BCR or CBRA Ball Closure Ring/ Captive Bead Ring is ring usually made form titanium, niobium or steel. However they can be made from gold, platinum and other precious metals. They are kept secure using a tension set ball between the two ends of the ring. The ball will have two dimples either side in which the two ends of the ring sits. Advantages – The advantages of wearing a BCR/CBR in your piercing is that they are incredibly secure, in smaller sizes easy to pit in yourself and you have multiple options to accessorise the ball with. These can be placed in most piercings, more commonly used for top ear piercings and genital piercings. Disadvantages – In larger gauges they can be harder to fit and will require a professional to fit for you. Sizes 4mm + are usually available with a screw in ball as opposed to a clip in which makes fitting easier.
A D-Ring is a type of BCR that has a straight shaft instead of completely circular ring, much like a door knocker. They are not commonly used but are mainly used when someone wants to wear a ring in a piercing that requires a straight bar, such as a bridge piercing. They are also commonly used during corset piercing.Advantages - They allow for a ring to be worn in piercings that need a straight bar. They are also a good alternative to BCR's for wear in nipples when sized correctly as they keep the ball centered as opposed to moving around with the ring. Disadvantages - They only really work in a few piercings and many people favour wearing a BCR.
Horseshoe BarbellA horseshoe barbell works in the same way as which a standard straight barbell does but it comes in a more circular shape. It has two beads either end by which it is secured in, one ball may be fixed and the other free. With horseshoe barbell you can add a gemmed ball in between the two screw on beads to create a BCR with three balls as opposed to one which allows for customisation and extra security. Advantages – Horseshoe barbells are easy to fit and come in various colours with a wide range of attachments and metals to choose from. Can be opened up slightly to make a more U shape which when used in septums can make them easier to flip up. Disadvantages – Adding the extra ball in between the two balls can make the ring heavier and unsuitable for initial piercing. The gap between the two balls can also allow for a partners jewellery to get caught in it.
A semi segment ring is much like a smooth segment ring however it has the segment missing. It is held in place by a flat backing on one end of the ring to stop it from falling out/sliding through. They are commonly used in healed nose piercings so that the ball from a BCR does not need to be tucked in to the nostril.Advantages – They reduce the amount of metal in the nose and are easy to take in and out. They can also be altered to a more oval shape so they sit tighter to the nose. Disadvantages – They are not the most secure of rings and when they have a larger distance between the two ends they can slide around and fall out.