Conch piercing with a gold BVLA ring

So Many Beautiful Options

Our client Kima recently updated the jewelry in her conch piercing. She ordered this beautiful Telesto ring from BVLA.

conch with Telesto ring

A Telesto ring from BVLA in a conch piercing

This particular Telesto is made from 14kt, solid yellow gold and has cubic zirconia gems. Nate helped determine the appropriate size because it is important the jewelry fits perfectly.
There are a lot of great jewelry options available for conch piercings. The Telesto is quickly becoming one of our favorites. It can be ordered in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum and it can be made with a many different gemstones.

Stop in any time to discuss the options available for customizing this piece, or any of the amazing pieces of jewelry made by BVLA.

Yellow gold septum jewelry from BVLA

We are so in love with this yellow gold Cirrus, featuring London Blue Topaz gems, from BVLA. It is going to look incredible in one lucky person’s septum or helix. 
Nate paired it with this set of Crop Circle earrings in this great photo. 

Daith Piercing and Faux Rook Piercing

This is a pretty impressive combination of awesomeness Nate captured!
A rose gold Rosette in the faux-rook piercing and a rose gold Dahlia in the daith piercing. Both of these pieces are from BVLA
 

daith faux rook piercings bvla jewelry

Daith and faux rook piercings

 

Industrial Piercing with Anatometal Jewelry

A beautifully-healed industrial piecing by Courtney. It’s about 6 months old and her client took perfect care of it! The implant-grade titanium jewelry is from Anatometal. 

healed industrial anatometal jewelry

Healed industrial piercing with Anatometal jewelry

Bump on Cartilage Piercing


We received the following anonymous question on Tumblr about a cartilage piercing and the use of tea tree oil:

I have a bump from my cartilage piercing, most likely caused by the fitting of the piercing or the weight of it. I used tea tree oil to treat it but now the skin around my first lobe piercing is peeling off. I know the tea tree oil was to harsh for my skin, but should I just wait it out and see if the skin around my lobe piercing heals or would aquaphor or hydrogen peroxide help?

Hi there…

The best thing to do is leave things alone for a while. Once the skin has become irritated from the tea tree oil, it needs time to calm down. Putting more stuff on your skin/the bump will increases the chances of your skin staying irritated or getting even more irritated. When the skin stays irritated longer, there is also a greater chance the bump will get worse.

If the bump formed because the jewelry wasn’t fitting correctly, then it should start to go away pretty quickly once the jewlery issue is resolved. If the bump doesn’t start to get smaller soon, then it’s likely the bump wasn’t caused by the jewelry.

This is also a good reminder to others that tea tree oil, while commonly touted as a good fix for piercing bumps, is very often too harsh for skin and can create more problems than it solves. We rarely suggest the use of tea tree oil for fixing piercing bumps. In many case, the tea tree oil only treats the symptom and not the problem itself. It’s common that when the tea tree oil is topped, the bump comes back because the actual problem hasn’t been taken care of.

Birthday Helix Piercing! 

Talk about doing your 18th birthday right! This lovely lady had Dan do this piercing for her with a yellow gold Sun Ray from body vision Los Angeles. 
Happy birthday! 

helix piercing bvla

18th birthday helix piercing!

Best Friends Piercings

We think Courtney said it best:
“Got to do buddy piercings the other day on these gals! They picked a yellow gold, milgrain flower for a faux rook, and rose gold sun ray for a tragus. 

Remember: buds that get pierced together, stay together! 👯👌”

faux rook tragus best friends piercings

BFF piercings for a couple of wonderful ladies

Daith Piercings

Image

Daith piercings have been one of our favorite piercings for a very long time. We wanted to take this opportunity to give them the attention they deserve!

Daith is “officially” pronounced “doth”, but many people pronounce it “day-th”. We think you should pronounce it whichever way sounds best to you. It’s simply too great of a piercing to get hung up on how it’s pronounced.

Way Back When

The first daith was performed by an often under appreciated piercer named Erik Dakota, all the way back in 1992. While it may not seem remarkable by today’s piercing standards, at the time, the daith was truly a ground-breaking piercing. Many of the tools and techniques used by piercers today to perform daith piercings were conceived and refined by Erik Dakota.

