What Happens When You Mix Southwestern Trends and Body Piercings?

You get a modified fashion trend that just won’t quit! Southwestern body jewelry brings together the spirit of the west with the cultural style of Native Americans. Current fashion trends in the body piercing world are heavily influenced by traditional Native American art and jewelry, so it’s no surprise that this fashion statement has made a huge impact on what’s popular to put in your piercings. If you’re looking for a cure to your belly button’s scary nightmares, you may want to get yourself a dreamcatcher navel ring or you might want to try out a pair of ear weights for stretched ears made from organic materials to show your love for nature. Whatever your choice may be, there are plenty of options to bring out the pioneering past in your everyday look without resorting to the dust and dry of the wild, wild west.

There are a ton of familiar shapes, patterns, and symbols used in the designs of southwestern style body jewelry. Chevrons are used in Native American art and textiles, and we can’t get enough of Native American inspired arrows, spirit animals, feathers, and stone jewelry! Dreamcatchers, traditional Native American totem animals like the owl and wolf, and country florals all fall neatly into place within this trend as well.

Most importantly of all, Native American culture celebrates the importance of nature. Jewelry and accessories made with turquoise and other vibrant, rough natural stones, feathers, leather, and wood are a huge part of what’s driving the continuing obsession for southwestern piercing jewelry. Shells, coral, bone, and natural stones such as turquoise, jade, agate, tiger’s eye, serpentine, and unakite are more and more frequently adorning many of today’s trending body jewelry accessories.

For an extra fashion-forward hit, it’s best to formulate a combination of several of the above-mentioned elements to really give your modified look something to tip hats to.

Our tip? Grab plenty of silver: Sterling silver is the best of both worlds as it is high quality and reasonably priced. Even a hint of a shiny toe ring can add the finishing touch you need to complete your outfit.

Now that we’ve discussed the proliferation of the native and Southwestern jewelry trend in popular culture, we figured we should give you guys a look at all the awesome inspired styles we’ve found!

The entrancing hues of turquoise and the rustic looks of these pieces will have you ready for a fashion stand-off no matter what body jewelry style you’re put up against. Perfect for summer styling, these pieces feature gorgeous dream catchers, elegant feathers, and arrows inspired by Native American culture as well as the southwestern aesthetic:

Summer 2016 Trends: “Dainty” Body Jewelry

Dainty Body Jewelry

As is true in fashion, body jewelry trends change all of the time. Pop culture icons sporting a new style of jewelry or type of piercing, fashion industry looks drawing on styles of decades past, and not to mention the growing appreciation of having that unique look – we see it all, and we hear ya!

This year’s hottest body jewelry style has taken a turn for the simpler life. Minimalist lifestyles are big right now, so it’s no surprise!

How do you obtain that dainty look with your body piercings? Keep it simple. All metal surfaces are great, but a few sparkling gems won’t hurt. Remember the point is to create a look that’s sophisticated, clean and goes with anything.

Stackable rings and bangle bracelets are popular amongst fashion jewelry trends right now. The ability to mix and match or wear these pieces alone makes them a perfect way to accessorize! Especially in these summer months – the less work it takes to create a look, the better!

Here’s 3 body piercings you can style perfectly with this year’s dainty trend:


Nose Piercings

Nose Rings


Septum Piercings

Septum Piercings


Cartilage Piercings

Cartilage Earrings


Style Inspiration: Festival Season Trends

Music Festival Life

Is it just me, or have music festivals grown enormously in the past 5 years? They’re everywhere! Large scale festivals, with big hitting acts on their lineups. It’s pretty much gone from an experience people dream about having to a yearly tradition.


Plugs - Belly Rings

Even if you’ve never been, or maybe have no desire to, you’ll still find that fashion and popular culture are heavily influenced by the styles seen at music festivals. It’s a place where people really embrace their individuality, and the perfect setting for up & coming fashionistas to start the newest trend.


Septum Piercing - Multiple Earrings

You’ll also see quite a bit of new body piercing trends becoming widely popular. The septum piercing is still holding steady, along with the up and coming return of multiple ear piercings. We’re talking ears full of piercings! It’s a wonderful time to be modified.



Here’s to the nights that turned into morning, and the friends who turned into family.”

2016 Piercing Trends – Septum Piercings & Multiple Ear Piercings

If you’re the on-trend type, then maybe you already know this. The fashion world and celebrities are definitely into piercings, and this year is no exception. We decided to put together a guide to the piercing trends you’ll mostly likely be seeing a lot of in 2016.



