Quotes from Piercing FAQ
Captive bead rings can be fitted with a wide assortment of beads. Cubes, skulls, hearts, coils, and tubes in a variety of metals are just a few of the options. Decorative sterling silver beads are usually too heavy to be worn on a new piercing. Silver beads can irritate a piercing if the bead is contact with the piercing. Silver beads should not be worn with genital piercings; urine will oxidize the metal.
Gemstone beads should be chosen with reagards to the location of the piercing. Soft stones should not be worn in genital or oral jewelry because they will erode and possibly leech harmful elements. Soft stones should not be worn in new piercings where the bead may be situated against the entrances, eg. navel piercing. The soft stones include malachite, lapis, turquoise, jasper and tigers eye. Pearls are also too soft to be worn in genital and oral jewelry.
Set gemstones are available for rings and threaded jewelry. With rings the setting is usually attached to one side of the ring. Stone settings in gold are more secure than a setting in steel; steel settings usually rely on an epoxy.
Decorative beads can also be worn between the balls of circular barbells.This prevents the balls from coming unscrewed and the jewelry from getting caught on clothing or in other rings.
When decorating your piercings, be careful to avoid anything too heavy to prevent unwanted stretching or possible tearing. Also avoid charms that may scratch the jewelry.
Rings and Barbells
Studs & Screws
Retainers & Expanders