How professional body jewellery works.
Your jewellery may look confusing if you are not familiar with the various types of jewellery installed into piercings these days, perhaps your wondering how you remove it, how it comes apart or your scratching your head wondering how to put it back in if your jewellery has come loose or fallen out. Professional jewellery used in piercing today can be quite different from the ''scroll'' or ''Butterfly'' backed jewellery that was commonly used in piercing. Which can still be fine to wear traditionally in healed lobe piercings. However the problem with that older style jewellery in fresh piercings and other placements that are not on the lobes of the ear is, that it is difficult to keep clean, the outdated style provides crevices for dirt and debris to easily stick to and gather in mass which increases the risk of infections, the surface polish is usually too poor to aid in successful wound healing resulting in prolonged irritation and not only that unfortunately only comes in one size, which results in the jewellery being too short and imbedding into the tissue. It's just not logical to use this style of jewellery in piercings particularly when us as human beings have anatomy that can and does vary greatly from individual to individual. So this means that in modern piercing which has now thankfully evolved on from outdated methods and practises we typically use jewellery that is both accommodating in size and style whilst also being easy to keep clean. Modern jewellery designs are comfortable to wear and should have exceptional surface polish compared to their predecessors, enabling supportive healing. The modern body jewellery of today comes in lots of styles with innovative mechanisms for security, providing us with the ability to adorn various placements to fit all anatomies whilst remaining multi-functionally compatible.
Style of jewellery.
Your piercer should have given you an aftercare leaflet with your jewellery details on, including the type, length, gauge and mechanism. If you still have this it will be good to take a look for your reference.
Body jewellery for piercing is made up of components, which typically includes a shaft or post and attachment.
The shaft is the part that passes through the piercing, whilst the attachment is typically the decorative part of the jewellery. Attachments are inserted into the shaft or post with either a threading (screwed into) mechanism or held in by tension with a thread-less/push pin ( pushed into) mechanism.
Shafts come in numerous styles, such as:
Labret - a straight post with a fixed disk and single hole for attachment
Barbell - a straight post with holes for attachments on both ends
Curved barbell -a curved post with holes for attachments on both ends
Circular barbell - an almost fully circular post similar to a ''horseshoe'' with holes for attachments on both ends
If your style of jewellery is a ring, it may be hinged, captive/segment or seamless in style.
To tighten threaded jewellery, turn the attachment clockwise to screw into the threaded post until it will not turn further any further and has locked into place securely. To remove the attachment, simply unthread it by unscrewing anti-clockwise until the attachment is released from the post.
To adjust the tension or remove thread-less jewellery, please watch the video demonstration.
See diagrams for reference