What Everybody Ought to Know About Belly Bars
Jan18

What Everybody Ought to Know About Belly Bars

As navel piercings get more common, you find a variety of stylish colorful belly bars available at both online and offline stores. They look trendy and fashionable, and can make a woman feel great about flaunting her flat tummy. And because they come in such a massive range of styles, colors, and materials, everyone can find that perfect piece of jewelry that best expresses their personality. But wait, stylish as they may be, belly piercings are not 100% risk free. While you may have taken care to choose a good piercing shop to get the piercing done (probably even a trained doctor to pierce your belly), the risk for infection is still high. That’s why it becomes even more important to choose the right design in belly bars. They shouldn’t just be stylish; they also need to be comfortable enough to be worn 24/7, and be just the right size, or the waistband of your jeans can constantly rub against the bar and irritate the skin to cause a serious infection. Accentuate your Flat Tummy with Belly Bars Some call belly bars the ‘Ultimate Jewelry’ to accentuate your navel piercing; they certainly are far more popular that navel rings. But how exactly does one go about choosing the right design and material? And what are the risks involved if you don’t make this decision all too carefully? Let’s find out! A belly bar is shaped like a barbell; the stud or stone will sit comfortably in the belly button, and other end will come out through another piercing done either above or below the belly button. These come in a range of shapes and materials, and choosing the right one for you will depend a lot on your taste, needs and style statement. Materials used to make belly bars: A lot of materials are used to make stylish belly bars. Metals, acrylics and plastics are all common. However, the important thing to keep in mind is how your skin reacts to a particular material. Some women are allergic to metals, while others find acrylic belly bars irritate their skin. Keep in mind your body’s ‘Biocompatibility’ when you choose belly jewelry. How to do that? Think carefully if your ear piercings and nose piercing is allergic to some material. Maybe you found that your piercings get infected if you wear anything apart from silver or gold for too long? That means your body isn’t biocompatible with any other material for prolonged wear. While it is easy to change your earrings often so that you can even wear trendy designs in materials that aren’t exactly biocompatible with your body for just...

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Body Piercings Explained: All you need to know!
Dec27

Body Piercings Explained: All you need to know!

There was a time when the only reason to get bodies pierced was to wear a wider range of jewelry. However, these days getting body piercings done in other parts of the body, such as the naval, eyebrows, tongues, and even genitals are a craze among the masses. Piercing has become a part of a personal, cultural, and artistic expression.. Such piercings are safe if done by trained professionals. However, as many as 20% of all piercings in various parts of the body catch infections according to statistics maintained by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Bacterial infections occur most often at the site of piercing and the complications that occur include skin tearing, allergic reactions, and scarring. Tips to have safe body piercings: Researchers have identified the main health hazards that piercings bring about. Here are few ways to combat them and have a safe body piercing: 1. Know your infection risk: People who already have an infection or an open wound stand a greater risk of a health hazard developing from a piercing. It will be wise to refrain from getting pierced until you regain your health. The risk of catching an infection gets higher when the job is carried out by a novice or a poorly trained piercer. Matters get even worse if the equipment used is not sterilized and clean or the working environment is dirty. 2. Beware of medical issues: If you already have a medical condition such as uncontrolled diabetes of any other condition that has affected the immunity of your body, it is recommended not to get piercing done since you stand a higher chance of infection in such a bodily condition. 3. Factor in lifestyle. The kind of lifestyle that you lead daily hugely determines the kind of piercing that you may or may not get done. For example a nose ring may appear chic when you are in your early 20s but it may not be acceptable in some of the workplaces that you get a job in when you are in your late 20s or 30s. If your lifestyle requires you to remove the piercings frequently or conceal them from your family or boss, you risk increasing chances of an infection. Besides, it also increases the chances of prolonging the healing time. You may also injure your skin if you play a sport that requires bodily contact with the pierced area, 4. Recognize healing tendencies. Different people react differently to piercings as far as healing tendencies are concerned. Some people have a tendency to develop keloids or raised and thick scars. For all those who have a tendency to...

