While it may not be the time for our hometown team of the Buffalo Sabres to win the Stanley Cup (there’s always next year, right?), there’s still a great series of upcoming games in store for the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins as they battle for the ultimate prize in the NHL.
Make sure you get your style in the spirit of hockey season before it’s all over with our selection of officially licensed NHL body jewelry, which currently includes belly button rings, industrial barbell cartilage earrings, and barbell tongue rings featuring a logo inlay of your favorite hockey team.
Don’t see body jewelry for the team you rooted for this season? Let us know in the comments so we can make sure to stock up so you can enjoy some hockey fanatic fashion yourself!
No matter what way you choose to celebrate, whether it be a rally, a parade, or just plain showing support for the community, there’s more than enough reason to show your pride for everything and everyone LGBT for pride month in the month of June this year! Don’t have body jewelry or accessories to show your acceptance of diversity? Well, we’ve got you covered on our site with plenty of options ranging from rainbow plugs to female symbol spinner rings.
From the year 1969 and onwards, the month of June has been chosen as a time to commemorate one of the most defining and culturally changing moments in LGBT history: the famous Stonewall riots. Even more importantly: in the year 2000, Bill Clinton officially declared the month of June to be pride month for the LGBT community, bringing us to the point we are today – which, when you think about it, a LOT has changed in regards to the rights movement for those fighting for LGBT acceptance in the world, so this year and future years provide more and more reasons to celebrate this group of people and become more educated and enlightened to ensure that we only keep moving forward as a culture and as a nation as a whole.
What are your plans for LGBT Pride Month? Let us know in the comments!
Thinking about getting your nipples pierced? Then you definitely want to check out this video (with the perfect featured still shot) of Ann’s reaction to getting horizontal nipple piercings done by piercing professional, James, from American Skin Art in our hometown of Buffalo, NY.
Healing Time: 6 to 9 months for females and 3 to 4 months for males
Initial Jewelry: 14 gauge solid titanium straight barbells or circular rings with the length or diameter depending on the size of your nipple
Click on the “Read More” link below to see what she personally has to say about her experience and the healing process of getting both of her nipples pierced. If you still aren’t satisfied on your nipple piercing education after that, check out some of our other blog posts on the subject. Oh, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content on body piercings and modification culture for your viewing pleasure!
When someone says “nose piercing” they’re usually referring to the body modification that is pierced and rests in the curve of one of the nostrils. Depending on where you find yourself culturally, “nose piercing” can take on a more general meaning and can refer to piercings such as the septum or the bridge of the nose. This broad sense of the term is also found when referring to the jewelry as a “nose ring” because this term is commonly used to reference any piece of jewelry worn in the nose. Besides the standard nose piercing that is simply a solitary piercing made in the natural crease of your nostril, there are a variety of other piercings that are found around the same area, including:
Double Nostril – two holes are created with the first piercing being higher than the other; requires a strategic and professional piercer due to the risk of hitting nerve structures; jewelry used are nose bones, nostril screws, l-shaped , nose hoops, circular barbells and even captive bead rings
Triple Nostril – requires more precautions in creating patterns to ensure nerve structures are not affected; most convenient jewelry used in this type are nose bones; commonly seen on the top crease of the nostril in a triangular pattern
High Nostril – jewelry is placed a few centimeters above the natural curve of the nostril crease; jewelry options for the high nostril piercing is limited to nose bones, l-shaped, and nostril screws
There are a total of five types of nose rings that are available for purchase on BodyCandy.com: the hoop, nose bone, l-shaped, nose screw, and fishtail.The first four options are worn and chosen by the wearer’s necessity or personal preference, but the fifth style – the fishtail – is customizable and can be made into any variety of the other styles. Any of the five options available can be worn based on your own preference for comfort, sizing, or aesthetics. Nose jewelry has the ability to be beautiful with the many stylistic options you have in store for your choice, but it also has the added plus of being surprisingly versatile with the many types available and the ability to customize for a perfect fit and style.
Fishtails are straight nose rings with an extra long length and are specifically made to be custom fit by a professional piercer. If you’ve been having a difficult time finding a standard nose ring that fits your nostril comfortably, then you may have the unique sizing need that is met by choosing to wear a fishtail nose ring. Because the fishtail is about 19mm, or 3/4″ long, and has no shaping or bulb to hold it in place, it can’t be worn as is. You have to take it to a piercer in order to be sized and shaped first. This type is most commonly bent into an l-shaped nose ring or some form of nose screw, but it can also be made into any other shape, including a nose hoop.
