There’s a new engagement trend on the rise, and it will definitely divide opinion.
Instead of the traditional diamond ring, people are getting their engagement fingers pierced.
If you don’t believe us, take a look…
Quite something, right?
It certainly eliminates any worry about losing your engagement ring – there’s no way these ones are escaping.
The process takes just a few minutes, not much longer than a standard piercing. Prices vary depending on where you go, and which stone you choose.
So, does it hurt?
In terms of how it feels, Sam Abbas, owner of NYC Ink Studio told WCBS, “You’re going to feel it. You’re getting pierced. It is a little bit painful, but people do it, and I have a lot of people who say, ‘Oh, nice. It’s nothing; I expected more [pain],'”
But why are people so desperate for something permanent?
Talking to Allure, Anne Cunliffe explained, “I never had an engagement ring — couldn’t afford one I liked — and I thought a finger dermal would be something different to have instead. I’d seen one online where the gems were magnetic and you could change them yourself easily, so I decided to go for it.”
Are they safe?
This is the question that divides people.
Speaking to People, professional piercer Bill DeBerry argued: “Micro-dermal anchors are safe and the body will hold them for years, as long as they’re in ideal places and if implant-grade titanium is used.”
But some doctors don’t agree. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Allure: “My concern with a dermal piercing in the finger is the location.
“There is constant movement in the fingers, which could displace the piercing. Think about how many times we accidentally bang our hands against the side of the table or doorframe.”
He added: “If you develop an infection or if you have another complication, it could interfere with daily functioning of your finger.”
Anne can attest to this, she no longer wears her piercing, and revealed why: “I got impatient and uncovered it too early, and within a month it got caught and pulled out while I was driving. I had it put back in and, sadly, it rejected. I’ve got an actual engagement ring now.”
So – would you swap a traditional diamond ring for this bold new trend?