Archive for Ear Piercings

When it comes to the metals and materials used to create your body jewelry there is always new and changing information. At Body Candy we do our best to help you make an informed decision but we ALWAYS recommend that you ask your own trusted piercer for advice specific to you.

With that said I give you a few final bits of information about some of our most popular and commonly used materials.

Platinum:

  • Platinum is a dense heavy metal with a high resistance to corrosion and wear.  It’s high shine, maintains a silvery white tone, and is also the least reactive of all metals when it comes to skin and piercings.
  • Platinum jewelry is an excellent hypoallergenic choice for piercings but the material itself is rare and comes with a higher price tag.

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Sterling Silver:

  • Sterling silver–even when combined with another metals–is soft enough to scratch, creating nicks that can be a trigger for bacteria.
  • Silver tends to oxidize when it comes in contact with body tissues or fluids and the result (tarnish!) is not good for your piercing.
  • Do not wear sterling silver jewelry in unhealed body piercings or if you are prone to allergic reaction!

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Acrylic:

  • “Acrylic” refers to varieties of plastic like lucite and plexiglass that are super light and great for larger gauge piercings.
  • Acrylic jewelry comes in every color and print you can imagine but is much easier to break or shatter than other materials.
  • Bending, heating, and dropping are death for acrylic jewelry which means Acrylic can not be sterilized and is not a good choice for people who are prone to allergic reactions or for use in unhealed body piercings.

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Still have questions? Check out the April 17th and April 13th blog posts for information on some of our other metals and materials or call our customer service department 9-5pm Monday through Friday (Eastern Standard Time) at 1-800-694-1426They will be happy to suggest a choice for you!

Remember: the best person to ask for a recommendation of the material that is best for you is a trusted piercer and the only qualified person to ask about symptoms of allergic reaction is a medical professional!

Apr
19

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Happy 4/20!

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With the growing acceptance of all things cannabis lately, the 20th of April will carry more of a reason for celebration than ever before. No matter your choice on whether or not to participate in the holiday’s hazy traditions, we’ve got you covered in today’s post with some fun 420 history and a plethora of awesome weed-related jewelry and accessories.

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Rasta Santa Claus enjoys his 4/20 responsibly.

But why this date? What makes April 20th and the time of 4:20 so special to the cannabis community? There are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of this holiday, which isn’t too surprising since some weed enthusiasts are known to have difficulties remembering the time to get the pizza out of the oven. Likewise, the story itself is nothing short of what you would expect from the celebration considered the Oktoberfest for potheads.

4/20: A Brief History

Let’s take a little trip back to the year 1971 – the year when five high school students from California first uttered the term “4:20” whilst meeting daily at that specific time under their school’s statue to partake in a smoke session before wandering around the wilderness searching for a legendary lost cannabis crop allegedly left behind by “some dude from the Coast Guard.”

Despite never stumbling upon their pot field treasure, the term “420” lived on in infamy as a code to conceal drug use from parents and teachers that eventually found its way into pop culture (thanks to one of the high schooler’s older brothers being a friend of the bassist for the Grateful Dead) to become the number that is now synonymous with the plant and the culture that surrounds its consumption.

A 2014 article from Vice News has a bunch of interesting facts and research about this day and its origins if you feel like incorporating a little knowledge into your holiday this year.

One of my favorite tidbits from the article is the fact that the Denver, Colorado Interstate mile marker 420 has been stolen so many times that it was replaced with mile marker 419.99 to deter further theft.

4-20 Products

If you’re looking for some 4/20 friendly body jewelry to show off your love for the holiday, we’ve got a TON of awesome options for you to check out, including:

Our stash plugs are the perfect way to keep your goods secure, and we even carry herb grinder plugs for easy rolling no matter where you might find yourself.

Want something even more resourceful? Check out our 0 gauge pipe talon taper (it’s the blue Sherlock-like piece in the above image) made from unobtanium borosilicate glass for the perfect piece to add to your stash.

Another cool option for 4/20 body jewelry is our glow-in-the-dark items! A selection of our logo inlay jewelry features the ability to glow, which only adds to the righteous style you’ll gain from wearing it. This colorful rasta pot leaf belly ring is an especially popular choice on our site.

We also carry a selection of weed-themed jewelry for those who haven’t delved into the vast world of body modification just yet, featuring fashion jewelry and accessories including the products featured in the image below. Additionally, a lot of our jewelry with rasta colors and marijuana leaf designs are currently a part of our clearance section for an easily affordable celebration.

4-20 Non-Pierced Products

COUPON ALERT!
Use coupon code “BC420” for 15% off of your purchase, which is valid until Friday, April 22nd, 2016.

