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How to Plan Piercing Curations

Today we’ll be discussing a common question – ‘I want to curate my piercings, but I have absolutely no idea how to start!’ We will cover the concept of a piercing curation, how to start planning them, and what to expect from the process!

This White Gold curation is one of our favourites. Everything is custom ordered to fit our clients unique taste.

What is a Curation?

A curation is a thoughtful collection of piercings that were high-quality jewellery in a cohesive style. Some curations are themed, some are more eclectic, but what connects each curation is a singular line of thought that expresses your personal style.

Some people say that curations are only for ears, and should only be done in solid Gold. This is absolutely not the case! As in my previous definition, there is zero mention of a sky-high budget or fancy ears at all. A curation is simply a considerate collection of good jewellery, worn in well-placed piercings. Our most common curations are actually produced in Titanium! Curations can involve the ears, the face, or the entire body. It all depends on what you want from your curation.

This dinosaur themed curation is super cute!

How do I plan a Curation?

The best way to plan a curation is to first see what you already have, and look at your personal style and what you want from your curation. The best way to do this is to book in for a jewellery consultation with us, so that we can provide you with an expert curation experience.

There are so many questions to ask! Do you have lots of existing piercings? Do you have a few piercings? Are they well-pierced, well-placed, or would you be open to removing or repiercing a few of them to improve the overall effect? Another major thing to consider is what you want to see from your curation. You can scroll instagram for hours and hours looking at other peoples collections, but a curation is a truly personal process. Do you prefer Gold, or Titanium? Do you like Yellow, White or Rose Gold? Do you like the look of anodised Titanium? Do you like gemstones, or no gemstones? If yes, then which gemstones or gem colour schemes do you like? Do you like a more masculine look, or a more feminine look? Are you a fan of big, chunky jewellery (our favourites!) or do you like a smaller, more dainty pieces? This all needs to be considered when planning out a full curation.

Noses are a great place to start your curation. When it comes to the centre of your face, why not wear beautiful jewellery?

As important as what you do like, is what you don’t like! We love to see what you don’t like – What doesn’t fit your style. Showing us both what you do and don’t want to wear gives us a really good idea of where to go with your curation.

Once we have a rough idea of what you would like, we can go onto picking out individual piercings and individual jewellery. The best thing to do is to plan out a couple of statement pieces, and then work around them with complementary items. Centring your curation on a handful of piercings is a really nice way to ground the look. The best thing to do next is to head to the websites of our jewellery companies and have a good old scroll! We perform curations using BVLA, Anatometal, and Neometal. Keep in mind that every single piece of jewellery is handmade to your specifications – Choose the gold colour, the gemstones, the size, everything! If you are unsure as to what exactly you’d like to wear, Kat can give you a huge range of suggestions that you can start to choose from.

This sounds like a lot, but honestly it is an incredibly easy process when you have the support of the Rogue team!

Getting creative with Titanium is a fab way to get a cohesive, thoughtful piercing curation.

Getting a Curation

We think the most exciting part of the piercing curation is actually ordering, receiving and installing the jewellery. Depending on the jewellery maker, this can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6+ months to arrive. When it comes to curations though, the wait is always worth it. Having your perfect jewellery takes time, but that time will pass anyway!

Depending on the jewellery you have ordered, we will sometimes recommend getting the healing process started before your final jewellery arrives. This is especially important with longer-healing piercings such as daiths, rooks, and cheek piercings. However sometimes we recommend waiting until your final jewellery has arrived so that we can place it absolutely perfectly! This is especially the case when it comes to big, chunky ends or unique placements. It all depends on what you have ordered and what your end goal is.

Lip piercing curations are an absolute favourite of ours. We would love to do more of them!

With curations, it definitely falls into the ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day!’ category! Depending on which jewellery brands you want to wear, wether the gemstones are semi-precious or precious or synthetic, and a huge amount of variables can impact the pricing. Some curations can range between £300-£15,000. We absolutely work within more limited budgets – Titanium curations can be so neat and beautiful and can be super affordable too. Even plain Titanium beads can look impactful when skilfully used! The main thing to keep in mind is that a piercing curation is a patience game – You don’t need to buy everything all in one go, or even in one year. Some clients build collections over the course of many years and this is often the best way to do it!

We have a full blog post detailing the custom order process which you can read here!

So there you have it, a full rundown of curations. How they work, how you go about it, and what to expect. Plus links to other blogs where you can continue to learn!

If you would like to book in for a jewellery consultation with Kat, head to our booking system. We can also do remote curations via email! Head to our instagram for a whole lot of inspiration.