Erik was a pioneer as a piercer and a jewelry maker, as well as an innovator when it came to piercing equipment. As with many pioneers, Erik Dakota doesn’t get the credit he deserve for the influence he has had on modern-day body piercing. While body piercing may still have ended up where it is today, it likely wouldn’t have happened as soon or as smoothly as it did without Erik Dakota.

The Wow Factor!

Most piercers love daith piercings. They love doing them, they love the way they look, they love the variety of jewelry that can be used, they love how easily they heal for most clients…love, love, love. Our friend Jef Saunders wrote a great blog celebrating daith piercings and bringing to life the Daith Bowl. His blog is geared a little more towards piercers, but it is still an interesting read if you’re intrigued by daith piercings.
One of our favorite things about about daith piercings is how versatile they are. Because daith piercings are “tucked away”, they can blend with, and compliment, piercings you already have without making your ear look crowded.

Having an ear full of cool piercings is great. Having an ear full of piercings that work well together is The Greatest!TM.

Below you can see some examples of daith piercings done by some piercer-friends of ours that highlight how well they work with other ear piercings.

Going Solo

Perhaps even better than how well daith piercings work with other piercings, is how absolutely stunning they are all by themselves.


Seeing a single daith piercing as the focal point of someone’s ear is really striking, With simple jewelry, it can be the perfect piercing for a minimalist look. With more intricate jewelry, it can command your attention and admiration. There are a whole range of options in-between as well.

Daith Piercings and Migraines

During the past few months, there has been some buzz online about daith piercings. We wish the buzz was the rest of the world appreciating daith piercing as much as we do. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Daith piercing are getting attention because of an article or two suggesting daith piercings might offer relief for people who suffer from migraines.

There does not appear to be any actual scientific evidence/study that shows daith piercings help with migraines. As the topic has gotten more attention, it has become easier to find tweets, blog comments and other testimonials declaring daith piercings to be a miracle migraine cure (or, at least helpful in reducing how common they are).

However, there is no way to verify any of these claims, and there certainly isn’t enough controlled evidence to draw a line from daith piercings to migraine relief. We think anyone (especially a piercer) who dangles a daith piercing as a fix for migraines is a real jerk.

We think daith piercings are beautiful and a total blast to perform. Even though they don’t cure migraines, we will continue to be thrilled to do them. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at daith piercing. It’s certainly a great one to put on your list of next piercings!

Industrial Piercing

Image

Courtney made someone’s ear really fancy with this custom-anodized barbell for their industrial piercing. In addition, the client picked out a great yellow gold, tri-prong cluster from Body Vision Los Angeles. 

 

industrial piercing jewelry anatometal

custom-anodized gem barbell from Anatometal

  
We love how the “Wow!” factor of the industrial jewerly is tempered a bit by the bronze tone the client chose for the barbell. 

Working with clients to come up with combinations like this is one of our favorite things to do! 

Stretched Lobes: Best Jewelry for Winter

How to Keep Your Stretched Lobes Healthy and Safe in Cold Weather

As winter approaches in Minnesota, bringing with it cruelly-cold temperatures and desert-like dry air, it’s time to start thinking about what you will wear in your stretched lobes. Earlobes are the most common part of the ear that is stretched, but this information applies to all stretched ear piercings. 


If you live somewhere that doesn’t experience cold temperatures, you can probably wear the any type of jewelry in your stretched lobes all year-round. For those of us who deal with very cold temperature, it is usually wise to avoid wearing jewelry made of certain materials, at least for extended periods of time.


Why Are My Stretched Lobes So Cold?

The blood that flows through your earlobes is what keep them warm and keeps them from freezing when exposed to cold temperatures. The skin at the bottom of stretched lobes, where it is the thinnest, usually has less blood flow than the rest of your earlobes. When you reduce the amount of blood flowing through any type of tissue, you reduce your body’s ability to keep that tissue warm. Without enough blood flow, there is an increased chance of frostbite when your stretched lobes are exposed to extremely cold temperatures.

