THE STUDS GUIDE TO PIERCING JEWELRY (AND CHANGING IT OUT)
Hurray! Your new holes are healed, and you're ready to start scaping with some new studs, hoops, huggies, maybe even a dangle. But first: how do you get your piercing jewelry out? What even is piercing jewelry? We're here to help break it down for you.
What is piercing jewelry? How is it different?
Piercing jewelry is constructed differently than normal "fashion jewelry," and can be made of different materials as well. This is why you might see a difference in styles and/or price between our piercing jewelry and the fashion jewelry that is sold on studs.com.
At Studs, all our piercing jewelry is made of implant-grade metals, such as titanium, surgical steel, and 14k gold. These are the purest metals (meaning they have little to no traces of any other materials in them) and are therefore the safest for newly opened holes.
Labret is the back piece of a piercing stud. At Studs, these are all flat-backed for optimal healing. This is different than the typical butterfly-back post you are used to seeing on regular jewelry you wear in healed holes. Labrets can vary in length depending on piercing placement and your specific ear anatomy, and a piercer will choose the length that will work best for your healing process. Gauge is the thickness of the post in your ear, and a piercer will decide on this as well for your specific circumstances.
The End or Top is the most common term for the front part of your stud that attaches to the labret. This is what you see in the front of your ear, and it can attach to the labret in a couple different ways. Below, we'll show you how to remove each type.
Push-pin studs have a top with a thin, bendable post attached to it. This post will have a little bend at the end of it - this is supposed to be there! This is how your top latches into its labret.
To remove your push-pin stud, you should push the top in slightly, and then twist and pull out, while holding the back in place.
Screw-in studs have a threaded top that screws into its labret. When wearing your earrings, you want to make sure these are always tightly screwed in! Touching your studs and sleeping on them can loosen the screw, making it easier for your earring to fall out. When you have these in, tighten them every few days by twisting the top to the right.
To remove your screw-in stud, you should hold the back tightly in one hand, while unscrewing the top to the left.
Seam rings will have a subtle hinge and a closure that clicks in and out. This might be hard to locate, so look closely and use a mirror or 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
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 help 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.
If you have any other questions, or need help identifying which type of earring you have, send us an email anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!