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Popular Types of Piercings & Body Jewelry Styles

Spiked Ear Piercings There are many types of piercings, but some are definitely more popular than others. Which ones, and which styles of body jewelry work best in each? Let's take a look at the five most popular types of body piercings and the different styles of jewelry that can be worn in each.

 

Ear Piercings

Over the years, piercers have found new and creative ways to adorn people with body jewelry in places that were once impossible to pierce (think dermal piercings for one). Despite all the advancements in piercing, ear piercings remain at the top of the list of most popular body piercings among men and women alike. 83% of the U.S. population has had their earlobes pierced at least once and 30% of men and women have had at least one ear piercing other than an earlobe piercing.

Each ear can accommodate 13 different types of piercings, and sometimes several of each type. The most popular types of ear piercings are earlobe piercings, industrial piercings, helix piercings, tragus piercings, daith piercings, and rook piercings. The type of ear piercing you get determines the best style of jewelry to wear, and there are some ear piercings where men's and women's taste in jewelry tends to differ. For instance, men are slightly more likely than women to stretch their earlobes so they can wear plugs or tunnels as opposed to stud earrings or other styles of earrings. Women are more likely to get multiple helix piercings so they can wear spiral cartilage earrings, while men more often opt for industrial piercings or helix piercings with captive rings in them. Of course, these are just current trends; men and women alike can get any of these types of ear piercings and wear whatever style of jewelry they like best in them.

Below are some examples of the different styles of ear piercing jewelry available and details about which styles work best in which ear piercings. Click on any type of ear piercing jewelry shown to see other options in the same category.

Ear Piercing Jewelry

Stud Earrings for Earlobe Piercings and Cartilage Piercings French Hook Earrings for Earlobe Piercings Fake Plugs for Earlobe Piercings
Stud Earrings
Stud earrings work best as men's and women's earlobe piercing jewelry, but they could also be worn in well-healed helix piercings or even conch piercings.
French Hook Earrings
French hook earrings are a more feminine style of earlobe piercing jewelry. There are no other ear piercings in which this style of jewelry works well.
Fake Plugs
Fake plugs are best used as earlobe piercing jewelry, since the large backings on them would make them awkward to wear in cartilage piercings of any type.
Circular Barbells for Earlobe and Cartilage Piercings Spiral Cartilage Earrings for Single, Double and Triple Helix Piercings Captive Bead Rings for Ear Piercings

Circular Barbells
Circular barbells are especially popular earlobe piercing jewelry for men, but men and women alike can wear them in earlobe piercings and a variety of cartilage piercings.

Spiral Cartilage Earrings
You can get spiral cartilage earrings with 1-5 loops, so you can wear this style of ear piercing jewelry whether you have a single helix piercing or multiple helix piercings.
Captive Bead Rings
Captive bead rings make great earlobe and cartilage piercing jewelry. Wear them in helix piercings, rook piercings, daith piercings, tragus piercings, and antitragus piercings.
Segment Rings for Ear Piercings Unbreakable Seamless Rings for Daith Piercings Industrial Barbells for Industrial Piercings
Segment Rings
Segment rings are a type of captive ring that can be worn as earrings in earlobe piercings or used in a variety of cartilage piercings, like helix, rook, daith and tragus piercings.
Seamless Rings
Seamless rings like these beautiful handmade niobium tear drop rings from our Unbreakable custom jewelry line make stunning daith piercing jewelry.
Industrial Barbells
Industrial barbells only work in industrial piercings, which can be positioned multiple ways. Tip: Captive rings can be more comfortable in healing industrial piercings.
Ear Hangers, Large Gauge Earrings for Stretched Ears Plugs for Stretched Lobes and Conch Piercings Tunnels for Stretched Ears and Other Stretched Piercings
Ear Hangers for Stretched Lobes
Ear hangers make great large gauge earrings for stretched lobes. They come in a variety of shapes and styles, like spirals and the dichroic glass drop earrings shown above.
Plugs for Stretched Ear Piercings
Plugs can be worn in a variety of stretched piercings. The most popular types of ear piercings plugs are worn in are punched or stretched earlobe and conch piercings.
Tunnels for Stretched Ears
Like plugs, tunnels make great jewelry for stretched lobes and punched or stretched conch piercings. Choose from handmade wood tunnels, stone tunnels, and more.


