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Body Jewelry

The next level of accessorizing

Part art form, part self-expression and part fashion statement, body piercing is de rigueur these days! Getting your navel or nose pierced is no different than piercing your ears. Nose rings and belly button rings (see below) are becoming more commonplace, and nipple rings and lip rings barely raise an eyebrow.

What Does Your Body Jewelry Say?

Whatever style of body piercing jewelry you choose, tastefulness goes hand-in-hand with responsible behavior. Can’t you just hear your mother’s warnings? Have your piercing done by a reputable professional and keep yourself infection-free. Look for a studio that uses sterile instruments, disposable, one-time-only-use needles and high quality, sterile jewelry.

The best metals in body jewelry are ones that don't react to your body. Surgical implant stainless steel, surgical implant titanium, niobium, 14k or 18k gold, along with a plastic called Tygon for those sensitive to metals, are the materials of choice.

Follow your after-care instructions to the letter. Once your piercing has healed, which can take anywhere from six months to a year, you can take advantage of all the great deals online to build your body jewelry wardrobe. Just like with necklaces or bracelets, you can find sites carrying wholesale body jewelry, extravagant gold body jewelry or even economical discount body jewelry, offering nearly endless selection.

Playing By the Rules

Although body piercing is fairly mainstream now, you still may want to follow some basic piercing etiquette. It’s best to remove or conceal your jewelry during a job interview or if you work in a conservative environment. Likewise, it may not be smart to get an eyebrow or lip ring put in a couple of weeks before standing up at your sister's wedding – unless she’s got one herself!

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Tongue Rings

  • Like nipple rings and lip rings, tongue rings are nearly ho-hum these days. With increased acceptance comes a variety of body jewelry for the tongue. More about Tongue Rings

Tongue Rings

Like nipple rings and lip rings, tongue rings are nearly ho-hum these days. With increased acceptance comes a variety of body jewelry for the tongue. Many websites are dedicated to selling wholesale tongue rings and cheap tongue rings in styles to suit any taste.

The standard barbell, which is generally placed through the centre of the tongue vertically to avoid damaging the nerves, has come a long way in fashion. Today you can find variations like metal flowers, silicone spheres, logo tongue rings, glow-in-the-dark tongue rings and clear tongue rings. You can also find vibrating tongue rings with tiny batteries that last up to two hours – but enough said on that!

A tongue ring is the fastest body piercing to heal, usually taking four to six weeks. There is some risk of damage to your teeth and gums from the ring rubbing against them, so if you're intrigued but uncertain whether or not you should get a tongue ring, try a fake tongue ring made with magnets to see to get a feel for the real thing.

Belly Button Rings

  • Belly button rings (or navel rings) remain a sexy accessory for women. Knowing you can choose to show off or cover up this jewelry item is a great way to make a confident statement of self expression. More about Belly Button Rings

Belly Button Rings

Belly button rings (or navel rings) remain a sexy accessory for women. Knowing you can choose to show off or cover up this jewelry item is a great way to make a confident statement of self expression.

You can find many creative belly button ring styles, including everything from cheaper metal butterflies and beaded dangling navel rings to expensive diamond navel rings and gold navel rings. You can even find playboy navel rings if you choose to be brazen!

If you're not sure this type of piercing is for you, try a fake belly button ring on for size. Like a clip-on earring, you can glue on a cheap belly button ring to see if you like it before committing to the real thing.

No matter what style of navel ring you choose, proper maintenance is essential. The last thing that you want is an infected belly button ring. To protect the jewelry from snagging on your clothing while healing, place a vented hard plastic eye patch over you navel and cover with an elastic bandage. With clean hands, wash the area with hot soapy water or a combination of saline and hot soapy water several times a day.