Do you want to know more about what you are putting into your piercings? This is basic information about some of our most popular and commonly used styles. Stop by next week for ongoing information about the variety of materials we use. 

316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel: This high shine, no frills marvel is the perfect combo of function and anti-fashion thanks to its colorless, simple style that makes it the go-to material for ever-changing trends.  If you are prone to allergic reaction and find that you cannot wear “plain” metal body jewelry this may not be right for you. 

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Solid Titanium: Grade 23 titanium is high quality and is used for solid titanium pieces which are composed of an alloy of pure titanium and other metals or elements.  The “grade” listed with titanium products is a reference to the exact composition and oxygen content of the metal.  This type of titanium can be heat sterilized and is considered hypoallergenic so its a great choice if you are prone to allergic reaction.

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Anodized Titanium: Titanium can be used for both solid titanium pieces as described above or as an outer coating for items plated in titanium.  Like gold plated jewelry, anodized titanium pieces are composed of a hard metal core like surgical steel and a high shine outer coating: in this case, titanium.  This allows for a variety of bright, colorful jewelry. Body Candy is generally able to list the base metal for anodized and plated jewelry. If you are prone to allergic reaction you should choose pieces with a base metal that is right for you. 

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Gold Plated: When an item is listed as “gold plated,” the item is not solid gold.  The base is composed of a harder metal like surgical grade stainless steel which is coated with a thin layer of lustrous gold for a shining finish.  This creates the look of gold but with greater stability and a lower cost. Many people can wear plated items but if you are unable to wear stainless steel body jewelry this may not be a good choice for you. 

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See April 13th post for info about 14k Gold, Bioplast, and PTFE

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Check back soon for information about Platinum, Acrylic, and Sterling Silver!

 

 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1)

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! It’s that time of the year: the start of the regular baseball season for Major League Baseball. After a great opening night on Sunday, we have a lot to look forward to. Thirty teams from the U.S. and Canada will pitch, swing, and run for the winning title in the World Series…but we’ve still got a whole season to watch play out before that!

Want something to show off your support for your sport? We have officially licensed MLB body jewelry featuring logos from the most recent champion, Kansas City Royals, as well as the team who claims the most titles: the New York Yankees (as well as many of the other great teams that are part of the MLB). Belly rings, industrial barbell earrings, belt buckles, and more are available on our site right now, so make sure you grab some gear to advertise your love for the game of baseball.

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Don’t see your team? No need to fret! We have more licensed MLB jewelry coming in as the season progresses, so keep checking back to adorn yourself with some flair from your favorite baseball team!

Upcoming Events in the World of Baseball:

April 15th – Jackie Robinson Day: commemorates and honors the day that Jackie Robinson, the first African American major league baseball player, made his major league debut. This year will be the 69th anniversary of his start with the Brooklyn Dodgers (now known as the Los Angeles Dodgers).

May 31st – Roberto Clemente Day: Roberto Clemente’s former team, the Pittsburg Pirates, will play the Florida Marlins for two games in legendary and charitable Clemente’s home of Puerto Rico for this year’s honoring of the player whom best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team – the Roberto Clemente Award.

June 9th-11th – 2016 MLB Draft: The Philadelphia Phillies will start out the draft this season, and there are a lot of decisions to be made; tune in to see what changes and additions will be made to your favorite (and rival) teams. Check out the full draft order by clicking here.

If you don’t have an easy way to catch your game but you have an internet connection, there’s some great news for you that was recently announced. According to their article posted following opening day, Yahoo Sports plans to allow for free streaming of one specific MLB game per day (commercial breaks and all) for the entire season! How awesome is that?!

Click here to view the full game schedule for this season

We’ve all been there – you’re putting in your new body jewelry and the ball drops to the floor, never to be seen again. For those accidents that occur with a bead captive ring, you’re going to need a different type of replacement ball than what you would get for threaded barbell body jewelry. The ball for securing BCRs is held in place with the help of tiny divots or dimples on each side, which securely fit in the opening of the circular ring.

Since captive rings are one of the more difficult styles of body jewelry to remove and insert into your piercing, the best chance you have of getting that ball back in the ring is to visit a local professional piercer who will correctly and efficiently assist you in getting your jewelry to function. Many piercers will change your jewelry free of charge, and since they have the proper tools and sanitation to deal with body piercings, it is the safest, easiest way to change out your captive jewelry.

