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Body Piercing Location Information: Stretching


As long as people have been piercing, they've also been stretching those holes. Ear lobes are the most commonly seen stretched piercing today even though pretty much any piercings can be stretched to some extent. Stretching can be traced all over the world; To the Balinese a symmetrically stretched earlobe that hangs a fair distance lower than the original (gradually stretched with a tightly rolled palm leaf) is a sought after feature and considered a sign of beauty and maturity; Forest tribes in Peru differentiate between themselves by the presence of stretched earlobes; The Apatani girls from the foothills of the Himalayas stretch both their nostril piercings with the most honoured woman of the village wearing the largest plugs; There are references in Tibetan manuscripts to the religious and philosophical importance of stretched earlobes which symbolised a studious and contemplative mind and these are all to name but a few.

A larger, stretched piercing can be achieved in many ways, the most common of which is by using an insertion pin or taper. This is a long, tapered piece of acrylic or steel that will stretch a piercing by small increments (approximately 0.4mm - 1mm in diameter) at a time so a larger piece of jewellery can be inserted. Alternatively heavy jewellery can be worn with the weight of it causing the piercing to stretch. Stretching should be done in a slow and patient way, as care needs to be taken to ensure that the piercing does not split. We recommend stretching one size at a time and leaving at least two weeks between stretches.

Stretching Prices:

We do not charge for the stretching process so long as the jewellery to be fitted is bought from us. Please note: there will be a £3.00 surcharge per item for fitting jewellery bought from another source.