If you have any body piercing you know that there are many different styles and variations of jewelry that can be worn in one piercing. Today we will be discussing nipple rings to clear up some confusion on sizing and measurements especially when it comes to those nipple shields.
First things first when shopping for any jewelry you should make sure you know what size you are looking for. The best thing to do is get as much information as you can at the time of the initial piercing. You should have your piercer write down what gauge you were pierced with. The gauge is the size (thickness) of the barbell itself. Depending on the piercer and the client’s personal preference the nipple can be pierced with either a 14 gauge or 16 gauge jewelry, be sure to know before you go shoving the wrong size in there not only can it be painful but also harmful.
There are several different styles of nipple jewelry that can be used, horseshoe rings, nipple shields, nipple barbells, and captive bead rings. Depending on your taste and style either of these is fine. Usually piercers will place a barbell in the piercing but some also use captive bead rings to do the initial piercing.
When purchasing barbells for nipple piercings you will need to know the gauge size as well as the length of the barbell. When purchasing horseshoe rings, captive bead rings, and nipple shields you will need to know the gauge as well as the diameter of the ring or shield. The diameter is the internal measurements of the jewelry. Choosing the right nipple ring can be tricky but when you know exactly what to shop for, it makes it a breeze, now that you have all the confusion cleared up its time to nipple ring shop!