If that just isn’t an option for you or you would like to have a go at it yourself, we have some tools, tips, and tricks to assist you in showing off your BCR like it was meant to be:

Tips Before Getting Started
  • Change your jewelry in a place with a lot of light like your bathroom because the beads are usually tiny and difficult to handle.
  • Cover the drain of the sink if there is one in the vicinity with a paper towel or tissues so that you won’t lose the ball down the drain.
  • Get a clean small cup or dish to put the jewelry in when you’re exchanging the pieces so nothing escapes while you’re in the process.
  • Practice popping the bead in and out of the captive ring several times prior to actually trying to insert into your piercing (if you’re not sure how to do this, read through the step by step directions below before trying).
  • If you’re having trouble removing the bead from the captive ring, try to wedge your thumbnail under the edge of the bead, but be careful not to drop the bead when it pops out!
  • Keep your hands and your jewelry clean throughout the process to prevent infection (ESPECIALLY if you drop any part of the jewelry!)
  • If you feel the ring getting caught on any part of your skin when changing it, slide the ring back into its original place and try again.
  • Try not to look in the mirror while changing your jewelry because this is often more confusing than helpful when compared to changing it assisted by your sense of touch.
Step by Step
  1.  Remove the bead from your current captive ring and slowly rotate the ring through your piercing until the ring opening is lined up with either end of your piercing.
  2. Hold the ring firmly between your thumb and forefinger before grasping the bead tightly between the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Twist the ring slightly while applying pressure on the bead – it should pop right out.
  3. Gently slide the ring out of the hole.
  4. Clean the captive ring you just removed before putting it into the cup or dish you have ready.
  5. Remove the bead from your new captive ring, place that new bead into the cup or dish with your old jewelry, and slowly put the end of the new captive ring’s opening into the hole of your piercing.
  6. Gently rotate the jewelry through your piercing until the end of the ring comes through the opposite hole.
  7. Once it’s inserted through your piercing, hold the new captive ring’s bead and line it up between your fingers so that you can see the dimpled indents on both ends of the ball. Rest the bottom indent on one end of the captive ring’s opening and steadily hold the ring while carefully pushing the top indent to fill the opening – you should hear it snap into place.
  8. Ta-da! Look and feel fabulous 😉

So, the most important part of all that? Keep everything as clean as you can! If you follow those rules, then wearing your new BCR will be easy, fun, and fashionable without the stress and frustration of going at it alone.

Ready to look for a captive ring of your own? Check out our previous style guide post on everything captive rings have to offer!

Not sure about the size you need? Check out this posting on proper sizing of captive rings to ensure you get a perfect fit.

Watch and Learn

If you’re someone who prefers to see something done before they do it themselves, then this video is perfect for you! Inserting and removing the circular barbell is the easy part, but many proudly pierced individuals find putting that dang ball back in place the most frustrating part of all.

Helpful Tools

Here at BodyCandy.com, we carry a variety of useful tools that can help you get to your perfectly pierced style more smoothly and with minimal stress on the jewelry. You should avoid using household tools to open and close your captive ring because this method can scratch the metal ring leaving a rough surface that can damage your piercing (not to mention it’s not exactly sanitary!).

If you’ve been having trouble handling your captive ball or if your BCR is of a larger gauge size, one of these tools should provide you with exactly the assistance you need:

Ball Removal Tool

This can and will literally save your balls! Many don’t know that this type of tool exists, but it is an essential accessory for any pierced style. It’s small and portable, so you can change styles on the go without worrying about fiddling with tiny ball ends. The ball removal tool has a rubber end that grips the ball to give you a little friction to twist it off from your jewelry without the risk of dropping it. This is a great tool for those with butter fingers or hands too big to handle little pieces.

Ring Opening and Closure Pliers

For stubborn captive rings that need some adjustment, there are a variety of tools that can be implemented to make your life a little easier. Ring opening pliers create enough wiggle room to allow the ball to more easily be placed back in its spot on the ring.

How to Use Ring Opening Pliers:

1. Place nose of pliers into the center of the captive ring.

2. Squeeze the handles together until the captive ring is held fast by the pliers and rests within the appropriate grooves.

3. Squeeze the handles gently until the captive opens just slightly and the captive bead becomes loose. Be careful not to squeeze too much or else the jewelry may be damaged.

Start by using the tool in small increments and then remove the jewelry from the pliers to check the progress (measured by how easy or difficult the ball is to move) so that you don’t bend the ring too far, but just in case you do, we have a tool for that too. Ring closure tools look a lot like the pliers used to open up the jewelry but are used to adjust a ring to make it smaller, just in case you don’t know your own strength and made it too big trying to open it up.

