Body Jewelry Guide

Body Jewelry Guide - Belly Button Rings


A "belly button ring" refers to a piercing placed on the rim of skin above the belly button. It is possible to pierce the skin on the bottom or sides of the navel, but piercing above the belly button is most common. To allow for easy healing, piercers generally use a standard barbell to pierce the belly button or navel. Belly button piercings have their own special kind of barbells, though. They are sometimes referred to as "bananabells" or "bananabars" because of their curved design."


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Body Jewelry Guide - Eyebrow Ring


Eyebrow piercings are commonly done with a short curved barbell or with a ring and bead combination. This piercing is commonly done on either (or both) eyebrows and is typically situated toward the outside of the eye and eyebrow.


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Body Jewelry Guide - Labret/Monroe


The Labret and Monroe piercings are some of the newest in body jewelry trends. The Labret refers to the space between the chin and bottom lip. The Monroe refers to a piercing above the lip to the side of the nose, named for the famous Marilyn Monroe beauty mark. The same style of ring is worn in either piercing. It is a short barbell that is typically 14 Gauge or 16 Gauge. On one end there is a ball, bead, gem or spike and the other side is a flat metal circle that can be inside the mouth without poking the gums.


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Body Jewelry Guide - Nose Rings


Conventionally, a "nose ring" implied that a person had pierced the cartilage on either the right or the left side of his or her nose. Initially it was popular among women but has expanded to male fans as well. In recent years, the idea of a nose ring has expanded to include both a septum piercing and a bridge piercing.


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Body Jewelry Guide - Tongue Ring


A "tongue ring" can refer to many kinds of oral piercings, but the most common is the traditional vertical piercing. This more conventional style is when a straight barbell is placed vertically through the center of the tongue with a bead or ball secured at each end. One ball appears to sit on top of the tongue while the other is hidden between the tongue and the bottom jaw.


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Body Jewelry Guide - Tragus


The tragus refers to the small piece of cartilage in front of the opening of the ear. Because of its small size, it's typically pierced with an 18 Gauge needle, the same size as many traditional earlobe piercings. The piercing point is identified with pen or marker and a needle is pressed straight through the cartilage and the ring is then inserted.


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Body Jewelry Guide - Gauges


"Gauges" refer to a certain kind of earring that is used to stretch the ear piercing to larger sizes. The name comes from the unit of measurement, "a gauge," used with all body jewelry. Gauges most commonly look like round discs that are approximately ΒΌ" thick and vary in diameter.


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