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Tie One On: Bow Belly Button Rings

We’re quick to jump on board with some fashion trends, and others, well… they just take a little getting used to. This is particularly true of trends that are newly surfacing (you know, the ones that aren’t looping back around for the tenth time).

lLike them or not, bows are big.

Like gold and the color purple, the value we have come to associate with bows is symbolic. Men wear them to weddings and work functions, and women find them the perfect accent to any outfit, but if you think about it, why are we so crazy about a  piece of fabric weaved and tied into a particular knot?

Bow ties first appeared during the Prussian wars when mercenaries wore a bow to tie the opening of their shirts together (for those of you who didn’t pay attention in history, that’s the 17th Century). After that, like all major fashion trends, the French adopted the style, and the rest is history.  However, women didn’t start wearing these status symbols until approximately 30 years ago. Not coincidentally, that’s right around the time many women began taking on jobs that were traditionally left to men.

Fast forward to today. It’s a trend that’s been slowly picking up steam for a while now, and with spring on the horizon, looks to be hotter than ever.

Don’t miss out. We’ve rounded up our favs here: Bow Belly Button Rings. Get ready to tie one on.

 

 

Country Charm: Belly Bling for the Rough Riders

Photo credit: Fraziermuseum.com

Photo credit: Fraziermuseum.com

It’s no secret that throughout history women have had to work to have same rights as men, and women’s participation in the rodeo has been no exception. Fortunately, that’s where Annie Oakley came in.

Born a no-name girl in Ohio that wanted to break into a “man’s work,” Annie had her work cut out for her. Being the first real woman in rodeo, she wasn’t taken seriously during the beginning of her career. However, as time went on even the boys couldn’t ignore a woman who could handle a gun.

In 1885 Annie Oakley made a name for herself as the famous Buffalo Bill sharpshooter, known for her ability to hit glass balls in air. She not only did her career a favor, she did the little girls who wanted to play with something other than a doll a favor. The rest is history.

Photo credit: sageatelier.com

Photo credit: sageatelier.com

That was over a century ago. Since then, not only have men come to realize (and adore) country girls, but fashion has embraced them as well…

Maybe it was all those hunky country boys, or maybe it was just the thrill of riding a horse, but this year brought back the cowgirl hats, buckles, boots, belts, and bags in a BIG way! So with all of those country clothes, couldn’t you use a little country charm?

Here are some of our favorite country girl accessories:

26072-horse-dangling-belly-ring-w-cz_1_320Horse-Loving Hottie: Nothing says country like the feel of wind blowing through your hair as your horse trots around an open field.  That’s why we love this Horse Danging Belly Ring. You can practically feel the wind as this cubic zarconia horse lifts his legs high to pick up speed.31776-cowgirl-hat-belly-button-ring_1_320

True Country: The Cowgirl Hat Belly Bling goes out to all those ladies who aren’t afraid of a little cowgirl hat hair. Afterall it is a way of life, so show off your support.

31785-country-cowgirl-belly-ring_1_320Country Music Fan: Being country isn’t always about the horses and getting your boots dirty. This Country Cowgirl Belly Ring pays homage to the women who are in it for those story-telling tunes (better yet the ones who can pick up a guitar and go to town themselves).

 

Can’t decide on just one country belly ring? Our pack of eight country belly button rings is the answer! You’ll have one for every day of the week, plus Saturday night too. Yeeehaw!

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Trending: Black Belly Rings

Why do we love the color black?

Emotionally, black signifies power and control. It says we are careful to give up important information or too much of one’s self. In that same sense it also signifies protection, creating a sort of barrier between us and others.

Fashionably, the color black goes with just about any other color and helps us hind any extra holiday weight we may be carrying. Slimming and stylish, what more could you want?

However, while the color black has always been embraced in the world of fashion, lately our love for it has expanded from sweaters and shoes to eye-catching accessories. To celebrate this new trend, here are some highlights from our black bling collection:

image of elegant black belly ringElegant Gemmed Black Belly Ring

We love clear gems. They go with everything, and they can draw your attention to any type of jewelry. This piece is great because black steel really makes clear gems pop. But not only do you get some gem on black action with this belly bling, but you get it times 11! 11 gems, black bling, and ornate details make this piece of jewelry is simply stunning.

