Body Jewelry is the general term for any number of kinds of adornments worn through a piercing. Body jewelry can include barbells, rings, twists, spirals, hooks, weights, and many other designs, and be made out of virtually any solid or amorphous solid material under the sun.
Body jewelry comes in many different shapes. While many wild and interesting shapes can be worn through earlobe piercings, there are several widely used and recognized shapes used in other body piercings:
In addition, there are many types of retainers which can help make a piercing less noticeable.
The most common material for body jewelry is stainless steel, but many other materials are favored by wearers and piercers alike - both organic and non-organic. A partial list of commonly used materials in creating body jewelry follows:
- Glass (Borosilicate (Pyrex); Soda-lime; Quartz)
- Stainless steel
- PTFE (Teflon)
- Water buffalo horn