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Body Piercing Jewellery By Type

Ear

Ear Lobe

Without doubt the oldest and most popular piercing in the world, the Ear Lobe can be pierced once, pierced multiple times or stretched for whatever effect the individual wants to achieve. Ear Lobe piercings can be carried out safely at a great deal of different gauges and will generally heal with very little trouble. Jewellery choice is good with Ball Closure Rings, Circular Barbells, Labrets, Straight Barbells and Curved Barbells all working well as an initial choice. A healing time of 2-4 months is fairly normal.

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ear lobe

Ear Rim (Helix / Auricle / Pinna)

Quite a common piercing that will work well in almost all ears, this piercing can be placed almost anywhere through the cartilage on the outer rim of the Ear. Over the years different terms have surfaced to describe different positions around the Ear Rim. When placed about halfway down the ear it is sometimes called an Auricle piercing, on the upper ear a Pinna Piercing and when placed close to the inner part of the ear it is usually referred to as the Inner or Forward Helix (see below). Choice of both jewellery style and gauge is good with Circular Barbells, Ball Closure Rings, Labrets and especially Straight Barbells proving to be a successful initial choice. In common with all other cartilage piercings the Helix piercing can take up to 3-4 months to fully heal.

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ear rim (helix/auricle/pinna)

Inner Helix (Forward Helix / Inner Rim / Forward Pinna)

An interesting piercing and one of our favourites, this piercing passes through the outer rim of the Ear close to the side of the head. Choice of placement is crucially important as both a low hairline and glasses can rub and catch on the jewellery causing irritation. For ease of both cleaning and healing we would suggest either a 1.2mm thick Ball Closure Ring or Circular Barbell as an initial choice. In common with all cartilage piercings a healing period of 3-4 months is to be considered normal.

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inner helix (inner ear)

Industrial (Scaffold)

An Industrial or Scaffold piercing is in fact two piercings, usually an Ear Rim and an Inner Helix joined together by a single Straight Barbell. For ease of healing, we would suggest that the initial piercing is carried out using two separate Barbells and these are retained for the 2-3 month healing period. Placement is of the utmost importance as all Ears are different and some will prove to be far more suitable that others. In some instances it may be advantageous to put a slight bend in the Barbell to follow the shape of the Ear if the two piercings are not completely in line with each other. Most professional piercers should be able to do this for you with very little difficulty.

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industrial (scaffold)

Tragus

The Tragus piercing passes through the small almost triangular piece of cartilage that protrudes from either side of the head to cover the Ear canal. A great piercing that normally heals without much effort and can accommodate a good selection of jewellery including Ball Closure Rings, Circular Barbells, Segment Rings, Barbells and Labret Studs. For best results and ease of healing, 1.2mm thick jewellery seems to work better than any other size. A healing period of 2-4 months should be considered to be quite normal.

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tragus

Anti-Tragus

The Anti-Tragus piercing is carried out through the ridge of cartilage on the inner edge of the lower Ear diagonally below and opposite the Tragus itself. Although raised and well formed on the majority of people, in some instances the Anti-Tragus can be either too shallow or too flat to heal successfully. Through both experience and trial and error we've come to the conclusion that 1.2mm Curved Barbells with around 3-4mm of extra length tend to work most effectively during the period of healing. In common with all cartilage piercings, the Anti-Tragus can be slow to heal usually taking around 3-4 months.

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anti-tragus

Vertical Tragus

A vertically inclined surface piercing that is placed at the side of the head very close to Tragus with both Curved and Surface Barbells working well in this piercing.

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vertical tragus

Conch

A Conch Piercing is named after the bowl shaped shell and, as the name suggests, passes through the central bowl of the Ear itself. Various placements will work well with higher horizontal placements being extremely successful for Barbells and Labret Studs and lower piercings carried out at a slight angle working well for both Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells. A straight Barbell or Labret is suggested during the period of healing to make it as quick, easy and trouble free as possible. In common with all cartilage piercings the Conch can take 3-4 months to heal fully and should be treated with a great deal of care during this period.