-Kat

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Nick Martin – BVLA -Interview

Nick Martin - BVLA Marquise Fan
The Marquise Fan is one of our favourite pieces by BVLA due to its versatility.

This week we had the privilege to interview Nick Martin, the founder and owner of Body Vision Los Angeles.

BVLA are one of our favourite jewellery makers here at Rogue as they produce some of the highest quality body jewellery in the world from precious metals and a huge range of gemstones. We discuss the beginnings of BVLA, the modern business, their Future Stars Apprenticeship Scheme and their huge range of jewellery and gemstones.

Many thanks to Nick Martin for taking the time out of his busy schedule for this interview.

If there is someone you would like us to interview or a subject you would like a video about then drop a comment below.

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Jewel School 3 – Purple Gemstones

BVLA Marquise Fan

Purple Gemstones- Why We Love Them!

If any of you have ever paid a visit to Rogue, you will know I’m obsessed with purple. Purple hair, purple nails and purple gemstones. This weeks blog is all about our top 4 purple gemstones that are available from high-end brands such as BVLA and Anatometal.

Howdy from the princess of Purple!

The biggest pro of ordering jewellery from BVLA or Anatometal is the huge range of natural gemstones they offer. BVLA in particular is famous for offering over 200 unique gemstones! There’s gotta be some beautiful purple options in there, right? Absolutely.

1) Amethyst

Purple Gemstones! BVLA Mini Kandy RG AA Amethyst
BVLA ‘Mini Kandy’ set with Genuine AA Amethyst. Purchase HERE.

The color in amethyst comes from colour centers in the quartz. These colour centers are created when trace amounts of iron are exposed to natural levels of radiation from the surrounding rock. Amethyst is probably my favourite gemstone currently. Although I do change my mind on that every 3-6 weeks! Personally I like the richness of Amethyst. In comparison to the other purples in this list, Amethyst is a warm, inviting purple with a surprising amount of clarity and sparkle for what some might consider a “dark” stone. When expertly cut and set, like these two examples from BVLA, Amethyst can’t be beat. Purple gemstones such as Amethyst are perfect if this is your first foray into colour!

BVLA Extra-Large Marquise Fan set with 3 purple gemstones in AA Amethysts.
I can’t write a blog about Amethyst without talking about my newest baby, this drop-dead gorgeous and very sexy Marquise Fan from our friends at BVLA! The two outer gems are sandblasted, to give more texture and interest to the piece. For custom order enquiries, email kat@roguepiercing.co.uk.

2) Purple Copper Turquoise

Purple Copper Turquoise Prong-Set Cabochon
Purple Copper Turquoise Cabochon set in 14k White Gold prongs. A pair are available to purchase HERE.

Purple Copper Turquoise is such a unique stone. It’s a stone made from the natural marriage of Purple Turquoise stones and rich copper veins. This opaque stone has a lovely grounding influence on any collection, especially if you don’t want too much sparkle and would much rather enjoy the pure colour you can get from this stone. I would personally love to see this pair of prong-set Cabochons adorning a pair of nostril piercings, or if a custom order was in the mix, have them threaded and worn in cheek piercings.

3) Mystic Topaz

Anatometal Trio Mystic Topaz
Anatometal Mystic Topaz Trio set in 18k White Gold. Purchase here.

Mystic topaz might be seen as the dark horse of this list- It’s not really purple! But looking closely, mystic topaz is a beautiful purple-green duochrome. It flashes both purple and rich green in different lights. This is a favourite of our head piercer Aiden- He has a Mystic Topaz collection in his paired conch piercings. They’re utterly stunning, and have definitely earned their place in this Jewel School Purple Gemstone showdown! Mystic Topaz is an enhanced natural stone- A thin layer of Titanium only microns thick is layered onto the back of the stone to give it it’s duochrome appearance. This gemstone would look stunning alone or set alongside other purple or green stones, such as in a cluster or marquise fan.

4) Dark Purple Chalcedony

Dark Purple Chalcedony Gemstone
This Dark Purple Chalcedony image is courtesy of Luxe Piercing Boutique, IL.

I’ve never had the pleasure of working with Dark Purple Chalcedony. In fact until mere months ago I had no idea this stone even existed! As soon as I saw it though, I was hooked. It looks like someone has taken a droplet of warm summer sunset, and set it into Gold. Chalcedony is a type of Quartz and looks stunning paired with simple styles and White Gold. We would love to do some custom order work in this stone! As always, custom orders are very welcome as we get to explore much more unique and exciting styles! For more information, this blog post gives a run down of the entire process.

