Saturday, November 14, 2009

Making your own, not as easy as it sounds

Some people prefer making their own jewelry. By making their own, there are able to maintain a certain level of creativity and uniqueness on their designs.

One can rate custom made body jewelry from being exotic, unique, weird, shocking, extreme and even interesting. One benefit: one can brag about creating their own sets of rings, studs, etc.

In creating your own body jewelry set, it is important to choose your materials well. You won't like it if you create a masterpiece of design with maximum performance and great aesthetics but you fail to use the jewelry because it induces an allergic reaction when worn.

You need a strong, non-allergenic, non-corrosive material which you can use everyday. Thus, you really need the knowledge to guide you which material to be used for your body jewelry.

When looking at various materials, you should always consider the percentage of the nickel on the material to be used. It is nickel which causes the allergic reactions on people when wearing pierce earrings, rings, etc. Since nickel is not bio-compatible, once the metal touches the skin, it causes a lot of problems from mild itchiness to even severe irritations and infections.

Some materials that are low in nickel include sterling silver. However, even though it is silver part of its properties is made from a combination of alloys and metals, one of which is nickel.
Gold is another very valuable metal with very low concentration of nickel and when given to the hands of a jeweler it can be crafted into a great masterpiece. Just remember the bottom line: will the use of the materials cause irritations to the wearer.

There are materials that have better properties than silver and gold in terms of anti allergen properties. Among these materials include surgical stainless steel (SSS).

Even if it sounds foreign and scary, surgical stainless steel is perhaps the most popular metal used for body jewelry. Aside from its visible strength and almost flawless finish, SSS contains very little nickel which makes them ideal as body jewelry. Less reactions from the body, the more convenient the jewelry becomes.

If you have the money and could spare a lot, Niobium and titanium would be the best materials that one could use in their custom body jewelry. Niobium and titanium is non-reactive. Titanium alone contains less than .05% of nickel.

Moreover, one needs not to worry about damaging the jewelry made from Niobium and titanium, since scratches and dents from ordinary use are unheard off when it comes to these metals. They are very strong and hard. However, these last two materials are rather expensive and need some sophisticated equipment to be molded into jewelry of your type and design.

There are other ways where one can get customized body piercing jewelry. If one does not know how to make their own, they can always create original designs and ask experienced individuals or experts to make their drawings into real jewelry. This too could cost you a little fortune, but if you really need or have the urge to be unique then this is probably the best path that you can take.

Body jewelry is a means to express oneself. If you want to be the talk of the town, a head turner or a topic of conversation, then one of the best ways to get notice is have various body modifications conducted on your body and this including piercing. And if you really would like to stand out, then customizing your piercing jewelry is the next best step to take.

The power of body jewelry display

Body jewelries continue to become more popular as years go by. In fact, more and more people are coming up with different means in wearing jewelries, accessories and other adornments.

Indeed, whatever body jewelry you wear body and wherever you put it on your body will definitely make a strong statement. This is the reason why more and more body jewelry shops and stores are putting their products in display to encourage people to wear body jewelries in so many different fashions.

Today, there are so many body jewelry stores that offer body jewelry on display that are perfect for every segment of the market and for all body jewelry enthusiasts. In fact, these stores usually put their body jewelries on display to cater to both male and female markets all over the world. They do this by displaying the body jewelries in their own store or by displaying the body jewelry pieces online through their website.

Whether you are looking for jewelries and accessories such as necklaces, pendants, plugs, belts, buckles, nose rings, lip rings, belly button rings, tongue rings, ear rings, toe rings, navel rings, and many more, you will find the best options if you check various body jewelries on display whether in their store or in their online store or website.


Some of the most popular body jewelries that can be seen on display in most jewelry shops and stores are body piercing jewelries. These are the jewelries are used for body piercing that include the eyebrow, nose, tongue, belly button, ear, navel, toe, nipple and other parts of the body.

If you are planning to undergo body piercing to use the body jewelries you see on display, then you should first think of the major considerations before you finally let the artist "punch" holes into your body parts.

The first consideration in body piercing is the pain. Many people are interested to have body piercings to display unique body jewelries but they become hesitant when the realization of pain rushes in. If you are really interested in body piercing and you would want to use the body jewelries you see on display, then you should not worry too much about the pain.

In fact, most people who have undergone body piercing will agree that the actual piercing will not bring you tortuous pain but the process of healing might if you don’t give proper care and medication to your piercing.

Aside from the pain, the second consideration if you take on body piercing is the length of time for it to heal. The healing process would greatly depend on the body type of the person and the area where the piercing took place. On the average, the oral and facial piercings tend to heal faster compared to other parts of the body because they will heal in a span of two to three months compared to other that may take six months to almost one year before it heals.

Next consideration would be the things you can and can't do during the healing period. Piercing is a wound. And just like any other wound, piercing can get worse if not given proper attention and cleaning. Make sure that you properly take care of your piercing by regularly cleaning. And also make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before and after treating each wound.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Be Jeweled

Jewelry has a long and interesting history in the human civilization and evolution. In the ancient times, the use of jewelry was used to symbolize the social and religious power of citizens that wore them. It was also used a means to store wealth, which is why special pieces of jewelry were passed on as heirlooms and used by some cultures as dowry or for transfer of wealth.

In some tribe cultures, jewelry were used to modify one's body. In some cases, neck rings were added slowly on a female's neck until the appendage grew to abnormal lengths and became dependent on the neck rings for support. The tribe's women did this as a status symbol as well as a decorative piece as females with longer necks were considered to be more beautiful than their short-necked counterparts.

Although the use and history of jewelry seem varied and diverse, the most common denominator in all of these is the fact that jewelry was used to express a certain message. Whether it was for beauty, power or status, jewelry were the easiest way to convey this. In these modern times, jewelry and its use has evolved along with the times, finding creative expression in today's body jewelry.

Body jewelry is no longer confined to traditional jewelry items like the usual earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. The term body jewelry now connotes any sort of decoration that can be adorned on the body and usually expressed through more than usual body piercings like belly rings, and the like. Nowadays, jewelry no longer needs to be made of precious materials. Modern body jewelry are often made of semi-precious or even non-precious materials.

Some body jewelry are made of plastics and other metals, but some are even just imitations of precious stones that can be individually glued to preferred body parts in patterns of choice. For instance, there are body jewelry kits available with suggested patterns to follow when adhering to the body. This of course is a temporary display and will either fall off eventually or come off when washed.

The nice thing about body jewelry is that absolutely anybody can wear them. Unlike in the olden ages where only a select few can officially wear jewelry, in this day and age, even children or individuals of any sex, age or race can opt to display these body jewelry. Body jewelry nowadays are used to express individuality in the way that they are worn. Some individuals go all out and radical in the way they use body jewelry. In some cases, being very blatant and "out there" in displaying body jewelry have become so popular, it can be coined as the norm rather than the exception.

For instance, it is customary for gangs and gang members to use body jewelry that is termed as "bling-bling" but since popular artists, rappers and pop singers have been displaying the same fashion, it has become part of pop culture. So instead of promoting exclusivity, it has become a fashion statement to adorn oneself with this particular type of body jewelry.

Whatever the case, it seems that body jewelry is here to stay. Perhaps it is this generation's way of saying, "out with the old" as they constantly challenge old tradition of how jewelry is worn and who can wear them.