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conch

Daith

The Daith is an interesting and demanding piercing that should only be carried out by an experienced piercer with good technique. The Daith sits through the raised mound of cartilage directly beneath the Rook and although suitable for the vast majority of people, this piercing may be unsuitable for some due to the size and shape of the cartilage involved. For ease of both cleaning and healing we would suggest that the initial piercing is carried out with either a 1.2mm thick Ball Closure Ring or Circular Barbell. In common with all cartilage piercings, a 3-4 month healing period is quite normal.

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daith

Rook

One of the more popular of the inner Ear piercings, the Rook is located through the rim of cartilage below the Ear Rim and above the Daith. This piercing should work well for the majority of people although in some instances the ridge may be too small or flat to accommodate even the smallest of jewellery. In most instances a 1.2mm thick Ball Closure Ring or Circular Barbell will work best in the initial period of healing although some people report that curved Eyebrow Barbell of the same gauge working extremely well. A healing period of around 3-4 months is normal and to be expected.

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rook

Snug

The Snug is a popular piercing that will only work well if it is well placed and carried out with suitable jewellery. A1.2mm thick curved Eyebrow Barbell will probably work best with the addition of 3-4mm of extra length to accommodate a small amount of swelling and space for cleaning. The initial barbell can be removed and replaced with a shorter one after about 2-3 months. One of the slowest piercings to heal, a 4-6 month period of time is not uncommon.

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snug

Orbital

The Orbital, in common with the Industrial piercing, is actually two separate piercings with a single piece of jewellery passing through them. Orbital piercings can be placed on either the Ear Lobe or the Rim of the Ear or in some instances a combination of both. The choice of jewellery for this piercing is good with Ball Closure Rings, Circular Barbells and Segment Rings all proving practical and successful. It is important to make sure that the internal diameter of the chosen jewellery matches the distance between the two piercings exactly for both comfort and the long term success of the piercing.

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orbital

Traverse Ear Lobe

The Traverse is a horizontal piercing that passes across the Ear Lobe rather than through it, the Travers piercing can be placed at any angle that the Lobe will comfortably accommodate. Although a great looking piercing it is not a suitable piercing for everyone as thin Lobes may prove impossible to pierce in this manner. A slow piercing to heal due to the actual length of the piercing which can in some instances reach around 25mm.

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traverse ear lobe

Mouth

Lower Lip (Side Lip)

Placement of this piercing can be varied but is traditionally performed below the outer third of the right or left hand side of the lower Lip. Jewellery choice for the initial piercing is good with Labret Studs, Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells all working well during the healing period. If a Labret Stud is to be fitted, great care should be given to the length of the initial jewellery to accommodate a little swelling and leave ample room for cleaning. The Labret can be replaced for a shorter more suitable length 2-3 weeks after the initial piercing was carried out. In common with Labret piercings, some people have reported irritation or wear on the gum line and/or the teeth themselves which can in some cases unfortunately be permanent. At the first sign of this problem it is probably a good option to change to a Bioplast Labret as this is semi-soft and much less abrasive than traditional Steel or Titanium. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal.

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lower lip

Labret (Central Labret)

A traditional piercing with a long well documented history, the Labret is placed centrally below the bottom Lip. For almost guaranteed success the piercing should initially be carried out with a Labret Stud that is around 2mm longer than the Lip is thick to accommodate any swelling and leave space for cleaning. The original Stud can be shortened with care 2-3 weeks after the initial piercing. Over time some people have reported irritation or wear on their gum line and/or the teeth themselves which can in some cases unfortunately be permanent. At the first sign of this problem it is probably a good option to change to a Bioplast Labret as this is semi-soft and much less abrasive than traditional Steel or Titanium. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal and a large range of jewellery is available after the piercing is fully healed including Ball Closure Rings, Segment Rings, Spirals and Circular Barbells.

