5 Tips for Buying Body Piercing Jewelry

BodySparkle Body JewelryJun 16, '19

How to buy body piercing jewelry without frustration

tips for buying piercing jewelry

5 Tips for buying piercing jewelry. Body Jewelry sizing is dependent on piercing size, piercing placement and your anatomy. For example, every ear, nose and lip is a different size.

Nothing is more frustrating than getting your new piercing jewelry in the mail and it doesn’t fit. Most of the time it cannot be returned if unsealed, meaning you have lost time and money. What a disappointment!

BodySparkle Body Jewelry has been helping customers size their body jewelry for over 17 years and we decided to share some quick tips for buying piercing jewelry to help with your body jewelry purchases.

The biggest reason for returns on body jewelry is incorrect sizing. Size does matter when it comes to piercing jewelry so it is worth it to take a little time before you purchase to find the correct gauge and size to help avoid returns.

Tip for Buying Piercing Jewelry #1-Know Your Gauge

The gauge refers to the thickness of the post or hoop that goes through your piercing (the size of the hole). If the gauge is too thin, your piercing may close down to that smaller size. If the gauge is too thick, it will not go into your piecing or damage the piercing if you try to force it in.

Ask your piercer what gauge they are using when you get pierced.

If you didn’t do that and can’t contact your piercer, you can measure jewelry that you already have that fits properly using a ruler, tape rule or our Online Measuring App.

Tip for Buying Piercing Jewelry #2 – Know your Size

The length of a barbell or labret stud and the inside diameter of a piercing hoop are important when buying piercing jewelry. If an barbell or stud is too short, it can cause irritation or pull through the piercing causing damage. If too long, the bar can hang or snag on things and most people find extra barbell sticking out of the piercing not
aesthetically pleasing.

The same goes for hoops, too small and they won’t fit or can cause damage , infection and discomfort if too tight and can be uncomfortable or not
aesthetically pleasing if too large.

Discuss sizing with your piercer. Many people actually need smaller size jewelry after the piercing has fully healed and the swelling is down.

Measure jewelry that fits you. Use a ruler, tape rule or our Online Measuring App to measure your jewelry so you know exactly what size you need. Our online app allows you to measure on your device screen. Our web site explains exactly how to measure each type of body jewelry such as straight, curved, spiral and circular barbells as well as nose rings and labret studs.


You can guessing what size you need but there is a good chance the items won’t fit and you will be disappointed and have to return the jewelry. Keep in mind that most stores do not accept returns on unsealed jewelry for health and safety reasons so you usually can’t try the jewelry on and return it.

But if you want to give guessing a try, we have listed the most common sizes for each type of piercing on the product pages on our web site.

Here is a link to a post about how measure piercing jewelry so you can buy the correct size:

Tip #3 Know you Body Jewelry Materials

Knowing the different types of body jewelry material is important, especially if you have sensitivities to nickel or other metals or materials.

Stainless Steel-Implant grade 316L surgical stainless steel is the most common material. Be aware that this does still contain trace amounts of nickel, even if a seller states :nickel-free”. They just have amounts of nickel that most people can tolerate.

Titanium-People that are sensitive to implant grade surgical stainless steel find implant grade titanium a great alternative. It has a lower nickel content and is lighter than stainless steel. It can also be anodized in nice bright colors. Be aware of products that say “Titanium IP”. Titanium IP is stainless steel coated with titanium, it is not solid titanium. Many people think that is a piece of jewelry is colored, it is titanium. This is not the case.

BioFlex, BioPlastic, PTFE and Tygon are all flexible, plastic materials that are very common. Many people find them very comfortable, but they are not always as durable as steel. Some piercers hate this material, some love it. We suggest doing your own research before deciding to wear this material.

Tip #4 Internal vs. External Piercing Jewelry

There are two types of barbells, Internal Threading and External Threading. External threading has the threads on the outside barbell and internally threaded jewelry has the threads inside the barbell with threads on the outside of the ball. Some piercers prefer that their clients use internally threaded piercing jewelry so the threads don’t irritate the piercing but the threads on externally threaded jewelry are usually thinner than the post so it is not an issue for most people. Please be aware that internal and externally threaded parts are NOT interchangeable.

Tip# 5 Know What Type of Jewelry You can Wear in Your Piercing

While many piercings can use many different types of jewelry, some types cannot. For example, usually a labret stud cannot be worn in a belly button piercing. Most piercing jewelry style choices are made as a matter of preference. Some people prefer nose bones over nose screws, curved barbells instead of straight, etc.


There are many sources online to help you find the types of jewelry people are wearing in their piercings. You will be surprised at how creative people are being with their body jewelry choices.


Those are the five tips for buying piercing jewelry that answer the questions most commonly asked by our customers.

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