How to Remove Your Piercing Jewelry at Home

How to Remove Your Piercing Jewelry at Home

Have new piercings that are now completely healed? Congrats, Stud! You're ready to swap out your piercing jewelry* to start decorating your Earscapes® with some new studs, hoops, huggies, or maybe even a dangle. But first: how do you take your piercing jewelry out? We're here to help break it down for you.

(*What’s the difference between piercing jewelry and fashion jewelry? Check out our guide here. Studs only pierces with push-pin studs, clickers, and barbells.)


To remove your push-pin stud, firmly grasp both ends of the earring. Then, while holding the flatback post in place, twist and pull out the ‘top’ (the decorative piece).

When you pull out the ‘top’ (decorative piece of the stud), you’ll notice that the post has a little bend to it—this is supposed to be there! This is how your top latches into its labret. 



Screw-in earrings (commonly referred to as internally threaded), have a threaded top that screws into its post. 

To remove an internally threaded stud, firmly hold the flatback post tightly in one hand, while unscrewing the ‘top’ to the left

Internally threaded barbells have two balls at each end. To remove, firmly hold the post tightly in one hand, while unscrewing one of the balls at either end to the left(*Both balls unscrew, and you can choose which ball is easiest to access and unscrew for you.) 

Note: When wearing these earrings, you want to make sure these are always tightly screwed in! Touching your earrings and sleeping on them can loosen the screw, making it easier for your earring to fall out. When you have these in, carefully tighten them every few days by twisting the ‘tops’ to the right. 



Seamless rings will have a subtle hinge and a closure that clicks in and out. This might be a little hard to locate, so gently feel around the earring with your thumbnail to locate the hinge and closure. (or ask a friend)!

To remove your seam ring, find the closure point and click the hinged portion out, away from the rest of the earring.



Fixed bead rings have a ball that doesn't move at the point of closure. The bead helps the earring move around less in your ear, and therefore helps it heal better and faster. 

To remove your fixed bead ring, hold the earring on either side of the ball and twist your fingers (and the earring) in opposite directions away from one another. When the earring is opened, it should look like the beginning of a spiral. 

Captive Bead Rings are a different design of jewelry—the bead must be removed completely and there are two indentations on each side of the bead. The ring uses tension to sit in each indention on either side of the ring.

Having trouble with removing your piercing jewelry? Head here to book a piercing jewelry change service and our Studs piercers can help you remove your earrings safely. Have questions? Email us at