Gauge Size Chart

Whiteheat Double Flared Earlets

Whiteheat Double Flared Earlets

All body piercing enthusiasts need to be familiar with gauge sizes. There are handy gauge size charts showing you sizes of all gauges (in centimeters and inches) so you know how large your piercing is.

Knowing your exact size as well your desired size (if you want to stretch your jewelry) is crucial. It’s important to always know the size of your piercings because that’s the only way to choose correct jewelry. If you wish to stretch your piercing you need to know your starting size and the gauge you want to achieve (note that you should never stretch for more than one size because it can hurt your piercing and lead to tearing, infections and other problems).

The gauge size chart can come in handy if you wish to stretch your piercing or if you need a quick info on how big a certain gauge is. Remember, initial piercings are done in gauges ranging from 20 to 14, mainly depending on the location and piercing method. When stretching your piercings, don’t forget to always wait for piercings to be fully healed before you attempt to do a stretching. Also, you need to wait some time before you stretch it to the next size. Waiting for about a month or two should make your piercing rest enough so you can stretch it to a new size.

Basic Gauge Chart

Here is a basic gauge chart for the most common sizes:

Gauges

Millimeters

Inches

20 0.8 1.32
18 1.0 5/128
16 1.2 3/64
14 1.6 1/16
12 2.0 5/64
10 2.4 3/32
8 3.2 1/8
6 4.0 5/32
4 5.0 3/16
2 6.0 1/4
0 8.0 1/3
00 10 3/8
11 7/16
12 1/2
14 9/16
16 5/8
19 3/4
22 7/8
25 1
29 1 1/8
32 1 1/4
35 1 3/8
38 1 1/2
41 1 5/8
44 1 3/4
48 1 7/8
51 2

 

Popular Ear Piercing Types

Ear PiercingEar is the most popular body part for piercing. Almost all parts of the ear can be pierced, so there are many different types of piercings performed on the ear. Some are more common than the others, some are more sensitive than the others and take longer time to heal. Regardless of the type, ear piercings are relatively simple to perform and they can be very effective.

Here is the list of the most popular ear piercing types:

Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercing is the most popular type of ear piercing. In fact, it’s the most common of all body piercings. Earlobe piercing is so widespread and socially acceptable that many people don’t even consider it body piercing in true sense of the word. Earlobe piercing is easy to perform and it heals quickly. There are many types of earrings suitable for this type of piercing.

A special type of earlobe piercing is stretched piercing. It’s sometimes called “gauging”, though it’s a wrong term: gauge is the size of the jewelry. Many types of piercings can be stretched to a larger size, but the most common are stretched earlobes. There are special types of jewelry made for stretched piercings: ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets, tusks, spirals, and more.

Industrial Piercing

An industrial piercing (also known as the scaffold piercing) consists of two holes connected by a single jewelry piece. It’s typically done on the upper ear cartilage. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one close to the head and the other further down the cartilage on the opposite side of the ear.

The most common jewelry type for industrial piercings is long, straight barbell. It’s inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear and it goes diagonally across the front of the ear cartilage to the second piercing. It’s not uncommon to wear a pair of captive bead rings instead of a straight barbell. Those who wish to use straight barbells for their industrial piercings can choose between numerous unique barbells with special decorations or spirals to make their piercing stand out.

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is performed on the outer curly rim of the ear cartilage. It’s important that this piercing is done with a needle and not piercing gun (in fact, it’s best to never use a piercing gun; it’s only suitable for earlobe piercings and it’s not even the best method to perform that type of piercing). Most people get more than one helix piercing to wear several jewelry pieces on that side of the ear. A special type of helix piercing is the orbital piercing. Here, two piercings are made and the jewelry goes from back to the back of the ear, so it looks like it’s orbiting through the cartilage.

Anti-Helix

The anti-helix piercing is done on the ear part just the opposite of the helix. It’s also known as the snug piercing. This type of piercing requires micro-jewelry. Many people choose to get both helix and anti-helix piercings and pair them with the same jewelry types. The most commonly used jewelry for this type of piercing are curved barbells or circular rings.

Tragus Piercing

The tragus piercing is performed on the small piece of the thick cartilage projecting in front of the ear canal. It’s typically done at a small gauge (16g). The most common jewelry for this piercing is captive bead ring.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus piercing is performed on the part of the ear cartilage directly above the earlobe.

Transverse Lobe Piercing

This is a piercing that goes horizontally through the ear lobe. It takes more time to heal than the regular earlobe piercing. Typical jewelry worn in this piercing are straight or curved barbells.

Rook Piercing

The rook piercing is done at the folded inner rim of the ear. This inner ridge of the ear runs down the center and it’s parallel to the helix or outer rim. It’s important to understand that the look of this piercing depends a lot on the anatomy of your ear.

