Here is all the information you need to know so you are well-informed and feel confident when you finally pierce your nipples.
The most common jewelry used for a nipple piercing is either a 12G, 14G, or 16G (depending on nipple size) straight or curved barbell. It should be made of high quality surgical steel or titanium. In the past, CBRs were a popular choice for nipple piercings but they have gone to the wayside due to the large diameter required to obtain a straight piercing, as well as their tendency to get bumped and snagged.
The length of the barbell used will depend on the size of your nipples and your piercer’s preferences. It can be anywhere from 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch.
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!
Remember when we talked about body jewelry sizes? It’s still important. You want to look for 14G or 16G nipple jewelry with a wearable length of at least 5/8-inch.
Most nipple rings have a barbell made from either 316L surgical steel, titanium, gold, glass, 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.
Nipple Piercing Jewelry Styles
Dangle nipple rings feature exactly what you would expect: a dangle element. They range from elaborate to simple. Take care when wearing dangle nipple rings as they can snag on clothes. Save them for special occasions to preserve their quality and your piercing.
Encompassing a wide range of styles, non-dangle nipple rings include CBRs, circular barbells, and straight barbells with simple adornments. These are the best for everyday where, but remember, the more elaborate the piece, the more care it requires to prevent damage.
Janet Jackson brought worldwide attention to nipple shields when she accidently flashed her stunning nipple jewelry during the Super Bowl. The bold pieces look amazing and come in a variety of styles. Everybody with nipple piercings should have a sexy nipple shield. Once again, you should save these for special occasions as they are quite large and elaborate and may cause some discomfort after prolonged wear.
Straight / Circular / CBRs
The most standard variety of nipple jewelry, these can range from basic to elaborate. A large selection is available to suit every taste imaginable.
The name says it all. They are a twisted spiral that you thread through your piercing and secure with a screw-on ball. They come in a variety of lengths; however, the shorter pieces are ideal to wear in a nipple piercing. It’s as comfortable to wear as a CBR and looks amazing.
If you want to adorn your nipples but not sure you want to commit to a nipple piercing, you can get the look with a simple clip-on piece.