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Beaded Ring and Seamless Ring

One of the oldest forms of Body Piercing Jewelry is the Beaded Ring. As Captive Bead Rings became the standard, the Beaded Ring and it's cousin the Seamless Ring became increasingly rare. Recently they have both made a bit of a come back and have become standard stock on most 18g and 16g piercings. The main advantage is that you are going to be losing beads and balls all the time. Also they tend to be a great deal easier to change. However this is not the case with larger gauge jewelry where tools are need to bend the jewelry. There I find that Captive Bead Rings are a better option.

The main difference between BR/SL and CBR is that with Beaded Rings the ball is in fact part of the ring and can not be removed. If you are unsure if you have a CBR or a BR, try spinning the ball. If it moves then you have a Captive Bead Ring. If it doesn't then you have a Beaded Ring. With Seamless of course there is no ball.

Small gauge jewerly(18g to 14g) can usually be removed by hand by taking the following steps:

  1. Grab one side of jewelry with the index and thumb of one hand and the other side with the other one.
  2. Since one side often set slight inside the ball or seam, pull slightly apart but be careful not to expand the width of the ring.
  3. Now bend the jewelry in opposite directions to make a cork screw shape. 
  4. Once there is enough gap in the two ends rotate the jewelry out. 

Larger gauge Jewelry(12g and up) may require one or two sets of pliers to remove. It's best of use brass jeweler style pliers. You could use just about any type of pliers. However to avoid scratching the finish of the jewelry or causing other damage that you cover the pliers with cloth medical tape. This will not only reduce damage but will also add traction.

  1. Grab one or both sides of the ring with the pliers. 
  2. Pull the ball or seamed area slightly outward but avoid over expanding the ring.
  3. Now bend the jewelry in opposite directions to make a cork screw shape. 
  4. Once there is enough space rotate the jewelry out.


  • I found a long time ago that wearing medical gloves will increase the traction and grip you have on the slippery beads, balls and rings. 
  • Make sure that you have a paper towel or other clean safe place to place the jewelry to avoid contamination. 
  • Have someone else help you. Piercings especially those located above the neck are hard to see or to get a hold of. Save yourself hours of frustration and have someone else remove the jewelry.
  • It is easier to remove jewelry after a shower, soak or compress. This will not only remove anything that has deposited on the jewelry but will also cause the piercing to expand. Soaks and compresses should be done with a sea salt and warm water mixture. 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon per cup or 8oz of warm water. Soak are done by inverting a small cup over the piercing area or submerging the piercing for around 10 minutes. For piercings where is not possible, take a folded up clean paper towel or sterile gauze sponge, soak up the liquid and lay it against the piercing area. Re-submerge the compress when it cools and apply it for roughly 10 minutes.
  • A small amount of water based lubricant can be used to make the jewelry easier to remove. 

Storing Jewelry:

  • Jewelry needs to be stored alone. Placing a number of pieces of jewelry into one container or bag will increase the likelihood of damage to the jewelry's finish from the contact with other jewelry.
  • The most common and easily available form of container is a zip lock baggy. It should be new to avoid contaminates. Also any air tight container will work including plastic ones.
  • The best option is to have your piercer wrap and sterilize the jewelry in an autoclave. The jewelry will be sterile kept sterile for a few months as long as the pouch is unbroken. 

Whenever in doubt let your piercing remove or change the jewelry. At the Axiom, I never charge to change jewelry