Archive for Ear Piercings


Industrial Barbell Sizing

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The barbell piercing worn in the ear cartilage goes by a few different names : The barbell is called an industrial barbell, construction bar, or industrial project bar. Sizing of these bars varies depending on the person, because everybody’s ears are a different size.

Industrial piercings are commonly done with a 14 gauge needle. The jewelry itself can range anywhere from 28mm to 50mm in length. You’ll need to ask your piercer or have your ear measured to ensure you are getting the right fit. The angle of the holes and the distance they are apart from each other will greatly effect whether an industrial barbell fits your ear or not. The ball ends of the barbell will be a 5 or 6mm screw fit. (Ball ends can be removed using our Body Piercing Ball Removal Tool)

As with any piercing, if you’re having difficulties finding the right fit or inserting/removing your jewelry, visit your piercer. They’ll be more than happy to assist you!

Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning your costume or finding some really awesome Halloween body jewelry.

Skeletons and skulls are commonly seen in Halloween decor. Their symbolic meaning, as one would guess, is death and mortality. However, in some ancient societies, skulls were said to represent life and the embodiment of consciousness, particularly crystallized ones.

In fashion, skulls are widely used!  The late Alexander McQueen is credited with popularizing a fashion trend of stylized skulls, starting with skull-decorated bags and scarves.

BodyCandy has plenty of skeletons and skulls to go around this Halloween. Click the image to shop the rest of our Halloween body jewelry!

Halloween Body Jewelry


Handcrafted New Arrivals

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Handcrafted plugs, belly rings, industrial barbells, nipple rings and so much more are made here in our warehouse by our talented jewelers. If you’re looking for unique designs you won’t find anywhere else, these babies are your answer.

Shop all of our newest arrivals today!

When moving from one gauge to another, or beginning the process of stretching your earlobes, it’s so important to do it safely and properly. Seriously. Stretching too soon or too fast can lead to bleeding, tearing and permanent damage to the tissue in your lobes.

You can always go to a piercer for help with the stretching process, but many people choose to do it at home. That’s fine. Just make sure you’re smart/hygienic about it.

Are your earlobes already pierced?
If YES, continue to Step 2.
If NO, please read Step 1.

Get your ears pierced. Avoid those kiosks at the mall, if possible. Go to a professional piercer ( who will use a needle rather than a gun. Make sure you let them know your plan is to stretch your lobes. Some piercers will be willing to use a thicker needle (up to a 10 gauge), which will help you skip a few beginning sizes on your stretching. Also, most earlobe piercings are placed closer to the front of the lobe. You’re going to want one that’s more centrally located when stretching, to allow room for the tissue to expand.

Allow your piercings to heal, and then wait twice the length of that time before you start stretching. This is important because every body heals differently. Twice the amount of time gives a safe window, and ensures you aren’t stretching tissue that’s already damaged.

Get your hands on a stretching kit and a good lubricant or stretching balm. Start at a 14 or 16 gauge taper. Clean your hands before you attempt to push a taper through your lobe. Even if you can’t see any sort of irritation, your tissue is stretching and forming micro-tears, which are just as susceptible to infection as an open wound is. Stretching your lobes in the shower (if it’s possible for you to safely do so) or right after you get out can make things a little easier because the tissue will be more flexible. Make sure to apply the lubricant to your ear as well as the taper, and then start to push. You may experience some resistance, but it shouldn’t be painful. Once you’ve reached the thickest part of the taper, you’re set at that gauge.

As tempting as it is to jump gauges, DON’T DO IT. As with the initial piercing, it’s good to wait a few months between gauges. Remember those micro-tears? Those need to heal. And blowouts!? Yeah, no thank you. Just be patient.

*Should you experience any swelling, redness, tenderness due to infection throughout the stretching process, you’re going to want to size back down to a comfortable gauge and allow the lobe to heal fully before attempting to size up any further.