Septum piercings have been on the rise in popularity for a few years now. We definitely won’t see a decline anytime soon! Jewelry for these piercings ranges from simple to elaborate designs, drawing inspiration from Middle Eastern culture. Septum clickers are the most popular style of jewelry used, but captive rings and horseshoe barbells are also a hit. And can you really deny the legitimacy of a piercing that emphasizes the perfect lip color? Absolutely not.

septum piercing

Multiple Ear Piercings

Pretty sure this trend has been around longer than the septum piercing. Something about it screams 90’s to me, in the best way possible. This would be one of the exceptions to the whole “less is more” rule. The more earrings, the better! There are so many unique ways to complete this look. Not to mention an array of sparkling jewelry to boot. Cartilage piercings like the rook, daith, tragus and helix are popular. For the daring, try the double hole piercing known as the scaffold or industrial!

multiple ear piercings

Check out StyleCaster for more ideas!

New Jewelry Trends – Synthetic Opal Body Jewelry

If you haven’t noticed the rise in opals when it comes to fashion jewelry, you’re probably living under a rock. They’re everywhere!

Opal Gemstone

Opal is a mineral that forms inside the fissures of almost any kind of rock. Precious opals boast almost every color of the spectrum produced by light refracting off of the stone. The quality of the opal depends on the amount of mineral deposits.

Opal Belly Rings

Any deposit not thick enough to be carved into its own stone is combined with a layer of dark material (such as onyx) to make sure that the wide array of colors still show. Of course, as with any precious gem, there are variations. The more pure minerals found in the stone, the higher the price.

Opal Nipple Rings

Studying the way the light refracts in opal has come in handy for developing ways to produce synthetic or imitation gemstones with that same appeal. Taking things a step further, a dominant color can be added to the stones to create a different look than the traditional, “milky” opal. Opalite is a variety of translucent glass or stone that possesses the rainbow effect of opal.

Opal Plugs

The world of body piercing has benefited greatly from this discovery. Synthetic opal provides for a colorful aesthetic that other gemstones just can’t match!


Fall Color Happy – Radical Neutrality

Wondering what you’re going to wear now that Fall is finally here and the dreaded next school year is about to begin? Then check out this year’s color palette. Finally, some un-boring neutrals!

neutrals for Fall 2014

Instead of standard cocoa, coffee, and sand, 2014’s neutral tones are a little lighter and gentler. And even though they wouldn’t be traditionally included, muted shades of pink, blue, and berry are now being styled as neutral hues too. The trick is to pair them with other neutrals or variations in the same color family to add interest. Heather gray is great with charcoal detailing, and soft slate pairs perfectly with navy blue. Rosy pinks make perfect matches with creams and ivories, and camel goes well with touches of deeper coffee and sable.

For those of us who are used to wearing either classic black and steel, or solid unfussy brights, this is a good time to bring neutral shades into your jewelry and body jewelry too. Natural wood plugs in varying tones and textures accent pretty much any outfit (plus, they’re also good for your ears and help alleviate that stanky stretching odor we sometimes get).

wooden neutrals

Natural stone items are good too, but so are a lot of fancier synthetic retro pieces, like pearls and bakelite-style acrylic flowers. Roses in light neutral hues are especially popular, and soft-goth with a more romantic styling is definitely in for the cold season this year.

romantic neutrals for Autumn

So maybe it’s time for a little neutrality. Not in your viewpoints or anything, just for clothes and accessories.

Summer Piercings – Funky Feet

foot mods and jewelry

Okay, so, I’m not really a foot person.  Maybe it’s the fact that my feet are super ticklish, or that I have kind of creepy “finger toes,” but I’ve never really liked feet.  Not mine, or anybody else’s.  Some of the fun, interesting mods I’ve seen lately though, might just help to change my mind.

Did you know there was such a thing as foot piercings?  Well I didn’t.  But some of them are actually pretty cute, and dare I say, even feminine.  Dainty surface bars near the ankle, sparkly dermals on the toe, even the foot corset looks nice (albeit temporary).

  cool foot and toe modscenter: “Piercing Foot” by Teufelin

As intriguing as the mods themselves are, there’s actually a gorgeous crop of toe rings out this year too.  So anti-foot people like me don’t have to worry about how new toe piercings would heal stuffed into a gym sock and a pair of Vans.

 pretty 2014 toe rings

The toe ring look is a great compliment to that exotic, world-traveler, bohemian style that’s so popular this year too.  And even those who are fashion-impaired (ahem) can get away with it, no belly dancing costume required.

 steeling the traveler jewelry style

Ah, feet.  Still gross.  But I’m definitely starting to see their potential.

