Here you will find useful information to help you make a more informed decision regarding you jewelry/piercing needs.

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+ Ear Lobe, Cartilage & Tragus Piercings

Without question ear piercings are more common than any other. Even men with one or more ear piercings are no longer the rare individualists that they were some years ago; cartilage and tragus piercings are becoming more commonplace. Metalix is ever mindful that piercing jewelry should be safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Most commercially made earrings are designed with very thin wires, the major cause of split earlobes. The heavier gauges of Metalix jewelry reduce this risk. But regardless of whether your desire is for the discrete or the daring, Metalix has the jewelry to fit your needs.

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.

+ Eyebrow Piercings

Like lip and tongue piercings, eyebrow piercings have gained popularity only within the last few years. However, these are rapidly becoming one of the most requested piercings.

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.

+ Lip & Cheek Piercings

For countless millennia piercings of the lips and cheeks have been commonplace in many tribal societies around the world. Within the last few years they have been gaining popularity with today's young "urban aboriginals".

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.

+ Tongue Piercings

Within the last few years nothing has captured the imagination of enthusiasts quite like tongue piercing. Today it is one of the most popular piercings requested by customers. Many consider it their favorite yet they were quite rare before 1983.

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.

+ Nostril Piercings

Nostril piercings have been common in numerous, diverse cultures worldwide. They appear frequently in anthropological books and magazines. In recent years they have gained popularity with many women and men. Both rings and nostril screws will work well in this particular piercing, however rings are preferred for fresh piercings since they are easier to clean. They also allow room in case of swelling. Nostril piercings tend to shrink in size when the jewelry is left out even briefly.

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.

+ Septum Piercings

Septum piercings have been, and continue to be prevalent in many cultures throughout the world. They now reach from the the remotest Africa and the rain forests of Indonesia and South America to the streets of urban America and Europe.

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.

+ Naval Piercings

The late Dough Malloy, "grandfather" of the modern piercing movement, always maintained that navel piercings were regularly done by ancient Egyptian royalty. True or not, there is no question that they are among the most popular piercings being done today. Navel piercings differ from other body piercings in a number of ways. Some peoples bodies heal out the piercing despite their beat efforts. A redness which neither worsens nor is a sign of rejection or infection can persist for months during the healing period. To be successfully pierced, the navel must be a pronounced "innie" with an easily clamped flap of skin at the top. "Outies", unfortunately, will have to pass this piercing by.

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.

+ Nipple Piercings

While the nipple piercing is among the most popular today, it has little documentation, the references to it are few. It is reputed to have enjoyed a short vogue among society women in France during the reign of Louis XIV and in England during the reign of Queen Victoria. The only people to practice it on a regular basis are said to be the Kabyle, a Berber tribe of northern Algeria. The piercing is sensual and attractive and encourages the nipple to become larger and more pronounced. All these reasons may have something to do with the ever increasing popularity of this particular 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.

+ Foreskin Piercings

Historically foreskin piercings have been used primarily as a means of assuring male chastity. The practice, called infibulation, involves locking some form of device through two piercings, one on each side of the foreskin. Infibulation was practiced on ancient Greek and Roman slaves. Infibulation is still occasionally done by uncircumcised men into the bondage and discipline scene. However, for most the piercings are used simply to display ornaments or for heightened sexual stimulation.

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.

+ Prince Albert Piercings

Named for Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert, who allegedly had one, this is considered by many men to be the most sensual of the penis piercings. Is is also referred to as a "dressing ring". Legend has it that the piercing was introduced by Beau Brummell and was used to secure the penis against the leg to reduce any "unsightly" bulge in the tight trousers of the period. It is usually done today for pure pleasure.

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.

