Adorn Guide to StandardBody Jewelry

We pride ourselves on providing one of the largest selection of high quality, American-made jewelry in the Northern Hemisphere.  We choose to carry only those innovators who stand behind their products so that you can feel confident in the value of your purchases.   We avoid knock-offs,  unknowns and imports because what we buy both reflects and promotes our values and we want to see a thriving local economy where originators are rewarded.  Everything that we put in your piercings is ethically made for ultimate shine and comfort. Whether it is a simple titanium barbell or an ornate 14k gold clicker our jewelry is designed for longevity, safety and beauty.  

Our jewelry is always either internally-threaded or threadless. Externally threaded jewelry is a lesser quality option often indicating overseas manufacturing with questionable-grade metals, dubious craftsmanship and inadequate/unsafe worker protections.  It is important to note that fancy broad terms like surgical stainless are not indicative of quality.  They are just sales terms used to mislead the consumer into a false sense of confidence.

We work with American-made implant grade materials: F136 titanium or commercially pure titanium F67,  or  ASTMF138 Stainless Steel, and 14k gold. All gold pieces used in initial piercings are solid and nickel-free.   White gold is palladium based- never painted or plated over some cheap mystery-metal. 

In addition to excellent quality of jewelry, we also have a team of highly skilled jewelry specialists and piercers ready to help you select the perfect piece for any occasion. If we don’t have it in the studio, we are always happy to help curate a personalized collection to fit your aesthetic piercing needs.  When it comes to jewelry selection we try to accommodate any and all requests for size, style, and shape, but ultimately we defer to the judgement and training of our piercer.

Our jewelry comes in a range of sizes to precisely fit the variety of individual anatomy of our glorious client.  Different thicknesses, known as “gauges” are indicated for different piercings and lifestyles. We carry everything from 18g, which is the thinnest we prefer to use, to substantially thicker 2g on site -with the option to special order custom sizing. We carry lengths and diameters from 3/16” to 11/2”  in increments of 1/32 of an inch for a precision fit and better healing and overall comfort.


 Rings are great for well healed piercings and particular placements that do not allow for a straight bar to be used during healing. 

In general we try not to start with rings in most piercings because the curved nature of the ring allows less room for swelling on the inner diameter than a straight piece would allow. This can cause complications throughout healing that would have otherwise been avoided with a barbell or flat back labret. 

However, there are some exceptions like daiths and septums in which a straight piece simply won’t do, so rings are the jewelry style that will heal best. 

There are lots of different styles in the broad category of “rings”, and there are a lot of variables to consider in deciding which one is going to be right for you.


 The seam ring is a smooth continuous hoop that requires a skilled practitioner to install. They are not suitable for clients who will want to remove their piercings frequently  due to sports, surgeries, or just for a different look. 

Clickers can appear exactly the same as a standard seam with the added benefit of ease of client insertion and removal. 

Clickers and seam rings come in a variety of aesthetic options from the simple and serene to dramatic and even ostentatious. They are available in steel, titanium, white, yellow and rose gold. 

Clickers and seams are not suitable for initial piercings under most circumstances. Because a completely smooth ring has no ball or embellishment  to stop the seam or hinge from rotating through your piercing channel. This can scrape and damage the piercing while it is in the delicate phases of healing and increase scarring. 

There are some designs of both clickers and seams that have decorations  that prevent the closure from going through the piercing. In some cases these can be used for fresh piercings, but for your safety, it is always up to the discretion of the piercer to decide if it can be used or not.


Stainless Steel  $20 

Gold  $70 – $600+


Titanium $45 – $375 

Gold $115 – $950+


 A great option for healing piercings; they have a ball that prevents the closure point of the ring from going into the piercing channel and causing damage. 

These are really fun because there are a wide variety of options you can choose for the bead. We have opals, stones, shapes, and classic balls in titanium, yellow, and rose gold. 

These beads are also interchangeable, so if you feel like you want a new look for an old piercing, we can easily change just the ball while you keep the ring that fits perfectly.

