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Acrylic credit to Anonymous
See “Lucite.”

Amber credit to Anonymous
Is a fossilized resin and has a long tradition of use in jewelry. Its most common color is a goldish yellow but it also comes in black, greenish, reddish, white, brown, blue and various blends. It can be found with natural entrapments, including small animals and plants which can be amazingly well preserved. One of the oldest plugs ever found was made of amber. Amber is commonly used for inlays in metal jewelry or in plugs made of horn, bone or wood etc. The material has a smooth surface that is kind to the skin, but tends to be a little fragile. It doesn't handle heat very well, so it shouldn't be autoclaved. During winter, it will stay warm.

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To anneal metal jewellery is to heat it to a set temperature for a set time with the goal of removing all stress points and hardenings. Annealed rings are then easier to open and less brittle, though they tend to hold beads more weakly than hardened jewelry in the smallest gauges. Annealing, a controlled heating and cooling process performed in a vacuum, yields more flexible steel, resistant to metal fatigue.

Austrian Crystal credit to Anonymous
A stone commonly used in all types of jewellery settings. They shimmer and sparkle like real diamonds and won’t usually fade or become dull over time. They’re also impervious to chlorine and other such chemicals. Thought to be number one in brilliance, cut and sparkle.

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Banana Barbell credit to Anonymous
Also known as Banana Bell. See “curved barbell.”

Barbell credit to
The barbell is one of the most commonly used pieces of jewellery. It consists of a central post, with a bead on each end. These beads screw on with either internal or external threading.

Beads credit to
Beads come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Most externally threaded jewellery has interchangeable parts as long as the gauges are the same. For example: beads from a 14g barbell will fit on a 14g Labret post. Captive Beads are universal; you don’t have to use a particular bead size with a certain gauge.

Belly Dangle credit to
Belly Dangles are 14g Curved Barbells with charms attached to the bottom bead. They are available in a wide range of styles. Note that in general Belly Dangles serve an aesthetic rather than practical purpose. BodyMods carries Playboy, NHL, CFL and Disney licensed designer Dangles.

Bio-Plast credit to Anonymous
Also known as Bio-Flex - a non-toxic biocompatible plastic, meaning it will not cause allergies. Bioplast is comfortable, flexible and can be colorful, although is usually clear. Bioplast conforms to all worldwide standards on use of body jewelry materials. It is becoming the European standard for use by pro-piercers, quickly taking the place of titanium and surgical steel and it can be sterilized in an autoclave. A study found that people pierced with this material experienced less swelling, lower rates of infection and faster healing times.

Blackline credit to Anonymous
Adding a surface layer of highly durable black film to a titanium core, by way of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), produces Blackline jewelry. The base formula for Blackline has been tested by an independent biological testing laboratory, and is certified biocompatible for external and internal medical devices that come into contact with bone, skin, tissue or blood. Without exception, all noted scientific experts confirmed the appropriateness of the special formula and it's specific surface treatment for body piercing jewellery. All Blackline body jewellery involves the PVD coating applied to a Grade 23 medical titanium substrate. Blackline body jewellery also possesses an extremely low coefficient of friction and a micro smoothed surface texture. Blackline is further resistant to autoclave-induced corrosion, and is compatible with steam and chemical sterilization treatments. Blackline is suitable for piercings that are still healing, as it is lightweight, safe and durable. Although the surface layer isn't classified as permanent, it is very durable and lasts longer than for example anodized titanium. If used where in contact with hard body parts, such as teeth, the surface layer can be scraped off. See also “PVD.”

Boric Oxide credit to Anonymous
Is needed for the production of certain types of glasses, indcluding optical and telescope lenses, medical glasses, electronic glasses and glass ceramic composites. It’s benefits for use in glass formulations are reduction of melting temperature, increased thermal resistance and mechanical strength. See also “Borosilicate Glass.”

