Threadless vs. Threaded Jewelry

When it comes to choosing the right jewelry for your piercings, understanding the differences between threadless and threaded options is essential. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, benefits, and installation methods of both types, helping you make an informed decision. We’ve consulted top professional APP members, who bring their extensive expertise and firsthand experience to shed light on the quality and style of these jewelry options.

Threadless Jewelry

Threadless Jewelry Diagram

Threadless jewelry consists of two to three pieces, including a Flatback or Central Post. The jewelry features a Plain, Gemmed, or Cabochon End that enhances the piercing itself.

A Threadless End is inserted into a tapped-out hole inside the post and is held in place by a bent pin, creating tension. This design ensures a perfect fit, preventing any buildup between the jewelry and your body.

Threadless jewelry is versatile and suitable for various piercings, including ears, nostrils, eyebrows, and even nipple piercings.

Threaded Jewelry

Threaded Jewelry Diagram

Threaded jewelry consists of two to three pieces that are screwed together. The threaded ends turn clockwise to tighten and counter-clockwise to loosen and uninstall.

All the posts we carry are internally threaded, meaning the Threaded End holds the thread pattern that fits into the post. This design ensures a smooth wearing surface and pain-free installation.

Our jewelry is made from biocompatible materials, ensuring a sustainable and safe choice for everyday wear.

How to Install and Remove Your Jewelry

Threadless Jewelry

Installing threadless jewelry involves first inserting the Flatback Post into the piercing’s channel, making sure the Flatback end with the attached disk enters from behind the piercing. Once the post is through the channel, secure your Threadless Top by inserting the bent pin into the hollowed portion of the post. Press both sides of the jewelry together, leaving no gap between the post and top. To remove it, simply pull the pieces in opposite directions.

Threaded Jewelry

To install threaded jewelry, insert the Threaded Post through the piercing’s channel. Once the post is in place, hold the threaded end with a forefinger and thumb and begin threading the opposite end of the post. Remember, “righty tighty, lefty loosey” to adjust the threaded ends. If the jewelry doesn’t rotate freely, the threads may not be aligned. Unscrew the piece and try again, ensuring both parts are lined up.

The Importance of Quality

As leaders in the body modification industry, we prioritize your health and safety. We only carry top-of-the-line manufacturers that use safe materials capable of lasting a lifetime.

Cheaper, low-quality jewelry often comprises tarnished, pitted, uneven, and potentially dangerous materials. Additionally, butterfly backs can trap debris and hinder the healing process. These styles are often pierced using a contaminated gun and cannot be fully sterilized.

When it comes to threaded jewelry, we strongly advise against wearing externally threaded options. These lower-grade steel products require the thread pattern to pass through the piercing channel, causing pain and tissue damage.

Our Commitment to Quality

At Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing, we prioritize your well-being. All our jewelry is sourced from the highest quality manufacturers in the industry. Our titanium posts offer a mirror-polished finish and are made of implant-grade materials that are nickel-free, making them suitable for those with metal allergies or sensitivities.

We offer a wide variety of tops in gold and titanium options, ensuring we cater to various styles and preferences. We never compromise on quality and only carry the best options from reputable vendors.

When you shop at Mom’s, you can trust that you’re getting safe and reliable jewelry for your piercings. Our Association of Professional Piercer members are here to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Visit our online store, MomsJewelry.com, to explore the jewelry styles discussed in this article and more.

As always, we value our relationship with you, our extended family. If you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to our studio.

Love always,


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