A similar piece to the Captive Bead Ring is the Fixed Bead Ring. These look and function exactly the same as a CBR, but the ball is affixed on one side of the ring. This means that you never have to worry about losing a ball, or something coming loose.


Stainless Steel $20 – $90 

Gold $65 – $600+ 


Stainless Steel $20 – $50 

Gold $105 – $400+ 



 Another style of jewelry is the D ring. Named after its distinctive shape, this ring has a flat wearable surface and a round belly to look like a traditional ring. The benefit of this style is that the flat part can accommodate thicker piercings or other anatomies where a completely rounded ring would damage the piercing. The drawback however, is that the corners of the “D” shape can rotate into the piercing and cause discomfort or irritation. 


Nostril nails are hoops that are designed to have a gap for easy insertion. They have a disk or embellishment on one side which acts as a stopper to keep the jewelry in place. These  are great for well healed nostrils because they can allow the wearer to take the jewelry in and out on their own. However this also means they are more likely to accidentally come out on their own. 

Snails are a variant of the Nostril Nail that has a straight wearable surface which goes through the piercing channel. Similar to the D ring, this can create a more comfortable ring fit for some. Snails are usually worn with the disk or design on the outside, so it has a fun appearance of being both a stud and a hoop. 

These jewelries are currently only available in 14k gold, but we do carry white, yellow, and rose gold to match any aesthetic

Gold $130+


Barbells come in three basic shapes: Straight, Circular and Curved. These are all based on the same concept, that there is a ball that unscrews on either side. The shapes vary to accommodate safe piercing in different body parts. 

A jewelry specialist and a piercer will help you determine which shape is right for your piercing, as well as help determine the size that will be most comfortable.


 Often used for tongues, nipples, industrials, and more! These are a classic option for a wide variety of piercings because the straight shape is the easiest to heal with. It is also easier to discreetly accommodate  swelling. We have options with gems that show from the front for nipples, top facing gems for tongues, and even claw set opals, which show the opal from the top, sides, and all around.

Available in titanium for a classic look, or yellow / rose gold for a more sophisticated aesthetic.

Titanium $40 – $100+

Gold $230 – $500+ 


 These are great for healing septum piercings, daiths, and smiley piercings. The circular shape allows it to tuck into curved areas like the ear or nose. 

Historically, they have been a very popular option for nipple piercings, but now we prefer to put them only into healed nipples, as they can be smaller for a more pleasing aesthetic. 

We have a ton of great ways to bring some personality to these classic pieces. They can be as simple as plain titanium or gold, or we can spice them up with opals, swarovskis, spikes, and shapes.

Titanium $40 – $110

Yellow Gold $260 – $500+


 Common for wear in navels, rooks, and eyebrows. There are some specific sizes and styles that may be suggested for fresh piercings, but if you have a specific look in mind, please feel free to let us know and we will try to make your jewelry dreams come true! 

We have options in titanium and gold, with embellishments like opals, diamonds and spikes.

Titanium $40 – $100+

Gold $170 – $500+ 


 A popular jewelry style that we use for a wide variety of piercings is the flat back labret. As the name indicates, the back is flat, which creates a nice smooth ending to the straight post in your piercing. 

These create a very comfortable and unobtrusive experience for healing and well healed piercings.  Whether in the back of your ear, or the inside of your nose, you won’t have any sharp or bulky backings to worry about. 

We carry these in  implant grade titanium, but they can be custom ordered in gold.

Titanium $ 20 

Gold $ 80 + 


Piercings are great. But what about situations where you can’t have them? Don’t lose hope! We have several styles of retainers to keep the piercing channel open while you play sports, have a surgery, or just need to hide your sparkle for a while. 

See also: “freckle” in the ends section


Glass retainers are ideal for surgeries and short term wear. The positive aspects are that glass is non-porous and therefore doesn’t break down over time or harbor bacteria. The negative aspects are that glass is fragile, so these are not ideal for playing contact sports or wearing for extended periods of time. They also have one end that is smooth for easy insertion, but that can also make them more likely to accidentally slip out of a piercing. The O-Rings we use as stoppers help, but aren’t completely foolproof. For these reasons, glass is our favorite retainer, but only for short periods of time.