Borosilicate Glass credit to Anonymous
A glass containing a minimum of 5 percent of boric oxide. It’s highly resistant to heat and shock and used especially in making cookware and glassware. See also “Boric Oxide.”

Bronze credit to Anonymous
Bronze is often used for larger piercings in the form of earweights. It's very popular in ethnic jewelry from Indonesia among other places in the world. Bronze is an alloy of different metals but the most common blend (in piercing jewelry) is 90% copper and 10% tin. When buying bronze jewelry, make sure to buy it from a serious manufacturer as some bronzes can contain arsenic which can "bleed" into your body. Bronze can also discolor the skin, leaving behind a greenish color. The discolouration can be removed but if it gets into open wounds it can permanently discolor the tissue.

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Captive Bead Ring credit to Anonymous
Also known as a CBR - the most simple and most common style of body jewelry, consists of a curved piece of surgical steel wire with a bead clamped between the ends, making a closed ring. Used in a vast variety of body piercings.

Cartilage Jewellery credit to
Specialty cartilage jewellery has been created for your helix or industrial(cartilage) piercings. This jewellery is generally fancier than your basic Captive Bead Ring, Circular Barbell or Labret which can also be worn in your Cartilage. They are usually in the style of cuffs, studs or chains.

CBB credit to Anonymous
See “Curved Barbell”

Circular Barbell credit to Anonymous
Also known as a horseshoe - due to their shape, resembling the latest in equine footwear. They are used in any number of piercings, including earrings, tragus rings, nasal septum piercings, madisons, or even horizontal clitoral hood piercings, although the latter is less common, as the clitoris is deprived of the stimulation gained from a properly positioned captive bead ring. See also “curved barbell.”

Coral credit to
Coral is not a gemstone -- it is actually the calcified skeletons of sea creatures that grow in formations resembling the branches of a tree.

Corkscrew credit to Anonymous
See "Twister."

Cubic Zirconia credit to Anonymous
An artificial crystal resembling a diamond in refraction, dispersion, hardness, and color, used in jewelry. See also “gemstones.”

Cuff Earrings credit to
Cuff Earrings are made from surgical steel or titanium. The earring is hinged in the centre, so that the ring opens wide enough to fit over the lobe for insertion. Cuff earrings will not to rust, tarnish or corrode from perspiration.

Curved Barbell credit to Anonymous
A curved barbell is mechanically identical to a straight barbell, except for being curved. Curvature on a curved barbell can range from almost straight (sometimes referred to as a bananabell or banana barbell) to circular (sometimes referred to as a CBB or CBR) with some barbells actually being spiral, with the ends overlapping but separated to allow the insertion of the jewelry (sometimes referred to as a Twister). A variation on this design is a J-bar or J-post, a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end, used in vertical navel piercings to position the decorative end of the jewelry more appropriately. They can be either internally threaded or externally threaded.

CZ credit to Anonymous
See “Cubic Zirconia.”

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D-Ring credit to
A D-Ring is similar to a Captive Bead Ring but shaped like the letter “D”. It is most commonly worn in the eyebrow.

Disturbed Labret credit to
A Disturbed Labret is simply a standard Labret stud with a large spike opposed to a plain bead. Spikes are available in many different colours, lengths and shapes.

Double-Flared credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Earlets credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Electro-polish credit to Anonymous
A sophisticated surface finishing technique, where electrochemical activity slowly erodes a thin layer from the surface of the jewellery resulting in microsmoothing. The resultant surface is ultra smooth and crevice free. It has a higher surface integrity and efficiency than jewellery polished by other means.

Eyelets credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Fake Body Jewellery credit to Anonymous
Body jewelry that looks like the real thing, but doesn't require the holes. Fake or non-piercing body jewellery lets you try out the look without a permanent commitment. Perfect for a night out to add some sparkle to your body. Fake body jewellery includes magnetic earrings, belly button inserts, clip-ons, fake flesh plugs, fake lip, tongue and nipple rings plus much more.

