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Segment ring piercing jewellery is a hinged or segmented hoop often made from a metal such as surgical steel that can be inserted into a variety of piercings to give a smooth shape. Smooth segment rings are most commonly used in cartilage piercings (including nose) but can also be used for other piercings that are traditionally worn with a hoop such as lip and genital piercings.
A common alternative option to the segment ring jewellery is a BCR (Ball Closure Ring). The benefit of using a segment ring is that it is less bulky and can therefore lie flat making them particularly attractive for use in ear, nose, and other facial piercings. This also means you don’t have anything pushing into your skin in the same way the ball of a BCR would.
Another benefit of using a segment ring piercing is that it is easy to clean due to the complete 360 rotation thanks to the smooth finish.
Hinged Segment Ring
There are two types of segment ring. The type that is easiest to insert yourself is the hinged segment ring. This means the moving section that allows you to insert your jewellery is attached at one end using a small hinge. This makes it easier to reassemble the hoop once it is in your piercing by simply pushing the free end into the ring and squeezing it to close the ring.
The classic segment ring can be more challenging to insert as a section of the ring completely comes away to allow you to put on the jewellery. This segment ring how to put in requires a pair of pliers which is why we recommend only inserting this type of jewellery yourself if you are experienced with body jewellery. Make sure you use a sanitised jewellery-specific pair of pliers to handle your jewellery. The pliers are a handy tool when opening segment rings but it is best to gently squeeze the sections back together using your fingers once inserted to avoid harming the piercing site.
If you are considering trying out segment ring body jewellery then our suggestion is to use a traditional segment ring if you don’t intend to regularly change your jewellery as this will sit securely in your piercing. However, if you love to frequently switch it up it is best to try out a hinged segment ring for an easier change.
Before purchasing your new jewellery make sure to check the size/gauge of your piercing so you can make sure you will receive a hoop that will comfortably fit. For example, a segment ring Prince Albert will need to be a different size compared to a segment ring septum.
As you can see the segment ring can be a great way to enjoy an awesome aesthetic as well as an easy cleaning routine. This smooth hoop piercing is the perfect choice for those who love dainty hassle-free jewellery.