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Belly Button Ring Sizing Information

Belly Button Ring Sizes
How to find the right fit for you!
Getting a comfortable fit for your belly button rings takes a little effort, but is not impossible. The hardest part is figuring out what barbell length you need. There is no standard way to pierce a navel and every Piercing Professional pierces a little differently. Some take a small amount of skin for the piercing, which means you will need a shorter barbell length. Some take more skin and pierce farther back than others. This means you will need a longer length barbell.

For a long time most piercings came out around 7/16" (11mm). That is why belly button rings sold in most stores are 7/16" long. In recent years, navel piercings have become more shallow (closer to the front), using less skin. Some stores started carrying barbell lengths in 3/8" (10mm). We have found the many Piercing Professionals do not educate their customers on the gauge or length of their piercing. With the initial piercing, most piercers use a 14 gauge captive ring, in a larger size, so it can be turned and the piercing can be cleaned properly. If a curved barbell is used, it is usually on the longer side to allow for swelling and cleaning. If you were pierced several years ago, it's possible that you have a 16 gauge piercing, which is a little thinner than 14 gauge. If you are not sure what gauge you are, you can follow the steps below.

Many people find that after their navel piercing heals, the barbell sticks out of the piercing and doesn't look very good. It can also poke you and catch on clothing. Of course, most people want to change their plain barbell or ring as soon as possible. We recommend that you always follow the advice that was given by the piercer. Changing your barbell too soon can cause infection and/or rejection. Most belly button rings you buy at a store have not been sterilized (autoclaved).

So how do you figure out what size belly button ring you need?
  1. The easiest way is to call your piercer and find out what gauge and barbell length or ring diameter they pierced you with. If you like the way your belly button ring fits, then you are set. Go to BodySparkle Body Jewelry to find belly button rings in that size. If you don't like the way your belly button ring fits, use the measuring chart to estimate what size you would like.


  2. Print our measuring chart and measure the jewelry you have. We have created a free measuring chart that you can print and use to measure your belly button ring. With this chart you can measure the length of your barbells, the gauge (thickness of the part that goes through your piercing) and the size of the end balls. Once you determine what size jewelry you have, and if you like the way your belly button ring fits, then you are set. Go to BodySparkle Body Jewelry to find belly button rings in that size. If you don't like the way your belly button ring fits, use the measuring chart to estimate what size you would like.

    Here is a link to our Belly Button Ring Measuring Chart: Belly Button Ring Measuring Chart


  3. Measure your navel piercing with a ruler. We have found that if you measure the length from the top of your navel to the hole of your piercing, that is generally the size you need (depending on how deep your piercing is. You may want to add a millimeter or two to be safe. Click here for info on How to Measure Your Navel Piercing


  4. Purchase one of our Belly Button Ring Sizing Kits. We have put together some kit to help determine what length and/or gauge belly button ring you need. We have a kit for determining gauge that contains one barbell or ring in 16 gauge and one in 14 gauge. For determining length only or a 14 gauge piercing, we have a kit that contains one 14 gauge curved barbell in each of the following lengths: 1/4" (6mm), 5/16" (8mm), 3/8" (10mm), 7/16" (11mm), 1/2" (12mm), 9/16" (14mm), 5/8" (16mm).

  5. Still confused? Give us a call at 877-223-1738 and we will help you determine your belly button ring size as best we can over the telephone.



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