Fishtail Labret credit to
A Fishtail Labret is similar to a Nostril Screw although lager in size. Its simple backless design may minimize gum recession for people prone to it. However, many people find it uncomfortable and/or that it falls out in their sleep.

Flesh Plug credit to Anonymous
See “Plug.”

Flesh Tunnel credit to Anonymous
See 'Tunnel'.

Funky Barbell credit to
Funky body jewellery can come in any shape or size to fit any piercing. There are no set rules of what type of jewellery must be worn in a piercing, so if it fits and it’s comfortable it can be any shape or size you like.

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Gemstones credit to Anonymous
Used in a wide range of body jewellery. The quality varies widely with different gems, and it can be hard to find stones big enough without cracks and/or scratches. Some stones, such as malachite, may affect the body. Malachite contains copper that can discolor the skin. Others may contain lead or arsenic or other hazardous materials. However, stones are generally not a problem for the body as long as they don't have sharp or pointy edges or aren’t very heavy. Most of the time they can be autoclaved, but some stones, such as opals and corals can't stand the heat and should be cleaned some other way.

Glass credit to Anonymous
Is a common piercing material that has been used for thousands of years. Earplugs made of glass have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. If correctly shaped and manufactured, glass is an excellent material. It’s comfortable to wear, tough and safe for the body. However, cheaper glass beads that are not covered in a metal shell can easily break into shards. If you drop glass jewelry on the floor, you probably won't be able to use it again. Also if you have a cheap bead in a tongue piercing and accidentally chew on it, it can break into tiny shards and cause mouth injuries. It is possible to sterilize glass in a steam-autoclave but the heat may cause cracking in cheaper products.

Gold credit to Anonymous
A material that is good for body piercing, but since it is so soft it must be mixed with harder metals to maintain its shape. Quite often, the other metals gold is mixed with are inappropriate for body jewelry, so care must be taken when choosing the piece. Truly high quality gold body jewelry is mixed with palladium and is not coated but is made entirely of this gold-palladium mixture. Because this method of jewelry making is so specific to the piercing industry and because palladium is actually even more valuable than the gold itself, high quality gold body jewelry can be very expensive, but is worth the extra cost. Companies that manufacture high-quality gold body jewelry usually also offer body jewelry set with real gems and diamonds. Another general rule of thumb is to stick with nothing less than a 14 karat, as to avoid too many impurities.

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Hoop credit to Anonymous
See "captive bead ring" and/or "segment ring."

Horseshoe credit to Anonymous
See “circular barbell”

Hymen Piercing credit to
Hymen piercings are extraordinarily rare piercings. The hymen is the mucous membrane partially closing the vaginal opening.

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ICE Earrings credit to
ICE Earrings are made from gorgeous Austrian Crystals and are set in .925 Sterling Silver. The cut gems come in many of shapes, circular and square cut being the most popular; the stones are most commonly clear or black but do come in a wide range of colours.

Implantatium credit to Anonymous
When the EU passed the nickel law and 316L was no longer an alternative for new piercings, Implantatium, a new alloy with less nickel, was created with the aim of replacing surgical steel as the leading healing jewelry. However, Implantatium never became successful, mainly due to its high prices, uneven quality and a limited choice of jewelry. Instead titanium became the leading material. The alloy consists of less than 0.05% nickel and is therefore compatible with the EU nickel law. It is safe to use in a healing piercing but as stated above, the choice of jewelry is very limited.

Internally Threaded Jewelry credit to Anonymous
Refers to jewelry that has no threads on the outside of the post, but the ball has a tiny threaded post attached to it. The ball then screws into the post.

Inverted Belly Dangle credit to
Inverted Belly are 14g Curved Barbells that have the charm or decoration fixed to the top of the barbell opposed to the bottom. Inverted belly can be used in both top and bottom navel piercing. They are especially good for the bottom because the design will sit flush against the skin.

