Jewelry Types and Styles
There is a great deal of different shapes and styles of jewelry on the market and when it comes to piercing. The piercer has to decide what will work best. Which may not be what the piercee would like to have. Always remember when choosing jewelry style that after the piercing is healed the choice of styles that you can wear will increase. I've list the most common types:
CAPTIVE BEAD RINGS:
Often referred to as CBR and is the most common jewelry used in body piercing. It is a ring with a bead made of either Implant Grade Steel, Titanium or a stone that is counter sunk on each side and/or has a hole through it. The tension of the the ring locks and holds the bead in place. Rings are the best for cleaning during healing. The main problem is the amount of space the ring takes tends, to make the jewelry more prone to abuse and the beads can be a pain to remove and replace. This style can come in a number of different shapes like oval or teardrop. The different shapes can work well in piercings where the shape fits better into the piercing area.
BEADED RINGS OR FIXED BEAD RINGS:
Same as the CBR but the bead is made of the same metal and can not be removed. Draw back is that the ring must be pulled apart and then twisted to remove and replace.
The Seamless in most cases is not the best choice for piercing jewelry because many are just a ring with blunt ends that are pushed together. If the seam gets into the piercing tunnel there is a chance the body will try to grow tissue through the seam in it attempt to reconnect the skin.
Screwball or Monster Rings:
Just like a Captive Bead Ring but instead of the ball or bead locking into place, it threads into one end of the ring. Usually comes in larger gauges where removing the bead from a captive bead ring would be near impossible.
STANDARD OR STRAIGHT BARBELLS:
Often refer to as BB it is a straight post with two balls that screw in to the post. The Axiom handles both internal threaded BB where the balls act like a screw which threads into the post and externally thread where the ball acts like a nut and screws on to the post. The externally thread barbells tend to cause damage during insertion and loosen more quickly then internal threaded BB. We stock or can order 16g through 0g.
Same as BB but have a 1/4" curve to them kind of like a banana.
Are also the same as a BB but are shaped like a ring or horse shoe.
A barbell that is in the shape of a letter J. Ideally for navel piercings that are deep inside the navel.
A Barbell that has a disc on side and a screw on ball on the other side
A L shaped piece of wire with a ball on one end. Work best with Labret piercing that are placed in the center of the chin. The long piece of wire set between the lip and the gums. The main advantage is reduced abuse to teeth and gums and can be adjusted to fit each person.
An U-shaped piece of wire used with Septum piercing that can be tucked up inside the nose and be hidden.
A question mark shaped piece of wire with a ball, disc or gem on one end. Based on an Eastern Indian jewelry design. For those who want a stud like look, to their nostril jewelry.
An L shape piece of wire with a setting or ball on one end. Basically a Nostril Screw without the curved part.
Plugs & Eyelets:
Usually worn in the Ear and come in a large variety of shapes and materials. Since the weight of CBR and Cir BB can greatly increase when you get into larger gauges, many piercing collectors will wear plug while stretching. Not to mention how hard it is to get a bead off a 0g CBR. They usually start at 8g and go up in some cases 1 inch and larger. They are disc shaped or hollow tubes and usually use A threaded end or rubber o-rings to keep the jewelry secure or are flanged shaped. When stretching piercings, threaded ends and o-ring type plugs and eyelets are a better option than flared or flanged shaped ones. Mainly because the piercing will need to be stretched many times more than needed to get the jewelry in.
There are a number of retainers on the market from No-Cum barbell ends for Tongue piercings to Monofilament nostril screws and 1/4 circle metal wire retainers. Most are just as visible as smaller jewelry and since they often rely on O-rings to hold them in place they tend to fall out. The Monofilament can be flexible and hard to put in piercings. The biggest thing to think about when you decide to try a retainer is that they are all designed for short term wear. Often a cheaper solution is buying Monofilament line aka fishing or weed eater line and then tying off both ends. If the jewelry needs to be removed for medical reasons than you best bet is Monofilament line or retainer because it will not be effect or effect by x-rays, medication or MRIs.
Micro Dermal Anchors
Much like a labret stud but instead the back or anchor is oval shaped instead of disc shaped. Since they are almost exclusively used for Micro Dermal and other forms of surface to surface piercing and pocketing, they are not the best choice for other piercings because the post is too short.
Jewelry types that I do not suggest:
A nostril Bone will usually have a setting or ball on one end and then either a cone shaped ball or ball on the other. They go in pretty easily because often the ball is the think ness of the most common 18g. The problem is getting them out. Since the post section is often much thinner than the ball, the piercing tunnel conforms to the thickness of the post and to remove it you either have to pull the larger ball through or have them cut out.
Some times label simply as "nose jewelry" and often has no back or an ear piercing stud style back. The pins without backs are likely to fall out and the ones with backs tend to want to tighten and can cause the jewelry to impact into the piercing.
Navel Curved Barbells with charms and dangles:
These are basically the same as curved barbells but they have shaped and often really large charms or settings and dangles that hang off the jewelry. Too often even if the jewelry is labeled as Surgical Stainless Steal, Implant Grade Steel or Titanium, they are only referencing the post of the jewelry. With shaped objects often they are made of substandard metals which could cause a reaction. Also the sharp points of the shaped charms can cause discomfort. The dangles tend to get caught on everything. Remember that the basic jewelry is always the best choice even with a healed piercing.