Ball End Grabbers

Since we are well aware that holding onto those tiny balls can be quite damaging to our mental state, lower the risk of a dropped ball with tools specifically designed to keep a tight grip. These types of tools come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you’re getting one designed for what you need. One option is a tool that has a claw-like grabbing mechanism to grasp ball ends that are rolling around in your jewelry box; another option is a tool that looks a lot like tweezers with rounded tips that are used to hold the ball end while you are maneuvering it into the grooves to fit back into the captive ring.

Next time you have a stylish captive ring in your sights, don’t pass it by. You’ll be able to buy and use this type of body jewelry with confidence knowing you won’t have to fight it to wear it.

Have a look at our latest and greatest styles in captive ring jewelry by clicking here!

Apr
01

Captivate with Captive Rings: Style Guide

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One of the perks of using captive rings is that they are such a versatile option and can be worn in just about any type of piercing. Some popular sites that captives can be used for include septum piercings, nostril piercings, lip piercings (including labret), eyebrow piercings, belly piercings, nipple piercings, and several piercings of the ear (orbital, helix, conch, rook, snug, tragus, anti-tragus, daith, and lobe). This type of jewelry is also worn in less common body piercings such as surface piercings, corset piercings, eyelid piercings, and any piercings of tissues inside the mouth.

Earring Styles for Captive Rings

Captive rings are easy to coordinate in multiple piercings and make the perfect addition to any jewelry wardrobe. Additionally, because of their closed shape and rounded edges, these rings do not easily snag on clothing, hair, or furniture, making them a popular choice for piercings which are still healing.

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The design of these circular rings is something to consider when figuring out how to best accentuate your piercing. Captive jewelry is most commonly crafted from a metal ring (surgical grade stainless steel, sterling silver, gold, titanium, etc.) and a ball or bead made of either similar materials or decorated with extra flair from sparkling crystals, lightweight acrylic, or natural stone.

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Captives are most commonly found in two forms: the ball, or bead, captive ring and the segment ring.

 

Ball/Bead Captive Rings

This style is the most popular look in captive jewelry. The ball captive ring (BCR), or captive bead ring (CBR), which is known better by its acronym “BCR” consists of two parts: the circular ring that features a small opening and the ball, bead, or decorative piece that fits snugly into that opening. That opening allows for the ring to be easily inserted into a wide variety of piercings before securing the jewelry by closing the opening when the captive piece is put in its place. Additionally, BCRs come in the standard spherical ring design or can even have dangling detail for some fun ways to express yourself.

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Segment Rings

If you’re looking for a simplistic style with a streamlined structure, then the segment ring may be what’s right for you. Segment rings are very similar to BCRs, but they close with a piece (segment) that provides the illusion of a seamless ring without an opening. Generally, the materials used with this type of body jewelry are the same as with BCRs, but surgical grade stainless steel and hypo-allergenic metals are the primary materials used with segment rings.

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Other options that vary slightly from the commonly found segment and bead captive rings are closure rings and dangle captive rings.

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Dangle BCRs

Although this type of captive ring is still considered a bead or ball captive ring, dangle BCRs have a dangling charm or design that is either part of the closure piece itself or is a separate piece on the circular barbell. Many choose this style for piercings of the ear or nipple piercings since the dangling portion can end up getting in the way in other locations.

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Closure Rings

The combination of segment rings and bead captive rings comes together to create the closure ring. Although these are usually grouped together with either the former or latter styles, this type of captive ring has endless possibilities for style thanks to the charms and designs that snap into place to cover the gap of the ring or that stay in place through tension, much like the bead or ball captives.

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Now that you’ve completed our crash course in everything you need to know about captive rings, it’s time to pick out a style of your own! The best thing about BCRs is their versatility as an option for body jewelry – you can change your look as often as you’d like with a simple exchange of the dimpled ball or with a whole new captive ring.

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We’d love to see what you get! Show off your new body jewelry and tag #bodycandy so we can see how awesome your style is!

Know your style but not your size? Check out our previous post on finding the right size captive ring for your piercing!

One of the most talked about trends in body piercings today is the daith cartilage piercing and the claim that getting this ear piercing will help to cure frustrating migraine headaches. It’s small, inexpensive, and provides you with a fun and interesting new piercing that carries with it the chance that chronic headache pain will become a thing of the past.

So, what’s the deal? Does it work or not?!
Can a tiny piercing in the innermost fold of the cartilage of your ear really serve as an alternative treatment option for migraine headaches? Some adamantly argue that the soothing effect is all in your head, but what about all the pierced peers that testify this piercing has changed their lives for the better? We decided to have a chat with professional piercer, James, from American Skin Art in our hometown of Buffalo, NY to hear what he had to say about his experiences with this piercing and whether or not he believes it to have medical benefits for migraine pain that are leading many to jump on the bandwagon for this popular piercing.