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While not common (or in common usage), a J-bar, is a curved barbell with a more acute curve on the lower end, forming a "J"-like shape. This type of jewelry is most commonly used on navel piercings because it positions a decorative lower bead more appropriately than a standard curved barbell in many cases.

J-Post credit to Anonymous
Also known as J-Bar. A special kind of jewelry used in belly buttons of a particular shape. Some navels need to be pierced at an angle, which makes it difficult to see the bottom ball. A barbell in the shape of a “J” makes it possible to see both the top and bottom balls easily, and can look nicer. See also “Curved Barbell”

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Koosh Beads credit to
Koosh Beads are very similar to ticklers, the only difference being that the silicone cannot be removed from the bead. Koosh beads are made up of soft silicone spikes that have been attached to an acrylic/surgical steel bead. Koosh can be worn in all piercings.

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Labret Stud credit to Anonymous
A piece of threaded jewelry used in the labret. Similar to a small barbell, but one end is a disk instead of a ball. The disk goes on the inside of the lower lip to prevent damage to teeth and gums.

Latex credit to Anonymous
Most piercers use latex gloves during procedures, so if you're allergic to latex let your piercer know right away. Your piercer should have alternative non-latex gloves. See also “Allergies.”

Lucite credit to Anonymous
Also known as acrylic - it is a transparent or coloured plastic, mostly used for plugs, tapers, tunnels, belly, tongue, eyebrow and various other piercings. Due to the material's slipperiness, it is widely used for stretching. Jewelry made of acrylic has a tendency to collect body fluids and skin parts in tiny pores. This calls for regular cleaning to avoid bad smell and infections. It's not a good material for damaged or new piercings. It should not be autoclaved as it can become discolored/shatter. It is also a fragile material and can easily shard if dropped.

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Microdermal credit to
Micro-Dermals can be placed anywhere on the skin’s surface. Once the jewellery has been inserted it cannot be removed by the wearer. This jewellery is made up of two components: 1) The foot, which is implanted underneath the skin, which has a post or step that protrudes through the surface of the skin. 2) The interchangeable jewellery, which is screwed into the threaded hole in the step of the micro-dermal.

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Mother of pearl, also called nacre, is an iridescent layer of material which forms the shell lining of many mollusks. Pearl oysters and abalone are both sources of mother of pearl, which is widely used as an inlay in jewellery. Mother of pearl comes in several natural colours, and is often bleached and dyed for decorative use.

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Nacre credit to
See 'mother of pearl'.

Niobium credit to Anonymous
Is a metal resembling titanium but is heavier. When using niobium as a piercing jewelry it has to be as pure as possible, the threshold value being 99.9% niobium. This is sometimes referred to as "999 Niobium". Lower purity shouldn't be used as it can lead to allergic reaction. Pure niobium doesn't react to body fluids, oxygen or cleaning agents and can be safely autoclaved. It is allowed in healing piercings by the EU nickel law. Niobium can be treated to obtain a permanently dim black surface. The selection of niobium jewelry is much smaller than that of titanium and blackline, mainly because niobium jewelry is more expensive and more difficult to produce.

Nose Bone credit to Anonymous
A type of nostril jewelry that consists of a tiny metal post with a decoration on one end and a bead of metal on the other. The bead is popped through the piercing to the inside of the nostril, which then holds the jewelry in place. This type of jewelry can damage new or unhealed piercings because the metal bead stretches and tears the tender tissue. This jewelry can be used for fully healed piercings, but if the jewelry is frequently removed and re-inserted the metal bead will stretch the piercing, possible causing irritation. See also "stretching."

Nose Pin credit to Anonymous
Same as a nose bone but longer with no bead of metal on the end. Once inserted into the nostril, a simple bend to its shaft will produce an L-shape, creating a custom fit. Very popular.

Nostril Screw credit to Anonymous
It is recommended jewelry for the nostril. This jewelry resembles a thin steel post that is bent into an L-shape and then curved. The post should be made of surgical-grade steel. As anatomy varies from person to person, some piercers will use straight nostril screws that they bend by hand to custom fit the client's nostril.

