How to measure your Body Jewellery - Jewellery Measuring Guide
Posted on 13 February 2018
Jewellery Measuring Guide
Picking the correct size of Body Jewellery can be confusing, but its very important that you wear the correct size for your piercing or infections, irritations and just pain can appear. or worst if it's too big it can get caught on clothing and other objects and could rip out and cause damage to your body.
Length / Diameter of the jewellery.
The above image show's the length and Gauge, the gauge is the hole or needle size used when pierced, the length is how long the bar will be when wearing, wearing a short(6mm - 8mm) Lip bar after a fresh piercing can cause swelling to grow over the bar, always wear a swell bar (10mm-12mm) to allow healing and swelling to go down before changing to a shorter bar.
The Nose Piercing can swell but most do not, changing the stud too early can cause a infection and pain when swapping, always leave the pierced bar in for the minimum recommended time. Most Nose Piercings are pierced with 18g, if you go down a size(20g - 22g) your piercing can close around the new size and you may not be able to wear 18g nose studs again.
The Above images are straight barbells and curved barbells. Straight barbells are worn in many different places but mostly are for Tongue and Industrial piercings.
14g is the most common for both, tongue piercings are a piercing that requires alot of care after piercing, your tongue will swell so make sure you keep the original swell bar in and do not change it before its healed, it will be hard to eat so make sure you try and eat small, liquid like foods for a few days after.
After your piercing is healed you can swap it for a 16mm or 14mm for a tighter fit depending on your tongue size. We recommend not trying a plated colour bar for 6 months after piercing has healed as many people have reactions to plated colours and this will cause alot of pain in a new piercing.
Navel Piercings are pierced with a 11mm-12mm Bar, Ive found this piercing heals nice and quickly but do not change the bar until its healing time has completed, 14g 10mm is the most common navel piercing size, but if you have a small belly button then you can wear a 8mm-6mm bar, they are becoming very popular and many new designs are appearing in a shorter bar size.
Eyebrow Piercings also use a curve bar but are most common in 16g, again a swell bar should be inserted after first piercing, once its healed you can change to a 16g 8mm- 6mm depending on the size you require.
When picking a length for your piercing, use a ruler at one hole to the other to see the length required, do not go for a shorter bar then this or it will not fit. you can always go longer for room and comfort, but we careful if its too long it can get caught on things.
The most common sizes are as follows:
* Navel, Tongue and Nipple jewellery - 1.6mm (or 14 Gauge)
* Eyebrow - 1.2mm (16 Gauge)
* Nose - 1.0mm (18 Gauge)
* Labret piercings are usualy either 1.2mm (16 Gauge) or 1.6mm (14 Gauge)
* 1mm = 18 gauge
* 1.2mm = 16 gauge
* 1.6mm = 14 gauge
* 2mm = 12 gauge
* 2.4mm = 10 gauge
* 3.2mm = 8 gauge
* 4mm = 6 gauge
* 5mm = 4 gauge
* 6mm = 2 gauge
* 8mm = 0 gauge
* 6mm = 1/4"
* 8mm = 5/16"
* 10mm = 3/8"
* 11mm = 7/16"
* 12mm = 1/2"
* 14mm = 9/16"
* 16mm = 5/8"
* 18mm = 11/16"
* 19mm = 3/4"
* 21mm 13/16"