Pros: customizable size and shape
Cons: needs to be sized by a professional piercer before wearing
2. Nose Screw
The nose screw (also known as a nose stud, nose twister, or nose hook) comes down straight from the bottom of the decoration or gem setting and has a short, hooked post that goes into a small curl, which works as a backing to hold the jewelry in place and is appropriately named after the way you twist the screw into your nostril. There are right bend and left bend nose screws, so you must choose one or the other depending on which side of your nose is pierced to provide the best comfort and fit. This is probably the most popular type of nose ring available and has plenty of style options to choose from.
Pros: secure, provides flush fit against skin, wide variety of styles
Cons: may be visible in nostril, more difficult to insert into piercing
3. Nose Hoop
Nose hoops, which may be called by a variety of names depending on the geographical region or type of jewelry, will come in a variety of sizes and colors and are most often made of surgical grade stainless steel or titanium. A favorite during the nineties, this model of nose decoration has recently experienced a resurgence. Most hoops have an open end with a small flat disc on one side that rests just inside the piercing, and this style tends to be more noticeable than its studded counterparts. Hoops that are made specifically for the nostril piercing will be called a nose hoop, nose ring, or nose circular; others may choose to wear a captive ring or horseshoe circular barbell and refer to these styles are nose hoops as well. There are a number of different types of hoops available that can be used as nose rings on our site, including seamless segment rings, captive bead rings, and closure rings.
Pros: wide variety of sizes and colors, unlikely to apply pressure (good for healing), classic style
Neutral/Cons: more noticeable, less decoration/gem options
L-shaped nose rings have a shaping that appears as an uppercase “L,” hence the title, “l-shaped.” Because of the ninety-degree angle and the extension of material beyond it that rests against the inside of the nose, an l-shape will also have a fairly secure fit. It is also a much easier option to insert into your nose piercing as compared to some of the other types. The standard length of this item from the bottom of the setting to bend of the L is usually six to seven millimeters, though this may be shorter for specialty sizes.
Pros: fairly secure fit, wide variety of styles, easily made from fishtail nose rings, comes in left and right versions, easy to insert into piercing
Cons: easier to lose from nostril than other types, may be visible in nostril
5. Nose Bone
A nose bone has a short post with a decorative top that rests on the outside of your nostril and has a slightly bulbous bottom that secures the post in place in your nostril piercing. The nose bone usually has a straight piece of around six or seven millimeters in length and pops in and out of your piercing, sometimes with a little resistance due to that bump at the end. Easily removable and very comfortable, no excess material sits against the inner side of the nostril. Once inserted, the ball-shaped end will prevent the jewelry from falling out. These types of nose rings should not be used for initial or healing piercings because the bump at the end will give you plenty discomfort when you try to put it in.
Pros: provides flush fit against skin, secure fit, rarely visible in nostril, wide variety of styles
Cons: should not be used in healing piercings, may be difficult to insert into piercing at first
Alternate Style Options: Micro Nose Rings, Labrets, and Faux Hoops
Nose rings called “micro nose rings” that have extremely small ornamentation (usually a gemstone), but for the most part nose rings’ decorative tips come in three basic sizes, which are 1.5 millimeter, 2 millimeter, and 2.5 millimeter. These are great for those who have smaller noses or for those who want jewelry that is a little more discrete.Labret studs (those that are 20 gauge or 18 gauge) are a popular form of alternate starter jewelry for nostril piercings for a few reasons. The top looks like those you would see on any type of nose ring, but the bottom is secured to the top with a threaded barbell (internally threaded items will be easiest to use), so you won’t lose your jewelry as easily. Additionally, a long stud can be inserted without it awkwardly sticking out, which is tough to accomplish with the usual nostril jewelry available.
Grab the look of a hoop without straying from a stud-style. You’ll have the secure fit and decorative versatility of an l-shaped nose ring with the comfort and attention that comes from a nose hoop. A brand new addition to our nose ring collection, l-shaped faux hoop nose rings are the best of both worlds.
Do you need help figuring out what material is best for you and your nose piercing? Check out our previous blog post, which has everything you could ever hope to know about the materials used for our nose rings. If you need help with sizing, we’ve got a blog post for that too!
NEW BODY JEWELRY STYLE ALERT!!
Sick of wearing the same old studs and hoops?
Check out Body Candy’s unique take on Faux Nose Hoops:
L-shaped nose rings are an easy-to-use favorite style, but who doesn’t love something new? Try out this unique pierced nose jewelry that looks like a hoop but relies on the L-shaped post that you already love to use!
These and other styles for your nose are waiting so check them out now!