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labret

Madonna (Monroe / Marilyn / Beauty Spot)

Known under quite a few different names including a 'Monroe', 'Marilyn' or less commonly 'Beauty Spot', the Madonna piercing can be placed on either side of the upper Lip. The initial piercing should be carried out with a Labret Stud around 1-2mm longer than the Lip is thick that can then be shortened to a more suitable size 2-3 weeks later. In common with Labret piercings, Madonna piercings have over time caused some people irritation or wear on the gum line and/or the teeth themselves which can in some cases unfortunately be permanent. At the first sign of this problem it is probably a good idea to change a Steel or Titanium Labret for a less abrasive stud made from semi-soft Bioplast. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal.

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madonna

Medusa (Philtrum)

Also widely known as a 'Philtrum' piercing, the Medusa is the vertical opposite of the traditional Labret piercing sitting in the small groove (the Philtrum itself) directly above the centre of the Lip. With absolutely no room for error this piercing should be carried out by an experienced piercer with a Labret Stud 1-2mm longer than the Lip itself is thick that can be shortened down to a more suitable size 2-3 weeks after the piercing was carried out. In common with the Labret piercing, some people have reported irritation or wear on the gum line and/or the teeth themselves which can in some cases unfortunately be permanent. At the first sign of this problem it is probably a good idea to change a Steel or Titanium Labret for a less abrasive stud made from semi-soft Bioplast. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal.

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medusa

Snake Bites

Snake Bite piercings are symmetrical piercings placed on opposite sides slightly below the lower Lip. The initial piercings can be carried our separately or at the same time with a wide range of jewellery suitable for the initial insertion. If Labret Studs are to be fitted, great care must be taken to ensure that the studs are slightly longer than the Lip is thick to accommodate a small amount of swelling. These Labrets can be shortened for a more suitable size 2-3 weeks later. Unlike Labret piercings, Snake Bites and outer Lip piercings can initially be fitted with Ball Closure Rings, Circular Barbells or Segment Rings with no negative reaction in terms of healing time. In common with all Oral piercings some people have reported irritation or wear on the gum line and/or the teeth themselves which can in some cases unfortunately be permanent. At the first sign of this problem it is probably a good idea to change a Steel or Titanium Labret for a less abrasive stud made from semi-soft Bioplast. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal.

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snake bites

Spider Bites

Spider Bite piercings are a combination of two lower Lip piercings sitting close together on the same side just below the Lower Lip. Carried out either at the same or separate times, they can be placed at any angle but tend to look best when lying parallel to the line of the Lip itself. Spider Bites are usually carried out with either 1.2mm or 1.6mm thick Labret Studs that are slightly longer than the Lip is thick then shortened 2-3 weeks later, although some people choose Ball Closure Rings, Circular Barbells or Segment Rings for the initial jewellery. If pierced correctly and healed with care, these pieces should not affect the time taken to heal the piercings. A 3-4 month healing period is to be seen as normal.

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spider bites

Tongue

One of the most popular piercings, the Tongue is usually pierced through it's centre with a Barbell slightly longer than it is thick to accommodate some swelling over the first 7-14 days. Normally pierced with a 1.6mm thick straight Barbell, the initial piece of jewellery can be removed and replaced with a shorter more practical length after this period of time. Though the majority of people can wear a Tongue piercing with no problems whatsoever, in some cases this may not be possible due to the placement of the veins underneath the Tongue or a longer than average Frenum that prevents the Tongue from moving forward freely. If the piecing sits towards the front of the Tongue causing the bottom ball to rub against the inside of the gum line or the teeth themselves it may be a good idea to change the metal ball for a smaller Acrylic one. A healing time of 2-3 months is to be considered normal.

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tongue

Venom

The Venom piercing is in actual fact a pair of Tongue piercings located horizontally on either side of the more traditional central placement. Although viable for the majority of people, this piercing will not be a practical choice for everyone due to the placement of the veins underneath the Tongue or a longer than average Frenum that prevents the Tongue from moving forward freely. The Venom piercings can be carried out separately or together although this option may cause considerably more swelling than the former. Pierced with a straight Barbell that's longer than the Tongue is thick to accommodate any initial swelling, the Bars can usually be removed and shortened to a more practical length after about 2-3 weeks. A healing time of 2-4 months should be considered normal.

