New Ways to Wear it: Chain Gang

 the chain jewelry trend

The hottest trend right now is chains, chains, and more chains! Put a little punk flair into your piercings with awesome body jewelry chains. Ear to nose, cartilage to lobe, cuff to lobe, tragus to cartilage, nipple to chains, slave bracelets and rings, body chains, and belly chains are all trending right now.

The ear cuff connected to an earring gives a faux cartilage piercing look that’s sweet for those of us who shirk modification commitment, or you could go for a barbell to barbell chain that connects cartilage piercings together. Popular styles of linked slave earrings include bohemian dream catchers, owls, hearts, stars, spikes, rosary beads, crosses, simple chains, and more.  For an ultra-modern style, many people will purposely wear mismatched earrings connected by chains.

cartilage, lobe, and nose chain jewelry

Nose chains originated in India and the Middle East, and are still used in Punjabi marital tradition. On a bride’s wedding night she wears a nose chain that connects to either an earring or her hair, then the groom ceremoniously removes the nose chain to symbolize her gift of virginity. Right now in Western culture nose chains have become popular in the Punk and Gothic subcultures. With the dawn of the modern body modification movement, chain link jewelry is much more prevalent in the everyday style of trendy youth. You can wear a simple hoop or a stylish stud in your nose piercing with a connecting chain that goes to a barbell, ball captive ring, or even an ear cuff.

Indian nose chain traditions

Nipple rings are much less taboo than ever before as well. The girl next door doesn’t flinch at the thought of getting her nipples pierced. Many business professionals will also opt for a nipple piercing, partially because it’s easily hidden.  It’s sometimes fun and liberating to have a “normal” looking exterior with naughty piercings hidden underneath, and nipple chains are a sexy way to connect your favorite hidden piercings. From simple chain strands, to elaborate Swarovski crystals these chains come in pretty much every style.

Belly chains are great for those with a belly piercing that want to decorate their back and midriff a little more. The chain connects to a belly button ring and lays on the hips or lower abdomen, making it perfect for special occasions or belly-baring hobbies like tribal dance. Non-pierced belly and body chains are also a stylish and flirty way to decorate your body.  Body chains can be worn around the belly, around the shoulders, across the chest like a harness or vest, or on the arms or legs.

different styles of body chain jewelry

Chain body jewelry is now popular for more than just punks. There’s a body chain look for every type of style.

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