What Is a Circular Barbell?
A circular barbell is a popular body jewelry choice used for many different types of piercing. Also called a horseshoe barbell due to its shape, a circular barbell has a U-shaped post with a bead at each end of the post. Beads either thread onto the outside of the post (external threading), or are screwed into the inside of the post (internal threading).
What Types of Piercings Use Circular Barbells?
Circular barbell piercing is used for a range of body locations. Small circular barbell earrings are common, as are circular barbell nose rings. The eyebrows, nipples, belly button, and genitals are also popular sites for horseshoe barbells.
How Do You Remove A Horseshoe Barbell Earring?
The simplest way to remove a circular barbell is to hold one ball firmly in one hand and twist the other ball counter-clockwise with your other hand until it separates completely from the post. For small barbells, such as circular barbell earrings that are hard to reach, you may need to ask a friend for assistance.
If you have any difficulty removing a circular barbell, your best course of action is to return to where you got the piercing and ask for help.
What Sizes Do Circular Barbells Come In?
Piercing location determines the size and thickness of a circular barbell piercing. The barbell’s gauge refers to the thickness of the post, which in turn dictates the size of the barbell’s beads. Gauge size ranges from 0 to 20 gauge. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the barbell post.
What Materials are Horseshoe Barbells Available In?
Circular barbells come in a range of different materials, including titanium, stainless steel, niobium, gold, and silver. The right material for you will depend on your skin sensitivity, any metal allergies you might have, and your aesthetic preferences.
Titanium and implant-grade stainless steel are popular choices, due to their high biocompatibility. Used for surgical implants, both metals are hypoallergenic and unlikely to result in piercing rejections. 14kt gold may also be used for people with sensitive skin.
Circular barbell beads may be plain metal to match the barbell’s post, or anodized to create bright, metallic colors. Perhaps you prefer luminous opal beads, elaborate decorations like jeweled elephants, or a circular barbell with jewel heart charms.
Circular barbell brands include Unbreakable and our own lines, PainfulPleasures and Painful Pleasures - USA. Remember to visit PainfulPleasures for one of the world’s largest selections of circular barbell rings and jewelry at some of the best prices you can find online.