 

image of vintage black belly ringVintage Gem Black Belly Button Ring

It’s all in the name, “vintage.” This naval ring is a modern twist on a classic. Surrounded by 26 clear stones and iridescent crystals, the vintage cut black teardrop gem sparkles with the attention this beauty deserves. Not only that, but there are two large gems to add a little extra flare. This bling is truly for the classic, classy a heart!

 

image of black dreamcatcher belly ringBlack Dreamcatcher Belly Button Ring

Dream catchers are thought to get rid of dark, evil spirits, which is why it’s kind of cool that this dream catcher is black. Never fear though, there are no “evil spirits” involved here. While it does look nice and dark this belly bling is lightened up by two clear gleaming gems. Think of it as a cross between your sweet side and the girl who will do what it takes to get what she wants.

 

image of faux black pearl belly ringElegant Black Faux Pearl Dangling Belly Ring

Women love two things in their jewelry: diamonds and pearls. Like gems, pearls have a sheer shine to them; however, a pearl’s shine is more subtle. It’s sweet rather than flashy, and there is definitely a time, place, and outfit that fits perfectly with that.

 

 

image of black flower belly ringTriple Flower Swirl Belly Ring

This belly ring is the exact opposite of the Elegant gemmed piece. While the former relies on black to provide a solid base for the clear gems, this piece focuses on clear gems and uses black ones as an accent. Sometimes, with some outfits, less is more. The Triple Flower Swirl Belly Bling is great for when you just want a little something to go with an already pretty dark ensemble.

 

 

Updated Classics: Opal Body Jewelry

image of classic opal belly ring from BellyBling.netEvery season, every year, without fail there is a new trend to stay on top of. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about fashion, music, television shows, or body jewelry.

To kick off our list of trends in 2014, it’s only fitting to address the bling we’ve seen fly off our virtual shelves: opal body jewelry.

Opals have always captivated us. Well… we shouldn’t say always. It wasn’t until 1960 that these stones were really (and literally) put under the microscope to determine what makes them so special. Just what was the conclusion? A team of scientists discovered that opals contain tiny spheres made from silica gel. Silica contains both water and air, so when light hits the silica (similar to a prism) it gives off all those pretty colors.

Not only are there colors within the opal, but opals themselves can be different colors: Black, white, gray, amber, translucent, green, blue, pink, purple, and virtually any other shade you can think of.

image of opal tongue rings from bellybling.net

And… not only is the coloring of opals pretty cool, they have quite the folklore behind them as well. Back in the day, Europeans believed that opals could become cursed by evil spirits and were thus capable of killing anyone who dared to where that stone. Even further back in time, Romans believed opals to be good luck and actually carried them around in hopes of fortune.

Those are just a few of the tales associated with this stone. Like many things, it all depends how you want to look at it. Do you believe the folklore, and if so which one?

Overtime society seems to have let go of these superstitions, and opals are receiving the recognition they deserve. So if you want to jump on the trend and you agree that these stones are simply stunning, check out our line of opal body jewelry. With tongue rings, belly button rings, and even a labret, we like to think there’s a little something for everyone.

 

 

Spring Trend Watch: Crop Tops

Believe it or not, Spring is right around the corner (we know it’s hard when there’s so much snow). The first official day is Thursday, March 20- only 66 days, but who’s counting? Us!

Even though you may not be in that warm-weather mind frame yet, it’s time you get there. Fashion is always thinking ahead, and crop tops are coming back next season to avenge all the long layers we’re wearing during the winter months.

Crop tops are great because not only do they allow you to show some skin, but they’re perfect for showing off your belly bling. So to help inspire your spring style, and hopefully warm you up a little bit, we’ve put together a list of our favorite crop top and navel ring combinations.

