Easy Way to Measure Body Jewelry Piercing Sizes and Gauge Size Chart
Two important body piercing jewelry measurements are the gauge and the length of the barbell or the size (diameter) of the ring (how big around it is). To get the perfect fitting piece of piercing jewelry, you need both the gauge and size to be the right size for your piercing and the area where the piercing is placed.
Body Piercing Jewelry Term Definitions:
Gauge: Thickness of the post or hoop (the part that goes through your piercing. If the gauge is too thin, your piercing may shrink down to that size and you won't be able to wear thicker jewelry. If it's too thick, it will not go into your piercing and if you force it, you may tear the piercing and cause infection. We recommend consulting a professional piercer before stretching a piercing. It is usually measured in millimeters.
Barbell Length: This is how long the bar is. This measurement is made between the end balls, not including the end balls or the threads on the barbell. This measurement is important because if the bar is too short, it will cause irritation, discomfort possibly swelling or infection. Many people don't like the barbell to extend much past their piercing, so usually a longer barbell won't cause problems unless is catches on something. Some room should be left so the end balls are not smothering the piercing.
Curved barbells are measured in a straight line across the curve, not including the end balls or the threads on the barbell.
Hoop Size (diameter): How big around the hoop is. This is important because many people want hoops to hug their nose, lip or ear. If the hoop is too tight, it can cut into skin, cause irritation, discomfort possibly swelling or infection. Being to large may not be a problem, by may not be the look you want. The diameter size for captive rings, segment rings, seamless rings and circular barbells is measured on the inside of the hoop, across the center (right to left) at its widest point.
Labret stud post length is measured between the top ball and the base. If you have a preference for the size of the labret stud base, you need to be aware of that measurement too.
To measure the size (inner diameter) of a spiral barbell, measure inside of the hoop, in a straight line across the center (right to left) at its widest point.
End Ball and Top Ball Sizes: Other measurements to consider for nose rings and labret studs are the top ball or stone size (diameter). This is how big around the top is and measured in a straight line across the center (right to left) at its widest point. For barbells, many people have a preference for end balls size. The end balls are also measured in a straight line across the center (right to left) at the widest point.
So, you ask "How Do I Get Body Jewelry That Fits Me?"
1. You can guess and keep ordering piercing jewelry that doesn't fit, wasting time and money with costly returns or you can take a few minutes to learn the size you need so you will be happy with your body jewelry purchases.
2. You can ask your piercer what size jewelry you need.
3. With the BodySparkle Online Measuring App, a ruler or tape rule You can measure the piercing jewelry you have that fits properly or you can determine the size you need if you don't like the fit of your current jewelry.
When using this measuring application, please make sure the magnification settings at the top of the screen stay on 100% with ratio of 1:1 so measurements will be accurate and look at screen directly straight on for accurate measurements.
When you use the body jewelry measuring application for the first time, you will need to calibrate your screen with a credit card or drivers license, a CD or a ruler.
4. What are standard sizes for Body Piercing Jewelry? Standard size is really the wrong term to use. Since every ear, nose navel, etc. is different and piercing placements are not uniform, there are no "standard sizes" for body jewelry. We like to use the term "most common". Piercers don't always pierce with the same gauges and sizes as others. That is why measuring is so important.
This is a list of the most common sizes in our experience for different types of piercings. This is a guideline only as the size that works for one person, may not work for another.
14 gauge most common. 12 gauge for larger nipples. 16 gauge and 10 gauge are less common.
5/8 inch (16mm)long barbells or hoop sizes are most common, but size needed depends on size of nipple. Barbells that are 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch (3mm) longer than nipple size may be best for comfort and piercing health.
16g is most common and gauge piercers usually use. Many people use 20 gauge or 22 gauge jewelry to shrink the piercing.
Post length for nose bones, screws and studs is usually 1/4 inch (6mm) long. Some people may need longer or shorter posts. Hoop size needed depends on thickness of the nose and the placement of the piercing (how high it is). 5/16 inch (8mm) will fit most people but many people use 1/4 inch (6mm) and some need 3/8 inch (10mm) for higher nose piercings.