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Size guide

Finding the perfect fit for your piercing is not always straightforward. The size depends on the piercing placement, how it’s pierced, and your anatomy. The easiest way to find the perfect size is to measure your preowned jewelry. Scroll down and see how to measure your piercing jewelry.

Thread thickness

The thread thickness is the thickness of the part of the jewelry that goes through your piercing hole.

How to choose the right size?

The thread thickness should match the size of your piercing hole. If you choose a size that is too large, it will simply mean that you won’t be able to push it through the piercing hole. Choosing a smaller size will result in your piercing hole getting smaller, and you won’t be able to fit your preowned jewelry.

Expert advice

You shouldn’t choose a smaller size than what is recommended in the minimum thread thickness guide. Going smaller than what is recommended for the piercing type, may result in the jewelry “cutting” through the skin, and eventually growing out.

How to measure?

Piercing jewelry

Place a ruler on the jewelry part that goes through the piercing hole.

Ball & parts

If you're buying balls separately, you need to make sure that they match the thread thickness of the jewelry stem.

Length

The length refers to the length of the bar that goes through your piercing, and depends on your anatomy.

How to choose the right size?

For a perfect fit, it should match the length from one side of the piercing hole to the other. E.g. in a lobe piercing, the length should match the thickness of your earlobe.

Why is important to choose the right length?

If the jewelry is too long, the bar will become visible - not that bad, really. On the other hand, choosing a size too small can be quite unfortunate, as the jewelry will be too tight and your body will react by swelling.

How to measure?

Barbell, Labret and studs

The length is measured between the balls/base

Curved barbell

The length is measured in a straight line between the balls

Nose screw

The length is measured between the ball and where the bar starts curving

L- shaped

The length is measured between the ball and where the bar starts curving

Diameter

The diameter is often used when choosing the size for rings and horseshoes.

How to choose the right size?

Your size depends on your anatomy and where your piercer placed the piercing. For a perfect fit, the diameter should match the width of what the ring is to encircle. E.g. in a helix piercing the diameter of the ring should match either the distance from the hole and to the edge of your ear or the width of the helix fold, whichever number is biggest.

Bodymod tip

For most piercings you can play around with ring sizes to create different looks. You can go for bigger rings or a tight fit. If you’re looking for a tight fit, be aware that you shouldn’t just go for the smallest available ring diameter, but measure your piercing, and find the perfect fit. Choosing a size too small will result in the jewelry being too tight, and body will react by swelling.

How to measure?

Ring & horseshoe

The diameter of rings & horseshoes is measured inside the ring

Ball diameter

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Stretching

Measuring your stretch is quite straightforward if you already have a stretching jewelry at hand. Just measure the width of the stretch that goes through the piercing hole.

What if I want to expand my stretch?

If you want to go bigger you might want to use a spiral or a taper to do so, and in this case, you should go one size up. Gently place the stretch until it feels tight, and push it bit by bit every day.

How to measure?

Taper

Measure the width of the thicker part in a straight line

Spiral taper

Measure the width of the thicker part in a straight line

Tunnel

The diameter is measured in a straight line on center of the plug/tunnel

Balls & parts

If you're buying balls separately, you need to make sure that they match the thread thickness of the jewelry stem.

How to measure?

Ball diameter

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Ball

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Ball with thread

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Spike diameter

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Spike height

The diameter is measured in a straight vertical line

Flat ball diameter

The diameter is measured in a straight line

Minimum thread thickness guide

The standards for minimum thread thicknesses shown in the table below are indicative only. You are unique, so your size may differ from the standard one.

Ear piercing

Lobe: 0.8 mm

Tragus: 1.2 mm

Helix: 1 mm

Anti helix: 1 mm

Conch: 1 mm

Daith: 1 mm

Rook: 1 mm

Nose & brow piercing

Nostril: 0.8 mm

Septum: 1.2 mm

Bridge / Earl / Third eye: 1.2 mm

Bindi: 1.2 mm

Eyebrow: 1.2 mm

Anti eyebrow: 1.2 mm

Lip & mouth piercing

Labret: 1.2 mm

Vertical labret: 1.2 mm

Horisontal labret: 1.2 mm

Madonna: 1.2 mm

Medusa: 1.2 mm

Angelbite: 1.2 mm

Spiderbite: 1.2 mm

Snakebite: 1.2 mm

Tongue: 1.6 mm

Smiley: 1.2 mm

Torso piercings

Navel: 1.6 mm

Nipple: 1.6 mm

Butterfly: 1.6 mm

Sternum: 1.6 mm

Cleavage: 1.6 mm

Hips: 1.6 mm

Female genital piercing

Christina: 1.6 mm

Isabella: 1.6 mm

Fourchette: 1.6 mm

Labia, inner & outer: 1.6 mm

Clitoris hood: 1.6 mm

Albertina: 1.6 mm

Male genital piercing

Ampallang: 1.6 mm

Apadravya: 1.6 mm

Helix: 1 mm

Anti helix: 1 mm

Conch: 1 mm

Daith: 1 mm

Rook: 1 mm

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