An alternative to glass is our silicone retainers. These are absolutely ideal for contact sports and longer term retainer needs. Silicone retainers are squishy and come in a variety of colors to either blend in with skin tones or mimic the look of freckles. These are most comfortable in healed piercings though, as installation can be tricky and uncomfortable if the piercing channel isn’t well established. 


Septum retainers are great for when you want to easily hide your septum piercing. They can be worn for long periods of time because they are made of either implant grade titanium, niobium, or glass. They come in two basic shapes: staple shaped, and omega shaped. The omega shape can be a little more secure, as it has the inward flare near the bottom. This can help it “grip” your nose when it’s up and stay in place. However, for some anatomies, the flare can be too small and pinch.  A piercer can help you determine which shape would be best for your specific anatomy. 


Picking the “end” or “top” for your jewelry is one of the most personal and exciting parts of the piercing experience. It is the look that you are choosing for your piercing, and what you are selecting to show the world. They can be large and ornate, with genuine gemstones and finely etched details, or sleek, simple, and elegant. There are hundreds of options to match any style, anatomy, or aesthetic. 




 The classic when it comes to threaded ends, the ball is popular for use in a multitude of piercings from nostrils to navels and comes in many sizes and materials, with or without gems. Ball ends reached popularity in the 90’s but this round sphere will never truly leave the spotlight.   


The dome is simply a half a ball…. It provides a lower profile with a similar aesthetic to the ball.  This innovation evolved from the desire to have a more discrete jewelry option.  Domes come in multiple materials and sizes and are used in multiple piercing locations due to their comfort and simplicity.


How low can you go?! In the body jewelry world a “Disk” is as low as they go – some are practically flush to the skin. Disks are versatile ends that come in a variety of materials  and sizes to complete a classically discreet look in a variety of piercings.     


The “freckle” end is a disc that has been sandblasted and anodized into a variety of shades to resemble freckles or moles. These work great if you are trying to go incognito with your piercings. Perfect for everything from job interviews to soccer tournaments, weddings to international travel and everything in between. 


A popular style in the 90s, spikes are making a comeback in a big way! They can be made in titanium or gold, and even feature gems or opals for a more modern take on a punk rock classic. 



High polish finish is one of the most popular options because of its sleek appearance. Hand polished to a mirror-like appearance, this is always a great option for any material, shape, or setting


 Hammered finish has lots of little dimples all over the surface of a piece of jewelry to create a diverse texture. It’s a very popular look for ends without gems or seam rings because it can add a lot of personality without being too flashy. 



Sandblasting is a process that gives metals and gemstones a matte, textured finish. When applied to gemstones, it can give them a gorgeous frosted or glowing effect. 


Pave (pronounced pah-vey) is a type of textured finish created by tiny beaded droplets of metal across the surface of a piece of jewelry. These beads can also be used to set small gems like diamonds, creating a beautiful field of shimmer. 


Antique finish has a raised layer and a relief layer. The higher layer is polished, while the lower layer is left unpolished to create depth, or accentuate designs. 

Gem Shape Options



The most common cut is the round or “brilliant” cut. The peak at the bottom creates depth for facets that reflect light, creating the most sparkle possible.


Rose cut is also a round shape, but unlike its brilliant counterpart, this cut is flat on the bottom. This can create a more low profile design. But because it doesn’t have the deep facets to catch light, we recommend using this cut for natural stones like labradorite.


The name of this cut can be deceptive, as they look more like a traditional teardrop shape than a pear. These are one of the most popular cuts because of the unique shape and elegant silhouette.


Another eye-catching shape is the marquise. With tapered points on each side it is stunning on its own, or can be accompanied with other shapes to create flowy and unique designs. 


Baguettes come in 2 variations, tapered and straight. Both look incredible on their own, or can be used in clusters to create beautiful shapes and accents. 


Full of love, heart cuts come in a variety of colors and gemstones. Hearts are essentially a wide Pear cut, with a tiny cleft at the top, giving it the distinctive heart shape we all recognize. 


