body jewelry n' piercing glossary and terms
In this section you will find information, terms, and more about piercing the body and body jewelry.
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Type of metal that is made up of of at least two different types of
This is an extreme allergic reaction to an antibiotic given to treat an
This is the ridge of cartilage that is opposite the tragus, it is what comes out over the
When silver is leached into the pierced hole before it has had time to healed the skin around the area will
often turn black.
Any type of an add-on that is attached to the primary body jewelry.
Is a medical sterilization device that uses high pressure
steam heat to sterilize.
Its a piece of jewelry with a rod that goes through the piercing and a
ball at either end to hold it in place.
Belly Button Ring
Is placed through the flesh at the top of the belly button and comes out the
actual belly button opening.
Refers to any kind of procedure that deliberately changes or enhances the
body for aesthetic or personal reasons, but especially certain forms of body
art such as piercing, stretching, scarification and tattooing.
Is a piercing horizontally through the bridge of the nose.
Is a measuring device used to measure distances and thickness.
Is the plastic sleeve that's on the outside of the piercing needle the cannula stays in place after the needle is withdrawn and is
then used as a guide in order to put the jewelry into place.
Captive bead ring
A popular style of ring that holds a bead in place tightly by clamping it
between the two bent ends. The bead can only be removed by opening the ring
with special pliers.
It is the tissue that gives shape to the nose and ears.
An antiseptic solution that is very good at fighting
bacteria, yeasts and fungi infections.
Is a type of bacterial infection that you get in the cartilage.
Is a round barbell that has a small gap and balls at either end.
Is a medical clamp that is used to hold either skin or other
instruments during your piercing.
It is a piercing accessory that looks like an animalâ€™s claw.
The shell-shaped area located in the center region of the ear.
A barbell that is slightly curved or bent.
Is the part of the ear that broadens out slightly extending down from the upper
curve of the outer ear.
Is a plug that is used to stretch or enlarge a
A hollow tube or cylinder that is put into a punched or stretched piercing.
A medical term referring to any opening or break in the skin that is lined
throughout its length with skin. Any time a piercing has fully healed, it
has formed a fistula.
The term they use when referring to the size of a barbell or other piece of body
jewelry. The larger the opening, the smaller the gauge.
The outer ring of cartilage of the ear.
Is the scar tissue that builts up around a piercing.
Its the piercing of the lower lip or the jewelry that goes there.
It's a labret piercing that looks like a birthmark
such as Marilyn Monroe's or Cindy Crawford's.
This a painful inflammation of the breast tissue that is most likely caused by a bacterial
infection from a nipple piercing that has not been properly cared for.
The shifting of body jewelry from its original placement.
This a straight or curved barbell goes through the back of
the nipple it can be a man or a woman.
It is a decorative that goes around the nipple and is held in place by the nipple ring that goes
It's a ring goes in a side nostril piercing.
It's a lot like the ring however it is a straight or curved bar with only one ball on the outer end that is to be
inserted into a side nostril piercing.
It is a rubber ring that fits on the end of a plug to keep it in
place in your piercing.
It is piercings that are done to the mouth, including tongue, lip, cheek
and labret piercings.
This is when piercings shift slightly to one side or the other, like a belly
button piercing, because it is more comfortable.
Its just has the name says, its a spring-loaded device used to shoot a piercing stud through soft tissue for
Its just has the name says also, a needle specifically used to pierce a small hole in the
flesh to allow jewelry to be passed through.
It is a solid plug that can be made of different materials that is placed in a stretched
piercing, usually in an earlobe.
Its when a piercing has been poorly placed and it
rubs against the bone and causes it to disintegrate over time.
Is body jewelry that is clear and is for keeping a
piercing open but not noticeable.
Ring Closing Pliers
Pliers that you use to reduce the gap in body jewelry such as captive
bead rings without doing any damage to the jewelry.
Ring Opening Pliers
Just the opposite of ring closing pliers these are designed for opening body jewelry.
Rook is the piercing of the anti-helix, and that is the cartilage part of the ear
that is directly below the
upper curve of the outer ear.
This is the piercing of the ear where the barbell goes through more than one area of
the ear they also call this an
Is the cartilage that is inbetween the two nasal passages of the nose.
Is a rod that is larger at one end than it is at the other end. It is used to stretch the opening of a piercing.
It is a lot like a standard piercing barbell, the difference is the ball at one end is not
removable. This is the ball that is on the top of the tongue and the bottom ball is
secured underneath the tongue.
This is the piercing along the outer edge of the tongue, and most likely done with rings.
This is cartilage opposite the inner curve of the ear that protrudes
over the ear canal and is attached to the front side of the face.
Tube or Tunnel
This a hollow plug that is placed in a stretched piercing so that you can see through it.
UV Reactive Jewelry
This fluorescent body jewelry that is really popular right now for wearing to raves and clubs.
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