Nipple Piercing & Jewelry Guide

Congratulations, you just got a new nipple piercing or are looking to get one! 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 14 gauge (14G) barbell, sometimes you may get pierced with 16G (thinner than 14G) or even 12G (thicker than 14G); it may depend on nipple size. You will most commonly be pierced with a straight barbell. A good piercer will choose to pierce you with only high quality titanium, 14k gold or 18k gold. In the past, CBRs (Captive Bead Rings) 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 Nipple Piercing is Healed. Now What?

You followed all 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? You want to look for 14G or 16G nipple jewelry with a wearable length of at least 5/8-inch.

If you value you 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 additives that your nipple piercing can react to.

Nipple Piercing Jewelry Styles:

Shop Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells The most standard type of of nipple jewelry, these can range from basic to elaborate. It's a bar with a ball on each end. Barbells are either Internally Threaded or Externally Threaded. Internally threaded jewelry is of higher quality, that's why at FreshTrends we prefer to make our barbells internally threaded, which means that the bar that passes through the piercing does not have threading on it, instead the threading is on the ball. In other words, the rough edges of the threading doesn't pass through your delicate piercing.

At FreshTrends have an extensive collection of internally threaded gold straight barbells with opals, pearls, diamonds and other colorful gemstones.

Shop Circular Barbell for Nipple Piercings

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.

Captive bead ring for nipple piercing

CBRs (Captives or Captive Bead Rings)

Like Circular Barbells, captives are a basic essential that most people with a nipple piercing have in their jewelry collection. Perfect for those moments when you're looking for simple comfort. It's a hoop with a ball that you pop in and out. So there's no threading.

Segment ring jewelry for nipple piercings

Segment Rings & Seamless Rings

Seamless Rings: The name says it all; these are a seamless hoop. Unlike CBRs, seamless rings are a continuous circle. To insert you 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: They look like seamless hoops, but like the ball on a captive bead ring, the 'segment' is a piece that you pop in and out of the hoop.

Nipple clicker ring

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 never have to worry about loosing your ball!

Curved barbell for nipple piercing

Curved Barbells

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

Twisted barbell for nipple piercing Twister Spiral

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 diameters and gauged; however, the shorter pieces are ideal to wear in a nipple piercing. It’s as comfortable to wear as a CBR and looks amazing.
Dangle nipple jewelry Dangle

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.
Non-dangle barbell jewelry for nipple piercings Non-Dangle

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.
Nipple shield
Nipple Shields

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.