Emerald cut gems are usually rectangular, but can be square. The defining features of emerald cuts are the diagonal corners and long steps of cuts that create a distinctive look.


Square cut gems are a great way to make an otherwise ordinary piece have a lot of wow factor. Princess cut gems are the same as square, but turned on its axis, so it has a diamond shape. 


Trillion gems are triangular in shape, and usually have slightly curved edges. This gives them a beautiful, pillowy look as well as a unique silhouette


Oval cut gems are similar to classic round cuts, but elongated. This can show greater detail in the stone, or simply take up more surface area without having to be bigger all around. 


 In the gemstone world, a cabochon is a stone that is cut with a highly polished, rounded or convex top with no faceting and a flat base. The term comes from the French caboche, meaning knob or small dome. A cabochon may be cut in any shape, so it is also commonly seen in heart and oval shaped designs .

Bullet / Reverse Set

A newer shape that is gaining popularity is bullet cut or reverse set gems. Bullet cut is available in opals and natural stones like hematite. It has a smoother, rounded shape. Reverse set is available in CZ and gemstones like diamond. It is a traditional brilliant cut gem that has been flipped upside down in its setting, so the point sticks out like a little spike.



 A Bezel is a type of setting whereby the metal surrounds a gemstone,encircling and securing the stone. Ancient Roman, Byzantine, and Egyptian jewelers favored bezels when setting gemstones. Today bezels provide an ideal blend of old and new to create a fresh, modern, yet classic setting for any style of jewelry you choose to Adorn yourself with.


 The prong setting is also known as a claw setting. Prong settings are the most commonly used as they showcase the stones by allowing more light refraction to enter the stone, accentuating brilliance and luster.  This beautiful style  was made most popular by Charles Tiffany in the 1800’s with his trademark six prong setting. Today many varieties of this beautiful setting can be found.


“How does my jewelry work?”


Has two components, the back of the jewelry we call the “post”, and the front, which is interchangeable, called the “end“. 

The post goes through your piercing from the backside and has a flat disc or ball to ensure there is nothing sharp to poke you on the back of your piercing. The front side of your piercing is the part that shows, and is totally customizable with different end varieties like diamonds, gold, and colorful gem options. 

The end has a pin that fits into the hollow post, and the pin is bent to create tension that keeps the top in. The bend in the pin can be adjusted to make your jewelry easier or harder to take out on your own, but keep in mind that the easier it is for you to take out, the easier it will be for it to accidentally come undone. 

To remove threadless jewelry, simply grab the front side and the back side, and pull apart, just like you would a regular earring.


 These are similar to threadless jewelry in that the post has a hole in it, which the ends fit into. 

The difference, though, is that the ends have little screws on them, rather than a pin. To take out this jewelry, you will simply unscrew, (lefty- loosey) until the ball or end is loose enough to carefully remove. 

To ensure that these ends do not accidentally come undone, we sometimes put these ends on quite tight. If you need assistance removing your jewelry, please feel free to let us know.  

Threaded jewelry includes straight barbells, circular barbells, curved barbells, surface anchors (dermals) and surface piercing bars. Both sides of the jewelry are removable.


 Largely regarded as the most difficult style of jewelry to install and remove on your own, but with a better understanding of how the jewelry works, we find they can be a lot less intimidating to work with. 

The ball (or bead) on the captive bead lives in the gap of the hoop, so make sure the gap between them isn’t larger than the bead you are trying to install. 

When the gap seems to be just a bit smaller than the bead you are working with:  Locate the dimple on either side of the ball. (These are what keeps the bead in) Put one end of the hoop into a dimple. Gently roll the bead along the other end until it falls into the other dimple. Usually you will hear a little pop or click when this happens.

To remove the bead from a captive bead ring there are two techniques: (1) Gently wiggle and roll the bead out of the grip of the arms, in some cases, using your fingernail can help you get in between the ball and the arm of the hoop. (2) If your jewelry is malleable enough, arrange yourself over a sink with a towel in it, grab the hoop on either side of the ball, and twist the arms of the hoop open (as shown in the seam rings section) and the ball will fall out. This is not recommended if you plan on wearing the hoop again, as it can be warped and unusable.


