These are the standard sizes for body jewelry used for each piercing. However, we cannot guarantee that the size on our chart is the size used for your specific piercing. These are the standard gauges and lengths used by professional piercers. Everyone's body is different, and sometimes piercers will use different lengths and gauges depending on your body or the type of jewelry you want to wear. If you are unsure of what size piercing jewelry to get, we recommend calling your piercer to asking him or her.
The gauge is the thickness of the bar that goes through your piercing. In other words, it's the barbell's thickness. Note that the thicker the barbell, the lower the gauge size. So a 12 gauge (or 12G) barbell is much thicker than a 20 gauge (20G) barbell.
The length of your piercing jewelry refers to the wearable length of the barbell that goes through your piercing. It is measured from the top to the bottom of the straight barbell and does not include the balls or charms.
Diameter is used to measure the size of round barbells like hoops, captives, and circulars. It is measured from the inner and widest point of the circle.
Captive Bead Rings are also known as CBRs, BCRs, and Ball Captive Rings. They come in many variations, shapes, and sizes, but the same measuring rule applies. Always measure the largest inside diameter of the circle. Captive bead rings usually for male genital piercings and female genital piercings.
Measure the length of a barbell between the two balls along the length of the bar, as shown in the diagram. We carry barbells in an assortment of gauges and lengths so that you can find the perfect fit for you specific piercing.
Circular / horseshoe barbells are commonly used as belly rings, nipple piercing rings, eyebrow rings, earrings, ear plugs, and for female or male genital piercings. Circular barbells are measured from the largest inside diameter. All piercings are different, which is why we have a great selection of 14k/18k gold circular barbells in every gauge and length.
Curved barbells, also known as bent barbells, are commonly used for belly button rings, nipple rings, eyebrow jewelry, rook piercings, and even septum piercings. Curved barbells are measured in a straight line from the inner length between the two balls.
The standard gauge for nose rings is 18G. Nose twists, also known as nose screws or nose studs, are measured from the base of the ball or charm to the beginning of the twist, as shown in the diagram. Measure nose bones to the end of the shaft before the beaded tip. Nose fishtails are measured from the base of the ball or charm to the end of the barbell.
Labrets, also known as flat back barbells, are worn in a variety of piercings around the cheeks and mouth, such as tongue ring, as well as in tragus earrings and cartilage studs. The flat back is perfect for piercings that require a close fit. They are measured from the base of the ball to the top of the flat disc.
An ear plug wearable length is measured from the inside edge of the horizontal line, as shown in the diagram. The same measurement applies of earlets and ear tunnel body jewelry. Plugs are manufactured in many different gauges, designs, and variations.