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Diamond Earrings Buying Guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
Dec26

Diamond Earrings Buying Guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

A gift of diamond earrings is luxurious and thoughtful. Many people find the prospect of buying diamond earrings intimidating however and are unsure of what to look for when making their purchase. Thankfully, the process is not as complicated as many people imagine and does not require an in-depth knowledge. One of the most well-known sayings in the diamond jewelry industry is ‘the four Cs’. The four Cs refer to four common considerations to keep in mind when purchasing diamonds. These considerations form the basis of the following advice on picking perfect diamond jewelry. Common Mistakes When Buying Diamond Earrings As much as we might like to be, few of us are in a position where we are regularly purchasing diamond stud earrings and jewelry! Due to this unfamiliarity, many people are intimidated by the prospect of purchasing diamonds and are unsure of the common mistakes to avoid. Often advice is given by the retailer of the diamond jewelry who obviously have a vested interest in steering the customer towards the most profitable sale possible. The following five mistakes are some of the most common errors people make when selecting diamonds. Mistake #1 – Not Considering Color Many people believe that diamonds are all colorless and to the untrained eye, they may in fact appear that way. This is not actually the case. Under close examination, it becomes apparent that many diamonds are actually slightly tinted, typically in various shades of yellow or brown. A lack of color in a diamond is one of the more desirable aspects of it as it allows the light to pass through the diamond giving it much of its beauty. Because of this, the closer a diamond is to colorless, the more valuable it becomes. Many jewelers assign diamonds a letter grade. The closer to the start of the alphabet, the less colorful, and therefore more valuable, the diamond is. Aside from the basic color concerns outlined above, there are some diamonds which possess rare and exotic colors such as pink or blue. Within the industry diamonds such as these are typically referred to as “fancy.” They are far less common than regular, clear diamonds and are worth much more as a result. Most diamond jewelry will contain the regular type of diamond but if a customer is willing to pay a premium then it is possible to obtain jewelry adorned with the rarer, fancier diamonds. Mistake #2 – Not Considering Clarity The reason that diamonds are renowned for being so breathtakingly beautiful is due to their structure allowing light to pass through them. It is for this reason that diamonds give off...

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The Essential Guide to Mens Earrings
Dec23

The Essential Guide to Mens Earrings

Throughout history, earrings have been a large part of men’s fashion, and they have made a big leap in popularity recently. They have become a statement about how the man views himself. Men have never before had as many options as they do today when it comes to looking for different styles of earrings. In this guide, we will go over what to search for in earrings for men, popular materials and styles, and where you can find the best selection of earrings. What To Search For in Mens Earrings If you haven’t noticed, certain types of earrings are linked to different music genres and the fashion that corresponds to that music. Studs and hoop style earrings are traditional styles of earrings that men have worn, and they can be divided by genre. Stud earrings are usually made out of diamonds, cubic zirconia, crystals, or gold. These types of materials are looked at as status symbols and are representative of rap and hip hop. On the other hand, stainless steel, titanium, silver, or barbells are associated with alternative or metal music genres. Old school earrings that have a single metal stud or gem are sometimes worn by country music fans or old guys. We’ve talked about the style of the earring, but you must also look at how big and heavy the jewelry is. This is important when considering how well off or employed he may be. Even though earrings are more socially acceptable to wear as a man now, what is appropriate for bartenders or musicians may be looked at negatively if the person is a CEO or professor. Different Types Of Mens Earrings Studs Studs earrings are post earring which appear to be free floating on the ear. They are made up of a rod that penetrates through the cartilage in the earlobe and they usually are adorned with something on the front. They typically will have a metal stud, symbol, or gemstone on the front. You can even buy stud earrings that have special skins which fit over the stud made from rubber or plastic. They might even light up or glow in the dark. Hoops This type of earring is a circular or semi-circular hollow circle that penetrates the ear lobe with a post or wire. They are usually made from a hollow tube that has a wire permanently attached that is secured on the ear using a wire that goes through the hole in the ear lobe. Barbells Barbells look exactly how you’d expect them to look. But they also may be bent as wall. Straight barbells are generally used for piercing the body,...

