful piercing types, there is usually a great payoff: many of the genital piercings enhance sexual pleasure. This is a great reason to get a genital piercing: increasing arousal for both you and your partner is a great thing.

In other words, genital piercings are largely functional piercings, that is, they have a purpose beyond aesthetic function. However, this is not the only reason why someone might get a genital piercing. Some genital piercings do look good, so aesthetic is one of the main reasons to try one of these piercings.

Aesthetic or Pleasure?

You may wonder how to tell a difference between a purely aesthetic genital piercing and the one that brings pleasure. This may be an important factor when deciding which type of piercing to get. While there are not straight and universal answers that will suit everyone, it’s important to know which piercings are known to bring pleasure – and in what way.

Keep in mind: different genital piercings are made to stimulate different erogenous zones. Some will benefit the wearer’s partner only, while the others are made to increase pleasure for both partners.

Piercings and Erogenous Zones

Here are some common genital piercings and erogenous zones they are made to stimulate:

  • Penis head stimulation: Prince Albert, Reverse Prince Albert, Apadravya and Ampallang. All of these male genital piercings are great for glans stimulation and can increase pleasure for the wearer.
  • G-spot stimulation: Apadravya is the best piercing for this purpose. Other good piercings that can be used for G-spot stimulation are Prince Albert (PA) and Reverse Prince Albert. Ampallang can be pleasurable in some cases but it’s known to be too intense during vaginal stimulation.
  • Prostate stimulation (P-spot stimulation): Ampallang is known to be a great piercing for anal stimulation. It can also be used for prostate stimulation. Another good piercing for prostate stimulation is regular PA (reverse PA may also work but it may prove to be too intense for some users).
  • Clitoral Stimulation: Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH), Triangle piercing. These two are known to enhance the pleasure for a woman. Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing (HCH), on the other hand, is more aesthetic than practical. True Clitoral Piercing may also enhance pleasure for some women but it’s often known as too intense for most people.
  • Added stimulation during intercourse: Some genital piercings can provide added stimulation during intercourse, even if they are not fully effective at enhancing pleasure on their own. For example, inner labia piercings can increase pleasure during initial stages of penetration for both men and women.

Apadydoe Piercing

ApadydoeApadydoe is a very advanced male genital piercing, and it’s very rare.

This piecing is a combination of an Apadravya and Dydoe piercings.

It is a complex piercing, typically done in pairs and it’s not for the faint of heart.

The Piercing

Apadydoe is a very striking piercing, so it sure makes for a very attractive sight. It is an advanced piercing, so it’s reserved for those who truly want to go one step further. Apadydoe is a combination of an Apadravya and Dydoe piercings connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a ring.

This piercing was first promoted by Erik Dakota in Fakir Musafar’s Body Play magazine. To this day, it remains very rare, but there are men who are intrigued by it and interested in getting one. If you wish to get this piercing it’s vital to do your research and find an absolutely experienced piercer. This is an advanced piercing so it has to be done carefully.

Needless to say, it’s also considered one of the most painful male genital piercings and penis piercings out there, but this should not stop those truly interested in Apadydoe to get one.

A typical jewelry for an Apadydoe piercing is a ring. Most commonly, Captive Bead Rings are used, but it’s possible to use some other type of the ring.

Two Piercings in One

Technically, Apadydoe is two piercings in one: Apadravya and a Dydoe. Many experts recommend treating it as such, that is, to get an Apadravya and a Dydoe first, and to connect them with jewelry later. This approach has its advantage. Since both Apadravya and Dydoe are serious piercings on their own, it’s wise to let them heal them first than to perform Apadydoe all in one go.

By treating this piercing as two you are also minimizing the risk of complications. Some experts recommend to get one piercing first (for example, an Apadravya), let that one heal and then get the other (Dydoe). Once the second one is healed, you can proceed to get them connected in an Apadydoe. This approach minimizes the pain and risk for infections because it’s always easier to perform one piercing at a time and to do aftercare on it before moving to the next one.