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O-Ring credit to Anonymous
Small rings of silicone rubber used to keep jewellery in place. O-rings are commonly used on retainers, plugs and tunnels. O-rings are easy to lose but usually inexpensive to replace. Some people find o-rings to be very annoying and avoid using them at all by wearing "flared" or "double flared" plugs or tunnels. See also “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Peg Earrings credit to
Peg Earrings are slightly thicker than a regular earring, ranging anywhere from an 18g-14g. Peg Earrings are made from a wide range of materials including Water Buffalo Horn and Bone. However, they are most commonly made from wood. All of our Organics are hand carved in Bali, Indonesia.

Physical Vapour Deposition credit to Anonymous
Since it's introduction to the medical device industry in the late 1980's, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) has become widely used to deposit wear resistant, thin film coatings onto medical devices (including heart pacemakers, surgical instruments, and orthopaedic implants). The main value in PVD technology rests in the ability to modify the surface properties of a device without changing the underlying material's peroperties and biochemical functionality. The surface coating is tremendously adhesive to the substrate, is conformal and pinhole free, is an excellent permeation barrier, and is sterile on preparation. The biocompatibility of a componant is an absolute pre-requisite when applied in medical device situations.

Plastastic credit to Anonymous
Is a relatively new plastic. It is non-toxic, safe against the body's chemical reactions and does not cause allergies. It's available in several different colors and shapes. The material is also widely used in the medical industry for sutures, synthetic arteries, reconstruction of tendons, replacement of cardiac valves and bone-plates and screws.

Plug credit to Anonymous
A cylindrical shaped piece of jewelry, usually worn in the earlobe or labret. Most plugs require a piercing to be stretched to fit. Plugs can be made of many different materials, including acrylic, steel, glass, organic and other natural materials. They can be secured in the piercing in many ways. O-rings, flares and parts that screw on are the most common. See also “Stretching.”

Polishing credit to
There are purposes for polishing the surface of bead rings other than aesthetics. A mirror finish is required for implant devices; the metal cannot be gray, blurred or dull. When finished properly, stainless steel is resistant to degradation by the body's internal environment. Having a mirror finish will improve impact strength, decrease corrosion and produce a non-porous surface that will not harbor bacteria.

Polytetrafluoroethylene credit to Anonymous
Also known as Teflon, was invented in 1938 and is used in the medical industry as well as for cooking instruments, such as pots and frying pans. It is biocompatible, meaning it will not cause allergies. It's a lightweight plastic, it's bendable, autoclaveable, not visible with X-Rays, not magnetic, and very stable. It's well suited for implants and piercings, especially if you want a little elasticity in the jewelry. It's also a good material to use as retainers, when you need to take out any metal jewelry, like when in surgery or when X-rayed, so that the hole doesn't shrink.

PTFE credit to Anonymous
See “Polytetrafluoroethylene.”

PVD credit to Anonymous
See “Physical Vapour Deposition”

Pyrex credit to Anonymous
A brand name for items made of borosilicate glass. See also "borosilicate glass."

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Retainer credit to Anonymous
A clear or flesh-toned piece of high-grade acrylic used to conceal / hide a piercing or to replace steel jewelry during surgery or x-rays.

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Saddle Plug credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Screw Ball Ring credit to
Screw Ball Ring is a ring of any size and diameter that has a bead screw onto one side.

Segment Ring credit to
A circular piece of metal with a small removable segment. When the segment is in place, it gives the illusion of a continuous ring.

Septum Retainer credit to
A piece of jewellery for making a septum piercing less visible (or not visible at all).

Septum Tusk credit to
A Septum Tusk is a large double-spiked piece of jewellery, designed to resemble a primitive bone or horn tusk. It is normally worn through the septum and is for decorative purposes only.

