Belly rings…so many shapes, so many styles! How to figure out which one is right for you? Here is a brief description of the most popular styles out there, to make choosing a belly ring a slightly less daunting task for you.
“Banana Bell” (Curved Barbell)
This is the standard for new piercings because it’s such an unembellished style. “Banana bells” usually feature just a simple fixed decoration, ball, or gem at the bottom and a 5 millimeter ball at the top. Why are these little rings called “banana bells”? Well, the reason becomes quite clear once you look at one: banana bells have a curved shaft that resembles the shape of a banana. This style is great for new piercings or very active individuals, since this dangle-free ring will allow comfortable motion without breaking or causing pain.
Dangle belly rings are great for special occasions, but may not be so great for every-day use. This style features the banana bell curve, but offers a dangling piece at the bottom instead of the fixed decoration. The dangle part can feature almost anything: stars, large gems, etc. The endless options available with this style are sure to match any holiday, event, or personal preference. However, because of the danger of the dangle piece catching onto something and getting pulled roughly, it is unadvisable to exercise or sleep in dangle belly jewelry.
Spiral barbells offer a fun, unique look that is also not recommended for daily wear. This style features a curved piece extending outward and away from the piercing, ending with a small ball. Unfortunately, people pierced with regular curved barbells sometimes have trouble getting into a spiral, although the style is meant to fit any belly piercing.
Top mount or top dangle piercings are great for those who have the bottom rim of their navel pierced. This style features a dangle piece that’s at the bottom rather than at the top, which makes it ideal for this type of piercing. The style can also be worn in regular belly piercings, as long as the size of the jewelry is correct.
You can see the full catalog of belly button rings here