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Published Wednesday, March 27, 2024


What Is A Clicker Ring?

Clickers are rings with a hinged segment that can be opened and closed.  They're a very popular jewelry choice for septums and come in different styles and materials. What makes them so great is how easy they are to wear. You don’t have to keep up with threaded balls or other small parts that can sometimes be hard to use and easy to lose. If you have a septum piercing and haven’t tried one out, you might consider wearing clickers like these.


Different Styles of Clicker Jewelry

Want to level up your clicker rings? In the video below we'll be going over different styles of clickers we carry that you may not be familiar with. But for quick access you can use these shortcut links if you'd like to read about each style with pictures: Basic clickers  |  Shaped Clickers  |  Side Set Clickers  |  Navel Clickers  |  Nipple Clickers

Basic Clicker Ring

We can’t talk about clickers without going over the classic clicker ring. It’s round, very trendy and it comes in a variety of styles, gauge sizes and materials. It's a great switch to make from the classic captive bead ring, too, because it's easy to take on and off!

You may have heard these referred to as 'lip rings' but they can just as easily fit in a double helix piercing. This style is popular for septum piercings. It can also be worn in other piercings such as nostril, lip, or ear cartilage.

Though you can wear a clicker ring in your daith, we also have daith clickers. These are oval shaped, 16 gauge and designed to fit in your daith piercing as well as in other ear cartilage piercings like your rook and other piercing locations like your eyebrow.

Shaped Clickers

Next we have some interesting clicker shapes like these hexagon, square, teardrop and triangle clickers. These clickers can be worn in your septum and ear cartilage.

If you want something different for your ear cartilage piercings, you can’t go wrong with these heart and moon shaped clickers.

Side Set Clickers

Now let’s look at the side set clickers. What makes these different is that the gems or designs on these clickers are on the outer part of the rings, which makes these perfect for lobe or helix piercings. Depending on the design, you can also wear these in your eyebrow or bottom lip, and double it for snake bite piercings. Piercings they wouldn't work in include the madonna piercing and dahlia piercing, because of their placement on the facial anatomy. They may work very well in a vertical labret piercing however, they often do well in piercings where a curved barbell is used.

Navel / Belly Clickers

Next, let’s look at different styles of navel clickers. For a sleek look we have the rail clickers. To open these, hold the rail tight while pulling the hinge.These are 14 gauge and are great for navel, eyebrow and ear cartilage piercings.

If you like this style, then we have other more ornate clicker navels like these.

Nipple Clickers

Let’s talk about nipple clickers now. These can look a little different. For example the halo nipple clicker that has two hinged sections. To open these, tightly hold the longer hinged section and pull the other side. Once it opens, continue holding the hinged section and pull the wearable post. Insert it, close the longer hinged section first and then the other section.

If you like the seamless look of the halo clickers, we also have nipple clickers that have the hinge mechanism in the back like this one.

And we can’t forget the flat top nipple clickers like these.



Where Can You Wear Clicker Rings?

Septum and Nostril

Stretched Septum

Ear and Cartilage

All Along the Lip

In Your Nipples



How To Wear And Insert A Septum Clicker

If you have other ear piercings, like a helix, daith, rook or even just your lobes, you can also wear your clicker rings there. 

  • Don’t forget to wash your hands before your start.
  • You can also use jojoba oil to lubricate the piercing before inserting the clicker.
  • Make sure your piercing is completely healed before you switch out your septum jewelry. The last thing you want to do is irritate your piercing.

Let us show you how to insert a septum clicker.

  1. Locate the hinged segment. With one hand, hold the clicker tight and with the other pull upwards to open the segment. If you’re having trouble opening the clicker, you can use gloves to get a good grip on it or even some ring opening pliers.

  2. Once the ring is open, slide the segment through your piercing and make sure the opened segment is outside your nose. Hold the ring with one hand and use the other to close the segment. You’ll usually hear a clicking sound, hence why they’re called clickers, when the ring is properly closed.

  3. To hide the segment area, just spin the clicker so it sits inside your nose and it’s out of sight. If you have a clicker with a flat top, you will open the clicker and slide the segment in your nose. Hold the clicker and with the other hand, push down on the segment to click it in.

Different Ways To Stack Clicker Rings

Clickers come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs. Stacking them can make for a very cool look! Some of our ideas are below but the options are limitless and you can use your imagination to come up with all kinds of new looks.

  • Stack them in your stretched lobe piercing
  • Stack them in your stretched septum
  • Stack them through an earskin
  • Stack them and hang them on a ring
  • Create chains by clicking them onto one another

Adjusting Your Septum Clicker Before Wearing It

Getting a new septum clicker is exciting, but many people encounter issues when trying to wear them. One common problem is the clicker getting stuck in the septum. To avoid this, follow these simple steps before you wear your clicker:

Check Before You Wear

Before putting on your septum clicker, ensure that you can easily open and close it with your hands. If you encounter difficulty, it's crucial to make adjustments to prevent any issues later on.