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venom

Smiley

One of the more unusual of the oral piercings, the Smiley passes horizontally through the Frenum behind the top Lip. Initial jewellery choice is varied with both straight and curved Barbells, Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells all proving to be both popular and practical. Due to the thinness of the Frenum this is probably one of the easiest piercing to get and heal. Carried out initially with jewellery of only 1.2mm thick, it is not unheard of for this piercing to heal in 2-3 weeks.

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Frowny (Inverted Smiley / Anti-Smiley)

A Frowny, also called an inverted or anti-smiley, is a piercing through the lower lip frenulum sometimes placed between the gum line and the lip. Usually pierced with 1.2mm thick jewellery with Curved Barbells, Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells all working well. A tricky piercing to change the jewellery in. See also [Piercing Type] section.

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smiley

Tongue Web

Similar in format to the Smiley piercing, the Tongue Web passes through the lower Frenum that connects the Tongue itself to the soft palate that makes up the bottom of the mouth. Usually carried out with 1.2mm thick jewellery; Circular Barbells, Ball Closure Rings and both Straight and Curved Barbells of the correct diameter or length should all work well. The main drawback when considering this piercing is the difficulty involved when removing and replacing the jewellery. Probably best to visit your local friendly piercing studio for this one. A healing time of 1-2 months is to be considered as normal.

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tongue web

Cheek

In comparison to both Lips and Labrets, the Cheek is a much rarer and more unusual piercing. Cheek piercings can be located in a variety of positions with a placement in or around the area of the 'dimples' probably the most common. Carried out with a Labret Stud, the initial jewellery should have around 4-6mm of additional length to accommodate any swelling that in some instances can be quite pronounced. The Labrets can be replaced and shortened around 3-4 weeks after the original piercing was carried out, with a full healing time of 3-5 months to be expected.

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cheek

Nose

Nose (Nostril)

A traditional piercing with a well documented history, the Nostril piercing is still one of the most common piercings across the world today. Placement is usually in the small groove located roughly 6-9mm above the bottom edge of the Nostril opening. Jewellery choice for the initial piercing is wide and varied with curved (hooked) Nose Studs, Ball Closure Rings, Segment Rings and even thin Labret Studs working well. A small gauge size of between 0.8 and 1.2mm is suggested to start with and a healing time of 3-4 months being considered normal.

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nostril

Septum

Normally the Septum is pierced through the membrane between the 2 pieces of cartilage that form the framework for the centre of the Nose. The piercing can be carried out anywhere from just in front of the Lip to the very front of the Nostril itself depending on personal choice and physiology. Both jewellery choice and gauge size are variable on this piercing with U-Shaped Septum Retainers being a great option for anyone wanting to 'hide' their piercing for work or any other situations where Septum piercings may be considered inappropriate. A healing time of 3-4 months should be considered as normal.

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septum

Bridge (Earl)

The Bridge which is also well known as an Earl is a visually stunning piercing that sits horizontally between the Eyes on the upper Bridge of the Nose. Whilst a great choice for the majority of people, on some individuals it may prove impossible to heal or even pierce due to the shape of the Nose or the thickness of the skin itself. For a fairly quick and trouble free healing, Straight Barbells are probably the best choice of jewellery for the initial piercing. A healing time of 2-3 months is to be considered normal.

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bridge (earl)

Nipple

Female Nipple

The Female Nipple is normally pierced horizontally through the head of the Nipple slightly forward of where the Nipple itself rises from the body of the breast. Although Female Nipples can be pierced with a variety of different jewellery types, a Straight Barbell is best for speed of healing and ease of cleaning as their tendency to be knocked, caught and bumped is far less than either a Ball Closure Ring or Circular Barbell. As all Nipples can vary considerably in diameter it is important for the initial jewellery chosen to allow a small amount of swelling and inflammation. Although not very common, vertical and multiple placements are not unknown. A healing period of 2-6 months should be considered to be normal.