Silicone credit to Anonymous
A lightweight rubber-like material, commonly used for earplugs and tunnels. Silicone body piercing jewellery should be manufactured from certified biocompatible silicone. It should meet the requirements of the following: European Pharmacopoeia, Deutsches Arzneibuch and U.S. Pharmacopoeia Plastics of Class V1. The dye should only be mixed in a ratio of 1:300 and pass the German BGA medical standard. The silicone you decide to purchase should also have been tested for 30 days continuous body implant, without complication. Most silicone accessories, however, are intended for temporary application only.

Silver credit to Anonymous
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver alloyed with copper or some other metal. Sterling silver jewellery is usually marked "925." While silver and sterling silver jewellery can often be safely worn in healed piercings, neither should be worn in a new or unhealed piercing or in a piercing that is located in a moist area of the body such as the mouth or genitals. Silver tarnishes quickly. When worn in a new piercing, the tarnish can be deposited into the skin causing it to darken or turn grey, often permanently. Silver is very soft and is easily scratched. Scratches in the jewellery surface can easily irritate even a healed piercing and trap bacteria, encouraging infection.

Single Flared credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Skin Divers are the latest innovation in piercing using an easy to apply technique. They enable you to create patterns never before possible with piercings. They are beautifully decorative, enhance tattoos and are quick and easy to put in. The top however is fixed, therefore not interchangeable.

Slave Ring credit to
A Slave Barbell (or Bondage Bar or Door Knocker) has a CBR at one or both ends of the barbell. Functionally, they are no different from a normal Barbell and are just for decorative purposes.

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Smartie Beads (named after the candy) or buttons are basically flattened beads. The typical purpose is to prevent the jewellery from damaging the teeth and gums and allowing free movement of the tongue. Usually, smartie beads are used in heavy gauge piercings to fit jewellery into shorter spaces, typically in heavy-gauge tongue piercings and apadravya piercings.

Spiral credit to Anonymous
See “Curved Barbell”

Spool credit to Anonymous
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Stainless Steel credit to Anonymous
This term is used for a wide range of different qualities of metal. There is an important difference between stainless steel and surgical-grade steel; stainless steel is used in the manufacture of a vast range of tools and appliances, from forks and knives to toasters, door handles, chairs, and everything else we use in our daily lives. Surgical steel is a similar material but has been tested for impurities that could be hazardous when inserted into living tissue. Make sure your jewelry is surgical steel, not just stainless. See also “Surgical Steel.”

Stash Plugs credit to
Hollow "storage" jewellery. Stash plugs are larger cylindrical pieces of jewellery that, instead of simply being a tunnel, are capped off with a seamless lid. Small items can be hidden and carried within.

Sterling Silver credit to Anonymous
See "silver."

Stone credit to
Gems or gemstones are mostly used as inlays in plugs and as beads in CBR’s. The quality varies widely with different gems and it can be hard to find stones big enough without cracks and scratches. However, stones are generally not a problem for the body as long as they don't have sharp or pointy edges or are very heavy.

Surface Bar credit to
A straight barbell with 45 to 90 degree angle bends pointing in the same direction, on each end of the barbell.

Surgical Steel credit to Anonymous
One of the few types of metal suitable for piercing jewelry. Surgical-grade steel is also known as 316L or 316LVM(low-carbon vacuum-melted) steel. Surgical-grade steel can come in different qualities. Care should be taken that jewelry is manufactured well. Just because a piece of jewelry is surgical-grade steel, does not mean it is high quality. Check to see if threads are visible even when the ends are screwed on tightly. Also check for scratches or dents and make sure the jewelry is shiny and smooth. Brightly shining jewelry can (although not always) mean that the jewelry is well coated with chromium, which is a self-healing metal that protects the jewelry and protects you as well.

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Taper credit to Anonymous
A Taper is a piece of jewellery designed to help stretch an existing piercing. It comes in four basic designs, (straight, curved, sprial and crescent) in a large variety of materials. Tapers can be made from lucite, glass or organics, however, surgical steel is ideal as it can be properly sterilized and is not porus. See also "stretching."