Conch Piercing

There are two types of the conch piercing: the inner and the outer. The inner conch piercing is made on the center cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. These piercings are usually done at larger gauges (10g or 8g) and they can be stretched to accommodate ear plugs. The most common jewelry type for this piercing is barbell.

The outer conch piercing is made on the flat part of the top outer ear. It’s done at a smaller gauge (16g). Typical jewelry for this piercing is curved barbell or a captive bead ring.

Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is performed on the outer rim of the ear cartilage, closest to the head. It’s often performed with a curved needle to prevent damage to other parts of the ear. There is another variation of this piercing: the inner daith. This one is performed on the horizontal part of the cartilage, directly above the ear canal. The most commonly used jewelry for daith piercing is a captive bead ring.

How to Correctly Measure Body Jewelry

As soon as the healing period is over, we cannot wait to sport all types of beautiful body jewelry, right? Of course! After all, what is the point of getting a body piercing is you cannot adorn it with eye catching pieces and turn some heads? Most of us shop for body jewelry online. In such a scenario, it is very important to know how to correctly measure body jewelry.

Whether a piercing is fresh or healed, a wrong sized jewelry piece can irritate and infect it. Let’s look at how to correctly measure some of the common types of body jewelry pieces.

Straight Barbells – One of the most common and easy to measure body jewelry pieces, straight barbells are measured along the shaft between the two balls. Used most commonly for tongue and industrial piercings, straight barbells are also very comfortable when worn in almost all piercings including navel, nipple and eyebrow. Continue reading

Ear Scalpelling versus Ear Stretching

Ear StretchingEar Scalpelling is becoming a more and more popular these days. I would not say it is the most pleasant experience, but the results are amazing.

With Scalpelling it can be done in an hour or less. In doing this procedure you can go from nothing to a 00 Gauge with the Jewelry already installed.

Ear Scalpelling will make large wounds but they will heal up clean because they were done with a knife versus stretching your ears. When you stretch you ear there is a big risk that you can tear your lobes. A tear will almost never heal properly. With Scapeling you can correct things like if you were pierced with one hole higher than the other.

The only real negative thing to having this done is the hole will probably never close up.

Unlike when you stretch your ears, there is no tissue to shrink down. It almost always has to be surgically closed. Keep this in mind if you should consider getting this procedure done. This is basically permanent, and will not just shrink closed.

Ear Piercing or Body Piercing?

Double Helix Spiral

Double Helix Spiral

When you think about Ear Piercing what is the first thing that comes to mind. To me it use to be a diamond stud or two. Now you can have you whole ear practically pierced.

There are plenty of places on the ear to pierce that you may not even realize such as the Lobe, the Conch, the Tragus, the Diath, and the Helix. It is recommended to use a Larger Gauge of Jewelry in any cartilage piercings to make the healing more comfortable and less problematic.

The most common Jewelry for the ear piercings are Captive Rings, Circular Barbells, Ear Plugs, Flesh Tunnels & Earlets, Segment and Seamless Rings. I have had my cartilage pierced and to be honest I actually use the Nosebones in mine. They work great for that, for several reasons. They are light, and usually cheaper. Also unlike the standard backs they don’t stick me in the side of my head while I sleep. Also they don’t catch my hair, and have my hair wrap around the post, which can easily cause in infection. So be creative, the choices are only limited by your imagination.

I will not lie the cartilage piercings usually do hurt a little, but not a big deal. And just as with all piercings or tattoos, a few days of pain can equal a lifetime of pleasure and beauty. With all the Jewelry possibilities you have, whether it be in 14K Gold, Titanium, Surgical Steel, or Glass, how can you refuse.

Genuine Straight Amber Plugs from The Chain Gang Body Jewelry

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store brings to you durable and stylish Straight Amber Plugs. The main feature of these Amber Plugs is that they are cut from Baltic Amber presently  mined along the shores of the Baltic Sea. Further, each piece of Baltic Amber is harvested by hand.

Straight Amber Plug

Straight Amber Plug

The origin of Amber dates back 40 to 70 million years – the era of dinosaurs, which proves its durability and long lived style.

Have a look at the product details at Straight Amber Plugs present under the Ear Plugs section of The Chain Gang Body Jewelry Store.

Pierce your Body with Knowledge

Surgical Steel Screwball Rings

Surgical Steel Screwball Rings

One thing that really bugs me is when someone gets a piercing and they ask nothing at all about the piercing, and I have to tell them everything. Even then you can tell that what you are saying is going in one ear and out the other. Usually if you don’t care enough to ask, you don’t care enough to listen.

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