HX Jewelry | Body Jewelry Buying Guide

Body jewelry is fashion and self-expression. But whether you're getting your body modified for aesthetic purposes, for self-care, or just for fun. But one thing is for sure when choosing what to put in a piercing, especially a fresh one, your body piercings deserve the best. Remember that jewelry quality can make a big difference in the health of the piercing. Jewelry for initial piercings should be made of material that will not react with the body, and materials could be implant grade stainless steel, titanium or something much better: solid gold (14K or higher) or platinum.

Confidently shopping online for body jewelry is a matter of properly educating yourself. This Body Jewelry Buying Guide will provide everything that you need to know about your piercings so that you can choose the right body jewelry, even online.

What Size My Body Jewelry Is?

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.

What Gauge Is My Piercing Jewelry?

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.

Body Jewelry Gauge Chart

What is The Length of My Piercing Jewelry?

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.

Body Jewelry Length Chart

What is The Diameter of My Piercing Jewelry?

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.

Body Jewelry Diameter Chart

Captive Bead Rings

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.

Body Jewelry Captive Bead Rings

Straight Barbells

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.

Body Jewelry Straight Barbells

Circular Barbells / Horseshoe Barbells

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.

Body Jewelry Circular Barbells

Curved Barbells & Belly Button Rings

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.

Body Jewelry Curved Barbells

Nose Rings

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.

Body Jewelry Nose Rings

Labrets, Lip Rings, Cartilage & Tragus Earrings

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.

body jewelry flat back barbells

Plugs, Tunnels, and Earlets Body Jewelry

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.

Body Jewelry Plugs and Tunnels

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