Body jewelry has been an influential part of many cultures all over the planet for thousands of years. I would imagine one of the first that comes to mind would be belly dancers of the Middle East, or the beauties in India or adorn their foreheads with jewels. In many societies it was also used to signify a particular class. In modern times the use of body jewelry has reached the mainstream of our society with even grandmothers going to local piercing shops to get belly rings. Many people are beginning to realize that their bodies are another area which they can adorn with different types of decorations and jewelry to make them even more beautiful.
The use of belly rings in particular calls attention to the mid section, although some I have seen would do better not to do so! The body jewelry industry is exploding with people getting piercings in every imaginable place and some even unimaginable, well to me anyway. Some of the more common and semi-normal areas for piercings besides the obvious ear lobe are the nose, eyebrow, nipples, and of course the popular navel. There is an almost unlimited supply of different jewelry made for all of these varieties. If you have pierced your nose there are different options you can choose from such as a circular barbell or a stud which can be a simple post with a ball on the end or it can be jeweled such as the diamond ones you have probably seen. The body jewelry used in the eyebrow is similar in style also allowing for the choice between barbells and even dangling charms. The jewelry used in the navel and for pierced nipples is very popular and gaining in popularity all the time.
Personally I am a little apprehensive about the nipple piercing but who knows? If Janet Jackson can handle it, I can! It doesn't matter what you decide to have pierced, there is a piece of jewelry that exists to adorn it in many different colors and styles. The jewelry is made in many different price points as well from cheaper costume jewelry prices to real diamonds. One thing to remember is that even more so than with a piercing like the ear lobes, other areas of the body may be even more susceptible to infection so you need to take extra precautions to keep the area clean.
Also make sure that you aren't allergic to the particular type of material you are considering placing in your piercing. Only go to certified reputable establishments that also are licensed by the health department in your area.
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as other Simply Body Jewelry at http://www.simplybodyjewelry.com