5 Gorgeous Nipple Piercing Jewelry Trends 2017

Nipple piercings are on-trend for 2017. We’re seeing them being pierced and worn by so many celebrities – especially in the popular one sided style, where only one nipple is pierced! Whether you’ll be rocking your own nipple piercing in celebrity style underneath mesh t-shirts and chiffon dresses or you like to keep this perfect piercing to yourself, we think you should be rocking some gorgeous jewelry to go along with it.

Here are five styles that will truly accent your nipple piercing while staying on-trend in 2017!

Go classic with this double blue opalite nipple ring barbell! We’re obsessed with opalite as a trend for 2017. But really, it’s a classic look that will work as a beautiful accent to your skin every day of any year. The gems aren’t really opals, but the color & design is an interesting one that will have your skin glowing along side it.

Blue Opalite Nipple Ring

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Surface Piercings

Surface piercing are similar to microdermal piercing as they both lay underneath a layer of skin, rather than piercing entirely through a part of the body. This means they can be done almost anywhere on the body. The surface piercing however often shows itself as two (or sometimes three) piercings atop the skin, while a metal bar sits below the surface connecting them and holding them in place.

Popular Placement for Surface Piercings

Hip piercings, eyebrow piercings, nape (back of the neck) piercings, bridge (between the eyes) piercings are all types of popular surface piercings that use a bar to connect two points above the skin.

But basically any piercing that goes underneath the skin to join two points rather than through the body itself (such as a cheek or nose piercing) can be considered a surface piercing whether that means it’s on your wrist or leg! Just keep in mind that many parts of the body are more conductive to a surface piercing, while others like the fingers and hands are more prone to rejection.

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Septum Jewelry 2017

Septum clickers, even fake ones, are still going strong for 2017! We love them, do you? Check out these ten epic septum jewelry styles we’re in love with for this year. Don’t be fooled, they’re all stainless steel and safe for healed piercings!

While you’re at it check out our post all about septum piercings, how they heal and how they’re pierced.

Check out this black tribal stainless steel septum clicker, for a look that’s dark, vampy and will bring a touch of darkness to your jewelry!

Black Septum Clicker

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How to Clean Your Body Jewelry

3/30/2017 12:08 PM

How to Sterilize Body Jewelry

You may think that a piece of body jewelry you just bought online or from a piercing jewelry shop is ready to wear, but actually it’s important to take the time to clean it first! There are several ways you can clean your body jewelry with a piercing shop’s help or at home. Because you don’t want to introduce anything nasty into your piercing that might cause infection!

For New Body Jewelry or Jewelry Already in Your Collection

This process is for cleaning non-organic materials only. Non organic materials include everything from titanium, acrylic, glass, stainless steel, etc. Basically the harder materials that can stand up to a good cleaning! This is a good option for jewelry bought online or at a piercing store because often times these will still have leftovers of production dust and bacterial from handling and packaging on them.

You Will Need

You’ll need anti-bacterial soap (make sure it’s fragrance free), a sink with running water, a sink plug or face washer, and paper towel.

The Process

First, wash your hands with the soap very thoroughly to get rid of anything that might be hanging on there. You might be surprised with how much bacteria we pick up with our hands on any given day with everything that we touch whether at home or while out of the house!

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Type of Nose Piercing Jewlery

While technically you can use any most kinds of piercing jewelry in a nostril piercing, it’s best to stick to the traditional forms of nostril jewelry because, well, they’re created for your nose! They don’t bulk up the inside of your nose so that it’s still easy to breath like some jewelry with large balls might, they don’t allow nostril gunk to stick to the piercing in a way that may make it uncomfortable or irritable to remove, and they have so many varieties.

Traditional Hoop

A traditional nostril hoop differs from a circular barbell or a captive bead ring as it’s a long seamless rounded bar with a simple metal plaque that when the entire hoop is threaded through the nose sits on the inside edge, holding it in place. 

When first getting a nose piercing it is not advised to begin with a hoop as your starter jewelry. Hoops can easily spread bacteria into a newly pierced wound if you change positions on the curved bar, allowing anything that pressed against the open side to slide in direct contact with the wound.

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Microdermal Piercing Information

Microdermal piercings also known simply as microdermal, dermal piercings or single point piercings are a versatile piercing that can be placed almost anywhere on the body! Here is exactly how the procedure is done, all about the jewelry and important notes of aftercare. Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

The Jewelry

When it comes to microdermal jewelry you have less versatility in terms of hoop versus stud that most other piercings have. The jewelry is shaped almost like a ‘j’ or half a ‘h’. On the outside of the body sits the head of the piercing that is screwed onto the anchor. This part is easily changed depending on the style or image you’d like to be shown. Underneath the layer of skin sits the anchor which keeps the piercing from easily falling out of the punched hole.

This anchor is not simply a metal plate that sits within the skin, but includes several holes along it that allow the microdermal layer of skin to grow around it naturally. This continues to help the jewelry from being accidentally removed.

The Cost

This piercing should only be done by a professional piercer. A dermal piercing is not something you want to try and be cheap with. In the United States the average price is $45 up to $100 depending on how many are being done.

