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Published Saturday, August 5, 2023

Everything You Need To Know About Navel Piercings

2000’s fashion is back, and that means crop tops, low-rise pants, and of course - the navel piercing.

Of course, 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.


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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