 

Nose Piercings

19% of women and 15% of men in the U.S. have their noses pierced, making nose piercings the second most popular piercing type overall. There are several different types of nose piercings, but nostril piercings and septum piercings are the two most popular. You can wear a wide variety of body jewelry in those two types of nose piercings. Circular barbells, captive rings (including segment, seamless and captive bead rings) and septum pinchers are three of the most popular styles of septum jewelry. Nose bonesnostril screws (which can be custom-bent to fit you perfectly using fishtail nose rings), nose hoops like segment or seamless rings, and labret studs are the most popular styles of nostril piercing jewelry. You can see an example of each of these styles of nose piercing jewelry below, or click on any type of nose ring shown to see others like it.

Nose Rings for Nostril Piercings & Septum Piercings

Seamless Rings for Septum Piercings and Nostril Piercings Segment Rings and Septum Clickers Captive Bead Rings for Septum Piercings
Seamless Rings

Segment Rings & Septum Clickers

Captive Bead Rings
Circular Barbells for Septum Piercings Septum Pinchers for Septum Piercings Septum Tusks

Circular Barbells

Septum Pinchers Septum Tusks
Nostril Screws for Nostril Piercings Nose Bones for Nostril Piercings Labret Studs for Nostril Piercings
Nostril Screws Nose Bones Labret Studs


 

Belly Button Piercings

33% of American women and an unknown percentage of American men have their belly buttons pierced, making belly piercings the third most popular type of body piercing in the U.S. Their immense popularity has lead us to stock more than 1,300 different navel rings in our Belly Button Rings section, making it the second-largest jewelry category on our site next to Earrings. It's no wonder so many people love belly button piercings, since they accentuate the sexy curves a woman's midriff and look hot on guys, too, with the right jewelry (e.g. circular barbells or captive rings).

You can see a few of our favorite styles of traditional belly rings below, or visit our Belly Button Rings section to see our full selection of navel jewelry.

Belly Button Rings

Crystal Explosion Belly Button Rings Belly Chain Jewelry Bali Belly Button Rings
Crystal Explosion Belly Rings

Belly Chain Jewelry

Bali Belly Button Rings
BioPlast Belly Button Rings Dangle Belly Button Rings Gold Belly Button Rings

BioPlast Belly Button Rings

Dangle Belly Button Rings Gold Belly Button Rings
Navel Shields for Belly Button Piercings Vintage and Opal Belly Button Rings Reverse Belly Button Rings
Navel Shields Vintage & Opal Belly Rings Reverse Belly Button Rings


 

Nipple Piercings

Nipple piercings are the fourth most popular type of piercing, with 18% of American men and 9% of American women sporting them. They have both aesthetic and sexual benefits that make them a very attractive piercing option for men and women alike. You can wear a wide variety of different types of body jewelry in nipple piercings, including straight barbells, bent barbells, pinchers and circular barbells, captive rings, nipple shields, and dangle nipple rings. You've seen some of these styles of jewelry in the sections above and can see examples of the other styles below and in our Nipple Rings section.

Nipple Rings

Nipple Shields for Nipple Piercings Bent Barbells for Nipple Piercings Dangle Nipple Rings
Nipple Shields

Bent Barbells

Dangle Nipple Rings
Straight Barbells for Nipple Piercings Unique Nipple Jewelry Fake Nipple Rings

Straight Barbells

Unique Nipple Rings Fake Nipple Rings


 

Tongue Piercings & Eyebrow Piercings

Tongue Rings Tongue piercings and eyebrow piercings actually tie for fifth place among the most popular types of piercings in the U.S. Both types of piercings are more popular with men than women, with 17.5% of men having eyebrow piercings compared to 8% of women, and 16% of men having tongue piercings compared to 9.5% of women.

Micro Bent Barbells | Eyebrow Rings Straight barbells are the only practical type of tongue ring, but there are a few styles of jewelry you can wear in an eyebrow piercing. Micro bent barbells, circular barbells and captive rings are the three most popular types of eyebrow rings

 

Other Popular Piercings

If you'd like to learn about other popular types of piercings, like dermal piercings, lip piercings and male and female genital piercings, visit the Piercing Information section of our Information Center to find FAQs and other informative piercing articles.

 

 

References

Body Piercing Statistics on Statisticbrain.com

FAQs About Ear Piercings Painfulpleasures.com Article

Nose Piercing FAQs Article on PainfulPleasures.com