Nipple shields are very beautiful and popular among fans of nipple jewelry. These ornament pieces have a long history and they appear in numerous cultures across the globe. Modern nipple shields are popular with many body jewelry enthusiasts so there are many different types and styles to choose from.
The main purpose of a nipple shield is to highlight the nipple (in case of women, the whole breast, too) and to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Some nipple shields are specially designed to lift the nipple and keep it erect, which can be used for erotic purposes. A nipple shield will always encircle the nipple and cover the areola partially or fully.
Nipple shields serve several purposes: they ornament the nipple and are highly aesthetic, they provide nipple stimulation and they can make a part of a more complex nipple jewelry system (nipple piercing jewelry).
Common Types of Nipple Shields
Broadly speaking, there are two common types of nipple shields, depending on the way the jewelry is held against the nipple: nipple piercing shields and non-piercing shields. As their name suggests, nipple piercing shields are made for pierced nipples. These elaborate pieces of jewelry are constructed as a part of a piercing jewelry system or are made to connect to nipple piercing jewelry.
For example, a nipple shield can be made to encircle a nipple and to connect to a straight barbell that goes through the nipple piercing. This is the most common type of nipple shields made for pierced nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can come attached to a straight barbell or it may be sold separately. These nipple shields are made in beautiful designs and often use materials different than pieces of jewelry that go through the nipple piercing. This way, it’s possible to achieve many different designs, styles and effects. Some nipple shields come with attached nipple chains or pendants. It all depends on the design. With so many different nipple jewelry styles, it’s possible to find the one that suits you.
Nipple shields made for non-pierced nipples are a bit different. While the designs themselves may be similar to those used for pierced nipples, the shield has to be stuck on a nipple by a different method. Usually, these methods include friction, suction or body-friendly glue. These types of nipple shields, however, are less popular than shields made for pierced nipples.
As mentioned above, there are many different styles as well as jewelry materials to choose from. When choosing a nipple shield, it’s important to take several things into account: your preferences, the occasion and materials. Your preferences will tell you what kind of style you like and which piece of jewelry you like the most. The intended occasion in which you’ll wear your nipple shield will dictate how large and elaborate a shield can be. Large, heavy shields and overly ornamental shields are not comfortable to be worn under heavy clothes, so it’s best to reserve them for special occasions when you expect your nipple shield to be seen.
Also, you may think about the function your nipple shield should have. Is there another reason to wear it, apart from anesthetics? You may wish to use your nipple shield as a sexual stimulant to massage and arouse your nipples. In these cases, a nipple shield can keep your nipples erect and provide erotic stimulation during sex.
Finally, the choice of materials is also important. It’s always crucial that you choose jewelry made of materials that are body safe. Since nipple shields don’t go through the piercing itself the allergies are less common. However, remember that the shield will touch sensitive parts of your skin so it has to be made of a material that’s safe for you to wear.