The navel is one of the most sensual and erogenous parts of your body and what better view than the sparkling belly piercing jewels that spring from a slim and well-toned stomach. There was no sign of navel rings until 1994, when supermodel Christy Turlinton not only introduced but also immortalized the body piercing craze. She walked down the ramp at a London fashion show flaunting her bare midriff with a ring in the middle of her navel. Following her, Naomi Campbell flaunted her bare midriff with a gold belly button ring on it.
There is a wide variety of body jewelry available for navel piercing; surgical steel rings, 14k and 22k gold plated surgical steel, titanium rings, charm rings and captive bead rings, bars and labarets. You can also have crystal beads or gold plated beads as an added feature on any of the available rings. And after the piercing is healed, you can hang a charm from the ring or put a chain around your waist. Navel jewelry can also be worn, they are like a bent barbell with a small ball at the top and a larger ball at the bottom that has a gemstone set in it, the gemstone sits on the navel.
The two most common designs of navel piercing jewelry are the navel ring and the navel bar. The perforation is done with the rings or with the curved bars. The curved bars have two balls at each end, to close the bars. Normally, these balls have inscriptions or drawings.
When selecting navel jewelry, there are two measurements to consider: the width of a ring and the diameter of the bar, which refers to the length of the bar. The jewelry comes in different sizes and thicknesses or the gauge of the piece. Thin jewelry will have larger gauge numbers and vice versa. The typical size of a navel ring is 14g 7/16′, but now navel rings in any gauge and in any length, from a quarter to an inch, are freely available.
The most used material is steel. Smooth or surgical steel with acrylic or steel balls is used for the piercing. The other options in metal are 14 karat or 18 karat gold. Titanium and silver are used for navel piercing. The use of nickel is not recommended.
Navel piercing is the second most pierced body part after ears. Belly button piercing jewelry is very sexy to both wear and look at.