Body Jewelry 101: Always Size Before You Buy!

bodysparkleSep 19, '13

The number one reason customers return jewelry is due to incorrect sizing. It is incredibly important to size your jewelry before you buy it because the fact is no two people are pierced the same and once jewelry is opened from packaging it would be unsanitary to return or resell it. While there are “standard sizes” you can measure your jewelry prior to buying it. We have put together some information to help you size your piercing. The complete sizing chart is available on our website. BodySparkle Body Jewelry Measurement Chart

One of the most important things to know is the gauge of your piercing. The gauge is the thickness of the stem or ring (the part that goes through the piercing) It’s a good idea to ask your piercer what gauge needle was used or will be used for your piercing. You can determine the gauge of your jewelry by printing out our Measuring Chart and laying your current piece of jewelry on the different widths. Keep in mind the larger the number is the smaller the gauge as shown below.


After determining the gauge of your piercing you will want to determine the length needed, this can be tricky! When measuring posts people often make the mistake of including the end balls, stones or disks. The end pieces are not included in the this measurement, you should be measuring just the post or the barbell. Below are examples of different types of jewelry and how to measure each type of barbell.


When wearing a hoop or circular you will have to determine the internal diameter. When measuring the internal diameter you measure the distance inside the hoop or circular, not to the outer part of the ring.


Typically these measurements are described using inches or millimeters as shown here.


Last but not least you will determine the end ball or stone size you will need. This is also incredibly important because not only does the ball or stone need to fit the post you choose but it needs to be large enough so it doesn’t go into your piercing! When determining the size of the end piece you should choose one that fits the gauge of your barbell and is proportionate to the length of your jewelry.  Below are some of the end ball and stone sizes.

ball size

These guidelines should help you determine the jewelry that is right for you. On our website you will find a printable body jewelry measurement chart. Never measure your jewelry on the computer screen as the scale will be wrong! Just print the Measuring Chart  out and lay your current jewelry on the chart. Use it to determine the gauge, length, diameter and end ball size. By sizing the jewelry before you buy it you will save yourself the frustration of returning jewelry that doesn’t fit! You can also contact us by phone or email if you need help! 877-223-1738 or

Visit our website for more information on sizing, color, and care information!

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