The Allure of Metal & Gems Anal Plugs

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The idea of decorative anal sex toys like jewelled anal plugs might sound strange to some — it’s going inside your butt, who’s even going to see it, right? And while yes, most anal play accessories do disappear between one’s buns, the base will still be visible in any safe anal play since it will be anchoring the toy outside and providing an easy way to remove the toy (as well as ensuring you don’t have to make that awkward trip to the hospital) — you might as well use it as an opportunity to deck out your derriere with some intimate jewellery! Some of the most well-known luxury anal toys are plugs made of metal with crystal gems at the base, which are also referred to as ‘princess plugs’ within the anal toy community, and who doesn’t want to feel like royalty when they’re in their element? 👸✨

Why Choose a Gem Anal Plug? The Beauty and Pleasure Explained

Let’s face it, anal play already has a lot of stigma attached to it, from it being considered taboo to the inherent ‘ick’ factor that society associates with putting things in your butt, especially if you’re deriving pleasure from it. What better way to make anal toys less taboo and less icky than by making them beautiful like gemstone anal plugs?

Fashionable anal plugs are not only a fabulous way to express yourself in the bedroom, but they’re also a great way to make anal toys seem less intimidating for backdoor beginners (because anal play is for everyone)! It’s also an easy way to boost sexual wellness and empowerment during playtime by making yourself feel sexy with toys that offer aesthetic pleasure as well as physical pleasure. They come in all sizes and to suit all experience levels and preferences, and while most aren’t motorised, some can even vibrate like the Ashella Vibes Jewel Butt Plug range (available in small, medium, and large)!

Metal vs. Silicone Anal Plugs: Finding Your Sparkle

The inside of the rectum is home to a plethora of naturally-occuring bacteria that are part of your body’s gut microbiome and help you digest various nutrients properly when inside your body, and that’s where we want to keep them: inside your body.

This is where butt plug material choice comes into play — porous materials have tiny microscopic holes throughout that can provide places for the aforementioned nasties to hide and are notoriously difficult to sterilise, meaning even with regular cleaning, those germs can linger and multiply inside the material between play sessions. When it comes to any and all erotic toys, non-porous materials (such as glass, silicone, and metal) are best as they won’t harbour any bacteria, or fungus particles, but this is particularly important when it comes to anal play accessories due to the sheer volume and variety of bacteria that lives in the rectum.

Silicone and metal both tick the non-porous box and are also water-resistant to boot, if not completely waterproof (depending on whether the toy is motorised), but which material is better? That depends on who you are and your preferences both in terms of the sensation and aesthetic you want from your pleasure toys.

Silicone feels closer to silky-soft skin and often has some flexibility to it (especially around the neck of the plug) while metal feels like, well, metal. Metal will pretty much always feel cold to begin with (which can also make insertion slightly more difficult as your sphincter will naturally react by tightening) but metal is a much conductor of temperature than silicone, meaning it’s a fantastic choice for temperature play! You can either dip the material in cool or warm water, or even wrap it in a towel of the temperature you want, and the metal will take on that temperature to spice up your sensations back there…

Metal anal toys are compatible with all types of lubricant so you can just use whatever you have on hand or indulge in the long-lasting properties of silicone-based lubricants without any worries. On the other hand, silicone anal toys are not compatible with silicone-based lubricant, which is a shame since silicone-based lubricants are longer-lasting than water-based formulas, and a long-lasting glide is essential for comfortable, safe anal play. However, there are anal-specific water-based lubricants such as the Wicked® Jelle, which has a thickened, jelly-like texture to provide a cushioning effect and superior slipperiness for more comfortable anal play.

As for aesthetic, pleasure toys made from either silicone or metal can come in all colours of the rainbow, though the standard metal colour will be silver as many metal anal plugs are made of stainless steel or aluminium. For either material, you can also pick any colour you like for the base gemstone if you like anal toys with some bright bling! 

How should I clean and care for my gem anal plug?

Anal plug care is the same as any other erotic toys — after play, use an antibacterial adult sex toy cleaner and rinse with warm water, or swap the water for a damp washcloth if your toy isn’t waterproof. If you’re not keen on having to see or touch your toy post-use, a foaming cleanser can provide a visual and physical barrier that quickly sanitises your toy and doesn’t necessarily need to be rubbed in to work (though massaging your cleaning product into the material will always provide a more thorough clean).

Ready to beautify your booty? Come and chat to the Fun Specialists about sparkling gemstone anal plugs at any Sexyland adult store, or shop Sexyland’s range online and get 2-hour delivery on bestselling sex toys!


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