Light vs Heavy Jewelry

Light or Heavy JewelryWearing light or heavy body jewelry is often just a matter of personal style. We all have our likes and dislikes, so our piercings and body jewelry will reflect our style. There is nothing wrong about it – after all, it’s an expression of individuality and personality.

At the same time, it’s worth knowing if there are some pitfalls of wearing heavy (or light!) jewelry. Health is important for preventing infections and other problems, so it’s worth knowing when it’s best to choose jewelry of particular weight.

Quality Jewelry Comes in All Sizes

Quality jewelry comes in all sizes… and weights. It means that a good, well-crafted, quality jewelry piece will be body-friendly regardless of its size. There are certain medical grade materials and other body-friendly materials you should choose if you wish to have quality jewelry, so you know you’re on the safe side.

The rule of thumb is: as long as you stick to body-friendly materials and well-crafted jewelry, it doesn’t really matter what the weight of the piece is. Most of the time, anyway, and for most of the people.

If you are extra sensitive and if you have a certain medical problem that would prompt you to wear jewelry of one type, that’s another thing. You should always wear jewelry of the type that suits your body and that will not endanger your health. Most of the time, however, quality jewelry is made in such a way that can be worn without a problem.

This is yet another reason why you should always wear high-quality jewelry. Cheap jewelry is poorly made and can break easily, so it can lead to numerous problems. Choose quality jewelry and you won’t have to worry about its size or weight, other than your own preferences.

A Difference between Light and Heavy

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding between light and heavy body jewelry. Heavy body jewelry is, well, heavy, which means it will put a pressure on your tissue. This may be uncomfortable or very pleasurable, depending on what you prefer. Some people, for example, love to wear heavy genital jewelry since it enhances the pleasure. Others prefer light pieces you can barely feel they’re there.

Another thing to keep in mind is stretching. Pressure created by heavy jewelry can sometime lead to unwanted stretching, so if you do not wish to stretch your piercing, you might want to stick to lighter pieces.

Comfort is another issue. Heavy jewelry tends to cause more discomfort than light jewelry, though this is not a universal rule. Again, it mostly depends on the design and craftsmanship. As long as you stick to quality jewelry it should be comfortable, even when made of heavy materials.

Finally, it’s important to consider health reasons. You should never wear too heavy pieces as your initial jewelry, because they can slow down the healing process. At the same time, some of the lightest materials (organic or plastic materials) are not suitable for new piercings, so this light jewelry should be avoided. In these situations, it’s best to stick to titanium, since it’s a relatively light metal that’s also medical-grade and completely body safe.

The Materials

Please note that these are just guidelines. It will all depend on the size of the particular jewelry piece.


Light metal:

  • Titanium


  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (at larger gauges)
  • Gold (at larger gauges)

Heavy organic materials:

It’s important to remember that it’s relative. Even the heaviest materials (such as niobium) are not particularly heavy when jewelry piece is small. In other words, the weight will mostly depend on gauge and the size of the piece.

How to Recognize Quality Jewelry

Quality JewelryThere are many different body jewelry stores and manufacturers. Since piercings are getting more and more popular and socially acceptable, it’s not surprising the jewelry industry is on the rise. On one hand, this is a good thing, since customers have a wider choice of jewelry and don’t have to restrict themselves to one or two jewelry types.

On the other hand, it is a disadvantage, because there’s so much bad jewelry around. You can find body jewelry about anywhere these days, including places such as mall kiosks or gas stations. Needless to say, this cheap jewelry is poorly made and not safe to wear.

With so many body jewelry outlets around, it’s important to know how to tell a quality jewelry piece from a bad one. It’s important to get the best jewelry you can find, and there are some quality standards that should not be overlooked. That being said, you don’t necessarily need to pay a fortune for quality jewelry. It’s vital that you know how to tell the good, quality jewelry from the bad one.

Here are some of the characteristics of quality body jewelry:

  • It is made of safe materials. Body jewelry should be made only using body-friendly materials. There are specifications on which materials are medical grade and safe to use: 316l or 316LVM Surgical Steel, implant-grade titanium, niobium or solid nickel-free gold. Some non-metallic materials are also safe to wear, such as bioplast or organic materials (wood, glass, bone and horn or stone). However, not all of these materials are safe to be worn in new (fresh) piercings, so you need to be careful about that. Also, keep in mind that organic materials may be often suitable only for short-term wear (less than 24 hours).
  • It uses internal threading. Internally threaded jewelry is the best standard, since it doesn’t harm the tissue, and it’s absolutely mandatory for new piercings. How to tell a difference between internal and external threading? Look at the post of the jewelry and the ball. If the post is hollow (and the ball has a screw-thread), it is internally threaded. If the post is threaded and the ball is hollow, it’s externally threaded. You should avoid externally threaded jewelry since it can cause damage. Also, most cheap, poorly made jewelry is externally threaded so it’s one of the warning signs.
  • Good polish. Quality jewelry has a high polish. It’s polished to a mirror smooth finish. It’s more than the aesthetics: your jewelry has to be perfectly smooth in order not to hurt your body. The only non-smooth parts of the jewelry should be decorations, and these should never go directly through the piercing hole.
  • Go for nickel-free jewelry. Nickel can cause a serious nickel allergy, so you should avoid jewelry with high nickel content. Even better, it’s best to stick to nickel-free body jewelry. This is mandatory for new piercings.
  • Gems are not glued. One of the clearest signs of cheap, poorly made jewelry are glued gems. These gems are likely to fall off. Quality jewelry has special metal settings to hold gems into place. There are several different types of these settings (such as bezel or prong settings). It’s important that the gems are set and not simply glued to the metal.
  • Quality jewelry is not dirt cheap. While you don’t necessarily have to pay a fortune for a body-friendly jewelry piece, it’s important to know that quality materials and craftsmanship cost money. Therefore, a jewelry piece cannot be dirt cheap. Stay away from jewelry that’s too cheap in order to avoid trouble.

Intimate Dome Straight Barbell


Intimate Dome Straight Barbell

Intimate Dome Straight Barbell

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