The Allure Of Belly Button Jewelry
Although many people tend to think of body jewelry as a relatively recent phenomenon, the trend really started almost seventy five years ago.
Back in the 1930’s and 40’s, many popular movies featured exotic locales and featured seductive music and dancers. One particular style, the belly dancer, was especially popular with audiences. However, fashion and more conservative values in those days shied away from showing the midriff, so a compromise of sorts needed to be struck.
Movie producers found the compromise by placing a jewel over the belly dancers navel, which allowed the midriff area to be shown but the navel covered. And as such, the very first body jewelry came into prominence.
Buying The Safest Belly Button Jewelry
The main reason to be cognizant of the right type of navel jewelry to buy is to avoid possible infection. While the navel is generally regarded as one of the safest places to pierce, it is prone to infection from low grade alloys and metals just like any other area of the body.
First let’s discuss which metals to avoid. Stay away from imitation gold, coated materials, and silver plated. Make sure any gold body jewelry you purchase is nickel free, because nickel is known to irritate the skin, especially a piercing.
Safer types include surgical steel, titanium, and gold that is at least 14 carat or greater. In general, you can tell the difference between solid gold and gold plated by price. If the belly button jewelry you are considering is exceptionally inexpensive, there is a good reason why.
If your skin is sensitive and you are on a tight budget, you can still wear certain types of navel jewelry. The two safest inexpensive types are acrylic and glass, but check to be sure they are natural acrylic and glass, not coated with any other material.