Internally threaded body jewelry is superior to externally threaded. You probably know that it’s valued more, so it’s usually a bit more expensive. This higher price is completely justified: internally threaded jewelry is more complex to make and also more expensive to produce.
It’s one of the main reasons why cheap manufacturers of bad body jewelry rarely bother with internally threaded jewelry: they don’t have money nor equipment to produce it. They are counting on customers’ ignorance and inability to tell the difference. It’s sad to say that there are some people out there who don’t pay attention to this. While most piercing enthusiasts know internally threaded jewelry is the best way to go, there are always people who will buy any cheap jewelry piece at a mall, just because it doesn’t cost much.
Is Internally Threaded Jewelry Expensive?
While internally threaded jewelry is generally more costly to produce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune on it. On the contrary: it is possible to find reasonably priced yet well-crafted internally threaded jewelry.
How? It’s simple. Reputable, reliable manufacturers and body piercing shops know about the importance of internally threaded jewelry. They know this type of jewelry is safe for the customers and they understand why it should be used. For reputable body jewelry makers, internally threaded jewelry is a standard.
Once you make something into a standard, you will stick to it and your customers will learn not to expect anything less from your products. For some, it means keeping high prices on internally threaded jewelry. The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers high-quality internally threaded jewelry at affordable prices. For us, internally threaded jewelry is the standard, and we don’t feel you should be forced to spend a fortune on a jewelry piece just because it is manufactured using the highest standards. Since we use only the best materials and a high-standard manufacturing process you will never get cheap, subpar jewelry with us. At the same time, we are dedicated to keeping our prices reasonable.
Why Internally Threaded Jewelry?
Here are the main reasons why you should always opt for internally threaded jewelry:
- Safety. Internally threaded jewelry doesn’t have sharp edges that go through your piercing. It means such a piercing is safe and recommended to be used. This is particularly important for new piercings.
- Comfort. Internally threaded piercing jewelry is more comfortable to wear. It sits better and it’s easier to manipulate it. Internally threaded jewelry is made to ensure the best comfort for the wearer.
- Vital for new piercings. Internally threaded jewelry should always be used for new piercings and piercings in healing. All initial jewelry pieces should be internally threaded in order not to hurt a new piercing. It is particularly hurtful and dangerous to pass an externally threaded jewelry through a new piercing hole.
- Better quality. While externally pierced jewelry can be made of high-quality materials and using the latest manufacturing standards, internally threaded jewelry is generally better crafted. The simple reason is that all reputable jewelry makers stick to internally threaded jewelry as a standard, so they don’t even bother with less than optimal externally threaded jewelry.
Is Externally Threaded Jewelry Ever Ok?
While it’s highly recommended to buy internally threaded jewelry, you might have an externally threaded jewelry piece you truly like. Is it ok to wear it?
There is no simple answer to this question. As a general rule, you should always strive to use internally threaded jewelry. Stay away from shops selling nothing but externally threaded jewelry. That being said, externally threaded jewelry may be ok to use in certain situations.
For example, if your piercing is old and nicely healed, you might consider an externally threaded piece. If there is one jewelry piece you truly like and it’s externally threaded, then you may go for it. However, it’s always best to check if the piece you like is available as internally threaded.
Another reason why you might want to go with externally threaded jewelry is the gauge. Most gauges can be made in both variants (internally and externally treaded), but some very small gauges – generally 16 gauge and smaller – may be too small to be made internally threaded. In these cases, you may use externally threaded pieces, but only if they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly material.
In case you want to buy an externally threaded piece, make sure you go with a reputable store. Never choose cheap jewelry you can find at a mall. Such jewelry is often externally threaded and usually brings additional problems, many of which can be dangerous. This type of jewelry is typically made of cheap materials and using bad manufacturing process. Needless to say, you should stay away from such jewelry.