Choosing your material is just as important as figuring out your size. There are six basic materials that most nose rings will be made of: stainless steel, gold, sterling silver, titanium, bioplast, and acrylic. They can also be found in platinum, glass, and carved organic material like bone, but these media are generally more expensive and harder to come by. Some materials are better to use while healing a new piercing while others are recommended for well-established piercings or for wearing for only a short time.
14k and 18k Solid Gold (both available in white and yellow)
Solid gold jewelry is hypoallergenic and is a reliable option for those who suffer from sensitivities to certain types of metal. This type of jewelry can be sanitized by an experienced body piercing studio with access to proper equipment, as it can discolor from autoclaving. Yellow gold is especially biocompatible, but both rose gold and white gold are achieved by starting with yellow gold and adding another metal to it.
Both 14k and 18k gold are actually metal alloys that are composed of gold and other metals in order to make the gold better able to craft durable jewelry than with pure gold alone. The karat weight (k) is a reference to the percentage of pure gold contained in the jewelry. The higher grades, such as 24k, are actually risky to wear in piercings due to the higher gold content that makes the jewelry more malleable.
When buying 18k or 14KT gold nose rings, be wary of poor craftsmanship. Some jewelers use a setting that is shaped like a cone with thin prongs that offer no support. Both factors make it easy for the gem to shift out of place and hinder the sparkling beauty of the diamond or gem.
316L is implant quality surgical stainless steel and it is the most widely used metal for body piercings and is what a majority of the jewelry we carry is made from. It is also considered the basic requirement of metal that is to be used in initial piercings and for healing. This metal can be autoclaved, but be sure not to use harsh chemicals to clean 316L stainless steel if your jewelry has any acrylic or gems that are not bezel set, it could lead to the destruction of those elements. Antibacterial soap and warm water works just as well for sanitizing your jewelry before inserting into your piercing to prevent complications such as infection.
Grade 23 titanium is a high quality metal that is used for our body jewelry, which is composed of an alloy of pure titanium and other metals and elements. The grade is a reference to the exact composition and oxygen content of the metal. This grade of titanium can be heat sterilized and is considered hypoallergenic. Titanium jewelry is lightweight, highly resistant to corrosion, and can be anodized to add a layer of color to its surface.
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver (usually signified by a stamp of “925” on the jewelry itself) and contains other metals that may not work well with sensitive piercings; it can also tarnish when it comes into contact with body fluids, so it’s not recommended for healing or infected piercings. Sterling silver body jewelry is mainly recommended for only well-established piercings and for short term wear.
Platinum body jewelry is hypo-allergenic and is compatible with all types of skin. It is an especially stable material and is very resistant to corrosion, even retaining its luster all the way up to its melting point. Since this material is about ten times more difficult to manipulate as compared to gold, this means it is also ten times as wear-resistant, so anything engraved or fine patterns will not wear out for a very long time. Also, because of platinum’s tensile strength, it makes it the perfect material for settings for diamonds and other precious stones with minimal coverage while still maintaining optimal security.
If you need a nose ring that is easily concealable for school or work, then more flexible or translucent materials may be best for you. If you’re looking for a 100% guaranteed way to hide your piercing, retainers are the way to go.
Bioplast, which is certified biocompatible, is not metal and the material can be heat sterilized, which makes it safe for healing, swollen, or infected piercings. This flexible material is great for initial piercings and can be cut to any length and is easily rethreaded for a custom fit. It is also the safest option for those who suffer from metal allergies or anyone who doesn’t want to take chances on their piercing.
Inexpensive, lightweight, and versatile, acrylic body jewelry comes in a variety of vibrant colors and is probably the most well-known type of plastic. It can degrade when it comes into contact with harsh chemicals like alcohol and can melt or discolor when heat sterilized, so it should only be worn in a piercing that is already healed.
When you are in need of some style that truly sparkles just like you, precious gems are the way to add a little something extra to your nose ring. Cubic zirconia, colored diamonds, and natural stones are just a few of the beautiful options we have available.
Whether or not you have a birthday in the month of October, opal nose rings are a hot trend that will be right at home in your pierced nose. The galaxy-like hues are a perfect way to show off your spiritual style.
You’d be hard pressed to find other diamonds in the industry of the same quality and within such a great price range! You’ll feel fancy and sophisticated with this classic piece of gem jewelry that’s sure to match any style.
If diamonds and opals aren’t going to suit your needs, we have a whole nose ring category dedicated to birthstones of every month! You won’t need any excuse to celebrate your birthday with all of the options available to decorate your nose piercing.
We have a wide variety of nose rings that include logo inlays as well as charms of plenty of different shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for something cute or in-your-face, there’s a nose ring waiting for you.
Know the material you want but not the size your piercing or jewelry is? Check out our previous post on everything you need to know about sizing nose piercing jewelry.