+ Frenum Piercings

When it comes to penis piercings the frenum is second only to the Prince Albert in popularity. Since both are extremely sensual, this should come as no surprise. To be successful the piercing must be properly placed. Avoid piercing through the thin web of tissue connecting the head and shaft of the penis. While barbells are the preferred jewelry of choice, some men like to wear rings sizes large enough to encircle the head of the penis. For this to work successfully, the glans of the penis must flare sufficiently to hold it in place and the ring must be thick enough or of a tough enough material to resist opening when the penis is erect. Anything less than 10 Gauge will prove unsatisfactory. Some men desire to wear a small ring in this piercing. The appropriateness of this choice depends the individuals preferred sexual activity. If the man enjoys intercourse or fellatio he will probably discover that the ring gets in his way. A number of men also enjoy doing frenum piercings at the base of the penis where it joins the scrotum. These have acquired the name "lorum". Some men also enjoy a series of frenum piercings evenly spaced along the underside of the penis shaft. This is sometimes referred to as a "ladder".

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.

+ Dydoe Piercings

The name for these piercings was coined by Doug Malloy who claimed to have discovered them during his college days shortly before WWII. He maintained they were being done by a few Jewish medical students who wished to regain some of the sensation which they felt had been lost due to circumcision. Dydoe piercings are normally done in pairs, one barbell through the glans on either side of the penis head.

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.

+ Ampallang Piercings

Of all exotic piercings this is without question the most extensively documented. It is indigenous to the tribal peoples of Indonesia, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Philippines. Done primarily to enhance the sexual pleasure of the woman, some writers claim she may even deny intercourse to a man not so pierced. Writers disagree on traditional placement, but today the piercing is normally made above the urethra.

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.

+ Apadravya Piercings

This vertical counterpart of the ampallang is mentioned in the Kama Sutra, the ancient Hindu treatise on love as social conduct, and, like the ampallang, was primarily intended for the sexual excitation of the woman during intercourse.

Barbells- The same description as for the ampallang above.

+ Scrotum Piercings

Piercings of the scrotum, Doug Malloy sometimes called them "bag" piercings, have never been near the top of the "most popular piercing list". One such piercing, however has said to be practiced by certain Arab tribes of north Africa, is known as a Hafada. It is placed high on the scrotum to the left or right of the penis base. Other scrotum piercings may be placed anywhere on the sac, however, they must be superficial, through the skin alone, and must never penetrate deeply into the sac itself.

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.

+ Guiche Piercings

It is alleged that the guiche ( pronounced "geech") evolved in Polynesia particularly Tahiti, where it was done in puberty rites. Supposedly the natives wore a thong of raw pig skin in the piercing. Today "urban aboriginal" however, generally wears some type of metal ring. Weights are frequently attached and worn for the stimulation they provide gently hitting against the testicles when the man walks.

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.

+ Labia Piercings

Historically speaking, labia piercings are the female equivalent of foreskin piercings, having been the means of assuring a woman's chastity. This form of infibulation was practiced in many countries, Ethiopia, Rome, India, and Persia to name but a few. Piercing can be through either the labia majora (outer) or labia minora (inner). For many women, labia piercings are done to enhance erotic feelings and not restrict intercourse. While a single piercing will suffice for this purpose, at least two is the norm, and more is not uncommon. If infibulation is the ultimate goal, piercings should be first healed with a ring through each piercing. Once healing is complete, a single larger gauge diameter ring can be inserted in both piercings.

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.

+ Clitoris Hood Piercings

Rapidly becoming one of the most popular genital piercings for women. The clit hood can be pierced either horizontally or vertically. In the first, a ring is usually chosen, sized so that the bead will rest on top of the clitoris. The ring is in a vertical position actually rests on the clitoris. In either case most women find this particular piercing very stimulating.

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.

+ Clitoris Piercings

One of the rarest of piercings, that of the clitoris is generally the province of the most devoted of piercing enthusiastsand women whose clitoris is at least 1/4 wide. If they are smaller or heavily hooded, they are best left un-pierced. Assuming the clitoris is large enough and sufficiently accessible it can be pierced either horizontally or vertically. The choice of jewelry is very dependant upon the individual's anatomy. A well hooded clitoris is best fitted with a stud. In one more exposed, a ring will work well.

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.