Body jewelry comes in many styles, sizes, and materials. It is important to choose jewelry that is the right style and size for your anatomy. The quality of the jewelry is very important, because low-quality jewelry can be uncomfortable, cause complications with your healing period, and even disrupt a healthy healed piercing.
When you receive a new piercing, it is crucial that the jewelry be high-quality, and polished to a mirror finish. Implant Grade ATSFM F-136 certified implant grade titanium, 14k solid gold, and internally threaded posts are the standard quality our studio uses. Please disclose any allergies you may have before you get a piercing; your piercer or counter staff will help you choose appropriate jewelry.
Body jewelry is available in several common styles, such as captive-bead rings, labret studs, barbells, bent barbells, and circular or “horseshoe” barbells. A captive-bead ring is a circular ring with a small ball that is held in place with tension. A labret stud is straight stud with a flat disc on the back and a bead or gem on the top. We carry two types of labret studs. Neometal is a jewelry company that makes a press fit post. This is a two part system, the post that sits in your piercing has a small hallow space, and the end that you chose to sit on the outside of your piercing has a pin attached to it that fits in the post and is held together by tension once we put a slight bend in the pin. We also carry barbells of this style, commonly used for nipples. The other style of labret stud we carry is internally threaded, bead or gem top screws into the post. A barbell is a straight post with a bead on each end. Bent barbells are typically used in vertical eyebrow piercings whereas curved barbells are often used in septum's or daith's, and the curve is much more distinct. Some anatomy may call for a specific style of jewelry, which is why we carry an extensive selection. Consult with your piercer about what style of jewelry is appropriate for your body. Using jewelry that doesn’t fit the anatomy of the area getting pierced could result in inflammation, migration, or tearing.
Some people prefer to wear natural materials rather than metal jewelry. Common options include bone, wood, stone, and glass. Bone, wood, and some stones are porous materials, so they can harbor bacteria, unlike metals. For this reason it is important to wear bone and wood only in healed piercings, not fresh ones. If you are stretching a piercing (moving to a larger gauge of jewelry), stretch using metal jewelry and then switch to natural materials after healing if you choose. Stretching into any porous material could cause significant damage to your skin. Glass is safe to wear in certain piercings (nostril, earlobe) at any time, but depending on the size and style it may have a risk of breaking, so be cautious and check your jewelry often if you wear glass jewelry. Retainers are often glass, and not meant for long term wear, and in locations such as nostril or ears during sports have a higher risk of breakage.
Never wear plated or painted body jewelry. Gold-plated jewelry has an underlying layer of mystery metal which is not safe to wear in your piercing. If you find gold jewelry that is unusually inexpensive, it is likely to be gold-plated and not safe to wear as it is not quality. Also, be aware that a piece of jewelry can be made of more than one material. Some metals are cut with silver, copper, or pewter. Our jewelry is safe to wear for a lifetime unless you desire to change your jewelry.
Many different styles of jewelry contain gems rather than a titanium bead. We carry very large variations of colored gems and settings. Prong set gems capture light and sparkle significantly more than one in a bezel setting. Bezel settings have metal that wraps completely around the stone. These styles come in a large variety of sizes.
There is also jewelry available that is designed to hide a body piercing. This kind of jewelry is usually known as a retainer. Retainers are usually available in glass. Retainers are not especially durable, as they are designed to be worn for short periods, such as a shift at work, a day at school, or a surgical procedure. If you need to wear a retainer often, keep in mind that you may need to replace them frequently because they can break. Retainers are used to keep piercings open but less visible. Our retainers are non-metallic and safe for use during MRIs and surgery.
There are countless options available for body jewelry, and new materials and styles are still being developed. Body jewelry is increasingly available in malls and other stores that are not piercing studios, this does not mean they are safe to wear. Contact the studio if you have an questions regarding quality, size, style and material. A piercer at Miraculous Creations is always available to answer your questions.