Adjusting a Loose Clicker

If your clicker is too loose, use your fingers to gently and slightly close the ring. If this doesn't work, employ a pair of ring closing pliers to make the adjustment. Remember to be gentle to avoid damaging the jewelry.

Adjusting a Tight Clicker

If the clicker is too tight, gently pull the ring apart with your hands. If this proves challenging, use a pair of ring opening pliers to make the necessary adjustment. Always exercise caution to prevent any damage to the clicker.

Once you've made the required adjustments, your septum clicker should be easy to put in and take out, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free experience.

How To Adjust A Clicker Ring With Jewelry Pliers

So you’ve got a clicker, but it’s not closing right? If your clicker doesn’t close tightly, use ring closing pliers to adjust it.

  1. Put the ring between the grooves.
  2. Squeeze the pliers gently until the ring closes a small amount.
  3. Try closing your clicker ring. You’ll hear a click when it closes properly.

If your ring is too small
and it doesn’t close, you’ll need to use ring opening pliers.

  1. Insert the pliers in the ring and align the ring’s edges with the divots on the pliers.
  2. Squeeze the pliers gently to open the ring slowly until the the gap is large enough that you can close the clicker hinge properly. 



As you can see, pliers make it easier to adjust your clicker. If you don’t have any, we highly recommend getting these tools.They’re essential tools to add to your jewelry collection. You can buy pliers and other helpful tools on our site,!

How To Adjust A Large Gauge Clicker

Small clicker rings can be easy to adjust, but what about large gauged clickers? If you use a clicker ring that’s larger than 12 gauge, we recommend using ring pliers to adjust your clickers.

If your clicker is loose and won’t close properly, you will need to use ring closing pliers like these.

  1. First open up the hinge.
  2. Then place the ring between the grooves as close to the hinge as possible. This is different from a smaller gauge clicker where it doesn't need to be close to the hinge / opening.
  3. Gently squeeze the pliers and close the hinge to check if the closure is secure.
  4. Repeat, until the clicker closes properly.

If the clicker is too tight and the hinge won’t open, you will need to use ring opening pliers like these.

  1. Hold the hinge with one hand and with the other, insert the pliers in the ring and align the ring’s edges with the divots and lightly squeeze until the hinge opens properly.

Using ring pliers makes it easier to adjust your clicker, but if you don’t have any, you can try using your hands.

  • To help loosen the metal, you can put the clicker in warm water for about a minute. If you add soap to the water, you can clean the piece before adjusting it. If you’re already wearing the clicker, you can also wear it while you shower to help warm up the piece so that you can adjust it by hand.
  • If the clicker is too big, open the hinge and squeeze both sides of the clicker until the hinge closes securely.
  • If the clicker is too small, slowly and gently pull both sides of the clicker. Pull until the hinge closes properly.

How To Adjust A Septum Clicker That Has Gems or A Shape

Do you have a clicker with gems or a unique design that needs adjustment? We'll show you how to adjust a delicate clicker with your hands and with ring pliers. Over time clickers can get loose and start spreading apart. If your delicate clicker has gems or shapes, you'll want to try adjusting it with your hands first, so that you don’t damage the piece.

Adjusting a delicate clicker with your hands:

We recommend using gloves to get a good grip on the clicker. Start by opening the hinge as you will be adjusting it with the hinge open. Squeeze both sides with your fingers very gently. Check the fit often by closing and opening it. Very slowly and gently keep squeezing until the hinge closes and is no longer loose.

It’s a difference of a fraction of a millimeter, so you probably won’t feel the clicker moving or even see the difference with your eye. Testing the closing is the only way to tell if you’re getting closer.

Squeeze to tighten a loose clicker

If you go too far and the ring is too small, pull the sides away from each other very slowly until the hinge closes properly.

Pull sides to open a tight clicker

Using ring opener & closer tool for your clicker:

If you need to use ring closing pliers to close the clicker, place the ring between the grooves as close to the hinge as possible. You want to be careful and squeeze very gently so you don’t damage the clicker.

Put ring closers close to hinge to tighten clicker

If the clicker is too tight and the hinge won’t open with your hands, you will need to use ring opening pliers. Hold the hinge with one hand and with the other, insert the pliers in the ring and align the ring’s edges with the divots and lightly squeeze until the hinge opens and closes properly.

Squeeze to open clicker


Whether you’re using your hands or jewelry pliers, a little pressure goes a long way. Over adjusting the clicker can affect the gem settings and cause the gems to fall out, so be careful so that you don’t damage the gems or design.

Hack To Take Out A Septum Clicker Ring


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