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Changing Jewelry

The one problem with ordering jewelry from us online is that we’re not around to help you put it in, but changing body jewelry is not brain surgery. With a little patience—and a little practice—it’s often easy enough to do yourself.

A few things to remember:

Make sure your piercing is healed first.

It may seem obvious, but make sure your piercings are good and healed before you go about switching your jewelry. And not just looks healed; make sure it is healed. (For approximate healing times for different piercings, check out our aftercare.) A healed piercing is one where discharge (or secretions) are minimal and where your body has grown a solid channel of skin from the entrance to the exit of the piercing, creating a path for jewelry to be inserted.

Changing jewelry too soon can not only set back your healing, but if you don’t have a solid channel formed it may take several frustrated attempts to get your jewelry through the piercing—and you may even lose it. If you are not sure if you piercing is fully healed, wait. It is better to be safe than piercingless and sorry.

Know your jewelry size.

It’s nearly impossible to purchase correctly-sized jewelry if you don’t know what size you’re currently wearing. In our studio, we often explain to clients that it is like trying to shop for shoes without knowing your shoe size: you can guess, but you probably won’t end up with something that is a good fit. If you do not know your jewelry’s size, stop by your local piercing shop and have your piercing measured, or check out our online sizing guide.

Double-check the size of your new jewelry.

There’s nothing worse than trying to put in new jewelry and discovering that you’ve purchased the wrong size. If you’ve ordered jewelry from us online, before you open the heat-sealed pack your jewelry is contained in, hold up the new jewelry to an old piece and make sure they’re the same size.

Clean your hands and jewelry first.

Wash your hands with soap and water before handling your piercing or your jewelry. Once your hands are clean you will want to clean your new jewelry. While jewelry purchased from us or any other high-quality source is relatively clean, it will need a gentle cleansing before putting it in. (We do not ship jewelry pre-sterilized.) Metal jewelry can usually be rinsed with a soap-and-water solution. For more porous organic jewelry—such as wood, horn, or bone—be careful of what you’re using, as anything used can get trapped in the material and leach into your skin. For these, a light oiling is all you need; grapeseed or jojoba oil will usually do the job.


Putting jewelry in dry is extremely difficult, and can easily damage your piercing. Slippery jewelry may be a bit more difficult to handle, but makes for an easier jewelry change. Water-based sex lube is ideal, so get yourself a trial-size tube of K-Y Jelly (or something similar). Soap and water will also work, but stay away from petroleum-based products.

Don’t change your jewelry in the shower, or in the bathroom over the sink.

While it may seem like a good idea to insert jewelry while looking into your bathroom mirror, or in the shower while the skin is loose and warm, small pieces can be hard to hold and ends and balls are often lost down the drain. Instead, sit in the center of your bed where you can easily see and recover dropped jewelry.

Keep jewelry in your piercing.

Even healed piercings can shrink quickly if jewelry has been left out for too long. If for some reason you have problems inserting your new jewelry, make sure you put your original jewelry back in. Even a few hours can be the difference between an easy and painful jewelry insertion—or losing your piercing altogether.

If your piercing has shrunk to the point that getting even your original jewelry in is impossible, you’re going to want to visit your local studio do get some help.

Any problems, check in with your piercer.

Changing jewelry is usually easy, but sometimes you may need a little help. If you’re not close enough to come in see us, there is likely a professional piercer in your area who can give you a hand.

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