There is another advantage to this approach: by letting both Apadravya and Dydoe heal, you are ensuring a perfect fit for your Apadydoe. Only once your piercings are healed you can see how big the jewelry should really be. This is the best way to get the ring of the appropriate size that suits your anatomy perfectly. It also eliminates the need to change jewelry soon after the swelling is gone.

However, there is a disadvantage to this approach, especially if you’ve done your Apadravya and Dydoe before thinking of connecting them in an Apadydoe. For the best results and the most comfortable placement, your Apadravya and Dydoe have to be made in a certain way. Namely, the Apadravya has to be crooked and off-center so it can nicely connect to the Dydoe with a single jewelry piece. Also, Dydoe should also be off-center. Also, it’s best for both piercings to be done with a curved rather than a straight needle in order to accommodate round jewelry.

Additional Tips and Info

  • This piercing is so rare there are almost no photos of it to be fund, save for the specialized magazines.
  • Since two piercings (Apadravya and Dydoe) are connected with a ring that goes all around the penis, Apadydoe can be considered an orbital piercing.
  • Apadydoe piercings are typically done in pairs. It means you will get one ring on the right side of your penis and the other on the left. It also means you will need to get two off-center Apadravyas (one on the each side) and two Dydoes.
  • Apadydoe, just like Dydo  e, is said to provide stimulating effect to both partners during sex.
  • One of the reasons why Apadydoes are so rare is that Dydoe piercings are prone to migration and rejection, especially when faced with added pressure from the jewelry connected to another piercing. To minimize this problem, it’s advisable to wear your Apadydoe only temporarily and to let the piercings rest for a while by wearing separate jewelry in your Apadravya and Dydoe.

Popularity of Genital Piercings

54tGenital piercings are often perceived as extreme and unusual piercings. For some people, the idea of having a pierced genitalia is “too much” on itself.

There are even some piercing enthusiasts who’d gladly pierce their eyebrow, tongue or even a nipple but will never consider a genital piercings.

While piercings are a personal decision that should always depend on individual tastes, it’s important to know that genital piercings are not as rare as some people think. In fact, they are very popular among piercing enthusiasts. While they are not as common as, say, navel piercings or ear piercings, they are more popular than people think.

In other words, if you are intrigued by genital piercings, go for them! You are certainly not alone in your preferences.

How Common are Genital Piercings?

There is no clear statistics on genital piercings, or piercings in general, so it’s difficult to estimate the numbers. However, anecdotal evidence and popular demand show that genital piercings are far from being rare. While they may be rare in overall population, they are popular among piercing enthusiasts.

Some sources indicate that female genital piercings are more popular than male genital piercings. At the same time, Prince Albert piercing seems to be the most popular genital piercing in the world. It’s clear that both men and women enjoy this type of piercing so if you wish to get an intimate piercing you need to know you’re not alone!

Trained Piercers

A good thing about popularity of genital piercings is that there are trained, experienced professionals who can perform them properly. With any type of a piercing, it’s vital to find a reliable studio and an experienced professional to perform the piercing. This is the only way to stay safe and have a problem-free piercing.

When choosing a piercer it’s important to find an experienced person. An experienced piercer is the one who’s not only knowledgeable about piercings in general but also in the type of piercing you’re interested in.

This is even more important when it comes to genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Since genital piercings are more demanding and somewhat rarer than common piercings such as ear or navel piercings, it’s vital to find a piercer who is truly knowledgeable about the piercing you’re interested in.

Luckily, there are piercers specialized in genital piercings. There are also general piercers experienced with genital piercings. In other words, it’s not impossible to find a good piercer for your genital piercing. It is yet another proof of how popular genital piercings are. Again, they are not the most popular piercings in the world but they are more common than people think.

Most Popular Genital Piercings

The most popular genital piercings are:

For men:

For women:

Nefertiti Piercing

Nefertiti PiercingNefertiti piercing is a female genital piercing made to combine a usual clitoral hood piercing and Christina piercing.

While not the most popular genital piercing of them all, it has its fans.

Many women decide to get this piercing because of its striking visual effect.

