Here you will find useful information to help you make a more informed decision regarding you jewelry/piercing needs.
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CBR- Most common sizes: 18, 16 Gauge. 5/16 to 1/2 Contrary to popular opinion, new ear, targus, and cartilage piercings heal more quickly and problem free when a ring is used. Since a bead ring must be bent for insertion and removal, it is best used for semi-permanent wear.
Circular Barbells- 14 Gauge 3/8 to 1/2 are common. Easy yo insert and remove. Barbells- 5/16 are excellent choice particularly in situations such as cartilage piercings or the upper ear where a standard earring is very visible and not very attractive.
Plugs- This design is great for those who like large piercings without heavy weight. For something different wear a ring through certain tubes for an attractive customized look.
CAUTION: To accomplish piercings large enough for plugs, great patience is needed. Never push stretching too fast or the earlobe can be torn. When the hole is large enough for a plug, facilitate insertion and avoid damage to the earlobe by using an insertion taper of the next larger size.
CBR- 18 Gauge 3/8 to 7/16 are common. Practical and easy to care for, they encourage healing and are good-looking as well. Best for semi-permanent wear.
Barbells- 14 Gauge 3/8 to 7/16 are common. Subtle and discrete. The post is externally threaded, so for greater comfort, dip the threads in melted wax prior to insertion. Choose from a variety of ball sizes or labrets for something unique.
CBR- 18 Gauge 3/8 to 1/2 are common. For comfort and healing care must be taken to assure that the diameter is neither too small or too large. Best for semi-permanent wear.
Barbells- 14 Gauge 3/8 to 5/8 are common. Works well where the piercing is angled in such a way that the inside ball does not rub against the teeth or gums. Disc Labrets- Exchange the bead for interesting looks.
Barbells- 14 Gauge 5/8 to 7/8 are common to start, 3/8 to 9/16 in healed piercings. Thicker gauges are fairly popular. Since new piercings tend to swell, sometimes significantly, it is best to select a post about 1/2 longer than the thickness of the tongue at the point of piercing. Once swelling goes down, the longer post may prove awkward, so it is usually advisable to replace the post with a shorter one. Replacement post can be purchased separately as can additional balls of other sizes.
Be very careful: if a barbell post is too short or the balls too small, the balls can pull into the piercing, causing problems and discomfort.
Consequently, be sure the piercing is well healed before leaving the jewelry out, and consider using an insertion taper for reinserting jewelry.
CBR- 18 Gauge 5/16 to 1/2 are common. Because rings make cleaning so easy, healing is greatly enhanced. Once fully healed a fine chain can be used to join the nostril ring to one in the ear. Be sure that the diameter isn't too small and that the ring needn't be removed often.
Nose Screws- Those seeking the simplicity and a discrete look will prefer a nose screw. Modeled after an East Indian design, it is easy to insert and remove and requires no backing to keep it securely in place. Minor adjustments are sometimes necessary for exact fit. Nose screws are made of 316L S.S., Titanium and Gold. They are available in either 18, 16, or 14 Gauge. They are ornamented with a variety of small geometric shapes or gemstones. They make a tasteful and elegant accent for any nostril piercing.
Nose Bones- Since they need not be bent during insertion or removal, nose bones are ideal for the individual who must change jewelry often.
CBR- 14, 12, 10 Gauge 1/2 to 5/8 are common. They are easy to insert and remove. Circular Barbells- 14, 12, 10 Gauge 3/8 to 5/8 are common. The most popular sizes are the small diameters which place the two balls just above the upper lip. Some people spread the ends apart so the ring can be flipped up inside the nose like a septum retainer.
Plugs- People who wish to stretch their septum piercings larger than 10 Gauge frequently replace their septum retainers with plugs. For successful stretching, the piercing must be well healed. Use an appropriately sized insertion taper. Plugs are not good choices for fresh piercings.
Septum Retainers- It is an unfortunate reality that few people can wear conspicuous septum ornaments during their everyday lives. With the septum retainer it is possible to heal this particular piercing without anyone knowing. When in place with its square end through the piercing and the two ends turned up inside the nostrils, this little device is virtually invisible. It is easily adjusted for comfort and can be easily removed for insertion of jewelry. Septum retainers are available from 18 to 10 Gauge corresponding in thickness to most jewelry sizes.
CBR- 14, 16 Gauge 3/8 to 5/8 are common. On the pro side, rings can be easily rotated for cleaning, something especially beneficial during the healing period. On the con side, there is a tendency for belts and waistbands to catch on navel jewelry, a rather irritating situation. The tendency is slightly greater when a ring is worn. If you go for a ring in your navel piercing, try to size it as closely as possible. This is very important. If the ring is too tight or too large, the ring will cause undue irritation.