 These are a great option if you like the look of the captive bead ring, but don’t want to mess around with installing a bead or risk losing one. These have the bead attached to one side, and a dimple in the other side of the bead. 

All you have to do is gently twist the ring open or closed and the arm will fit into the dimple on the bead. It is important to twist these open, rather than pry the ends apart, so the jewelry doesn’t warp and become unusable.


Simply open and close with a delicate twist, just like the fixed bead ring, but since they do not have a ball and dimple to guide the closing, a professional’s help makes this process more smooth and precise.

If the seam is not opened and closed properly, the ring will warp, and a warped ring will cause damage to even a well healed piercing. 

Rest assured, all of our piercers are well versed in how to safely and securely install seam rings, and are happy to install one for you when you’ve picked out your favorite.


 Visually these look a lot like seams in appearance, but they are very different in function.

 As the name indicates, instead of opening by twisting, they have a little hinge that you can gently open and when you close it, it clicks! These are great for people who are wanting to change their jewelry on their own. 


Stretch With Adorn

 Stretching piercings is an ancient practice that has found a permanent home in the modern world. There is enough information to fill books on the vast history of stretching different piercings. For this section, we will just focus on stretching ears. This is just a general guide for current jewelry styles, materials, and other options to take into consideration when choosing jewelry. 

 When you are ready to start or continue your stretching endeavor, we have a team of highly skilled piercers full of knowledge and able to help you out. 



No flare jewelry is a straight piece of material that has no rise on either side to assist with keeping the jewelry in. Usually these are accompanied by O-Rings to prevent the jewelry from falling out. 


Single flare jewelry has a larger surface area on one side of the jewelry than the rest of the wearable surface. This is  the best option for stretching piercings, because the back is straight so you don’t have to stretch any further than you are intending to get the jewelry in. Some Single flare jewelry has a groove on the backside for an O-Ring to rest securely. 


Double flared jewelry has 2 raised edges that keep the jewelry in. These are great for lobes that have been at the same size for a couple months, because they do not require an O-Ring to stay in. Getting your ear used to the slight flare is also a great way to prepare your ear for the next stretch, especially if you are having a hard time getting to the next size. However, they are not good for using as initial jewelry for a stretch, as the flare is larger than the wearable surface. So you would have to stretch larger than your goal size to wear it. This increases risk of tearing, blow-outs, and even getting your jewelry stuck if the flare is too dramatic.



Saddles have a deep wearable surface, and long edges that hug the ears securely and disperse weight evenly. This makes them a very comfortable option for hanging jewelry, as well as for being worn on their own. They can give the ear a beautiful teardrop shape by creating an oblong, round bottom, and leaving the top open.  They only start as small as ½ inch, so they aren’t for every ear.  


Occasionally, we will see people wearing a stretching implement as an earring. It’s been falsely perpetuated as safe for wear by acrylic jewelry companies and mall kiosks. Tapers are seldom even used for stretching anymore, and definitely shouldn’t be worn as jewelry. The long shape makes them very prone to snagging and adds extra weight. It can also force the ear to go to a size it is not ready to stretch to yet, leading to blowouts, ripping, and pain. 



Plugs are a style of ear jewelry with a completely solid appearance. Sometimes these can have hollow backs to lessen weight, allow light to shine through, or provide malleability. 


Eyelets are similar to plugs, but they have a hollow center, like a tunnel. While both are good choices, eyelets can have a few fun aspects that plugs do not. You can hang dangly earrings or hoops through them, and in some cases, they can be less heavy than a plug of the same material. 


Threaded eyelets seem like a good idea in theory, but the reality is usually less than ideal. Usually threaded eyelets are externally threaded, which means they have the threads on the part that goes through your ear, and the back has the hollow part that screws on. This can cause damage because threads are rough, and going through a piercing channel, especially while stretching, can rip and cause tearing. There are some varieties that are internally threaded, with a smooth surface going through the piercing and the threads on the removable end. Unfortunately this variation isn’t much better because the edge of the jewelry is usually quite sharp. There is also the issue of ear tissue getting pinched between the threaded components, as well as a very common problem of the threads getting stuck or cross threaded. 

