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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Spring is here, and you know what that means?! It’s time to show off your pierced side! Lucky for you, we have plenty of body jewelry options to accessorize for the season of renewal and to get ready for the coming summer weather! Flowers, cute baby animals, butterflies, and leafy foliage are just some of the springtime styles you’ll be able to browse through.

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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.

Money Shot: 0:30 and 1:08

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

Want to hear more about Ann’s experience?

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!

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In recent years, coated and plated body jewelry has become popular in the culture of pierced and modified individuals because the processes used offer more vivid color options than the traditional look of common base metals.
It’s a fact that plated and coated jewelry materials require special care and cleaning. Some of the outer layers may peel, chip away, crack off, or break down over time as a result of your jewelry being in contact with moisture and heat generated by your own body. Plated and coated jewelry are not recommended for wear in initial or healing piercings.

The types of coated and plated jewelry we have available include:
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Both ceramic and enamel coatings provide your body jewelry with a shine that can be maintained for a long time and both materials are durable and hard to scratch.
Enamel coated body jewelry comes in a unique range of colors. It is very smooth and feels comfortable to wear in pretty much any piercing, so it is commonly used in areas like lip piercings and ear piercings. It will hold up better to moisture than other coated or plated items as well.
Ceramic coated body jewelry offers high shine and plenty of colorful options. The ceramic used in this type of coating is the same type of ceramic material used on industrial tools and as a heat guard in space shuttles. It can still be chipped if dropped or banged up against other objects, especially jewelry, so you should store ceramic plated items separate from your other jewelry.platedjewelryElectroplating is a process that coats an object with a thin layer of metal, giving the plating its color and brightness. Plating on jewelry that is frequently worn will eventually dull and fade depending on the quality of the plating (thickness), the wearer’s body chemistry, and the surrounding environment (air quality and humidity).pvd jewelryPhysical vapor deposition (PVD) is a vacuum deposition technique where metal is vaporized into an atmosphere that consists of partly ionized gasses and then, atom by atom, the metal is transitioned from its solid phase into its vapor phase and then back into its solid phase, building a film over the jewelry’s surface. It is most frequently encountered as an outer coating over titanium or stainless steel body jewelry and can be used in an autoclave or steam sterilization treatments. PVD coatings offer high durability and wear resistance as well as resistance to discoloration, tarnishing, high corrosion, and UV radiation.ipjewelryIon plating (IP) is a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process that allows jewelry coating to bond with the stainless steel that is usually used beneath it. Ion plating is more durable, more wear resistant, and also provides higher brightness than traditional methods of plating jewelry. The process involves adding a titanium nitrade layer to the component being plated and then applying an extremely thin layer of gold. After that, at a very low pressure, solid metal vaporizes and becomes electric ions. Ion plating uses concurrent or periodic bombardment of these energetic particles on the metal to create the layer of coating.anodizedjewelryAnodized body jewelry is created through a process in which an electrical current is applied to the metal that changes the way the surface of metal refracts light, which results in a coated layer of color. In most jewelry, an anodized titanium coating will be made over surgical grade stainless steel. The interference of light reflecting off the oxide layer reflecting off the metal beneath it is what determines the color you see.

Because body jewelry is worn inside a wound and is in contact with your internal tissues, only certain products are safe to use at first. The look of the jewelry that is placed in your fresh piercing must be secondary to choices that affect compatibility with your body. Remember that the location of your piercing is fixed, but the jewelry can be changed after it has fully healed.

The material of jewelry used in a healing piercing:

  • Should be able to withstand the heat and pressure of autoclave sterilization.
  • Should be inert and compatible with the body so it doesn’t cause irritation, allergy, or infection.

You should be wary when choosing body jewelry made from plated or coated jewelry because the outer layer can rub or chip off, exposing the base metal underneath, which can lead to irritation or infection of the piercing site.

Any type of coated or plated jewelry has the possibility to fade and chip over time. The chances of this happening to your jewelry is increases by a number of factors such as wearing it in an oral piercing due to saliva resulting in a reaction with the material.

Additionally, the oxidation of metal (more commonly referred to as tarnishing) is when you can visually see signs of an item turning black (oxidizing) after wearing it. If you skin turns a color such as green or black, this is also a sign of tarnishing and alerts you to the likely presence of nickel in the jewelry. To slow this natural process, store your silver plated jewelry in airtight containers or bags.

Remember that your body is unique and you could experience reactions to materials that create no issues for your friends.

The proper methods to clean body jewelry, especially plated and coated jewelry, include:

To clean your jewelry, just use standard antibacterial soap with warm water. This is an especially important rule to remember when cleaning body jewelry that is made from acrylic material because it can crack or dissolve when exposed to harsh chemical cleaning agents such as alcohol or peroxide.

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H2Ocean Spray is the most effective product helping cleanse and heal all your body piercings. It contains ingredients that are natural to your body and aid in healing.

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Arctic Ocean Rinse is formulated with all natural ingredients to heal new oral piercings and maintain existing oral piercings. This exclusive blend works great for your teeth and gums to develop a healthy clean mouth.

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Dr. Piercing’s Aftercare Swab Pack is developed exclusively for the care and cleaning of piercings and is conveniently packaged using advanced technology for easy, sanitary application.

 

Skin issues around new piercing sites often occur from the type of cleansers or soaps being used, and not due to the jewelry itself. Always make sure you’re using an appropriate cleanser and you’re rinsing your piercing site off thoroughly following cleaning.

If the jewelry itself becomes an irritant, remove it immediately and replace it with something more biocompatible such as solid titanium or Bioplast. You can try again when the piercing is fully healed. If any irritation occurs this second time, discard the jewelry and avoid wearing body jewelry made from that metal or material.

What should be avoided with coated or plated body jewelry includes:

  • harsh chemicals (ie. alcohol)
  • exposure to bodily fluids
  • long exposure to liquids such as water
  • wearing in initial piercings
  • wearing in infected or healing piercings
  • wearing in oral piercings

Have the gems in your body jewelry lost their sparkle?
Exposure to certain fragrances or perfumes, cosmetics, or perspiration can cause the stones in your body jewelry to cloud up and lose their beautiful sparkle. Glued on gems can also be damaged or displaced if you use harsh chemicals on your jewelry. The stones of your jewelry can also be cleaned, but make sure to confirm with the information available on the cleaner that it is safe to use for the type of decoration you’re cleaning.

If you are still unsure of cleaning your jewelry ask your local jeweler or professional piercer to clean them or to advise you of a proper method you can implement yourself.

Looking for further information on taking care of piercings and other aftercare information? Check out our blog category on piercings and aftercare to learn more and become an expert in maintaining your perfect piercing.

bannerstylesWhen 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.Nose Ring TypesThe 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.

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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
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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 Hooptype_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

4. L-Shapedtype_lshaped

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 Bonetype_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

micronoseringsNose 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.labretasnoseringsLabret 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.
lshapedfauxhoopGrab 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.

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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!

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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!

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These and other styles for your nose are waiting so check them out now!

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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)

18kyellowSolid gold jewelry is 18kwhitehypoallergenic 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 14kyellowgold contained in the jewelry. 14kwhiteThe 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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gemsDon’t want to be basic?

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.

opalsMaybe some divine style is what you’re looking for?

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.

diamondsWhat about some help from a girl’s best friend?

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.

birthstonesOr do you want to celebrate your birthday every day?

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.

logosIf all else fails, show off your personality with something bold!

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.