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Materials for Body Jewelry

When it comes to piercing jewelry we have so many options to choose from! It’s important to read up on all of the different kinds because often piercers won’t give a crash course in metals when you first get pierced. You’ll need to find out for yourself – whether that means having an allergic reaction to a material that doesn’t fit your piercing or taking a couple minutes to read our easy guide!

 Surgical Stainless Steel

This material is often used in new piercings and while stretching, but it is also a little controversial. It has a small percentage of nickel in it (the better quality, the less nickel) which can be irritable, often causes allergies and does not help infections heal! Yet, it’s still used by most piercers because it can be autoclaved, inexpensive and is easy to find in a million styles.

Stainless Steel Body Jewelry

Titanium

Titanium is what is considered to be the all-end-all of piercing materials. It’s able to be properly sterilized, is light to wear, is more durable than surgical steel, it’s rare to have an allergic reaction to it, and gives off a beautiful metallic shine or anodized to create a range of pretty colors. What more could you want?

Titanium Piercing Jewelry

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Tragus Piercing Questions

The tragus piercing – as we discussed in our post on all of the kinds of ear piercings – is located on the round cartilage flap right outside of the ear canal, partially covering it. It’s hard to miss, it’s usually the first thing you feel when you go to reach your ear! 

The Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus is the lesser known sister piercing of the tragus. It sits on the major ear fold opposite the oval flap of cartilage that holds the tragus. It’s important to be sized for an anti-tragus piercing before committing to an anti-tragus as sometimes the section of ear where it sits is too small to be pierced.  

Tragus Piercing Jewelry

Almost any kind of piercing jewelry can be used in a healed tragus piercing. But most commonly used as tragus piercing jewelry are curved barbells, studs and small hoops are worn.

Studs are perfect for a simple, understated look and are great if you’re worried your ear is growing too crowded with piercing. This is a major problem for a healing tragus piercing as it might mean rubbing against other piercings and even catching on them too. Studs can help deal with.

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All about Ear Weights

3/13/2017 1:07 PM

Ear Stretching Ear Weights

Ear weights look so cool, don’t they? But when it comes down to weights there’s a lot more to know than you might think. Not knowing what’s a misconception and what is a fact may lead you down the road of blood loss to your ear lobe, awkward and uneven stretching and even shrinking your ear altogether! Keep reading to avoid wearing ear weights the wrong way!

And if videos are more your style, be sure to check out our video on the topic for another easy guide to wearing ear weights.

They are Not a Stretching Tool!

A common misconception about ear weights is that they’re made for stretching your ears. All ear weights are is another accessory for your ear. If you’re looking to stretch your ears you’re better off using plugs or tunnels.

The way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe.

When stretching your ear you would want to avoid this. Stretching the entire diameter of the ear is super important because otherwise this may lead to breakages when the skin begins to thin and even scarier loss of blood flow which may lead to the skin dying off.

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Monroe Piercing Help & Information

The Monroe piercing takes its name from the famous model, actress and singer Marilyn Monroe because its placement mimics her famed beauty mark. When it comes down to it a Monroe piercing is simply a lip piercing that’s located on the upper lip on the left side. It’s a great option for those looking for a piercing style that screams classic Hollywood glamour but with an alternative edge.

Before the Procedure & Aftercare

Before the procedure make sure you are properly cleaning your teeth and inner mouth. Brushing regularly every day and more importantly using alcohol free mouthwash to kill any bacteria hanging around. Get used to this because during healing you will be brushing your teeth and sea salt soaks several times a day.

As with any lip piercing, you will be pierced with larger jewelry in order to allow for swelling. It’s always important aftercare to watch the swelling and size down appropriately in order to avoid any lasting discomfort or issues with gums or teeth that larger jewelry may cause. Check with your piercer before changing sizes in order to make sure you’re not undersizing!

To further guard against depreciation of tooth enamel and gum recession, you can switch to a stainless steel flat back stud with dental acrylic on the back disk after the full healing time. Never change to acrylic jewelry before the piercing is fully healed!

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Sea Salt Soaks

When it comes to aftercare for a freshly healed piercing or fighting an infection or irritation, sea salt soaks are your number one go to! The salt draws out infections and removes bad bacteria, all while leaving all the good stuff that will help your piercing heal. This works on any kind of piercing from microdermal to tongue piercings.

Never Use Harsh Cleansers to Clean Your Piercing

In regaurds to cleaning your new piercing never resort to using harsh cleansers, antibacterial soaps or even hydrogen peroxide. As well as removing all the nasty bacteria from a piercing, they remove all the good stuff too and generally irritate the entire site.

Your Own DIY Salt Sea Soak Recipe

While you can buy bottled aftercare sprays to use on your piercings

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Snakebite Piercing 101

Snake bites are two lip piercings that are positioned underneath the bottom lip on either side of the mouth. If you flip these up onto the top lip they’re called angel bites. They’re an extremely popular type of labret piercing because they resemble where snake fangs would be and can be layered with lots more lip piercings!

Would you try them? Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

Placement and Ring Size is Super Important!

When it comes to snake bite piercings placement is everything. This piercing looses its affect when off center. It should be perfectly placed so that it is even and is mirrored on each side.

Make sure the spots for each piercing are marked out and double or triple check the position is even. The piercer won’t mind, we’re sure!

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