Choosing the right jewelry for your piercing is essential, but it is often a headache for the uninitiated, that’s why I prepared a 5-point guide to help you.
Warning, this little guide is made for piercings that are already done and healed, for the rest I recommend that you contact your piercer. Our stockists and partner piercers are available right here.
Step 1 : Name your piercing
It may sound obvious, but the first thing to know is the name of your piercing! Each piercing can support one or more types of jewelry. If you don't know its nickname, here's a diagram that should help:
Step 2 : Type of body jewelry
Now that you know the code name for your piercing, you need to choose the right type of jewelry. But as I explained to you in the previous point, not all types of jewelry are suitable for all piercings.
To begin with, here is a (non-exhaustive) list of the 4 main types of piercing jewelry:
It's easy to recognize, however, there are several existing closures. At Sébastienne Jewelry we offer two: the clicker and the seam ring. I refer you to our little guide just here to discover the difference between the two closures.
They are in two parts, an end and a base finished with a flat disc. There are two existing closures for this type of piercing, the traditional “Internal threading”, or the “threadless” or “press-fit” system that we sell at Sébastienne Jewelry. This last type of closure is easier to change yourself, and the end is universal, regardless of the size and thickness of your backing, and that's awesome, no need to buy a new labret when you just want to change the end! Once, I will refer you to our little guide to the threadless system right here. Be careful if you see piercings with an "External threading" closure, run away! But I will come back to this at greater length in another article.
These are tubes terminated by two ends. Sometimes only one end is removable, the other is fixed. The two types of closures also exist for this type of piercing, the “Internal Thread” or the “threadless”, I refer you to the previous point.
4. Curved bars
It's the same as before but curved this time!
At Sébastienne we sell ends (called piercing studs on the site) without backing for the moment, but do not hesitate to contact us, we can make on bespoke labrets, bars and curved bars to associate with!
Now that you know the different types of piercing and jewelry, here is the chart to help you solve the equation: which type of jewelry for which piercing. Here again, the list is not exhaustive.
How to choose when several types are available? This is the next point!
Step 3 : Your lifestyle
A question that you may not expect. However, it can guide you on the type of jewelry to choose. Here is a little homemade infographic to help you ask yourself the right questions:
Step 4 : Thickness and size
This is the most complicated step for the uninitiated! The easiest way is still to know the size of the jewelry you already have, or to ask your piercer.
There are several thicknesses (or gauge), but the most common is 1.2mm (= 16g), and this is the one we sell by default at Sébastienne Jewelry. If you would like to order another gauge, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For bar lengths or ring diameters, it will depend on your anatomy. Here is a small guide of the most worn sizes according to your piercing:
|Lobe||6mm - +12mm||6mm - 8mm||✘||✘|
|Conch||12mm||6mm - 8mm||✘||✘|
|Helix||6mm - 10mm||6mm - 8mm||✘||✘|
|Flat helix||✘||6mm - 8mm||✘||✘|
|Forward helix||6mm||6mm - 7mm||✘||✘|
|Rook||6mm||✘||✘||6mm - 7mm|
|Daith||8mm - 10mm||✘||✘||✘|
|Tragus||6mm||6mm - 7mm||✘||✘|
|Anti tragus||6mm||6mm - 7mm||✘||✘|
|Industrial||✘||✘||35mm - 40mm||✘|
|Septum||8mm - 10mm||✘||
|Nipples||8mm - 10mm||✘||8mm - 12mm||✘|
Please note that the size of a ring is measured from the two inner edges, it corresponds to the internal diameter.
Step 5 : Color and style
The hard part is done, all you have to do now is to choose the details! A simple and timeless design, or a more assertive style?
This is a selection of my favorite Sébastienne’s jewelry sorted by style.
I hope this first article has been useful, and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the online chat.
From Paris with love,
Marine - Sébastienne Jewelry