Hoop Ring Jewellery

Find out all about our wide range of piercing hoops and rings products here, including our size selection, competitive prices , different jewellery types and how-to guides to cleaning and inserting your jewellery.

Types of Hoops and Rings

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There are 4 main product types in our piercing hoop selection, which are the Ball Closure Ring (commonly known as a BCR or CBR), Horseshoe Ring (or circular barbell), Segment Rings and Seamless Rings.

Below you can find all the details you need to know about each of these different piercing ring types.

Ball Closure Ring

Ball Closure Ring Jewellery

Ball closure rings are ringed jewellery with a ball, or bead placed in a small opening in the ring. They are also the most popular hooped jewellery around.

The ball uses the natural compressive strength of the ring to hold it in place. When putting the BCR in or taking it out, you can use a special forceps to widen the jewellery and remove, then squeeze the bead back in.

Suitable For - The BCR is genuinely one of the most versatile pieces of jewellery out there, and can be used in any body piercing, from ear cartilage to lip, or even more intimate places. However, it is most popular as a lip or ear piercing.

Hold very firmly in place and rarely fall out, which also makes it very good for not tearing if it gets caught in something, which is great for healing.

Generally forceps are needed to get the ball in and out, as the bead is very firmly wedged within the ring, and for good reason.

Horseshoe Ring

Horseshoe Ring Jewellery

Also known as a circular barbell, the horseshoe ring is a rounded piece of jewellery made up of three separate parts, with two beads on each end and a circular shaft, which often resembles the shape of a horseshoe.

The horseshoe ring piercing is essentially a rounded barbell.

Suitable For - Tragus piercings, intimate piercings, septum piercings.

Very easy to insert and remove as just one bead needs to be taken out and the rest of the piercing pulled through.

No major cons with this piercing, other than if you want a perfectly circular shaped piece of jewellery, this may not be for you.

Segment Ring

Segment Ring Jewellery

Rather than a bead, the segment ring has a removable segment within the rounded ring. It is very tightly compressed, similar to a BCR, to prevent the ring from coming loose.

In construct, it is very similar to the BCR, but it is perfectly rounded, which gives it a smoother look.

Suitable For - There is no part of the party where you can’t put a segment ring, as its perfectly rounded shape is suitable for all piercing types. However, it is very popular as an ear cartilage piercing.

Seamless look, which makes it a bit more elegant than the BCR, as well as being very easy to open and insert.

Can be difficult to close up the segment once you have inserted the ring.

Seamless Ring

Seamless Ring Jewellery

Seamless rings have no removable segment or bead at all, but rather have the smallest of gaps in the ring which can be stretched open for insertion and removal, then put back into place.

The gap is so thin that it is barely noticeable to the naked eye, which has often led to it being considered one of the most beautiful versions of hooped jewellery.

Suitable For - Almost anything, but especially popular as a nose or ear cartilage piercing.

Very simple to insert and remove, as well as being perfectly rounded with only the slightest gap for insertion.

If the ring is stretched too much during removal or insertion, it can be damaged, however, it would need to be a substantial stretching.

Available Materials

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316L Surgical Steel

Surgical Steel Ring Jewellery

Surgical steel is the most popular alloy due to its durability and affordable price. It also gives a smart looking, natural silver shine. Surgical steel is a very popular choice for all of our hooped and ringed jewellery. It can also be plated with colours such as gold and rose gold.

Quality steel, polished silver look, very affordable.

Contains small amounts of nickel which can cause allergic reactions, tends to discolour over time.

G23 Titanium

Titanium Ring Jewellery

When it comes to titanium, you cannot find a safer material for piercing. It is the most popular choice for first time piercers, as they can only use hypoallergenic materials such as titanium or gold. As well as this it is extremely durable and can withstand the test of time.

Doesn’t cause allergic reactions,very durable, doesn’t lose colour, 100% nickel-free, even lighter than steel.

Only con is that it is slightly more expensive than surgical steel, but worth it for its hypoallergenic nature.

14K Solid gold

Gold Ring Jewellery

There is really no substitute for solid gold, as it is the most luxurious material in the market. Perfect as a gift or to help class up your look. We also have a large selection of white gold products, which are a great alternative to silver, which can discolour over time.

Nickel-free, making it hypoallergenic, precious material, and luxurious.

Most expensive material available.

How to Insert and Remove Your Ball Closure and Segment Rings With a Forceps

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You may have some difficulty placing or removing the bead in your BCR, or segment in your segment ring. We have a solution: our special forceps. Follow this quick guide on the page on how to easily insert and remove your bead or segment.

These professional tools are both effective and affordable, making them a must-have for anybody with a ball closure or segment ring.

3 Ways to Clean Your Piercing Hoops and Rings

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There are many reasons why you should keep your jewellery clean, and not just so it looks good (which is also important). However, it is also important to keep it clean and hygienic so that you don’t pick up any infections when inserting your jewellery.

Below are some tips to help with this.

1. Polishing Cloth

Use a decent polishing cloth, especially with metals such as surgical steel which need to maintain their natural silver shine. Impregnated cloths such as our white polishing cloths are perfect for picking up dust and dirt.

2. Boiling Your Metal Jewellery

Simply boiling your jewellery is a very simple way of sterilising it and killing any bacteria. Of course this is most effective with durable products such as titanium and gold, while the likes of surgical steel or silver may discolour because of this.

NOTE Do not boil ANY jewellery with electronic components, acrylic or jewels in it, as it will seriously damage them.

3. Antibacterial Soap and Water

This is also an effective solution to remove any bacteria. Simply wash in warm water for a couple of minutes.

NOTE Not suitable for tongue piercings.

Piercing Hoop Aftercare

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No matter what kind of piercing you get, it is important to take proper care, regardless of what kind of jewellery you buy.

Try one of our Homemade Aftercare Products to prevent any serious infections or problems.

Our Salt Spray Solutions are handy and pocket-sized, perfect for bringing with you on the go. Use this alongside one of our healing range products such as our Healing Wonder Oil.

You should also take a look at our piercing butters and balms for daily care and to avoid future irritations and infections.