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Bent & Curved Barbells

Curved barbells, also known as bent barbells, are a crowd favorite in the body jewelry world. At the heart of every bent barbell is the same basic form—a curved center post adorned with threaded beads at each end—ensuring both comfort and secure fit. These versatile pieces come in a range of styles and sizes, allowing you to express your unique personality and style. Whether you prefer a sleek and minimalist design or a bold and eye-catching statement piece, we have a curved barbell that's perfect for you.  

Types of Barbell Piercings

Curved barbells are commonly used for eyebrow, vertical labret, belly button, inner ear, labret, and frenum piercings. For the more adventurous, a bent barbell may also be used for a Prince Albert or Christina piercing. While curved barbells can be used for flat body and nipple piercings, straight barbells, labret studs, or dermal studs tend to be more popular for these piercing locations.

Choosing the Right Gauge for Your Curved Barbells

The location of your bent barbell piercing determines the gauge or thickness of the barbell post. Larger gauge numbers indicate thinner posts. For nose, cartilage, and ear piercings, 18 to 20g gauge bent barbells are popular, while belly button, eyebrow, nipple, and septum piercings usually require 14g to 16g posts.

Types of Curved & Bent Barbells

J-Bar Curved Barbells 

While the basic form of curved barbell jewelry includes a post and two beads, different styles are available. The J-Bar, for example, consists of a barbell with a curve in the bend two-thirds of the way that creates a J shape. J-bars are popular choices for Christina piercings and belly button jewelry.

Like all curved barbells, J-Bars feature a curved post and two beads. But instead of bending in the middle of the barbell, J-Bars bend two-thrids of the way down the barbell,  creating a J shape. J-bars are popular choices for belly button and Christina piercings.

External-Threaded vs. Internally-Threaded Barbells

Threading refers to the area where the ball screws, or “threads,” onto the end of the barbell. With internally-threaded barbells, the threading is insideo of the post itself. These barbells may help reduce irritation when swapping your jewelry since your piercing will only contact the smooth barbell and not the rough, uneven threading. 

With externally-threaded barbells, the threading is visible at the end of the barbell. While this option might be more likely to irritate sensitive piercings, it might make it slightly easier to screw and unscrew the balls from the end of your jewelry. 

Threadless Bent Barbells 

Our threadless bent barbells provide a convenient alternative to threaded jewelry. With simple snap-in ends, you can easily insert the curved barbell, push the end in, and it snaps securely into place. Removal is just as effortless. Choose from ball or cone/spike ends in your preferred length and gauge. 

Popular Materials for Curved Barbells 

Titanium is the industry favorite for curved barbell piercings. It's biocompatible, meaning it won't be mistaken as a foreign object and rejected by the body. Titanium can also be anodized for a variety of color options. Stainless steel, though not as biocompatible as titanium, is also an excellent material. Implant-grade stainless steel contains alloys trapped within the metal, minimizing the risk of rejection. Other options for curved barbell piercings include sterling silver, niobium, and 14kt gold.

Where to Find Curved Barbell Body Jewelry 

Discover an extensive range of curved barbell jewelry at PainfulPleasures, featuring renowned brands like Gorilla Glass and Unbreakable, along with our own exclusive collection. From dazzling opal beads to adorable bunny belly button rings, our selection offers something for everyone, all at competitive prices.

Shop PainfulPleasures today and explore one of the world's largest curated collections of curved barbell jewelry!