The first thing to keep in mind when choosing a suitable belly jewelry piece is the size. Everything else – style, price, decoration, etc. – it all comes later. You will not be able to enjoy your belly jewelry piece if it is not appropriate for you. You need to ensure a perfect fit to enjoy that cute belly jewelry piece you like so much.
Ensuring a Good Fit
Keep in mind that a suitable size of a belly ring is not about your body size or your belly shape. It all depends on your piercing. Factors such as the angle and depth of the piercing will determine the size of the jewelry you can insert safely.
You need to be aware of some industry standards as well as adjustments and variations made. This is the only way to ensure a perfect fit.
There are some industry standards piercers follow, but it all depends on your anatomy and your belly button. It’s not uncommon that the standard is adjusted to fit your body, so you can end up with a bit different piercing. This will also affect the type of belly jewelry you can get and it will make proper fitting a bit more difficult.
Typically, a navel piercing is made in the 14 gauge. Ideal length of the barbell that should be worn for this piercing are in the 3/8″ to 7/16″ range. Most commonly, jewelry worn in a belly piercing is a curved barbell, though some other jewelry types can be worn as well (such as rings).
Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will be a bit longer. It is done because of the swelling and also to allow proper cleaning during the healing process. Once the piercing is healed you will know the correct size of your piercing and the jewelry you should use. Please allow at least 2 months for your piercing to heal properly.
Finding a Good Fit
Finding a good fit is essential for your satisfaction. It’s important to use a belly jewelry piece that is fully suitable for your piercing.
Before you start searching for the best jewelry, you need to know which gauge you are pierced with (14 g is an industry standard, but make sure that it’s used on you). Another thing to keep in mind is the depth of your piercing. It will determine the length of the barbell you can use comfortably.
A piercing can be shallow, standard or deep:
- For shallow piercing: Use 5/16″ jewelry.
- For standard piercing: Use 3/8″ jewelry.
- For deep piercing: Use 1/2″ jewelry.
There are even some piercings that go deeper than that. These piercings will require 9/16″ barbells.
When determining your barbell size, keep in mind that a curved barbell should be fitted in such a way to leave some of the barbell showing. Never opt for a jewelry piece where only the balls and decorations are showing. You need to leave some of the barbell showing to allow for air circulation. It will also prevent the jewelry from pulling into the piercing.
Ideally, leave about 1/4″ of barbell showing.
Measuring Your Jewelry
In order to determine if a jewelry piece is suitable for your piercing, you need to know its size. It means you have to obtain its measurements or measure it itself.
To measure a curved barbell, you have to thread the top ball all the way on and then measure only the barbell itself. Keep in mind that you have to measure a straight line, not along the curve of the barbell.
The starting point is where the top ball meets the barbell, on the underside of the ball. The ending point will be where the bottom ball (or design) meets the barbell on the top side of the ball. Again, make sure to measure in a straight line on the inside of the curve and not along the curve.
Some common lengths are 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″. 1/2″, 9/16″, and more.
You will probably need to test a few sizes, to see which one fits the best.