Piercing and Jewelry Trending – Have a Heart

heart piercings and tattoos trend

heart ear jewelry

If you ever surf the internet or enjoy your Google image searches, you’ve probably seen what I have, which is hearts, hearts, hearts.  So since Valentine’s Day is coming, let’s share some of the cuter and cooler heart shaped piercings and jewelry!  First up is the ears, because heart rings are literally everywhere lately.  Heart closure rings for daith and cartilage piercings are becoming really popular, but another rising trend is the “heart ear punch.”  Basically, it’s a heart shaped hole in the conch/helix/scaffa area, and some choose to fill it with a cute little heart-shaped tunnel, while others just leave it as is.  For those of us (me!) who are a little less hardcore, there’s always the cute heart and arrow industrial.

heart shaped ear jewelry and piercings

heart nose jewelry

Heart nose rings seems to be blowing up huge too, whether it’s for the nostril or the septum, or sometimes both.  Cut-outs seem to be the order of the day, or what’s often termed as a “hollow heart,” which is basically just the outline.  Gems, wings, gold, hoops, and any number of other posh things are floating around, but for its part, the simple steel piece is just as pretty unembellished.

heart motif nose piercing jewelry

heart belly jewelry

Which brings us to the most hearted-up piercing of all: the belly piercing.  Heart belly rings are available in literally endless varieties and color schemes, with variations that include gems, pearls, arrows, chains, multiple hearts, and just about anything else you can think of.  Colors that are less than traditional for hearts (think aqua or violet instead of ruby or pink) are making a comeback in accordance with modern styling.  There’s even a range of clip-ons and stick-ons for the unpierced to fake it.

 navel piercings with heart dangle belly rings

I don’t know about you, but I might have a hard time picking exactly which heart shaped items to wear this Valentine’s with so many around.  I love them all so much though, that I’m sure I’ll eventually manage.

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.

A Piercing Gaze – I Only Have Eyes for You

eye fashion

Eyes are the most engaging part of the human body, the window to the soul, the things that twinkle when you are sad or in deep and passionate love.  It makes sense that the eye is currently being used and modified all over the place in the fashion and art world.

The depiction of the human eye in jewelry is a huge craze. Jewelry that engages and makes eye contact can be both startling and beautiful. Human, animal, or mystical eye representations are on all sorts of jewelry. I’ve even seen jewelry that features googly eyes or doll eyes.  I really enjoy bright colored eyes or eyes with things in them, especially on plugs or belly rings. A rotting eye or detached eye can also signify zombies or decay, which is all very trendy right now. The Evil Eye has the power of inflicting harm, suffering, or bad luck to those it is cast upon. The Hamsa is an amulet shaped like a hand with an eye in it, which is used to protect against the Evil Eye.

the hamsa and the evil eye

Besides the depiction of eyes in jewelry there are also actual types of eyeball jewelry and eye modification techniques.

Dangle eye jewelry– This jewelry is worn like contact lenses. There is a contact lens with a piece of thin wire attached to it that dangles down your face holding beads or gems. In the sun it looks like sparkly tears.  Apparently you can’t feel the hanging fishing line and it doesn’t effect your sight or ability to blink properly. If it is tugged the contact will simply pop out and not harm your actual eyeball.

dangle contact jewelry for the eyes

Eye Tattoos– It’s actually possible to get tattoos on your eyes; some have tattooed the entire whites of their eye. Pauly Unstoppable was the first person documented to have an eyeball tattoo with a real tattoo gun, in his case the ink did not stay. There are cases in prisons of the prisoners tattooing the whites of their eyes for gang related reasons. In many cases it is just an ink injection into the cornea. Eye tattooing was first practiced in the first century AD. In an attempt to improve the appearance of patient’s eyes metal rods were used to cauterize the eye’s surface and natural color was added after the fact. Cosmetic eye tattooing can be very dangerous and possibly cause blindness.

eye tattooing

Eye Implants– If you want something more substantial you can also get platinum implants (normally a heart or half moon) implanted beneath the skin. Many ophthalmologists have spoken out about the heath risks involved with this process.