1For the fancy-at-heart, try a gold knit lurex crop top. Shimmering and stunning, this top from Bloomingdales is a great option for those occasions you’d like to quietly turn a few heads. Now on to our favorite part, the matching bling: Gold Plated Flower and Teardrop Belly Ring. This beauty captures all of the aspects we love about the top; the colors, shine, and gem stones really compliment the shirt.


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For the plaid princess we recommend a cropped sleeveless flannel shirt. This one from Urban Outfitters is  light, airy, yet doesn’t lose that homegrown, good girl vibe. Speaking of homegrown, what’s more American than fresh baked cherry pie? Which makes our Triple Red Cherry Belly Button Ring the perfect companion to this country girl style.

 

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For the groovy girl, check out a floral crop top. This one from Forever 21 combines the classic femininity of flowers with an updated, flowing silhouette. To match, our Dangling Triple Flower Gold Belly Button Ring. Like the top, the florals are pretty and dangling chains create a flowy, wispy feel.

 

 

 

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For the bold babe, our vote goes for a crop with details. Charlotte Russe’s spiked bar-front crop top is a perfect match for the Dangling Clear Gem Handcuff Belly Ring. This fitted crop top will really bring out those curves, but what’s so fun about the handcuff belly bling? These bad boys actually slide open and closed! After all, why not show the guys that you’re a force to be reckoned with?

 

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For the wild child, try pairing a cropped trapeze cami from with an animal print belly ring. The fun and flirty top from Express features a pretty solid-colored fabric, making it the perfect backdrop for a wild print. While the Pink Leopard Print Belly Bling we show here is a great match, nearly any animal print will bring this cute top to life. It’s purrrrfect.

 

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If you consider yourself a classic cutie, go for the simple.The Three-Quarter-Sleeve Cropped Top from Macy’s is both sexy and sophisticated. Our favorite thing about this top is the fact that it’s so simple, all eyes will be on the belly ring. Our top pick for this crop: a Clear Swarovski Crystal Ferido Belly Ring. How’s that for some belly bling?

Trend Alert: Hunting Belly Button Rings

Deer season may be coming to a close in many areas, but unlike your trophy shots, the spirit is still alive and well! We get it. So while you wait for next fall to roll around, why not show your love for the game with some hunting belly button rings?

Whether you’re a camo queen or simply the best shot in town, we’ve got the perfect piece.

Camo Belly Button Rings

Hunting belly button rings: Pink Camo Belly Button Ring from BellyBling.netFor the girly hunter, we’ve got a Pink Camo Belly Button Ring. You obviously won’t be baring your belly (or your belly bling) while you’re out in the field, so it doesn’t matter if the camo coloring blends into the great outdoors. That said, why not mix it up and throw your feminine personality in there?

 

Camo Belly Ring from bellybling.netSometimes you just can’t beat classic camouflage for camo rings, and for those times we have the plain-Jane Camo Belly Button Ring. What’s doubly nice about this bling is its classic camo mixed with the classic barbell style. There is a reason that the camo pattern and barbell bling have withstood the test of time, and you can’t lose when you combine the two.

 

image of fancy camo belly button ring from bellybling.netThe Fancy Camo Belly Ring is the best of both worlds; it’s ladylike and true to tradition. This camo ring is still various shades of browns and greens, but it’s outlined in pretty, sparkly clear gems. This navel ring is the perfect accent to transform your hunting trip into a date night.

 

Gun Belly Rings

gun belly ring from bellybling.net

While this probably isn’t the type of gun you take hunting, if you were asked to literally symbolize a “shooting” star the Gun Belly Button Ring with Dangling Bullet and Black Star would be it. In hunting there’s no points for almost, and there’s no second place. It’s all about hitting your mark and that couldn’t be done without the bullet (a detail you don’t see in a lot of bling).

 

image of machine gun belly ring from bellybling.netHere’s another one for the girly girl. If you loved the pink camo, you’re going to love the matching pink Machine Gun Belly Button Ring. Again, we realize you aren’t going to take a machine gun hunting (that would be a pretty unfair advantage, not to mention illegal). However, with all those pretty pink gems we’re willing to let that detail slide!

