In your search for septum jewelry, you will probably come across septum clickers the most often. These pieces are designed specifically for use in a septum piercing, hence the name. The differing diameters determine how far the jewelry hangs down from your nose.

In addition to septum clickers, however, a few other pieces of body jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing. The trick is to pay attention to the sizing. A standard size for septum piercings is 14 or 16 gauge. If you’re not sure of your size, check with your piercer.

Circular barbells or captive rings (aka BCR or CBR) can be worn comfortably in a septum piercing. Their rounded shape and ball closure provide a bit of a different look than septum clickers. They can be tricky to get on, though! Watch our instructional video on captive rings for help on wearing a BCR. (Link to YouTube video: here.) As with any piercing, if you have difficulty putting the jewelry in, it’s best to go to a piercing parlor and have them help you out.

*Captive rings can also be worn in a wide array of other piercings such as cartilage, tragus, eyebrow, nostril and lip piercings.

Circular barbells come in a horseshoe ring shape as well. With these guys, you will simply screw off the ball at one end to insert the jewelry into your septum piercing.

What are some other body jewelry pieces you’re curious about? Have you worn different jewelry in your piercings? Comment with your thoughts. ;)

Perfect for summer styling, these pieces feature gorgeous dream catchers, elegant feathers, and arrows. Inspired by Native American culture as well as the bohemian fashion movement.

Arrows have become quite the fashion symbol staple, appearing on everything from jewelry to clothing to skin in the form of tattoos.

Ear hangers and tapers are a fun option to break away from the classic plug or tunnel style. Organic material is particularly great as it’s gentle on sensitive skin and lightweight for all day wear. Natural Stone offers another option for sensitive skin and comes in a large variety of shapes and colors.

Sterling silver is the best of both worlds: high quality and reasonable price. Striking in appearance, these toe rings are a darling accent that exudes the essence of summer.

Pastel colors, plush dolls, and everything cute may seem childish but the kawaii movement is much more. Kawaii is Japanese for cute, lovable, or adorable. This popular fashion movement encompasses personal appearance, behavior, food, toys, clothing and entertainment. Related to this is the Lolita style, which is much like a pastel version of the Victorian look including: lace, parasols, petticoats, bloomers, and bows.

The Kawaii movement is in it’s original form, an act of rebellion. In 1974, Japanese women mostly in the teen aged group, rejected the traditional style of handwriting. They created their own new font called “kitten writing”. The characters in this font were bubbly and often included hearts, much like in English if you were to replace the dotting on an “i” with a heart. The girls began obscuring their words when speaking, mimicking a child learning to talk and often referred to themselves in the third person. Eventually the movement boomed and companies in the ever changing post-war Japan took notice. In particular Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty. They began by introducing their line of stationary, which served as a perfect canvas for the new kawaii font or kitten writing. Eventually the market moved into making toys, back packs, and other school supplies.

This big underlying point in kawaii culture is not to cultivate a woman’s sex appeal, but for her to be cute and beautiful rather than sexy. Japan is known for being a very strict culture and kawaii was a way to throw off the strict formalism that prevails over society.

May
16

National Piercing Day 2015

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Who better to show off the beauty of body piercing than some BodyCandy fans?

National Piercing Day is the day where the art of body piercing is celebrated and promoted. Did you know the oldest piercing was done over 5,000 years ago? There’s nothing “new” about piercings. In  many cultures across the world, in both today’s society and the past, body piercing is practiced and respected. Earrings and nose rings had their place in Ancient Egypt, lip and tongue piercings date back to African and American tribal cultures. The Western world saw the rise of body piercing [other than the earlobe] within subcultures during the 1970′s, gaining popularity in the mainstream during the 1990′s.

Some of us choose to pierce for reasons like fashion or rebellion, others choose the more spiritual justification of the past. Whatever your reason, if you’re considering getting a piercing, today’s the day to do it! Check with your local shops for promotions and discounts. If you’re unsure of where to go, safepiercing.org can help you out with that.

It’s a nose ring, but the bar is way long. How in the… what the…

No need to freak out! There’s a very simple explanation, one that might benefit those of you who have trouble getting nose rings to fit properly.

