Rings vs. Studs

Whether to start a piercing with a curved or straight piece of jewelry, a ring or a stud, is a hot button issue among piercers.

The human body is a miraculous thing. Many in our industry have pushed the boundaries on what we’ve thought possible. One individual, Fakir, had piercings in his chest that have mystified us all. More people have healed piercings with materials such as thread, bone, and wood. Some have even put rings into their new piercings and they and their piercings lived happily ever after!

So, it’s possible to have a perfect piercing with a ring from day one. But is it the right option for you?

It’s possible. I said it.

Now with that being said, while it’s doable to get a number of piercings done with a ring, it isn’t always the best choice. With some piercings, like the conch, the ring needs to be such a large diameter to get around the ear that healing is significantly impaired. Needing such a large ring isn’t an issue in itself. The problem with these large rings is that they will be in almost constant motion. Twisting through the piercing, covered in crusties, and getting snagged regularly doesn’t make for a pleasant piercing.

A typical conversation between our staff and a client getting a piercing (who wants a ring) looks like this:

“I want to get my nose pierced!” As they walk in.

The professional motions the client to the jewelry options, “Here are all of our stud options, these are titanium and these are gold.”

“Oh, I want to get it done with a ring.”

We understand how lovely a nostril piercing is with a hoop. “While you can start with a ring I don’t suggest it. Healing is generally prolonged significantly. If you start with the stud you can switch to a hoop in about 2-3 months depending on how quickly you heal.”

“Alright, let’s do that then. I don’t want to deal with the healing longer than I need to,” and they point to the stud that catches their eye.

Sometimes, the ring is the right choice!

Not every conversation with someone who wants to get their nostril pierced looks like the above. Sometimes the faster healing isn’t worth waiting for the satisfaction of the ring. Those willing to spend the extra time nurturing their piercing, to be more cautious not to get it snagged, and to let us know at any signs of trouble can leave our studio very happy with their new piercing featuring a classic piece of jewelry.

As always, seeing and talking to a piercer will be the best way to curate your piercing experience. We’re here to help!

Stop by the shop to see some of the new studs we have! One of the new styles is fresh from NeoMetal- the super comfy rose cut gems!