Piercing and Placement

The Nefertiti piercing is said to be popularized by Shane Munce. This piercing was named after the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who was famous for her beauty. Similarly, this specific genital piercing is made to be very visually striking and stunning, so it’s not surprising that such a name was picked for this piercing type.

Nefertiti piercing is a combination of two female genital piercings: a vertical clitoral hood piercing and a Christina piercing. It starts out very high, on the pubic mound, just like a Christina piercing. Unlike Christina, it doesn’t end at the top of the clitoris but it continues downwards, all the way through the clitoral hood, just like a VCH piercing.

This way, a very long piercing is produced. Nefertiti goes all the way from the pubic mound to the end of the clitoral hood. It combines the length of Christina and vertical clitoral hood piercings.


Recommended initial jewelry for Nefertiti piercing is a flexible bar made of nylon or tygon. This is made so the jewelry wouldn’t hurt the healing tissue and to accommodate movement in the early stages of healing. However, some piercers choose to use metal jewelry straight away. Keep in mind however that flexible jewelry is much better since it reduces the pressure put on the piercing that goes through so much flesh.

Once the piercing is healed you can wear metal jewelry. The standard jewelry type for Nefertiti piercing is a long straight barbell.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Nefertiti piercings tend to be very long, since they consist of two piercing lengths: Christina and VCH. This length makes the healing time very long. Any piercing that goes through this much tissue will have a long healing time. The healing time is about 12 to 18 months, sometimes even longer.
  • Since it consists of a vertical hood piercing and a Christina piercing (which is a surface piercing), Nefertiti should be treated as a combination of a clitoral hood and a surface piercing.
  • Nefertiti piercing is known as a functional piercing since it can enhance pleasure for some women. The gem or ball on the jewelry can rub against the clitoris and produce pleasurable sensations. On the other hand, the length of the piercing and jewelry may be uncomfortable for some women.
  • You will need to take jewelry out in order to shave or wax your pubic area.
  • Since the upper part of Nefertiti piercing is a surface piercing, it is prone to migration and rejection.
  • Sometimes, this piercing or jewelry can become uncomfortable if you wear tight clothes, such as skinny jeans.

Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing

Horizontal Clitoral HoodHorizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, also known as a HCH, is a female genital piercing. It is lesser known than the more popular placement, Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing (VHC), but it’s popular enough so there are many women with it.

The fact it’s not particularly rare means that there are qualified piercers who are knowledgeable with this type of piercing. That makes it easier to find an experienced piercer to handle your HCH. However, you should never assume that a piercer is experienced with this type of piercing: you should always check and research piercers carefully before you find the right one.

Piercing and Placement

Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing, as the name says, is done on the clitoral hood. Clitoral hood piercings are different than clitoral piercings because they don’t go through the clitoris itself. True clitoral piercings are actually rare and complex, so not many women opt for them. However, some women are not informed about the specifics so they think clitoral hood piercings are “clitoral piercings”.

The most popular clitoral hood piercing is the Vertical Hood Piercing, which is done vertically through the clitoral hood. This is probably the most popular female genital piercing in the world. Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is somewhat rarer placement, but it’s still popular enough.

As the name suggests, Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is done horizontally through the clitoral hood. As with any other piercing, especially genital piercing, it’s important to ensure you are anatomically built for this piercing. This is why it’s important to consult your chosen piercer. You need to have enough tissue so the piercing can be done horizontally through the hood. It’s also important to note that some women who are not built for Vertical Clitoral hood piercing are built for the horizontal, so it’s always important to check.

The piercing is typically done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge. Your piercer will decide which one is the best for your case.


Typical jewelry for Horizontal Hood piercing is a ring or a circular barbell. Some people recommend one over the other for initial jewelry, so ask your piercer for the advice. Once the jewelry is fully healed you may change the jewelry type to the one you prefer the best.

Rings used for HCH are typically Captive Bead Rings. The bead of the ring is made to sit on top of the clitoris, so it’s best to use a ring with a decorative bead. On the other hand, some women prefer simple yet elegant rings without decorative beads, so that’s another possibility.

