The Hole-y Grail of Piercing
Are you looking for piercing jewellery?
Then don’t forget to check the right size,
When you have your eyes on the prize!
Choosing the Right Size Made Easy
Do you wear a dress a size too small? Never!
In the same way, you should not buy jewellery that doesn’t match the size of your piercing. Doing so can cause discomfort issues, your piercing may shrink or the jewellery may keep coming out.
And you don’t want that. Do you?
Now, most piercers will stick to the ‘standard’ size of piercing. However, many may defer from the common sizes.
So what does that mean for you?
It means essentially two things:
- Tell your piercer to write your piercing size whenever you get a new piercing
- Know how to measure the size of your piercing jewellery
We can help you with the second part.
Are you ready to learn how to measure your jewellery?
Yes? Then let’s get started!
Decoding Jewellery Sizes
How do you measure jewellery size?
Here are two things you need to know about piercing jewellery:
- The Gauge:The stem or the shaft of your jewellery sits inside your piercing. The thickness of this area is referred to as the gauge. It is important to note that the higher the gauge number, the thinner will your jewellery piece be.
- The Size:The length or size of the jewellery is measured with regards to the distance between your piercings. Or it is the measurement of the inner diameter of your jewellery.
Still confused? Don’t be!
We have created visuals to
make things clear for your piercing-loving body!
A straight line between the two ends of the balls is drawn in order to measure the length of a STRAIGHT BARBELL.
On the other hand, we use the straight line inside the curve of the barbell to measure the size of a CURVED BARBELL. Observe that the thickness of the stem is the gauge in both cases.
The size of CAPTIVE BEAD RING and CIRCULAR BARBELL is measured via their inner diameter. This is done by drawing a straight line inside the ring that runs across the centre.
LABRET, NOSE RING, TAPER, and PLUG are all bits and bobs of piercings.
They may be smaller than the other pieces but they are just as important. Besides the labret, the other parts only have to be measured by their gauge.
Standard gauge sizes of each piece are as follows:
- Ear: 20 g to 18 g
- Cartilage: 16 g
- Eyebrow: 16 g to 14 g
- Septum: 16 g to 14 g
- Tongue: 14 g
- Belly Rings: 14 g
- Nipple Rings: 14 g
- Labret: 16 g to 14 g
- Nose Ring: 20 g & 18 g
Disclaimer: The standard sizes may vary from piercer to piercer. That is why we suggest that you do your own measurements and not follow some hard and fast rule on piercing sizes.
What’s in a number?
The conversions, metrics, and figures tell you everything you need to get the right size. So have a look at these conversion charts which we have designed for your convenience.
Now, that you know the number game,
you can buy all the jewellery you want without wasting a single second!
Let’s start shopping!