The Basics of Measuring Body Piercing Jewelry: Gauge, Length and Diameter.

bodysparkleMar 10, '16

Customers often ask us what the ‘standard size’ is for a particular body piercing but in reality there is not one. What fits one person’s tragus might not fit yours because each person’s body is different.  All  ears, noses, lips etc, are different sizes and shapes.  There are two pieces of information you should know when ordering body jewelry to ensure that you get the correct size for your piercing: gauge and length or internal diameter. For someone new to body jewelry these terms can be a little confusing but we have written up this guide as an introduction to how body jewelry is measured and how you can measure for yourself.

The first thing we always recommend if you are unsure of what size you need is to contact the person that pierced you. They are the best resource for sizing questions as they have been hands on with you and your piercing. We recommend you ask them if they have a standard gauge they use for your type of piercing. It’s important to know that this will only work if you have not changed your piercing from the original. If you’ve traded out piercings then you may have changed your gauge.

If you cannot contact your piercer, here is what you need to know about measuring.

Gauge refers to the thickness of the barbell, post or ring that goes through the piercing. Gauge can be somewhat tricky because it works backwards: the higher the gauge the thinner the barbell. A 22 gauge item is thinner than an 18 gauge item. An 18 gauge item is thinner than a 14 gauge item and so on.

graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry
graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry

If you have a particular piece of jewelry that you find comfortable to wear but you are unsure what gauge it is you can print out our Body Piercing Jewelry Measuring Chart and lay that piece of jewelry on the different gauge lines to see what it measures.  This chart must be printed to be accurate. Do not measure body jewelry on the computer or phone screen. The measurements will not be accurate.

Length is a very important measurement for straight barbells and curved barbells and labret studs. The important thing to remember is that the end balls, top balls, bottom discs, stones and threads on the barbell are not part of determining barbell or labret length. You should measure from threading to threading on the bar or in between the end balls. If you include the end balls or threads on the barbell in your measurement, you will have a barbell that is longer than what you need. Here is a handy graphic to illustrate how you measure these items:

graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry
graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry

Circular body piercing jewelry such as circular barbells, captive rings, seamless rings, segment rings, spiral barbells and some nipple rings use a measurement called internal diameter, which is measured in a straight line across the inside of the ring at the largest point.

When you are measuring piercing jewelry for yourself, you should measure the internal diameter as shown below:

graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry
graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry

As you did with the gauge of your favorite piece of body jewelry you can measure length and internal diameter against our printable Body Piercing Jewelry Measuring Chart. Do not try to hold it against the computer/tablet/phone screen as the measurement will not be accurate. The best way to insure accurate measurements is to print out the chart:

graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry
graphics are informational only-please do not use them to measure jewelry

We hope this gave you a better understanding of what gauge, length and diameter mean and how to measure your body jewelry. Remember, our Body Piercing Jewelry Measuring Chart is free to download and print so you can measure your favorite piece(s) of body jewelry. Now that you can solve the mystery of gauge, length and internal diameter,  you can save yourself the frustration of returning jewelry that doesn’t fit and enjoy your new body piercing jewelry from BodySparkle!

If you still have questions, please contact us by phone at 847-526-9902 or our live chat on our website during normal business hours from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM for immediate help. You can also email questions to us at info@bodysparkle.com if we are not available.

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