Glossary

Aftercare - The process of caring for a healing body piercing to ensure that the wound heals properly without any problems occurring. We send all fresh piercings home with a can of sterile Saline Solution; we recommend this for all body and oral piercings. Failing to follow proper aftercare guidelines can cause the wound to heal poorly or with problems such as infection, hypergranulation and scarring. Do not use: hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or alcohol based mouthwashes, antibacterial soap, tea tree oil, coconut oil, etc to heal. These products can dry, irritate or harm the wound.

Anodization - Using electric currents to change the color of titanium or niobium body jewelry. Anodization creates a colorful, durable and corrosion resistant surface by changing the metal on a molecular level instead of coating it with an additional substance.

Barbell - Barbells are available as either threaded (internally or externally) or threadless (tension set push-pin) The barbell itself sits inside the piercing and has two unfixed openings where you can attach either functional ends (ball ends or flat discs) or decorative ends (ranging from minimalist to ornate). Barbells are used in all piercings; although jewelry use is subjective to taste and viability. This means that the original purpose does not mean fixed purpose. You can adorn any piercing with any barbell style that does not harm it. If you have questions about a particular piece of jewelry for an unorthodox purpose, please ask the team! We love coming up with creative solutions for the aesthetic you want to achieve! 

Circular Barbell: Curved barbell in a horseshoe shape commonly associated with septum piercings. Can be worn in a large variety of facial, ear, and body piercings.

Curved Barbell: Curve shapes that resemble half an oval, a J shape or an L shape. Can be worn in a large variety of facial, ear, and body piercings.

Straight Barbell: Available in a variety of lengths to accomodate any anatomy.Can be worn in a large variety of facial, ear and body piercings.

Captive Bead Ring - A circular shaped piece of jewelry that has a gap that holds a bead or other decorative object that completes the circular shape and blocks the opening. Captive bead ring ends are secured by suspension and are very secure. Very versatile to unique anatomy needs and is available in a variety of different gauges and diameters.

Fixed Bead Ring - Visually identical to the captive bead ring, but end is attached to one end of the circular shape and allows room for the unattached end to twist open and closed into a notch. Ideal for gold or precious ends.

Seam Ring - Circular ring that twists one end forward to open or backwards to closed. Ideal for well healed piercings that can support a smaller 20 - 16 gauge size.

Hinged Ring - Circular ring shape with a micro-hinge that swings open or closed. Perfect for healed piercings and popular because of their user friendly design.

Labret stud: Threaded or threadless ends that have a fixed ball or flat disc on one end and an open end ready for chosen adornment.

Piercing Retainer: A clear or discrete piece of jewelry often made of borosilicate glass. Ideal for jobs that do not allow piercings or for surgeries and procedures. If choosing to wear a retainer for a medical procedure be sure to check with your surgeon or doctor.

Single Point Piercing: This refers to the procedure used to install a dermal anchor into the skin. Single Point piercings are made by creating a single point pocket under the skin where the anchor is installed.

Surface Piercing: A surface piercing refers to any piercing where the jewelry has an entrance and/or exit point through the same layer of skin (meaning not a through and through piercing). Because they are not anchored in through the tissue they do have a higher rejection rate. Longevity is determined on placement and aftercare.

Dermal Anchor: A foot shaped piece of implant grade titanium jewelry that sits below the skin. Dermal anchors are usually threaded for 14g/12g tops.

Surface Bar: A surface bar looks similar to a staple and is inserted under the skin through a man made channel. There are two exit points that anchor the piece below the skin.

Gauge: Gauge refers to the thickness of the barbell, post or ring. Common gauge sizes are: 20g, 18g, 16g, 14g, 12g, 10g, 8g, and 6g.

Diameter: Diameter refers to the surface area of the piece. In a ring it would be how wide it is, and in a top it would refer to the width of the visible surface.

 

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