Circular barbells are another common choice. They are great because they don’t make the full circle so they can be tucked in behind the clitoris to ensure better comfort during everyday wear.

Additional Info and Tips

Here are some initial tips and information about HCH:

  • Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercing is not considered to be a functional piercing. Most of the time, it will not enhance sexual pleasure, since the jewelry doesn’t rub directly on the clitoris. However, it all depends on your anatomy. Some women can use the bead of the ring or jewelry itself to stimulate the clitoris.
  • This piercing is typically not painful to perform, since there’s only a little tissue to pierce and it’s not particularly sensitive. Remember: the piercing does not go through the clitoris, just the hood.
  • Healing time for this type of piercing is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • HCH is not a typical piercing to stretch, but it can be stretched to a certain size if you like. Typically, it’s recommended not to go over 10 gauge.
  • You should not abstain from sex for too long after getting a HCH done. The exact time will depend on your comfort. However, make sure not to damage the tissue or jewelry during the healing time. It’s best to use condoms for penetrative sex.

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.


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.

Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing

VCHThe vertical clitoral hood piercing is one of the most popular female genital piercings. In fact, if a woman wants to have a genital piercing, there is a huge chance that she’ll choose this one!

Vertical hood piercing is relatively easy to get and it provides a lot of pleasure, so it’s not surprising that so many ladies have this piercing done.

Piercing and Placement

The vertical hood piercing, also known as VCH, is a very popular piercing. It is very old in origin: it is believed that it predates contemporary body piercing. While some people believe that genital piercings were all invented in the late 20 century, the truth is that many of these piercings are very old in origin.

VCH is, in many ways, the “basic” genital piercing you can get. Since it is so popular, this is usually the first piercing anyone who wishes to have a genital piercing asks for.

This piercing is done on the clitoral hood, the thin layer of tissue covering the clitoris. Since this is the vertical variant, it passes vertically through the hood, typically through a single central hole.

Interestingly, many people still think that a VCH is a “clitoral piercing”. There are also many women who require a “clitoral piercing” while they actually mean on the Vertical Hood Piercing. It’s important to know that a true clitoral piercing is a very rare genital piercing and it’s much more complex than a VCH. Keep in mind: VCH does not pass through the clitoris itself, only through the hood.

If you wish to have a basic genital piercing of the clitoral area, this is the one you should ask for, not a clitoral piercing.


There are several common jewelry types for VCH. Probably the most popular jewelry type used is a curved barbell. It has a double purpose: it serves both as a decoration and as a functional element to rub against the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure.

Another common jewelry type used is a Captive Bead Ring or, rarer, a different type of a ring. It works similarly to a curved barbell, providing both the aesthetics and functionality by rubbing against the clitoris.

It’s also important to note that many of these jewelry pieces are very beautiful and nicely decorated, similarly to navel jewelry pieces. It is not uncommon for a VCH jewelry to have a gem, decorated bead or another ornament. These are very cute and look beautiful. Just do not go overboard: keep in mind that this is a very sensitive body part and you can get hurt if your jewelry gets caught on clothes. Huge jewelry can also be a nuisance during sex or it can enhance the experience – it all depends on the situation!

Additional Tips and Info

The healing time is relatively short, since there is a great blood flow to the area.

  • You should not have sex during the initial healing time. After this, it’s best to use condoms for vaginal sex until the piercing is healed.
  • A VCH is considered a functional piercing, which means it can increase sexual pleasure. The jewelry rubs against the clitoris, which is very arousing. It is not surprising why this piercing is so popular – it can bring great joy and sexual pleasure.
  • There are different reports about the level of sexual stimulation this piercing provides. Some people even claim that VCH gives constant arousal and pleasure. Most women who have this piercing done, however, say that the change is neither so drastic nor distracting.
  • Not all women are anatomically suited for this piercing. This is why it’s so important to consult your piercer first to see if you are built for this piercing.

Segment and Seamless Rings

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

Titanium Smooth Segment Ring

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

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

Segment Rings

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

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

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

Seamless Rings

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

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

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

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

What’s Wrong with Captive Bead Rings?

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

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

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

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