In approximately the last decade, there has been a new trend in body piercing - piercing the belly button. While this is done primarily in females, some males have their belly button pierced as well. While it tends to be primarily young people sporting a belly button ring, they can be found on people of all ages. It seems this latest trend in body piercing took hold in western cultures, though that is not where it originated. Since its place in western culture has been established, it has since spread to other areas of the world.
When the initial piercing with a hoop or bent barbell is done, these pieces of piercing jewelry are rather plain. Usually these pieces of piercing jewelry only have plain silver balls and plain silver bodies as a part of their appearance. It is rare to find a piercer who will use anything but the standard silver piercing jewelry.
In extreme cases of allergy or skin sensitivity, some piercers will use titanium or gold as an alternative. Still, these first pieces of jewelry tend to be rather plain. After the initial healing phase is over, most people with piercings tend to replace that first piece of jewelry to something more individualistic and expressive of themselves. Indeed, a belly button ring can be a personal or fashion statement.
Gemstone belly button rings tend to be one of the most common, yet individualistic choices when one is replacing initial piercing jewelry. One of these types of body jewelry can be made from almost anything, in any style. Cheaper belly button rings tend to be made of stainless steel or titanium, and can feature faux, semi precious or precious gemstones as a part of their design. Most gemstone belly button rings are made from these types of materials, but it is possible to fins ones made of sterling silver or white or yellow gold. Gemstone belly button rings made of this type of metal rarely feature faux stones - it is usually semi precious or precious stones that are found as a part of the design. Belly button rings made from gold or silver can be the only option for those with allergies, yet there are some wearers who prefer nothing but gold and have no allergy issues.
Most gemstone belly button rings can be found as a single stone, featuring either a diamond (real of fake) or a birthstone of a moderate size. More elaborate gemstone belly button rings may feature a series of stones, or more than one color of stones, sometimes forming a design or a charm. There are those that are longer in length and may have some sort of part that dangles from the main body of the gemstone belly button ring. The elaborateness of design, symbols, and what a gemstone belly button ring is made of, can dictate what kind of price is charged for it.
Gemstone belly button rings can be found in malls, jewelry stores, clothing stores, and boutiques. Some piercing shops offer a selection too, and shopping on the internet provides a large selection.