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Piercing Questions: Can I replace the ball from my piercing jewellery?

The ball from my piercing jewellery has come off – what can I do to fix it?

One of the piercing problems that gets mentioned most often on Twitter is people losing parts of their jewellery.

Tragus piercings are almost always done with .2mm (16 Gauge) jewellery. Find the correct size and the parts can be replaced no matter if you wear a Ball Closure Ring (BCR), a Straight Barbell or a Labret Stud.

The usual size of a “clip in” ball for a Ball Closure Ring is 4mm in diameter, find these in Piercing Jewellery Shop’s “clip in ball” section. These are available in both plain and jewelled steel.

Labret Studs and Straight Barbells have a 1.2mm thread with a 3mm diameter being the norm, although 4mm balls will fit just as well if you want something a little larger.

surgical steel ballsOur selection of “Screw in accessories” includes balls, spikes and cones which are available in a choice of Surgical Steel, Titanium, Blackline and Zircon Gold. Select the 1.2mm option and they should fit most jewellery.

Check our guide to jewellery sizes and how to measure your jewellery.

To fit a new ball to your jewellery, wash and dry your hands then wipe them again with a tissue or paper towel to remove any traces of sebum (the natural oil found in the skin).

Dry and non greasy fingers will make it a lot easier to fit any ball either to a Ball Closure Ring,  Labret Stud or Straight Barbell.

titanium balls cones

Prices start at less than £1 – with competitive international postage rates, and free postage on orders over £15.

Piercing Questions: What’s a safe jewellery option for sufferers of nickel allergies? Try Titanium Piercing Jewellery

What’s a safe jewellery option for sufferers of nickel allergies? Try Titanium Piercing Jewellery.

Nickel reactions, though quite rare, can be both irritating and uncomfortable. Even short periods of exposure to everyday objects such as belts, glasses, mobile phones and sometimes even coins, can cause an adverse reaction in someone who has an allergy to nickel.

A common form of nickel sensitivity can be caused by piercing jewellery, from clip-on earrings to more modern piercing jewellery such as barbells, ball closure rings, horseshoes etc.

If you have a proven allergy to nickel then you should completely avoid it.

There are other safe options if you want to wear jewellery in a piercing. Items made from good quality gold, (ideally 14 or 18 karat) that is guaranteed nickel free, is one option.

For a less expensive option there is titanium jewellery. Polished to a rich gun metal silvery grey or anodised to include a massive range of colours and designs, it is the answer to your allergy problems.

Titanium is a superb choice for almost any piercing. It is available as labret studs, barbells, ball closure rings and circular barbells, making it a much more flexible option than high karat gold. Gold jewellery, because of its inherent softness, has a reputation for broken and worn threads, whereas titanium is hardwearing and lightweight.

Titanium at Piercing Jewellery Shop

Titanium can also be finished with a fully inert PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coating giving a gorgeously bright and glossy finish in either a black (Blackline) or gold (Zircon Gold) colour.

With its qualities of purity, strength and multi-colours, is titanium rather than gold the real “King of Metals”? We think so! Check out our full range of titanium piercing jewellery – with free postage on orders over £15.

Piercing Questions: I have to remove my piercing jewellery at work, how do I prevent my piercing healing up?

Does your job make you remove your piercing in the work place?

Do you get sent home from school for wearing piercing jewellery?

Do you need to have an medical procedure that means you need to remove your piercing jewellery?

None of these are uncommon questions – but there is a relatively easy answer.

A piercing is a tube of scar tissue that is held open by the jewellery which it contains. Whether the piercing is 1mm (18 gauge) or 5mm (4 gauge) in diameter, the principle is the same. Remove the jewellery and the piercing will tighten up and in many cases, over time, it might close altogether.

If the piercing is well healed and ‘mature’ then it is more likely that the piercing can be left empty for a longer period of time (usually measured in hours not days). If the piercing is relatively new or not completely healed then this may be a serious problem.

Bioplast retainers are the answer!

The best remedy for the problem is a clear Bioplast retainer. These come in a multitude of different forms for all kinds of different piercings. Take a look at our range of clear and black Bioplast jewellery retainers for a discreet solution.

Bioplast retainers for piercingsBioplast is an inert polymer that’s suitable for both short and long term use, in its retainer form it will make almost any piercing far less noticeable, allowing you to replace your regular nose stud, labret, barbell or septum piercing jewellery when you’re free to do so.

Nose Studs, Labrets, Straight and Curved Barbells and U-Shaped Septum Keepers are all available from Piercing Jewellery Shop’s extensive range of retainers.

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What’s the best choice of jewellery for a using “in ear” headphones with a tragus piercing?

tragus piercing

Using earphones with a tragus piercing can be painful and awkward. Labret studs with a flat back generally settle faster than barbells with balls. This is due to the fact that they will get bumped less and are less likely to catch on in-ear headphones. The flat back will also cause less pressure to the tragus piercing as it spreads the load across the back of the tragus, in comparison to the ball which will press directly onto the piercing itself. Healing time is usually somewhere between 2-6 months, although in some cases it can take longer. It’s also a good idea to give your headphones a clean before using them, as dirt and bacteria from your pockets or bag won’t help the healing process. Check out our in-depth guide to piercing jewellery types and what to wear.

Labret studs


Initially designed to fit in the many different Labret, Lip and Cheek piercings, labret studs are now used extensively in many other piercing including the Tragus, Ear Lobe, Ear Rim and Conch. The ball is threaded and removable and can be replaced with a large and varied selection of accessories. Choose which material and style from our large selection of quality jewellery.