 

Deer Hunting Belly Button Rings

image of deer hunting belly button ring from bellybling.netAt long last we’ve come to the reason for the season, deer. This Deer Belly Button Ring really captures the whole point of hunting – that trophy shot, the ultimate souvenir, the antlers. This belly bling is simple, and that’s what makes it so stunning. All of your attention is put on that charm, just like all of your attention is put on that deer in the woods.

Trend Alert: Owl Belly Rings

image of BellyBling Owl Belly Rings on PolyvoreLast year was all about the mustache. Actually, the mustache was such a big deal that it sort of carried over into 2013 (especially into last month, Movember). However, 2013 has brought on some trends of its own.

What am I talking about? Despite recent YouTube sensation, “What Does the Fox Say,” this year has been ruled by our favorite bird in flight, the owl.

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Photo: Wanelo.com

Cookie jars, clutches, t-shirts, earrings, backpacks, belly bling, and more, there is no denying owls are everywhere!  Even the bathroom!

So what is it about owls that has us so enthralled? Perhaps it’s their nocturnal state; as creatures of the night we naturally associate them with mystery and darkness. Not only that, but the fact that they rarely come out during the daytime makes it even more buzz-worthy when we do see them. Essentially, they intrigue us.

Another reason we love owls is for their intelligence. Think about it! This has been engrained in us since we were kids (remember Winnie the Pooh). Whether you learned a thing or two from Pooh’s friend or not, in reality owls actually are one of the smartest birds of prey. Now we can only hope that wearing them makes us feel, or at least look, a little bit smarter too!

Bling Factor: There are several ways for you to get in on this trend…

image of best friend owl belly rings from Belly BlingBelly Bling Besties: Try the Best Friends Owl Belly Button Rings. Not only are these guys in style, but they’re also a great way to show your BFF you give a hoot (pun intended)!

 

 

image of breast cancer awareness owl belly ring from Belly Bling

Style for a Cause: The Breast Cancer Awareness Owl Belly Bling is not only cute, it shows your raises breast cancer awareness and shows your support.

 

 

image of black owl belly button ring from Belly BlingClassic: The Black Owl Belly Ring is pretty self-exclamatory. Not too flashy, not to drab, this little guy is the perfect accent. He also comes in white.

 

 

image of gold owl belly button ring from Belly BlingFancy Pants: This Gold Owl Belly Ring really makes a statement. With beaty-red eyes and a rainbow belly, it’s a show stopper.

 

 

Interested in the owl belly rings trend, but none of this bling is your thing? Check out the rest of our owl collection!

Just In: 5 New Dreamcatcher Belly Rings

Maybe it’s the magic of Christmas, or maybe it’s some residual Halloween spirit, but either way dreamcatcher belly rings are in style this season!

Here at Belly Bling, we know that while you want to get in on the trend you also want your bling to stand out from the crowd. So while you see dream catchers everywhere, we’ve come up with five twists on the classic design that will make your belly bling the one people notice.

 

image of dreamcatcher belly ring from bellyblilng.netSteampunk Dreamcatcher Belly Button Ring. That’s right, a steampunk dream catcher. As if the name doesn’t say it all, this dream catcher is unique in that it features an industrial-inspired center in addition to a gemmed blessing bead (see our article on Spiritual Style for blessing bead details). This piece brings the ancient Indian relic into the 21st century.

 

 

image of antique belly ring from bellybiling.netAntique Dreamcatcher Belly Button Ring. Taking the trend in a completely different direction, throw it back to that “antiquey” look. This dream catcher is all about ornate details. While the hoop is made entirely of surgical steel and gems, the different line patterns convey every tone from grey to light blue. This piece is just plain pretty!

 

 

image of dream catcher belly ring from bellybling.netDreamcatcher Navel Ring. We said we have five new, different styles, and we meant it! This dream catcher bling is the complete opposite of the antique and steampunk belly bling; it’s very simple. Made of surgical steel and clear gems, this one leaves room for the wind (and good dreams) to blow through.

