by Nasrina Parvin Khan
Barbell style jewelry has a contemporary history. This fashion was popularized by Jim Ward in the 1970s, founder of Gauntlet (The first body-piercing studio in the United States) in the contemporary society. But he was not the only claimant of all the credit for it..
BARBELL EARRINGS INTRODUCTION
Earring is one of the most
traditional body-piercing jewelry.
An earring is a piece of jewelry
which is mostly worn through a hole
pierced on earlobe and sometimes
other locations on the ear such as
rook, tragus or across the helix.
Usually earrings are made of metal.
These also can be made out of bone,
plastic or similar hard materials,
precious stones, glass and beads.
Nowadays, this traditional jewelry
is an integral part of fashion for
both women and men. Though typically
the women all over the World wear
them. We can't find out a single
woman whose dress up can be complete
without a pair of earrings. Earrings
give a finishing touch to one's look
and personality. Ear piercing among
males has also become popular in
North America and Europe. Males of
other parts of the World are also
trying for earring as fashion
Various kinds of earrings are
available in the fashion market.
Barbell earring is a variety of
earring, which is worn by both
genders. But it is most popular
among the male.
BARBELL EARRINGS FACTS
The idea of barbell jewelries as
well as barbell earrings came from
the barbell, which is used for
weight lifting. Actually barbell is
a bar with adjustable weight at each
end. Barbell jewelry has a
similarity with the weight lifting
A barbell earring is a straight
piece of metal with a ball or bead
on each end. One ball or bead is
permanently fixed and the other
screws on and off. Barbell earring
is also known as stud earring. The
specialty of this earring is the
appearance of floating on the ear or
earlobe without a visible point of
connection from the front side.
HISTORY OF BARBELL JEWELRY
We can find out several designs of
barbell jewelries, which have
contemporary origin. But tribal
people used simple, straight barbell
jewelry. The Dayak of Borneo notably
used these. Barbell style jewelry
has a contemporary history also.
This fashion was popularized by Jim
Ward in the 1970s, founder of
Gauntlet (The first body-piercing
studio in the United States) in the
contemporary society. But he was not
the only claimant of all the credit
for it. Actually he was introduced
to barbell style jewelry by a
tattooist and piercer from Frankfurt,
Germany named Tatto Samy.
TYPES OF BARBELL EARRINGS
The ancient simple straight barbells
modified with time and get a modern
outlook in the contemporary age. We
can divide barbell earrings in
different types, such as: -
* Internally threaded barbells-
These barbells have smooth ends with
receiving threads tapped into the
end of the bar. In this jewelry, the
bead has a receiving tube machined
into it with a threaded post
extending from the center.
Internally threaded barbell earrings
have become the most common variety
due to much less likely to cause
damage and irritation at the time of
piercing. It is more expensive than
other because of its structure.
* Externally threaded barbells- in
these barbells the post of the bar
has threads at both ends to allow
beads with receiving threads to be
attached. When the jewelry is
inserted or removed, externally
threaded barbells tend to irritate
the piercing. So, this barbell has
become less common.
* Curved barbells- these barbells
have a curvature. It is mechanically
identical to the straight barbell
except its curvature. The curvature
of curved barbells range from slight
curve to spiral to circular. As
earring curved barbells are
uncommon, but it is mostly used in
* Surface barbells- in these
barbells the bar has a pair of
90-degree bends, in the same
direction, to allow the jewelry to
be used for surface piercing.
* Circular barbells- circular
barbell is also known as horseshoe
barbell for its shape. They are used
for every piercing including
earrings. They have resemblance with
ball closure rings, except a larger
gap, a permanently attached bead at
one end and a threaded bead at the
other like barbells. But it is much
easier to use than ball closure
MATERIALS & DESIGNS OF BARBELL
Barbell earrings can be made out of
any metal, which is appropriate for
making body-piercing jewelry.
Silver, gold, platinum, titanium,
surgical steel etc are the few
example of metal, which used in
barbell earrings. Teflon or tygon
are used for flexible barbells.
The design of barbell earrings
depends on the design of beads or
balls. There are wide variety of
design and appearance of the beads.
Vast majority of the beads are
available simply in spherical
design. Though every kind of shape
is used in bead, like cubes,
triangles, cylinders, cones, disks
and so on.
RANGE OF BARBELL EARRINGS
Wide range of barbell earrings is
available in the fashion market.
There are precious, semi-precious
and cheap ear barbells for all
class. You can choose any one, which
is fit, in your budget.
Most safe and comfortable barbell
earring is BioFlex (BioFlex is a
transparent steam, sterilized
medical grade plastic, ultra light,
flexible. It is adjustable in length
using a simple cutter blade) ear
barbell. This is suitable for ear
cartilage, tragus and ear lobes.
BioFlex barbells with plain or
jeweled balls and minimum 26mm
lengthen bar are available. The size
and shape of balls can be different
with one's choice.
Externally threaded Titanium bent
barbell with 1.6mm 14G US gauge,
surgical stainless steel ear
barbell, surgical steel multi
threaded jeweled ear barbell for
multiple ear piercing with 1.6mm
gauge, 9ct Gold ear barbells with
1.6mm gauge, 9ct gold circular ear
barbells with 1.2mm/1.6mm gauge,
plain or jeweled titanium ear
barbell with 1.2mm/1.6mm/2.4mm
gauges etc are the example of some
popular barbell earring in the
latest fashion scenario. PTFE bar
with various kinds of balls is also
very popular. PTFE ear bars are
equally suitable for fresh or healed
piercing and can be safely used for
ear lobes and cartilage. PTFE bars
can be set with titanium balls,
plain or jeweled surgical steel
balls and other kind metal balls.
The length of the PTFE bars and the
length, size and shape of the ball
and color of the jewel can be
Now it is your choice what you will
pick for you. But it is sure that
all these barbell earrings will give
your ear piercing a stunning look.