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Nose Ring Buying Guide
Dec15

Nose Ring Buying Guide

Nose rings are seen as a fashion statement that have been popularized by silver screen icons and rock stars. These rings are gaining a lot of popularity in recent times and have become an acceptable form of body jewelry. It is no longer a piercing only appropriate for rebellious punk rockers. With its increasing popularity, nose piercings have indeed expanded beyond the realm of orthodox nostril piercings. Earlier, the rings were only adopted by a small minority, but now everything has changed. Wearing nose rings has spread into every corner of society and it is becoming more socially acceptable with the passage of time. Why Should You Wear a Nose Ring? Nose rings are now socially acceptable and becoming more mainstream with each passing day. Nose rings can definitely add to your beauty, as opposed to the grungy expression defined during the punk era. Large numbers of people in public are sporting them, and the target audience has increased three times in recent years. They are especially popular with women now. It is an inexpensive, easy, and fun way to express yourself in front of others. Caring For Your New Nose Ring You should take proper care of your new nose ring once the piercing is done. While the initial piercing causes some pain, the real challenge comes afterwards. You should know that improperly cared for nose piercings can bring a high risk of infection and can have serious complications. That is why it is important that you take proper care of your new nose ring. Some important tips on how to do so are discussed below: 1. Once the piercing is done, avoid touching the affected area and allow the hole to heal as quickly as possible. Excess touching will make it sore, postpone the healing process, and cause an undue amount of skin and tissue irritation. 2. You should never take out the ring until the piercing has healed completely. If you remove the ring after a short period of time, the hole will close permanently. You should get into the habit of sleeping on your back to avoid the ring getting caught in the pillow. 3. You should be extremely careful when you are drying your face with a towel. Keep the ring clean and wash the pierced area with a special soap designed for this purpose. Don’t rub it with alcohol because it will cause skin irritation. Different Types of Nose Rings If you are thinking about getting your nose pierced, there are a lot of options available. Some of the different types of rings are discussed below: 1. Captive Bead Rings: These are the most common and one of the most preferred choices. It has a...

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Double Nose Piercing: What To Expect?
Dec08

Double Nose Piercing: What To Expect?

Nose piercings are fairly common, especially on women and young adults. If you want to amp up the style and stand out from the crowd, you may consider getting a double nose piercing. Many people have trouble picturing this and just assume it will look bad or too cluttered. Use the information here to put everyone’s concerns to rest. What is a Double Nose Piercing? A double nose piercing means having piercings done on both the left and right nostrils. You can either have them done at the same time, or you can have one done first then have the other one done a month or two later when the first piercing heals. If correctly done by a specialist, the piercings should not be painful, and all you should experience is a dull soreness and a bit of tenderness for a few days after the procedure. Get a piercer, preferably from a respectable piercing shop,  who does doubles so that you have them both lined up properly. However, you may also want to consider how much room you have in each nostril. Many times you will find that you have more space on one nostril than the other (your nose might be a little uneven, like other body parts tend to be) and you will need to have them adjusted to ensure you are comfortable. Having your nose piercings done at the same time reduces the amount of pain you are likely to experience, but they may be a real pain to clean. If you have them done at the same time, when you try to clean one nostril you will have to significantly irritate the other nostril in the process. You may want to consider having one done first to allow them time to heal. Why have a Double Nose Piercing? Nose piercings have been practiced in various native communities and has been associated with sexual, emotional and romantic propositions. They were not only used for beautifying purposes, but also for adding value, especially in the marital life. The occultists also believed that the sixth sense of an individual is located above the upper end of a person’s nose. It is  believed to be the focal point from where brain waves are emitted, and was considered as a breathing regulator by aiding in the expulsion of carbon dioxide. The practice and reasoning behind having a nose piercing is different for every culture, but the running theme from all of them is that it is an excellent way of adding to the beauty of a woman. Another prominent irrefutable reason for having your nose pierced on one or both...

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