Body Jewelry

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Jewelry Styles

Straight Barbells
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Nipple Barbell
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Circular Barbells
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Spiral Twister
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Curved Barbells
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Navel Curve
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Flatback Posts
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Flatback Posts
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Threadless Ends
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Threaded Ends
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Hinged Rings
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Seamless Rings
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Captive Bead Rings
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Nostril L Bend
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Nostril Screw
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Nose Bone
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Earring Studs
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Double Flare Eyelet
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Jewelry Quality

Body jewelry comes in many different styles. When purchasing jewelry it’s important to be informed about what you are buying. Understanding these differences will help you make informed choices when purchasing your jewelry. There are many different choices but not all are created equal. The quality of your jewelry can greatly effect your healing and healed piercings as well. Keep in mind your jewelry is something that you are putting “in” your body not “on” your body. For this reason alone I firmly believe in quality over quantity when it comes to choosing your jewelry.

High Quality Body Jewelry


Fine jeweler quality

Lifetime manufacturing guarantee

Genuine crystals

Lifetime manufacturing guarantee

Offer custom sizing


Takes 4-9 weeks to receive jewelry

Costs more initially

Only sold to professional piercers

Mid Quality Body Jewelry


Implant grade jewelry

Lifetime manufactring guarantee

Genuine lab grown crystals

Lasts longer than low quality

Offer some custom sizes


Most only sold to professional piercers

Costs more than low quality

Doesn't last as long as fine jeweler quality

Lower Quality Body Jewelry



Easy to find, available online, malls, trade shows, etc.


Often made of non implant grade metals

The cheap metals often corrode by turning green or rusting

Colors chip off because they're painted on.

Gems aren't real l so they cloud and turn green.

Gems are glued in so they fall out easily.

Jewelry is often a one size fits all



Jewelry Threading Styles

Most barbells have a ball that screws on or snaps into place. Rings do on have threading but Straight, Curved, Circular Barbells and Flatback styles do. It's important to check your jewelry balls daily as they can slowly loosen over time. During aftercare I always remind clients to brush their teeth and check their balls, EVERY day. If you don't you may lose your jewelry and your piercing. 

Internally Threaded

Iinternally threaded ends "screw in” to the jewelry post. The end of the jewelry that you insert into your piercing is smooth and is less likely to damage the delicate skin inside while inserting. This is one of the styles that is preferred by most professional piercers.


Threadless ends "snap in" to the jewelry post rather than screw in (or on). The end of the jewelry that you insert into your piercing is smooth and is less likely to damage inside your piercing. This is one of the styles that is preferred by most professional piercers.

Externally Threaded

Externally threaded ends "screw on" to the jewelry post. The end of the jewelry that you insert into your piercing has jagged threads that shred and damage the skin inside your piercing whenever you insert it or remove it. This style is not suggested by most professional piercers.



Shapes & Setting Styles

Bezel Setting

When the metal encapsulates the stone.


When prong come around and support the stone.


Ball shaped 


Disc shaped


Dome shaped.

Jewelry Sizing

There are many different sizes of jewelry. Body jewelry is often sold with only gauge listed. In my experience the length, diameter, ball/stone size make huge difference in how well you heal, how the jewelry looks, and how well it fits. It is definitely not a one size fits all. An experienced piercer can help you find the size that will fit your piercing perfectly.


Jewelry Materials

Materials are so important when choosing your jewelry. An implant grade mirror polish finish makes healing easier on your body and are one of the factors on how long it takes to heal. Low quality metals with a lower polish slow healing. Jewelry that is labeled as implant grade isn’t always 100%. Often the whole piece isn’t implant grade just the part that is in your piercing. The parts that aren’t implant grade degrade and turn a rust color. I see a lot of plated jewerly. Colorful jewelry is often an unpolished rough steel with a layer of titanium paint over it. When this plating wears off it causes problems with your piercing.


316L Implant grade or Surgical grade is a good choice. It is a silver color metal. The higher the polish the better the jewelry.


ASTM F136 is implant grade titanium a great choice for body jewelry. It used in most surgical and dental implants. Although naturally a silver metal it can be put through a process called anodizing to color the metal. Different levels of heat create an anodized layer on top of the metal, over time this layer will fade.


Gold is a good choice for body jewelry. Gold is naturally a soft metal, it can be scripted and dented easily. Because of this other metals are added. Higher quality companies will add higher quality metals. The higher the quality of the added metal the less likely you will have a sensitivity or allergic reaction to your jewerly. 24kt is 100% Gold, 18kt is 75% Gold, 14kt is 58.3% Gold, 10kt is 41.7% Gold


Silver is not an implant grade metal and should not be worn in your piercings. It releases silver salts that can permanently discolor your skin to a grey or green color.


Implant grade silicone is an option for some. It is flexible and many find it comfortable. I have seen a lot of sensitivity to silicone jewelry.


Acrylic is not the best to wear in your body. Be aware than many online jewelry companies paint their acrylic jewelry which can chip off. Acrylic holds bacteria, it should only be worn in healed piercings.


Ptfe is an implant grade flexible plastic that can be sterilized. I find it useful for helping hard to heal piercings and piercings that have frequent flare ups during the healing process. Healing issue often have to do with a single trauma or repeated trauma to the piercing. Metal is hard and the skin cells forming inside your piercing are delicate. There isn’t much forgiveness if you’re too rough while these cell are trying to grow and get stronger. There is more forgiveness with the flexibility of the PTFE and with proper care of your piercing the two work together to get you back on track in your healing process.


Glass can be worn in healing piercings because it is non porous. It is a great choice for those who are sensitive to other materials.