 

 

 

image of aqua dreamcatcher belly ring from belly blingAqua Dreamcatcher Navel Ring. Ok, so this one is obviously similar to the clear navel ring. However, the aqua tones tend to stand out more than clear gems, and it goes better with blue jeans. As you know, it all really depends on your individual style and what you’re looking for! Both feature the pretty, intricate crisscross pattern.

 

 

 

image of wolf dreamcatcher belly ring from belly blingWolf Dream Catcher Navel Ring. You see wolves on everything from posters to t-shirts, so why not belly bling?  In addition to the wolf, this dream catcher is different because the feathers don’t dangle. Instead they are part of the hoop, as is a turquoise-colored ball. A gem, wolf, gauge ball, and feathers, this belly ring has a little of everything.

 

 

Girls Gone Wild: Animal Print Jewelry

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Photo Credit: MTV

The third season of Snooki & JWoww, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley’s hit MTV reality show, premiered a few weeks ago. While it’s clear the girls have done their fair share of growing up since the days of Jersey Shore, some things will never change: Their friendship and their love of animal prints.

If you appreciate purple leopard patterns and rainbow zebra stripes as much as Jenny and Nicole do, then you’re going to love this collection of jewelry!

Whether you have your tongue pierced, you’ve decided to gauge your ears, or you just have a belly button ring, there is something to make everyone happy. Let’s start with the ears and work our way down…image of cheetah ear plug / ear guage

If you’re looking for some wild child gauges, look no further. These fun Cheetah Print Gauges range from an 8 gauge all the way to a 00 gauge. Choose the size that fits your holes now, and if you decide to close them up or stretch them out later you can still maintain the same look. No one wants to outgrow their favorite article of clothing or accessory!

image of Purple Leopard Print Tongue Ring from BellyBling.netMoving on down, there are tons of tongue ring styles to choose from! Take this Purple Leopard Print Tongue Ring for example; it also comes in blue, white and pink.

If you prefer stripes over spots, no worries. A black and white Zebra Tongue Ring might be just the print you need to complete your look. No? If you’re seeking something a little more colorful choose from our assortment of Tiger Print Tongue Rings.

Now for the final stop on our body piercing tour, the belly button. We know Snooki had her naval pierced (just check out this Jersey Shore promo photo), but what type of bling did she wear to the beach? Considering all of the animal themed pillows on Snooki & JWoww, maybe a Zebra Print Belly Button Ring? This particular pack comes with six different colors.image of zebra print belly ring from bellybling.net

Then again, knowing Snooki, it was probably a combination of animal print and bling, and this Crystal Stone Zebra Print Belly Button Ring sure fits the bill! The snazziest piece in our animal print collection, it’s sure to turn a few heads.

So what will it be, lions, tigers and cheetahs, oh my? Natural colors or bright bold themes? There are lots of different prints and styles to choose from, but which one will bring our your inner animal?

 

Mustache Belly Rings for Movember

image of mustache belly ring from belly blingWe’re just a few days into November, and while you don’t see a lot of men growing out and styling their facial hair just yet, that will soon change. November has come to take on many names, including No-Shave-November and Movember.

What began as a fun tradition has grown to represent something much more, prostate cancer awareness. Breast cancer awareness (acknowledged year round with pink clothing and ribbons) is often addressed, but the cancer that only affects men hasn’t been so publicized.

Perhaps it’s because men like to portray such a tough exterior, but prostate cancer has definitely taken a backseat both in the media and in our minds… until now.

So this Movember, support the movement by encouraging those around you to trade in their clean shaves for 70s handlebars! Meanwhile, you can show your encouragement by wearing mustache belly rings.

With five options to choose from, pick the stache that speaks to you! Each bling comes in barbell form and features a gem in addition to the mustache charm. You can even invite your BFF to join you with Best Friend Mustache Belly Button Rings.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 238,590 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Of that, 29,720 men will die from it this year. What can you do to get those numbers down? Get the word out!