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Body piercing has been around for centuries, stemming from ritualistic behaviors of tribal influence, but not exclusively. Biblical references have also been made regarding the golden earring, which loosely translates from the Hebrew language into the hyphenated nose ring. Many cultures from around the world have used body piercing and continue to do so for a variety of reasons. The process of piercing, although painful, exemplifies facial features and other parts of the body as well, producing somewhat of a cosmetic flare. Kings, queens, emperors, and others of noble stature pierced parts of their bodies to display many different types of precious stones, thus signifying symbolic wealth. Other cultures adopted piercings to bring good fortune, or to ward off evil. Either way, piercing has been engrained into the fabric of many different cultures insofar that this phenomenon is still with us in the modern era, and is now classified as an art.

The art of piercing usually begins with the ears. A small hole penetrates the earlobe via the use of a sharp, circular tool known as a stretcher. This device looks similar to a ring sizing tool, being narrow at the tip and increasing in girth for desired results. The stretcher would then remain in the earlobe long enough to form a semi-permanent hole for the use of smaller, light-weight earrings. Larger and heavier earrings require a bigger hole in the earlobe; the stretcher is reinserted for as long as needed.The same principle also applies to other parts of the body. A stretcher can be used for different parts of the nose, either on the surface of the nostrils or at the protruding part of the septum. Tongue piercings are also popular as a fashion statement, yet applying a stretcher may be a bit more cumbersome. The upper and lower lip areas are ideal for tiny studs; the labrum piercing, also known as the labret can enhance the appearance of the mouth, yet the procedure can be more painful, due to the sensitivity of skin tissue. Nipple piercings may require a stretcher, depending upon intended purpose. Genitalia piercings are the least likely to require the extended use of a stretcher, which is a matter of personal preference.

When looking to buy this product, it is commonly referred to as an ear stretcher, which is usually sold as part of a kit. It is also known as an earplug,not the conventional type, or tapering kit. Other names include flesh plugs or ear expanders, and they are made from different materials, such as acrylic, silicone, and surgical steel. Gauging sizes will vary; measurements are usually indicated on the outside of the packaging. There are also many different designs available, as well as many businesses that specialize in body art accessories. Happy piercing!

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