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Nipple Piercing & Jewelry Guide

Man with nipples pierced

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.

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:

Shop Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells

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. It's a bar with a ball on each end. Barbells are either internally threaded or externally threaded. Internally threaded jewelry is usually an indication of higher quality, which is why, at FreshTrends, all of our threaded jewelry is threaded internally, attesting to the quality of our jewelry pieces.

At FreshTrends, we have an extensive collection of internally threaded 14k 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 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.

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, 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 seamless hoops, but similar to 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'll never have to worry about losing attachments.

Curved barbell for nipple piercing

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.

Twisted barbell for nipple piercing 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.
Dangle nipple jewelry Dangle

Dangle nipple rings feature exactly what you would expect: a dangle element. You can opt for simpler styles or more elaborate looks. 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 wear, 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 an exotic nipple shield. Once again, you should save these for special occasions as they are quite large and intricate and may cause some discomfort after prolonged wear.
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