While short exposure to below-freezing temperatures is probably fine, longer exposure times run the risk of being uncomfortable (best-case scenario) as well as frostbite and tissue death (worst-case scenario). Even though the worst-case may be uncommon, it is a real risk if you spend a lot of time outside with stretched lobes.


Best to Avoid

Metal and glass are both excellent conductors of cold, which means they can be poor choices for wintertime wear. Jewelry made of metal and glass gets colder overall, gets colder faster and stays colder longer than jewelry made of other materials. In the wintertime, we suggest avoiding wearing plugs or other jewelry made of metal and glass outside for extended periods of time.

Better Than Metal, But Careful

Materials such as wood, horn and bone conduct cold much less than glass and metal and therefore are better options in the winter. A potential downside to these materials is that they often don’t react well to sudden, large-temperature changes. When you go from to 0 F outside, to 70 F inside, the sudden temperature change can cause wood, horn and bone jewelry to go through thermal shock. Thermal shock can cause jewelry made of natural materials to warp, crack or completely break…especially if there are any weak spots or irregularities in the materials. Damage from thermal shock is more likely to happen with bone and horn than wood, but it can still definitely happen with wood jewelry. Warping, cracking and breaking is also more likely to happen with hanging designs and eyelets than it is with solid plugs due to the thinner areas hanging designs and eyelets have. While less likely, solid plugs can still crack or break.

Stone Cold

For wintertime wear, we are big fans of stone plugs. Like wood, horn and bone, stone does not conduct cold as well as metal or glass. Stone plugs also tend to tolerate sudden temperature changes better than wood, bone and horn, although it can still crack or break. Like horn, bone and wood jewelry, solid plugs are a better choice than eyelets or hanging designs.

One of the best features about stone is that it can absorb and retain heat from your body and the surrounding air. This means your ears will usually stay a bit warmer for longer, even when you are outside.

Silicone

For those who can wear silicone jewelry in your ears, it can be a good alternative for wintertime. While it doesn’t retain body heat in the same way stone does, it also doesn’t conduct cold very well. This will help keep your lobes from getting cold as quickly.

Some people find that silicone can be drying to their stretched lobes. If that’s the case for you, you may find that the drier winter air only makes that situation worse. If you haven’t worn silicone jewelry before, winter may not be the best time to experiment with it.

Other Considerations for Stretched Lobes

As a general rule, the larger your lobes are stretched, the less blood flow they will have and the greater risk of damage from cold exposure. Everyone is different and it is certainly possible to have thicker, healthier lobes at 1” than someone whose lobes are at at 1/2”. The slower and more carefully you stretched your lobes, the healthier they will usually be and the better they will tolerate very cold weather. The picture below is a great example of heathy, stretched lobes at over 2 inches. Even as healthy as they are, the blood flow is still going to be reduced. 

healthy, stretched lobes

Even a healthy, stretched earlobe can have reduced blood flow.

Regardless of the material you wear in your stretched lobes, we suggest wearing solid plugs instead of eyelets or tunnels for a reaon other than durability. Jewelry that is open in the middle allows cold air to get to both sides of the jewelry and your lobes, causing them to get colder faster and to reach an overall colder temperature. In windy conditions, this issue is made even worse as more cold air is moved across your jewelry and lobes.

If you are going to be out in the cold for a long period of time, you may want to consider not wearing any jewelry at all in your stretched lobes. Going “naked” will allow your natural body heat to keep your lobes as warm as possible without having to work against a cold piece of jewelry.

It’s obviously a great idea to cover your ears with a hat, ear warmer band, ear muffs etc, if you can. There are even a few people/companies making “ear mittens” for the specific purpose of keeping stretched lobes warm in cold weather. We don’t have any experience with a specific version of these “mittens”, but it’s hard to imagine any of them not being at least marginally beneficial.

The warmer you keep your ears, the happier and healthier they will be!

You will spend plenty of time planning (and donning) your winter gear this year, so take a little time to plan (and don) something warm for your ears.
We always have a large selection of stone, silicone, horn, wood and bone jewelry in-stock. If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we are always happy to order it at no additional cost.

We would really appreciate it if you would share this blog so we can get the word out to as many people as possible. We want all the stretched lobes to be warm and safe this winter!

Have a great winter!