This young lady isn’t going to let only having one nose stop her from having two amazing sets of jewelry: one in yellow gold and one in rose gold.
Courtney didn’t do these piercings, but she installed the jewelry for her and snapped these photos.
Nate did this philtrum piercing on Shannon using the always-gorgeous double round Harlequin, from BVLA.
The septum piercing features a rose gold Latchmi ring and the labret piercing has a rose gold hammered disk. Both of these exquisite pieces of fine jewelry were made by BVLA/Body Vision Los Angeles.
We have a constantly-changing and expanding collection of jewelry, so stop into the studio and see what we have that is new. If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we can almost certainly order it for you.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Perfect Jewelry for a Wonderful Face
Julia picked out wonderful jewelry for the septum piercing Courtney did on her. The jewelry she is wearing is a 14 karat solid gold septum ring, with a CZ gem accent.
We love everything about how this looks on her face. The interplay of her skin tones with the color of the jewelry; the delicate, but noticeable gemstones; how well the shape of a full ring works with the shape of her face. Everything about this piece just works.
A gold septum ring may not be for everyone, but in this case, she couldn’t have made a better choice!
We stock a large selection of sizes, styles and colors for septum jewelry. While we do love gold septum rings, we also carry jewelry in stainless steel, titanium and niobium.
Here are two magnificent Rose ends that we have in stock right now! They can be used in a lot of different piercings. We can’t wait to find out what lucky person will be taking these home!
The top piece features rhodalite garnets on the outside and a genuine white pearl in the center.
The bottom piece is made with citrine gems on the outside and the center is London Blue topaz.
Both pieces are set in 14 karat yellow gold and are made by our friends at Body Vision Los Angeles.
Dan Steinbacher took the fantastic photos of these beauties. Thanks, Dan!
What You Can, and Can’t, Do To Prevent Navel Piercing Rejection
We received this question about navel piercing rejection on our tumblr page:
Anonymous asked: How do I look after my belly piercing? My navel piercing is only 4 days old and obviously the pain is still there but I’m worried about rejection? How can I prevent this and how and when should I clean it?
If you have questions about how to care for your piercing, we would usually suggest contacting your piercer. They should have given you verbal and written instructions on how to take care of your piercing as well as what steps to take to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection.
Without getting into too much detail, we usually suggest using a sterile, wound-wash-type saline to clean the piercing area a couple of times a day. The saline isn’t a magical healing solution, but it can help remove dirt and debris from the area without causing any additional irritation.
As for navel piercing rejection, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening, and we will get into those in a bit. However, there are some things that you don’t have much, if any, control over:
1) The shape of your navel needs to be right for the piercing. In order to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection, you need to have proper anatomy to support the piercing. This is something that your piercer determines. If they did the piercing on you, presumably they thought your navel was a good shape for the piercing.
2) Proper placement and execution of the piercing are critical to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection. Again, these things are all up to your piercer. If you chose an experienced, skilled piercer, you shouldn’t need to worry about these.
3) The use of high-quality jewelry is a really important factor in reducing navel piercing rejection. No matter how well-suited your navel may be for the piercing, if low-quality garbage jewelry is used in the piercing, your body may find it so difficult to heal the piercing that it instead tries to reject it. Ideally, all piercers/studios would be using high-quality, implant-grade jewelry. However, there are still many studios that choose low-quality jewelry because it gives them a higher profit-margin.
4) The jewelry needs to be of the appropriate style and size to fit your body, otherwise there is an increased chance of navel piercing rejection. Piercing jewelry is not “one-size-fits”. Just like shirts, pants and shoes need to all fit your body appropriately to feel good, look good and not cause you problems…the same is true with body jewelry. In fact, it’s even more important with body jewelry. Jewelry that is either too big or too small can cause serious healing problems and can greatly increase the chance of rejection.
5) This is the one no one likes to hear: Sometimes there is nothing you can to do prevent navel piercing rejection (or rejection of any piercing). Even if everything is perfect, sometimes it just happens. A piercing is a foreign object. Your body’s natural reaction is to get rid of foreign objects. When you successfully heal a piercing, you are tricking your body into accepting something that isn’t supposed to be there. Some people’s bodies are VERY GOOD at getting rid of foreign objects. In those cases, the piercing can be perfect, the jewelry can be the best in the world, the aftercare can be ideal…and the piercing might still reject. It doesn’t happen that way very often, but it is possible.
As for the things you do have some control over to help prevent navel piercing rejection:
A) Keep your hands off of it to prevent navel piercing rejection. The more you touch it, move it and mess with it, the more irritated it will be and your body will have a harder time healing. In addition, each time you touch it, you are put germs on it, even if you have just washed your hands.
B) Proper aftercare plays a big role in preventing navel piercing rejection. If you use something too harsh on the piercing and/or clean it too frequently, you will interfere with your body’s natural healing processes. If this irritation happens for too long, your body may reject your piercing. You should NOT be moving your jewelry around as part of the aftercare process.
C) If you know, or suspect, you were pierced with low-quality jewelry, or jewelry that doesn’t fit appropriately, talk to a different piercer about changing your jewelry. While it’s usually best not to change jewelry too soon after having the piercing done, if the jewelry you are wearing is causing a problem, it’s better to change it sooner than later. We suggest having a piercer change your jewelry if your piercing is still new.
D) Be careful with the piercing. The more movement, friction and irritation that the piercing gets, the longer your piercing will take to heal, and the higher the chance of navel piercing rejection.
E) Get plenty of sleep and eat well. This one is overlooked by clients and piercers alike. Your body has to heal the piercing. So, if you aren’t eating well and getting plenty of rest, your body can’t do it’s job nearly as well. Getting enough sleep and having a healthy diet play a much larger role in healing piercings (or any kind of wound) than most people ever think about.
F) Relax. Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about whether your piercing is going to reject. If everything was done properly and you take care of your piercing properly, rejection is going to be pretty uncommon. Stressing about it just raises your body’s immune response, which is likely going to slow down your healing.
Well, this turned out to be longer than we planned. Hopefully it’s at least a little bit helpful. Enjoy your new piercing and we hope you have a fast and easy healing experience!