You may be thinking about getting your belly button pierced but haven’t taken the plunge because you don’t know where to start. Here’s all the information you need to know so you are well-informed and feel confident when you finally pierce your belly button.
Most belly button piercings are done with a curved barbell made of high quality 316L surgical steel.
The standard size for a navel piercing is 14G; however your piercer may pierce with a larger needle (12G) to allow for better healing. You should never use a barbell thinner than 18G, as the higher gauge of the needle, there is more risk of rejection, tearing, and migration.
The length of your first barbell will likely be 1/2-inch to allow for extra room for your piercings to heal and be easily cleaned.
During healing, protect your navel piercing from being snagged on clothing, irritated from friction, or injured during physical sports and activities with this simple tip: Get a vented eye patch of hard plastic (found at most pharmacies), and secure it over your piercing using an elastic bandage like an ankle wrap.
Your Piercing is Healed. Now What?
You followed all the advice and you’re completely healed. Now for the fun part—shopping for jewelry to adorn your awesome piercing!
Most belly button rings have a barbell made from either 316L surgical steel, titanium, gold, or bioplast (acrylic). The reason for this is that these materials are more pure and tend to have fewer additives that your body can react to.
Cost considerations: We have a huge range of belly rings at different price levels. Basic 316L surgical steel pieces start around $1.99 and can go up to a few thousand for high quality 14K gold adorned with diamonds. Anybody can find something in their price range on Freshtrends.com.
Important: Be aware that even though you’re going to want to adorn your belly button with gorgeous, sparkly, dangly jewelry all the time, it’s best to wear basic jewelry for the majority of the time. This means stick to simple, non-dangle curved barbells or CBRs made of high quality surgical steel or gold with minimal adornment. Save your elaborate chandeliers and dangles for day wear or special occasions. Whatever you do, don’t sleep in them. This preserves your piercing, keeping it from getting irritated, and also keeps your jewelry in good shape.
|Belly Button Jewelry Styles|
The most common type of navel jewelry, this versatile style comes in a huge variety of styles.
|Non-Dangle Belly Rings
These belly rings range from basic to fabulous. Made from a variety of materials, they can be adorned with sparkling gemstones, elaborate designs, UV acrylic that glows in the dark, etc. They are no less stunning than their dangling counterpart. The more basic of these pieces are great for everyday wear.
| Dangle Belly Rings
Similar to the non-dangle belly rings, they have one difference: Interesting charms that move about when you wear them. Again, they can range from simple to elaborate. The most beloved of all dangle belly rings are the chandelier belly rings. They feature multiple layers of dangle chains and gemstones for an incredibly lavish look.
|Reverse or Top Down Belly Rings
Reverse belly button rings, also known as top-down belly rings, are a stylish trend in navel piercing jewelry. Unlike regular dangle belly rings, the charm hangs from the top of your navel down over your belly button allowing for more flexibility and a very sexy look. They range from simple and elegant to more elaborate and intricate designs.
| Twister Spiral Belly Rings
The name of these belly rings says it all. They are a twisted spiral that you thread through your piercing and secure with a screw-on ball. The come in a range of lengths; the long version that adds a great look to any navel piercing and the short style is as comfortable to wear as a CBR, and looks adorable. You can also wear smaller twist jewelry in other areas of the body, such as the nipple and eyebrow.
|Captive Bead Rings / Circular Barbells
These basic pieces are great for an understated look.