These taper at an angle from the bead. So the gauge listed is the thickest *wearable* part of the captive.
Date posted: 5/10/2013
Kind of heavy, but overall very attractive and unique. Getting the ball to stay in is a super pain, but I'm still glad I got 'em.
Date posted: 12/6/2012
The balls were difficult to take out even with ring-opening pliers. Also, once the gap was widened, the shape of the ring was not practical for the ring-closing pliers I had. I had seen recommendations for using rubber balls with these and I agree completely with that. They are steel so a bit on the heavy side, but they look cool.
Date posted: 10/26/2012
Love the design, but as others have said, the ball is a bit of a b*tch to get out. Totally worth it though, looks great hung through bigger tunnels!
Date posted: 8/6/2012
I love these designs. My only issue was getting the balls out of these. Practically impossible. I had to have a family member pry them out. And once out they were impossible to get back in. Had I read the reviews I might have thought twice but I decided to get them on pure looks. I'm purchasing rubber balls in hope this will salvage the purchase and not make it a waste. I say this with the best of BAF in mind, I've never had an issue with anything else I've ever bought.
Date posted: 7/26/2012
Very nice looking captive. Very nice indeed. Too many people are used to the standard captive bead ring, and just a small amount of flair, really add to this design. Constant compliments will happen if you wear these.