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Body Jewelry Care Guide

You love your new body jewelry, so if you want it to last, it's super important to take good care of it. Here are some helpful tips on how to properly care for your piercing jewelry.

General Care & Cleaning

Part of the responsibility of owning high-quality jewelry is knowing how to properly care for it. Your jewelry should last decades, but only if you practice proper jewelry care. Here are some tips to keep your jewelry in top shape.

  • Clean your jewelry before insertion.
  • Avoid chemicals or detergents; the best way to clean your jewelry is to wash it with warm, soapy (antibacterial soap) water.
  • Never soak your body jewelry in alcohol, especially jewelry made from acrylic or jewelry with gemstones.
  • Avoid swimming pools.
  • Store jewelry in a clean, dry place, like a fabric-lined jewelry box.
  • Don’t mix up your jewelry; the pieces can scratch each other. Keep each piece in a separate bag or compartment.
  • Be careful when drying your face when wearing gemstone or prong jewelry. A prong-set nose ring or cartilage earring can easily be damaged by catching on a towel.
  • Do not sleep in delicate body jewelry. Dangle belly rings are particularly susceptible to damage when you toss and turn at night. It is best to switch out for a basic piece of body jewelry before bed.
  • Clean your body jewelry regularly to keep it looking new. You can use our jewelry cleaning solution and polishing cloth to self-service your jewelry. You may also want to use Funk Off to get rid of that funk that piercings often get.

Threaded jewelry

  • The balls on your barbells have a tendency to come loose with regular wear. Check and gently tighten them regularly. If you lose your balls, you can always get some replacement jewelry parts.
  • Do not over-tighten balls or charms. This will strip the threads and damage your jewelry.

Fine 14k gold & platinum body jewelry

High-quality jewelry should be serviced periodically by a professional jeweler. You will be amazed how different your piece looks after it has been professionally cleaned and polished! We are happy to service your jewelry for you. Please contact us at 1-800-420-7002 for more information.

Body Jewelry Insertion Guide

When inserting your body jewelry, do so in a well-lit room where you can easily recover small balls and settings should you accidentally drop them. If inserting the jewelry over a sink, be sure to close the drain first or you may drop and lose parts of your jewelry.

Threaded jewelry items

Most body jewelry items contains threaded components that unscrew and tighten to insert the jewelry. It's important to know how to correctly use the threads without damaging them.

To insert: Insert the piercing jewelry backing into your piercing from behind. Push the backing as far into your piercing as possible. Insert the charm, ball or setting into the backing and rotate right, or clockwise. Be careful not to over-tighten the charm, ball, or setting as this can break the threads and damage your item.

To remove: Remove the front charm, ball, or setting from the backing by holding the backing in one hand and turning the charm, ball, or setting left, or counter clockwise, with the other hand

Nose rings

Nose rings are quite easy to insert, however, there is still a trick to inserting them without irritating your piercing.

To insert: Insert your index finger into your nostril to support your piercing while you insert the nose ring. With the other hand, insert the tip of the nose ring twist, hoop, bone, or L-Shape backing into your piercing, and gently push until you feel the nose ring come through and touch your other finger. If you have any trouble inserting your nose ring, add a dab of lubricant like Neosporin to the tip of the nose ring to help it insert easily.

To remove: Remove by gently taking hold of the charm on your nose and pulling. If you have a nose twist, you will need to twist the nose ring to allow it to come out easily.

Segment rings & captives

Our standard segment rings are a great alternative to captive bead rings. A segment of each hoop can be unclipped, the hoop then inserted into your piercing, and the segment clipped back into the hoop to form a seamless circle. The segment is held in by tension; there is no clasp or hinge.

To insert/remove: Hold the segment ring with both hands. One hand should hold the segment piece of the hoop, the other, the hoop itself. Carefully pull in opposite directions with each hand. The segment should come right out. Be careful not to pull too hard or twist so you don’t damage the shape of the hoop. Once the segment is removed, insert the hoop through your piercing. To re-insert the segment, insert on one side first, then, with both hands, pull open the hoop slightly, insert the segment, and allow the hoop to close again.

Hinged body jewelry

We sell a variety of segment rings, septum clickers, and other piercing items that utilize a hinged mechanism. These items have a clasp on one side and a hinge on the other allowing you to open and close the hoop or ring and insert into your piercing.

To open: Grab the bottom of the hoop and gently pull up on the barbell portion of the clicker. It should unclasp and pop out. If you have trouble opening, shift your hand position so both are close to the barbell and pull again.

To close: Align the clasp with the closure and close the hoop once is has been inserted or removed from your piercing.