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Published Saturday, August 5, 2023

Everything You Need To Know About Navel Piercings

What Is A Navel Piercing?

This popular little piercing never actually went away and the options for navel jewelry have only expanded over the years. Today we’re talking about belly button piercings.

First things first, the navel piercing is a piercing for your navel! The most popular placement is the upper rim, a fleshy bit of skin at the top of the navel. The lower rim can also be pierced if enough skin is available to pierce, though it’s less common. Lastly, you can pierce the sides of your bell button, though this is uncommon, and is usually only done as part of a larger belly piercing project.

The jewelry for these piercings can be called navel jewelry, navel rings, belly rings or navel piercing jewelry.


Different Types Of Belly Jewelry

So, what kind of jewelry do you need? Well, the most popular style is the navel barbell. This is a type of curved barbell specifically designed with navels in mind, available in a wide array of materials and styles. It usually includes a smaller top and larger bottom ball, and often features a dangling design element.

Next, you have top-down navels. These are another type of curved barbell made for navels, where the larger dangle design is at the top of the barbell and hands down over the piercing.

Sleek, navel clickers are also a growing trend and make for easy insertion and removal, but they are most comfortable and safe in a fully healed piercing.


Standard Gauge Size For Navel Piercings

The average gauge for navels is going to be around 14g, and the standard length of the jewelry will be between 5/16” and 7/16” (the most common size being 3/8" or 10mm).


Before You Get A Navel Piercing

As with all body piercing modification, there are some things you should know before getting a belly button piercing.

  • First off, everyone’s anatomy is different, and not every belly button can accommodate a piercing. Talk with your professional piercer to figure out what’s best for you.
  • Secondly, because this jewelry is in a high friction, high movement area, you will have to be careful not to snag the jewelry on your clothes, and clean it regularly. A simple curved barbell or navel retainer might be a good option for days when you’re not showing off your piercing.
  • Lastly, pregnancy can pose a problem for your piercing. Pregnancy navels do exist - those are navels made from long, flexible, body safe materials like PTFE meant to accommodate a pregnant stomach - however they don’t work for everyone. Many end up simply removing their belly piercing when pregnant, and either putting it back in, or getting re-pierced after the baby is born if the hole closed up.


When Is The Best Time To Get A Belly Piercing?

Let's dive into a question many of us have pondered: When's the ideal time to get a piercing? The answer isn't one-size-fits-all, but if you're eyeing some cool new piercings to flaunt, it's worth considering the timing. So, should you opt for summer vibes or winter chill?


Understanding Healing Time

The timing of your piercing journey hinges on a crucial factor: healing time. Different piercings require varying durations to fully heal and settle. Take the navel piercing, for example. It typically takes around six months to a year for this type of piercing to heal completely. During this period, you'll want to treat your piercing with extra care to ensure it heals properly.

Piercings and Summer Adventures

If you're itching to enjoy sun-soaked days and water-based escapades during the summer, there's something you need to consider. Piercings, especially fresh ones, don't always play well with bodies of water. Whether it's a dip in the pool, a day at the beach, or a refreshing lake swim, these activities can potentially disrupt the healing process.

So, if your summer plans involve aquatic fun, it might be wise to plan ahead. Getting pierced during the fall, winter, or even early spring would give your body ample time to heal and get ready for those vibrant summer days.

In the grand debate of summer versus winter navel piercing, there's no clear winner. It all boils down to your individual preferences and lifestyle. Whether you're a summer sun seeker or a winter cozy enthusiast, remember that healing should be your top priority.

Can You Wear Belly Jewelry with High Waisted Jeans?

Got a navel piercing and wondering if it's a good match with those trendy high waisted jeans? 

The basic answer? Absolutely, you can rock high waist jeans and show off your navel piercing in style. As a fellow piercing lover, I wear my navel jewelry with high waisted bottoms all the time. But hey, if you're new to this, here's what you need to know:

If your navel piercing is fresh, you'll want to be a little cautious. High waisted clothes are totally doable, but you don't want anything rubbing, snagging, or irritating your piercing. Trust me, you don't want to slow down that healing process!

Imagine this: you're strutting your stuff in those cute high waisted shorts, and suddenly your piercing gets caught in the fabric. Ouch, right? So, keep an eye out for clothes that could brush up against your piercing and choose softer fabrics to avoid any unwanted tugging.


The Dangle Dilemma

Now, let's talk about those fabulous dangle navel piercings. While they look stunning, they might pose a tiny challenge when paired with high waisted clothes.

Don't worry, though! It's not a deal-breaker. If you're a fan of dangle piercings, just be mindful of what you're wearing. Opt for bottoms with a snugger waistband or choose dangle jewelry that's less likely to snag on your clothes.




Do you have your navel pierced? Are you planning to get pierced? Shop our selection of navel jewelry at, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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