The purpose of a fishtail nose ring is to create a ring that can be custom fit for your nose. The 19mm bar itself obviously won’t fit as is, so you’ll take the nose ring into your piercer. A piercer will use a device to measure your nose, and then bend the metal bar to fit your nostril based on those measurements. The bar can be bent into a screw shape or an L-shape, depending on your preference.

 

We offer many styles of pregnancy belly rings here at BodyCandy, they’re a great way to maintain your belly piercing during your pregnancy. If you’ve looked at them before they may look outrageously long at 2″. This is because they are meant to be adjustable, because every body is different. Some people require more or less space than others. The shaft of the belly ring is made of bioplast, which is a biocompatible material that many people find to be comfortable due to it’s flexibility and hypoallergenic qualities.

Step 1

Simply unscrew the ball end from the top of the piercing. Don’t worry if the bottom comes off, it can be screwed back on as well!

Step 2

Measure how much barbell length you need.  You can do this by removing whatever current jewelry you may be wearing, and inserting the barbell to see what is a comfortable length for you.

Step 3

Remove the jewelry from your piercing. Cut the bioplast with a pair of scissors at about a 45 degree angle, at the desired length.

Step 4

Screw the ball on onto the end you’ve just cut. This make take a few tries so the biopast forms threading from the inside of the ball end.

Step 5

Wear your jewelry proudly! You’re all set and ready to enjoy your new jewelry!

 

Diamonds are forever, but let’s be real. We can’t all afford to have diamonds in EVERY piece of jewelry we own. You don’t need to give up on those shiny, sparkly dreams just yet. Cubic zirconia to the rescue! In the same fashion as a diamond, CZ has that flawless look and is typically colorless.

You can find pretty much any style of body jewelry with a cubic zirconia stone. It adds just the perfect amount of sparkling element, especially to nose rings!

Even plugs and tunnels look great with a little pizzazz! Who says stretched earlobes can’t be pretty? We can prove them wrong.

May
08

Maureen’s Septum Piercing

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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?

The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.

The Jewelry

Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.

The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.

Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.

The Process

Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!

So you just pierced a new hole in your ear, but you’re not sure what size jewelry you should be looking for.

If your piercing was done with a needle in a piercing shop, they may have informed you of the size right there, but maybe you just forgot what your piercer told you. Or maybe your piercing was done with a piercing gun instead. Whatever the reason, if you’re curious as to what size a particular hole in your ear is, let me break it down a little simpler for ya.

An earlobe piercing that’s done with a piercing gun is a 22 gauge needle. Any standard size earring or post will fit you. If you’ve been pierced with a needle in a piercing shop, most likely you’re at a 20 or 18 gauge. No worries! The smaller the gauge the bigger the hole, so any standard size earring can be worn in addition to 20 or 18 gauge captive rings, cartilage studs, etc.


Earrings
Cartilage/Tragus Earrings

*NOTE: If your cartilage piercing is done with a piercing gun, it will most likely be a 22 gauge piercing. You will want to look at standard size earring studs (like those shown above) rather than ones made specifically for cartilage piercings. It’s always good to check with your piercer for accuracy no matter what type of piercing (lobe or cartilage) so as not to stretch/damage the tissue.

For tragus, anti-tragus, helix, rook, conch and most cartilage piercings (any part of the ear other than your lobe) a piercer will use an 18 gauge (as seen above) or 16 gauge needle. Depending on the anatomy of your ear, the piercer may use a 14 gauge needle as well. Industrial piercings are typically pierced at 14 gauge. Most of the cartilage and BCR (captive ring) styles we carry come in both 18 and 16 gauge sizes. Captive rings also come in 14 gauge.


Cartilage/Tragus Earrings

 

If you’re anything like us, you love your plugs and tunnels! But sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and maybe get a little fancy. Wearing a hoop earring through a tunnel is a great way to change up the old routine or to dress up for an occasion. Bring out your style with a variety of options:

Here’s a few ideas for tunnels to use with hoop earrings:

These lovely tunnels come in all sorts of colors, finishes, and sizes. Try a few different options out and play mix and match!