Captive Bead Rings

A captive bead ring is the ultimate piece of versatile body jewelry. If you are going to have one piece of body jewelry in your collection, a captive ring would be it. Captive bead rings can be worn as a captive bead belly ring for an alternative to Belly Button Barbells. Captive rings can also be worn in your nose piercing, or as a Nipple Ring. A captive ring is sometimes confused with a ball closure ring. Captive jewelry is different. Captive bead ring jewelry contains beads with slight indents so that the ends of the captive bead ring will fit securely into it. Ball closure rings have beads with little protrusions on the ends, and these fit into the captive ring. The possibilities are endless with a captive bead ring. And you can change out the bead for a new look without removing the piercing. We have Titanium Captive Bead Rings as well.
Captive bead ring body jewelry is the most popular jewelry for body piercings. Its simple design works for so many types of piercings and looks equally good for men and women.

Also known as a ball closure ring, captive ball ring or captive hoop, captive bead ring jewelry gets its name from its design: the bead is held “captive” in a small opening in the ring by the spring pressure of the ring. The ring portion is generally made of surgical stainless steel, titanium or niobium, and the bead or ball can be a gemstone, glass or even ceramic. The bead is designed to be slightly larger than the opening and has small depressions or indentations that correspond to the ends of the ring so it fits snugly against them. A hole is sometimes drilled through the bead so it fits more easily.

The captive bead ring is also popular because its simple design with closed shape and rounded edges do not easily snag on hair, clothes or furniture so they are comfortable and safe for piercings that are new and still healing.

Once your piercing has healed (most take at least six to eight weeks), and you wish to change your bead, going to a professional piercing salon is your best bet. A professional piercer has experience in changing beads and will most like change the bead for free.

If you plan on changing your beads yourself, invest in two special tools designed for the opening and closing of captive bead rings: a pair of ring-opening pliers and a pair of ring-closing pliers. When using the ring-opening pliers, you’ll need only a small amount of pressure to open the gap and remove the bead. Use the ring-closing pliers to tighten the gap and hold the bead in place.

Some piercing experts also suggest using a pair of standard needle nose pliers if you do not have special ring-opening and ring-closing pliers to open and close your captive bead ring. However, it is important to cover the ends with making tape or electrical tape as the exposed sharp ends can scratch or damage your metal jewelry. Wearing jewelry with irregular surfaces such as nicks or scratches can endanger the tissue around your piercing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

When changing your bead, the most important step to wash your hands with antibacterial soap and to use only clean tools. Not doing so can introduce bacteria into your piercing, raising the risk for infection.