captive beads

We didn’t do this lovely lady’s piercings, but she did visit us to get them fancied up with these beautifully sparkly cubic zirconia beads from industrial Strength. Sometimes during winter you’ve got to create your own sunshine!

Fresh daith pierced by Darren with an implant grade titanium captive bead ring with a gorgeous anatometal cluster bead. Those opals are mesmerizing! 

@krystalklos did this fresh daith piercing with a beautiful niobium @anatometal ring and captive 4 bead cluster. Check out our Instagram account @trancetattoopiercer for more awesome photos.

A couple of fresh helix piercings Mic did this week, Implant-grade steel captive bead rings with 3mm cubic zirconias from Industrial Strength. So cute!

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Ariana stopped in for a conch and tragus piercing to match her other conch and tragus piercings.

Here is her old conch and tragus we pierced almost two years ago, all healed up and looking great.

We put a new captive bead ring with a CZ gem in her conch to tie in with her prong set CZ in her tragus. All jewelry from anatometal​.

Thanks Ariana!

vaughnbodyarts
Monterey, CA

Attention Piercing Clients

If the ball falls out of your captive bead ring, please do not pinch the gap “closed” and leave it in your piercing (especially for an extended period of time). Here’s why:

1.) This distorts the circular shape of the jewelry, sometimes to the point that it can’t be made round again. This sucks, especially when the ring in question is a difficult metal to manipulate like titanium.

2.) Captive bead rings are meant to hold a bead, not for the ends to meet. No matter how hard you try to press the ring closed, there will be a (usually sizable) gap left in between the two ends of the ring.* This gap WILL rotate into your piercing, your piercing WILL close or at the very least shrink due to there being no jewelry in the hole. Getting this gap rotated back around the right way is uncomfortable, sometimes challenging, and many times results in the jewelry being bent beyond usability in the process. If you leave this gap in your piercing long enough, it is even possible to lose your piercing entirely.

3.) Replacement beads are usually one of the cheapest items in stock - if not THE cheapest item in stock at any reputable piercing studio. Go buy a new one. Most studios will even be willing to put it in for either free, or for a nominal fee. Seriously people - it doesn’t take very much time, and it’s damn near always less than $10 out of your pocket.


I’ve had a recent influx of people with hastily crimped together captive bead rings stuck in their nostrils or ears or *whatever*, and it breaks my heart to tell people that the piercing they’re so fond of is now closed because they waited too long to come back and get adequate replacement jewelry.

I understand that sometimes this can be a permissible temporary solution for a lost ball, but that’s the most it should be – An EXTREMELY temporary solution.


*Note: If you want a ring that does not have a bead in it, most reputable piercing studios offer seam rings for healed piercings. These are designed to safely show off the “seamless” aesthetic.

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. Cody and special guest piercer Jef Saunders are at the studio all day for all of your piercing and jewelry needs.

This lovely ear belongs to Emily. We recently did a daith piercing for her with an @anatometal​ implant grade steel captive bead ring holding this cute little white opal. Also pictured is her healed tragus piercing we did in January of 2014.

Thanks so much, Emily!

@vaughnbodyarts
Monterey, CA

This handsome gentleman is so fantastic! Mic did his eyebrow surface anchors a while ago, and he recently popped back in to upgrade his septum piercing with this incredible 8g 9/16" solid 14 karat yellow gold captive bead ring from Body Vision Los Angeles. We just love that our clients know how to treat themselves!

And for those who are interested, we have a pretty fair selection of large gauge solid gold pieces in stock ready to be snapped up!

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Lots of beautiful new jewelry in my Etsy store. These are my favorite right now. Available in Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, and Silver colors.

Rose Gold Angel Aura Glass Captive Bead Ring

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