So, I hope this blog inspires you to delve into the sheer opulence of purple jewellery. It isn’t the colour of royalty for nothing! If you would like to discuss jewellery and the infinite options available to you here at Rogue, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you all for reading, and have a lovely weekend!

-Kat

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Custom Jewellery-The Custom Order Process

A suite of custom ordered jewellery from BVLA

Hi Folks! Today I am taking over the blog to demystify the process of ordering custom jewellery through Rogue Piercing.

Almost any piece of jewellery we sell can be ordered to your custom specifications. You need a Neometal threadless labret in a certain size we don’t normally carry? We can custom order one in for you. You need a full suite of BVLA jewellery for your wedding in 2022? We can custom order that for you. You can read a post about my favourite pieces of custom jewellery here.

A Suite of BVLA items custom-ordered with Rogue Piercing. From left: ‘Integrity’ with Clear Swarovski, ‘Pave Tear’ with Grey AA Diamond, and ‘Marquise Fan.’

Custom Jewellery- How the Process Works

  1. Making Contact

Let’s follow through and say you would like a full suite of BVLA items for your piercings in time for your wedding day in 2022. Your first port of call would be to email our jewellery manager Kat at kat@roguepiercing.co.uk or send us a DM through our instagram @roguepiercing

  1. Sharing Ideas

You may only have a rough idea of what you want- 18ct Yellow Gold and purple stones? From that, Kat will work with you and guide you through all the options for you. Do you want pieces that are large and in charge? Do you want a lot of solid metals or do you want the gems to do the talking? Once you have decided on a style, Kat will come back to you with a list of pieces she thinks you would love. If you need more inspiration, you would head to the companies website at BVLA, Anatometal or Industrial Strength and peruse their options.

  1. Deposits and Balances 

Kat will then give you a quote on the total cost of your order. Often we will take a 50% deposit in order to go through with the order but we can take as little as 25% if you are a regular client of ours.

Once this deposit is paid, you have 6 months from the date of order to fully pay the rest of the balance. Some clients will pay in as little as £5 or £10 a week! However most people will pay the other 50% of the balance once the jewellery has arrived with us prior to having it fitted. We are totally understanding of any clients undergoing financial stress as a result of the pandemic. We know that custom-made jewellery can be a source of joy and so we are happy to extend the 6 month payment date for clients who need that extra time. 

A custom-ordered BVLA ‘Coffin’ in 14k Yellow Gold set with Genuine AA Garnet.
  1. Checking and Double-Checking!

From here, Kat will write up a custom order sheet that covers each item in detail to make sure every single piece is exact to your specifications.

You get to double check all the intricacies of each of your items. We then check again to make sure you are happy. Kat will send you a link to your custom order payment screen on our website, roguepiercing.co.uk.

Here is an example of what you would be looking at!

An example of your custom order payment screen!

Once you are happy, you can add this custom payment to your basket and check out as normal. You may need to book for piercings too. You can go to roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now and pay for everything all at once.

  1. Manufacture

Each company we work with has a different ‘lead time,’ or how long it takes to make your jewellery. Since each item is made to order, it can take a little bit of time. Commonly orders from Industrial Strength or Anatometal can take between 6 and 8 weeks, and orders from BVLA commonly take between 12 and 14 weeks. It must be mentioned that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, these lead times are only guidelines. Each company is working hard to make sure that your jewellery gets out to you in a timely manner, and we thank them for that!

  1. Arrival!

The next step is the exciting day that your jewellery arrives with us. This is one of our favourite parts of the whole process- This is many months of work finally coming to fruition! First we check that everything has arrived safely and to our clients specification, and then we get in touch. Normally we will send an email and give you a phone call to let you know it’s time to book in to get your jewellery fitted! After you have booked in, we take some of those stunning photos you are all used to seeing on our website and instagram. After we fit the jewellery for you, we take some more snazzy photos and you are ready to go!

BVLA ‘Single Swirl’ in 14k Yellow Gold and genuine London Blue Topaz

To conclude…

Our favourite part of the whole process is the happiness we see in your faces when you see your dream jewellery finally sitting prettily in your piercings. That moment makes all the work worthwhile for us.

I hope this has demystified the process of custom ordering jewellery for you all. As always, I am happy to respond to any queries you may have.

A BVLA Custom Suite. From left, ‘Gaia’ set with genuine Green Tourmaline and clear CZ, ‘Reema’ set with Peach Topaz, and ‘Mini Kandy’ set with 1.5mm Seafoam Tourmaline.