Teardrop CBR credit to
A teardrop CBR is similar to a Captive Bead Ring but shaped like a teardrop. It is most commonly worn in the septum or navel.

Teflon credit to Anonymous
See “PTFE”

Tickler credit to
A tickler in the context of body jewellery, is a silicone cap that fits onto the Bead of a Barbell (usually a 6mm). It gives the bead a soft textured and is usually worn for enhancing oral sex, although many people wear them for decorative purposes as well.

Titanium credit to Anonymous
Jewellery is often either pure Titanium or a "Grade 23" implant-alloy called Ti6AL4V ELI. They are both sold under the name Titanium. Whether pure titanium or the alloy is best for your body is a disputed topic. The alloy has long been used for both piercings and implants without complications, but is difficult to see if long-term allergies and other complications can rise. Besides titanium, the alloy contains aluminium and vanadium. Pure titanium on the other hand, is softer and can more easily (though still not easily) be scratched by pliers and other tools. These scratches can lead to irritation in both new and healed piercings. Regardless of its type, titanium jewelry is a popular option for piercings. It is lightweight (around 60% stainless steel), it does not react to body fluids, is not magnetic and is generally allergy-safe. The material can be anodized to create a layer of colored oxide on the surface. Common colors are yellow, bright blue, blue, purple, bright purple, green, and a rainbow mix. It is the most common piercing material within the borders of the EU. The EU has strict rules regarding piercing materials. For instance, the surgical steel 316L is prohibited for use in new piercings, which has created a larger market for titanium jewelry. Titanium can be sterilized in an autoclave.

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Tunnels are very similar to plugs with one major difference, they are hollow! Also known as spools, earlets or eyelets - are hollow tunnels, usually used in stretched or scalpelled piercings (generally large gauge ear piercings). Flesh tunnels may be worn with a ball closure ring or other object passed through them. Flesh tunnels can be made of many different materials, including acrylic, steel, glass, organic and other natural materials. Some flesh tunnels have flares at one (single flare) or both (double flare or saddle) ends to keep the jewelry from falling out. In the absence of flares, grooves may be cut near the edges to allow rubber or silicone o-rings to hold the jewelry in place.

Twister credit to Anonymous
Also known as corkscrew or spiral, is a piece of jewelry similar to a circular barbell but has been shaped into a spiral. Usually used in the navel or ear. See also “Curved Barbell”.

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Vibrating Jewellery credit to
Vibrating body jewellery is exactly what it sounds like. Inside the vibrator, there are two batteries, when the two pieces are screwed together a connection is made and the Barbell/Ring vibrates. Vibrating jewellery includes: Navel, Tongue, Nipples and Genitals usually. Vibrating body jewellery is for aesthetic, amusement, and/or arousal purposes.

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Wood credit to
Hardwoods are most often used to make plugs for enlarged piercings, such as ear lobe, labret and septum. Hardwoods are natural materials that work in harmony with the body. They can "breathe" with a piercing and allows an interchange of oils. Wood stays warmer than metals. Wood does not develop the bad odor plastics can develop.

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Zircontwo credit to Anonymous
Also known as Zircon Gold; was developed as an alternative to gold jewelry. The method of production is similar to that of Blackline, but instead, a material called zirconium nitride is used in the film. The core of the material is most often a highgrade titanium alloy. Zircontwo, like Blackline, is used in medical equipment. Zircontwo is better suited to a healing piercing than real gold, since it won't discolor as 18K (75%) gold often does. It is also more lightweight and has a smoother surface so it won't cause as much irritation. It is also cheaper and significantly more durable. Although the surface layer isn't classified as permanent, it is very durable and lasts longer than for example anodized titanium. If used where in contact with hard body parts, such as teeth, the surface layer can be scraped off. Zircontwo can be autoclaved. See also “PVD.”

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