Nipple Piercing & Jewelry Guide

So, you're considering a nipple piercings. Here is all the information you need to know so that you are well-informed and feel confident when you finally pierce your nipples.

The most common jewelry used for a nipple piercing is a 14 gauge (14G) barbell, but you might get pierced with 16G (thinner than 14G) or even 12G (thicker than 14G) depending on your nipple size. You will most commonly be pierced with a straight barbell. A good piercer will choose only high quality metals like titanium, 14k gold, or 18k gold. In the past, CBRs (captive bead rings) were a popular choice as the initial jewelry 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. (Once your piercing has healed, however, you can switch to a CBR if that's your preferred style.)

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 long. The initial jewelry will need to be long enough to accommodate swelling. If your nipples swell enough to push on the ends of the jewelry, you will need to be fit with a larger piece, otherwise you risk jewelry rejection or embedding.

Fast Facts


The flesh of one or both nipples.




6-8 months


$30-$50 for the piercing only, plus jewelry

Your Nipple Piercing Is Healed. Now What?

You followed all of the advice, and you’re completely healed. Now for the fun part: shopping for new gold nipple rings to adorn your sexy nipple piercing.

It’s important to know your size. If in doubt, you should check out our body jewelry sizes. Typically, you want to look for 14G or 16G nipple jewelry with a wearable length of at least 5/8-inch.

If you value your piercing, you'll always want to stick to high quality materials, such as nickel-free solid gold, when buying a new nipple ring. The reason for this is that these precious metals are more pure and tend to have fewer alloys that your nipple can react to.

Find out more about nipple piercings here.

Nipple Piercing Jewelry Styles

Straight Barbell

Even though straight barbells are the most standard type of nipple jewelry, they can range from basic to elaborate, allowing you to make this classic piece your own. At FreshTrends, we have an extensive collection of internally threaded 14k gold straight barbells with opals, pearls, diamonds, and other colorful gemstones.

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Circular /Horseshoe Barbell

Also a very commonly used piece for nipple piercings, these offer a more masculine look but are also available with gemstones or diamonds for a more feminine and dazzling look. Circular barbells are a comfortable, basic style that many people opt for.

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Captive Bead Rings Aka CBRs

Like circular barbells, captives are staples that most people with a nipple piercing have in their jewelry collection. Perfect for those moments when you're looking for simple comfort, CBRs consist of a hoop with a ball that you pop in and out.

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Nipple Clickers

Hinged clickers are quickly becoming a favorite type of nipple jewelry. The hinged mechanism makes it easy to open and close for easy insertion, and you'll never have to worry about losing attachments.

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Curved Barbells

Some people opt for curved barbells rather than a straight barbell. This type of barbell is just like the straight barbell, but it has a slight curvature to the bar.

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Seam Rings & Segment Rings

Seam Rings: Unlike CBRs, seam rings are a continuous circle. To insert, separate the two ends (up and down, never apart or you will permanently bend it out of shape) and glide it through your nipple piercing.
Segment Rings:These look like seam rings, but similar to the ball on a captive bead ring, the segment is a piece that you pop in and out of the hoop.

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Twister Spiral Barbell

As the name implies, a twister barbell is a twisted spiral that you thread through your piercing and secure with a screw-on ball. They come in a variety of diameters and gauges; however, the shorter pieces are ideal to wear in a nipple piercing. It’s as comfortable and looks amazing.

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FreshTrends Tip

Be careful not to wear fabrics that could catch your jewelry and to keep the piercing covered when sleeping to avoid a snag.

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