Since the inception of body piercing the staple of jewelry has always been captive bead rings, or CBR’s. As the name implies these are solid stainless steel rings that are closed by a bead that completes the ring and ensures the jewelry will not fall out.
Throughout the years there has been many attempted improvements on the captive bead ring design but the simplistic design of captive bead rings continues to stand the test of time.
Select Your Gauge To Buy Stainless Surgical Steel CBR’s
Consumers should be aware that captive bead rings 10 gauge and larger require special tools to close the rings. Ring opening pliers are not available at your local home improvement center. You can however order them online. Choose the size appropriate for the captive bead rings you will be working with. Due to the pressure required it is recommended that you have someone to help you with the rings if you are attempting to change large gauge rings without the assistance of a professional body piercer.
Mini Ring Opening Pliers 4″ – Good for 10g or smaller, up to 1/2″ ring
Medium Ring Opening Pliers 6″ – Good for 8g or smaller, up to 3/4″ ring
Large Ring Opening Pliers 8″ – Good for 6g or smaller, up to 1″ ring
Extra Large Ring Opening Pliers 10″ – Any Size 4g+, up to 1″ ring
Some people prefer some of the newer styles of body jewelry rings, especially when the gauges start to get thick. These new styles allow you to wear large gauge rings without buying special tools to close your rings.
The two most popular styles of next generation CBR’s are….
Segmented rings are a great alternative for someone who wants a large gauge ring without the hassle. These rings are solid steel rings with a small segment attached to a hinge creating the opening for insertion. The segments are spring loaded so the rings will never fall out. This also gives the appearance of a solid ring leaving passers by guessing at how you ever got the jewelry into your body.
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Spring loaded captive bead rings are another option when you start getting into large gauge jewelry. These pieces work under the same principal as traditional captive bead rings but instead have a spring loaded bead that gives when inserting and removing. The spring loaded bead eliminates the need for expensive ring closing pliers.
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