Overall, we just haven’t seen a problem-free version of these coming from a reputable company. The cons outweigh the pros, so it is not a style that we carry or recommend for stretched or healed ears. 



Round jewelry is the most common for stretched lobes, as it is the most natural shape for a hole to form. It creates a beautiful visual and silhouette for the ear. 


Teardrop shaped jewelry is another very comfortable shape for stretched ears. The broad bottom sits similar to round jewelry, so there isn’t any sharp pressure caused from gravity on the bottom part of the lobe. 


There are some options like oval, heart, triangle and square that can give a unique shape to your piercing. Wearing different shapes does not permanently change the shape of your piercing. The downside though is that the angles, even when rounded, can cause pressure spots on your ear. This can not only be uncomfortable over time, but also cause excess wear and thinning in those spots. If you are interested in a fun and interesting shape, schedule an appointment with a piercer for a consultation to take measurements and discuss shape options. 



Stone jewelry is a big favorite for many people with stretched ears. An organic material with hundreds of variations. Stone can be amethyst, amber, quartz, jade, almost anything you can think of. Some stones are too rare or too soft to be made into plugs, but can be featured as hanging jewelry. If you have a favorite stone or crystal, ask our jewelry specialist if we happen to have something of that material in your size!



Another organic favorite is wood jewelry. Wood is only for well healed piercings, and requires more maintenance than most other materials. Woods have different densities and sensitivity levels, so if you do decide to get yourself some wood earrings, you may want to ask if there are specific instructions for care. Because wood is porous, it is sensitive to changes in humidity, so don’t wear your wood jewelry into showers, saunas, baths, or steam rooms. Most wood will also need to be treated with a gentle oil like olive oil or jojoba oil to prevent it from drying out. A small amount applied with a soft cloth will be sufficient for this treatment, soaking plugs in oil can cause them to swell or dry out. 



Glass is an excellent material for stretching ears. It is non-porous, so it doesn’t harbor bacteria. The smooth surface makes for a comfortable insertion and ideal texture for healing after the minor trauma of a stretch. It also is very versatile in design potential. Glass can be transparent or opaque, textured or smooth, have designs printed onto it, or have objects encased within it. 


Metals, as long as they are implant grade, can be a great option for ear piercings. A popular option is implant grade titanium, because titanium is a very light metal and is completely nickel free. 14k white, yellow, and rose gold are also very popular among those looking to match their other pieces of jewelry, or with a more high-end aesthetic in mind. Brass, white brass, and copper can be used to replicate the look of golds, especially in bigger designs where solid gold would be too heavy and impractical. 


Silicone is a great material for healed ears that have been at their current size for at least 2 months. The soft, squishy material is great for relieving pressure while sleeping, wearing helmets, and playing sports.  However, silicone is not great for stretching. Stretching with silicone forces it to go to the size you put in, whether it’s ready to or not. This can cause minor or major tearing of the delicate tissues inside your piercing. These tears, and the discharge that comes out of them, can then get stuck to the grippy silicone. This inevitably leads to more tearing, excess build up, and great potential for infection. 


By now you probably have heard that acrylic is bad to wear in your piercings, but why? What makes it “bad”? There are a few factors that have led us to deem acrylic jewelry inappropriate for wear. The first is that acrylic jewelry is porous. Piercers go on and on about the importance of non-porous materials. That’s because bacteria can get caught in the little “pores” of acrylic jewelry and break it down over time. It has also been shown that acrylic jewelry releases toxins at certain temperatures. These temperatures can be as low as 80* Fahrenheit, well below the average body temperature. That means these toxins could be getting absorbed by your skin into your bloodstream. The biggest reason, however, that we don’t recommend acrylic jewelry is that it is too fragile and prone to melting to go into an autoclave. Which means it can’t be properly sterilized before wear. All these factors combined just make acrylic jewelry a no-go for even healed piercings.