Examples of internally threaded jewelry

When you get a new piercing, there are so many things to consider. You need to find a quality piercer that you trust. You must decide where you want to get your piercing and what kind of jewelry you want to wear. You have to think about the gauge of your piercing and how thick you want your puncture to be. One thing that probably doesn’t cross your mind (but probably should) is whether or not your jewelry is internally threaded.

If you have a piercing that prefers barbells or labret studs—such as a Monroe, industrial, eyebrow piercing, or even a belly ring—you’ve probably come across the term “internal threading.” In fact, higher end body jewelry shops, like FreshTrends, tend to use internal threading as a major selling point.

But what is internal threading, and why is it important?

Aesthetically, there’s not much of a difference between externally and internally threaded body jewelry pieces. Don’t let this fool you; choosing between internally threaded jewelry or externally threaded jewelry could mean the difference between happy healing and painful consequences. Here’s why opting for internally threaded jewelry is so important.

What is threading?

Imagine a screw. On the post of a screw, there’s a spiral line of metal climbing upwards, which allows the screw to remain firmly in place. That’s called threading.

an upside down screw with an arrow pointing to the threading

In straight, curved, and circular barbells and any other jewelry that has a bead that’s screwed onto a barbell, you’ll see threading. Threading will appear on both the ball and the barbell in order to secure the jewelry in place. The difference between internally threaded and externally threaded jewelry is where the threading is placed.

In externally threaded jewelry, the threading will appear on the outside of the barbell and on the inside of the ball. You’ll push the barbell through your piercing and screw the end into the ball, which is threaded on the inside.

In internally threaded jewelry, the threading appears on the inside of the barbell and on the outside of the ball. You’ll push the barbell through your piercing and screw the end of the ball into the barbell.