Aftercare is crucial. Keep those lobes moisturized to avoid blow outs and scarring. Once you’ve reached your goal size, be sure to continue a routine for keeping them clean/not smelly. Wash them regularly in the shower. You can even apply piercing deodorant (say whaaaaat?) to prevent the funky smells.

Wearing organic jewelry will also help with the aftercare blues. They won’t irritate your ears, and they’re porous, so dead skin cells are absorbed by the material rather than sitting on your plugs.


Always consult with your piercer if you’re unsure about any jewelry changing procedures, including increasing the gauge size.



Back To School Checklist

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With summer coming to an end, and school starting up again, we thought we’d bring you the ultimate Body Candy back to school list. Forget all the boring school supplies and textbooks. We’re pierced and proud; we want body jewelry!

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Healing Times for Popular Piercings

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Body piercings can be a permanent investment, and for a lot of people, the time and care they have to put into them can determine or detour their decision to get pierced. If you’re considering getting pierced, you should know that you’ll be investing at least a month of your time into the healing process. Aftercare instructions are crucial to healthy healing. If not followed properly, the time it takes to heal can be extended greatly. Before you even read on with healing times, please know the biggest factor in the length of time it takes is you.

While every body is different, if you follow your aftercare directions, you’ll land somewhere within these ranges.

Bridge Piercing (also bindi): 4-6 months

Cartilage (tragus, helix, conch, daith, rook, industrial etc): 3-9 months

Earlobe: 4-8 weeks

Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks

Labret (below the lip, centered): 6-8 weeks

Lip (to the side): 6-8 weeks

Monroe (upper lip): 2-3 months

Navel: 6-9 months

Nipple: 6-9 months (3-4 months for males)

Nostril: 3-4 months

Septum: 4-8 weeks

Tongue: 4-8 weeks

Tragus piercings are a popular type of cartilage piercing. The small, projecting part on the inner side of the ear is pierced with a stud or a ring. Many of our cartilage earrings can be worn in both the upper cartilage and the tragus. It all depends on your style and level of comfort.

Confused as to where to look for jewelry specific to your piercing? Look no further!

When in doubt, just make sure you’re looking for something that fits the gauge you were pierced at. 16-18 gauge are the average, but always check with your piercer to be sure.


Mix & Match Plugs

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Have you ever wondered why plugs are commonly sold individually? One reason is that skin stretches at different rates, even on the same person. Not everyone will wear the exact same size in both ears. It’s also becoming more common to stretch other piercings other than the earlobe (ie. nostril & lip.)

Another reason to sell plugs individually is to leave the creativity up to the customer. Mixing and matching your plugs is a fun and unique way to express your pierced pride!

For the brave creative ones out there, switching up the colors can really make a statement! Add a little bit of glitter, you’re all set to start the next trend.


The New Heroes of Body Jewelry

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Who doesn’t have a favorite superhero? Whether you’re a Marvel avenger or holding it down for the DC squad, you can show off your fandom through your piercings.

Even if you just love the movies (X-Men fanatic right here), you can still sport a really cool piece of jewelry that says “Don’t mess with me, I’ve got super strength on my side!”


Bikinis and Belly Rings

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Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to show off all your best belly rings! We’ve assembled a few color coordinated examples to get your creative fashion juices flowing.
Here in this set we have; a classic black suit paired with stunning contrasting gold plated pieces, a Caribbean inspired suit matched with hues of blue that are reminiscent of dreamy ocean waters, and a festive patriotic suit perfect for the 4th or really anytime you’re feeling the spirit! Check out all of our patriotic belly rings here: and all of our 24kt gold plated bellies are here:

In our second set we have; a very feminine, almost pastel pink bikini, paired with sweet pink gems and a cute ice cream cone. The next is a fabulous white bikini that will really accentuate your tan, matched with a lovely opalescent belly and other gorgeous clear gems. The last is a real eye-catching set that mimics the colors of a sunset, paired with luscious and vivid purple hues. No matter what your swimwear choice is for the season, you’re sure to find a belly ring to match!