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female nipple

Male Nipple

Placement of the Male Nipple Piercing can vary greatly from person to person for two main reasons; personal preference, and more importantly, the diameter of the Nipple itself. On a well developed Male Nipple, the piercing can either sit on the Nipple just forward of where it rises from the plain of the chest or further out into the Areola for a wider heavier look. When the piercing sits on the nipple, the choice of jewellery is varied with Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells both being viable choices although Straight Barbells probably prove the easiest to heal quickly due to the fact that they are not as commonly knocked, caught or bumped as the other two. On the wider placement, a straight Barbell is probably the only option as Ball Closure Rings and Circular Barbells will stick out from the body delaying the healing process if not making it all together impossible. Most, but not all, Male Nipples are carried out horizontally with a healing time of 2-6 months being considered as normal.

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male nipple

Navel

Eyebrow

Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercings are usually carried out on the outer third of the Eyebrow bisecting it at a right angle to leave the upper ball slightly further out than the lower ball but still fairly close to the vertical. For ease of healing, 1.2mm thick curved Eyebrow Barbells tend to work better than anything else available. For fully healed piercings, a great choice of jewellery is suitable including Ball Closure Rings, Segment Rings, Circular Barbells and Spirals though it should be noted that some of these pieces are more awkward to sleep on and more likely to catch on clothing than the initial curved barbell. A healing time of 3-4 months is to be seen as quite normal however, be aware that as a surface piercing, there may be migration and the possibility of growing out.

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Anti-Eyebrow

A much more unusual piercing in comparison to the traditional Eyebrow piercing, the Anti-Eyebrow can be carried out virtually anywhere on the upper Cheekbone with the most common placement facing slightly outward from the below the outer corner of the Eye itself. The Anti-Eyebrow is a surface piercing that should initially be carried out with either a 1.2mm curved Eyebrow Barbell or preferably a 1.2mm Surface Barbell. This piercing has a good success rate if looked after well with due care and attention. A healing time of 2-3 months is to be expected however, be aware that as a surface piercing, there may be migration and the possibility of growing out.

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anti-eyebrow

Surface Piercing

Nape (Back of Neck)

Traditional done with an elongated u-shaped Surface Barbell, this piercing should only be carried out by an experienced piercer. Placed horizontally across the back of the neck, the piercing can be located anywhere between the hairline and the base of the neck itself with consideration being given to the position of shirt collars if they are to be worn every day. Although not common, Nape piercings can move and in some cases migrate out altogether leaving a noticeable scar. To minimise the chances of this happening, great care should be given to cleaning and avoiding catching or pulling the Barbell on clothes or hair. A healing period of 2-4 months is to be taken as normal. Please note that many piercers no longer offer this piercing due to the potential for scarring and much prefer to use Sub-Dermal anchors for this placement.

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nape

Madison (Collar Bone)

The Madison piercing sits horizontally within the slightly looser indent of skin between the Collar Bones. Usually initially fitted with a surface or curved Barbell during the healing period these Barbells can be exchanged for Ball Closure Rings or Circular Barbells after healing is complete. Usually initially carried out using 1.6mm (14 gauge) thick jewellery

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Hips

Usually pierced above and parallel to the line of the hip itself. Can be carried out using either Surface Barbells or Sub-Dermal implants although it should be noted that success rates are much higher with the latter.

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hips

Sub-Dermal Anchor

Hand / Arm / Chest / Head / Back / Neck etc

Sub-dermal Anchors (also referred to as Dermal Implants) can be placed almost anywhere on the surface of the body with the most common areas being the Hand, Arm, Chest, Head, Hips, Back and Neck.

The sub-dermal anchor is placed 1.5mm-2mm underneath the surface of the skin with its post protruding through the surface by around 1mm. The anchor itself is a small, almost oval plate (approx 7mm long, 2.5mm wide and 0.5mm thick) that has a single post (approx 2.0mm high) protruding from its baseplate.

The baseplate has two or three small holes in it that the skins sub-dermal layer grows through, 'anchoring' the jewellery down. The post is internally threaded and therefore accepts any Screw-In Accessory of matching gauge including very flat headed designs which are a practical as well as beautiful choice.

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