Orbit Piercing Jewelry
This section covers the choice of jewelry which is best for Orbit Piercings. Which due to it's placement can be rather limited on choose of style, gauge and size of jewelry.
When it comes to Orbit piercings it's important to consider that the jewelry and piercing will be in contact with hair, clothes and bedding during and after the healing. So the jewelry needs to be simple, without points or edges that will get caught on things but still allows rooms for swelling, discharge and cleaning. Since the jewelry can tend to hang it's important especially during the healing that there is no additional weight that might add stress to the piercing during healing.
- Rings and Circular style jewelry such as Captive Bead or Beaded Rings and Circular Barbells:
- The Advantages:
- There are no sharp edges and points that may get caught on clothing, bedding and etc..
- Since the jewelry is not tight and wider than the piercing area, allows extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
- Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings the jewelry is designed to be secure long term wear and there isn't the worry about ends coming unscrewed and losing the o-rings. So it reduces the maintenance and gives the piercee one less thing to deal during the healing.
- Much easier to move for cleaning.
- Usually lighter in weight then threaded jewelry.
- The Disadvantages:
- The profile of the rings may cause additional contact, abuse and stress on the piercing.
- Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings, they can be difficult to remove or replace. In some cases requiring special tools to remove the jewelry.
- Threaded Straight or Curved Jewelry such as Barbells, Curved Barbells and Labret Studs:
- The Advantages:
- Lower profile may reduce abuse from contact with clothing, bedding and etc.. and less noticeable.
- Since the jewelry is threaded it can be easily removed if needed.
- The Disadvantages:
- The tightness of the jewelry may cause the piercing area to "fold" or become deformed. This can also can lead to migration and scarring.
- Jewelry must be longer than needed to allow for swelling, discharge, and cleaning. This often means more weight, increased likelihood of abuse from contact or catching on clothing, bedding, etc... or being pulled or twisted.
- If the jewelry is too tight, there is no extra room at all and can cause the jewelry to become impacted or the area to become folded and/or deformed.
- The tightness of the ends needs to be check regularly to avoid the jewelry falling out and the piercing closing. This increases contact with the piercing and increases the likelihood of cross contamination.
- In most cases the jewelry is heaver than a simple Captive Bead Ring which increases the stress on the piercing which could lead to migration or other problems.
- Due to the shape the jewelry is prone to twist causing stress. Also because of the weight one side well be laying against one of the piercing holes which can block discharge.
- Jewelry that should be avoided during Healing:
- Novelty and complicated jewelry with sharp edges and points or jewelry that has anything hanging off of it. The jewelry needs to be as simple as possible.
- Ear Piercing Studs and other traditional jewelry:
- The jewelry is often too short to allow for the thickness of piercing area. Which doesn't allow for swelling and can cause the jewelry to be impacted into the piercing. Also if the jewelry is too tight it can block both discharge and the flow of oxygen that can increase healing time and/or increase risk to infection or other problems.
- The backs or locks are lose and can tighten with normal wear.
- Often the jewelry material is not body friendly. Even those that are marketed to those with sensitivity to metal are only plated.
- In most cases can not be sterilized correctly.
Size of the Jewelry and Weight:
As a refresher gauge is the thickness of the wire that the jewelry is made out of. Body piercing jewelry generally starts at 18 gauge jewelry and goes up to 0000 gauge jewelry. The smaller the number the thicker the jewelry will be. As I'm sure you know, the thicker the jewelry is the more weight and thus the more stress on the piercing during the healing period. Also the thicker the jewelry the more tissue that needs to be produce and thus the longer the healing period. Though in most cases a 18 gauge piercing will heal out in about the same time as a 12 gauge piercing will.
When choosing the gauge of the jewelry, the jewelry needs to be thick enough to reduce rejection or migration and have resistance to tearing but light enough that it will not cause added stress during healing. Due to the fact that there maybe added pressure to the piercing because of the often higher profile of the jewelry, thicker gauges are going to allow for more resistance to migration and may feel more comfortable when they are pulled or twisted. This is also true with healed piercings.
What gauge is best greatly depends on the area that is going to be pierced and since the orbit can be everything from a simple lobe or cartilage to Helix to Tragus or double helix. it really depends on what is being pierced. The gauge should fit within the area that is being pierced and be of a thickness that will reduce migration and tearing. If the area is not as pronounced than a thinner gauge will usually be the best option because it will increase the space between the piercing and the edge of the body part being pierced. Usually more common Orbit piercings can be pierced with good results from 18g to 8g.
The width of the jewelry needs to be the same as the space between the two piercings. If the jewelry is too tight or too long it may cause the piercing to scar or fold that part of the ear causing it to become deformed. Doing the piercing with two different pieces of jewelry doesn't always produce the best results because the piercings may heal at different angles, move or migrate enough that the jewelry will not fit through the two piercings holes. This can also cause problems in healed piercings.
In conclusion, nothing replaces the first hand knowledge of a professional piercer when it comes to choosing the correct jewelry. There is vast differences in shape and size and often what works for 99.99% of the public is not the best choice for you. The goal of this is to give you a working understand of jewelry selection, so that you can have an educated discussion with your piercer on what will work best. Every piercer understands that one of the motivations of you getting the piercing is fashion but jewelry that will produce the best out come should always rule out fashion. Think of the jewelry that the piercing is done with as trainer jewelry that will be replaced with what you like after the piercing is healed.