Body Candy: Is the whole getting your daith pierced in order to cure migraines a myth or reality? Have you had any clients that have gained relief from frequent migraines after getting their daith pierced?
James: Mostly a placebo, but I do have clients who have had relief.

Body Candy: It seems so unproven, but there are people, like you said, who have found relief…so strange! Is it similar to acupuncture as far as the results?
James: Well, I do know that medically there is no connection between the two. However, there is an acupuncture point that is very close to the piercing site where the daith would be. But since I don’t offer medical advice or practice acupuncture, the only thing I can guarantee is a beautiful piercing. That’s what I tell all my clients when asked about possible medical benefits.

So, from what our piercing expert has told us, the definitive answer isn’t much clearer as to whether or not this piercing is worth the temporary pain when all you want is less pain in your head. The connection to acupuncture may not have a medical connection to this piercing’s effects, but the idea behind both practices are similar in that both are currently being studied as alternative treatment options for headaches, with data for acupuncture indicating that the procedure provides more than just a placebo effect.

According to information found on Snopes, the claim that a daith ear piercing can cure migraine headaches is presently unproven. There is a lack of medical research and data to prove that it is anything more than a placebo effect as of right now. However, there are still many who praise this body piercing for the amazing benefits it has granted to them, with some happily pierced people claiming that they have significantly fewer migraines after getting their daith pierced as well as less dependence on drugs and medication for relief from symptoms.

From the research we’ve conducted here at Body Candy, there are plenty of cases of a positive therapeutic effect on those plagued with migraine headaches, so what do you have to lose? Try it out!

Want to be prepared for what to expect? Check out this video of proudly pierced Jen getting her own daith pierced!

No matter which way you sway on the line of whether or not a daith piercing can help with your headaches, the fact is that this is an awesome cartilage piercing that can add some serious style to your look, even if you just want something new and flashy in your ear. And the best part? With a healing time of about 6 months, you’ll be more than ready to browse the countless styles available to choose from to adorn your daith piercing including captive rings, horseshoe circular barbells, segment rings, and even septum clickers if you’re feeling resourceful!



Click any of the customer photos above to shop specifically for our hottest styles in our daith piercing category!

 

While piercings might not seem like a big focus in fashion, if you pay enough attention to today’s celebrities and models, you know that most of them sport a few.

The most popular and first piercing that comes to mind is the septum piercing – for a few years now! The multitude of styles it encompasses and the varying designs in jewelry make it a versatile piercing. If you want to be noticed, septum clickers are an in your face (literally) way of drawing attention. If you’re going for the more subdued look, a horseshoe captive ring works perfectly. Other types include a circular barbell, like a bead captive ring.

A style that’s been around since the 90’s, but is making a huge comeback is an earful of piercings. There’s literally no such thing  as too many earrings, and we can prove it! Just look at how adorable these ladies have made their ears look. From simple earlobe piercings, to cartilage piercings (and the many variations – rook, daith, tragus), and the daring industrial barbell piercing! One way to stay on trend this year for sure is to literally get more piercings.

Another notable piercing to look out for this year is the smiley piercing, a type of lip piercing placed on the inside of the upper lip. Circular barbells will be the hot jewelry for these. We’re really hoping to see some great pics from our #bodycandy fans this year of this one!

What new piercings are you looking forward to getting this year?

 

Whether you’re a sucker for sweet talkers, madly in love with your boo, or just a girly girl who loves love, Valentine’s Day is that one time of year where you can be sappy and romantic without feeling silly. We’re all secretly wishing to get struck by Cupid’s arrow. ‘That cute guy at the coffee shop is totally going to look my way today, I can feel it!’

If you haven’t checked out our newest arrivals this month, you should. They’re full of Valentine’s themed fun!

 

New Valentine’s Belly Rings

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New Valentine’s Plugs

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“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy—but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you—don’t bother me.”—Yohji Yamamoto

The color that goes with everything! If you’re hard pressed to find a color that matches, almost guaranteed black will do the trick. And for those of you with stretched lobes, finding black plugs to compliment any style is simple.

A recent feature in Teen Vogue magazine shows our Matte Black Steel Saddle Plugs mixed with a bright patterned outfit. The minimalist trend is in right now, and what better way to achieve this look than with a pair of all black plugs? They’re the go-to accessory you need in your collection!

Still not convinced? Check out some of our fan favorite picks for the best black plugs and tunnels.