Curved Barbells- 14, 12 Gauge 1/2 are common. Very good alternative to a ring particularly for a well healed piercing. Somewhat less prone to irritation than a ring.
Barbells- 14, 12 Gauge 3/8 to 1/2 are common. Much the same as a curved barbell just not quite as good in a deep or thick piercing.
CBR- 14, 12 Gauge in 1/2 to 5/8 for men and 5/8 to 3/4 for women. 16 Gauge is acceptable if the piercings are strictly ornamental. For fresh piercing 10 Gauge is possible but not encouraged. NEVER use rings thinner than 16 Gauge. These are still the preferred piece of jewelry for most newly pierced nipples. Easy to clean so healing is enhanced. The diameter of the ring depends on the size of the nipple and should be at least 1/16 larger than the width of the piercing. 3/8 diameter rings are too small for a properly done nipple piercing. Bead rings aren't the best choice where frequent jewelry removal is anticipated.
Circular Barbells- A particular good choice where heavier gauges and smaller diameters are where the rings will be removed frequently. Like all rings, facilitates easy care during healing.
Barbells- 14, 12 Gauge 7/16 to 1/2 for men, 9/16 to 5/8 for women. Women with larger breasts frequently have greater success healing nipple piercings with barbells rather than with rings. While barbells usually work best in well healed piercings, they can be used during the healing period if an extra 1/4 is added to facilitate cleaning. For most women the width of the piercing with be the same as the width of the nipple at its base.
CBR- 14 Gauge 1/2 is most popular. Even where infibulation is the eventual goal, bead rings, one for each piercing, are the preferred pieces of jewelry until healing is complete. By using two rings, discomfort is minimized and cleaning facilitated. Once healed a single larger and thicker ring can be worn through both piercings if desired.
Circular Barbells- 14, 12, 10 Gauge 1/2 are common. An alternative to the bead ring, the circular barbell works well where infibulation is not the goal or where the jewelry will be removed and reinserted frequently. Can catch on a woman's labia rings during intercourse.
CBR- 12 or 10 Gauge 1/2 to 7/8. Inside diameter should be the distance from the point of piercing to the edge of the urethra when the penis is erect.
Circular Barbells- A very popular alternative choice especially where heavy gauges and small diameters are desired or where jewelry must be removed and reinserted often. A captive bead inserted into the gap of the circular barbell will prevent it from catching on a woman's labia rings during intercourse.
Barbells- 14, 12 or 10 Gauge 5/8 is popular. This has proven to be the best and most comfortable choice of jewelry particularly for new piercings and for men whose glans lacks sufficient flare to keep a ring in place. Greater attention to hygiene is necessary during the healing period, but since the tissue is very pliable, this should not be overly troublesome. The length of the barbell should be the same as the width of the piercing measured when the piercing is erect.
CBR- 10 Gauge 1 to 1 1/8 are common. Remember anything over 10 gauge may be difficult or impossible to open or close without ring opening pliers.
Circular Barbells- If used correctly so the ring does not move while the penis is erect, and the two balls are positioned on top of the penis, the mans partner is likely to experience greater sensation during intercourse.
Barbells- 14 Gauge 3/8 to 7/16. Length should be determined by measuring the width of the piercing when the penis is erect. Before inserting Post, dip the threads in molten wax. This will make insertion more comfortable.
Barbells- 14 Gauge 7/8 to 1 1/8. Barbell should fit snuggly when the penis is erect. Post length should be 1/16 shorter than the piercing as measured during erection.
Barbells- The same description as for the ampallang above.
CBR- 14, 12 Gauge 1/2 to 5/8 are common. These are popular choices for men who want jewelry that is a bit more distinctive, or that must be removed frequently. Circular Barbell- Same description as the CBR above.
CBR- 12 Gauge 5/8 is common. When worn with a weight, the ball closure must necessarily be to one side or the other. Those who dislike asymmetry should select another piece of jewelry.
CBR- 14 or 12 Gauge 1/2 for inner, 5/8 for outer. For infibulation, 12 Gauge 5/8 is often used. Perfect for day to day wear and ideal for getting through the healing process.
Circular Barbells- Good alternative for frequent removal. Obviously not appropriate for infibulation.
CBR- 16 Gauge 3/8 for vertical, 14 Gauge 1/2 or 5/8 for horizontal are common. Circular Barbells- Good choice where frequent removal is necessary.
CBR- 16 Gauge 3/8 to 1/2. A good choice for the exposed clitoris. Once well healed this can be stretched and a thicker, larger ring used.
Barbells- Best for piercings where the clit is well hooded.