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How to Measure Your Body Jewelry

by Hadas Milrod on February 04, 2024

Measuring for the correct size of body jewelry is crucial to ensure a comfortable fit and promote proper healing for piercings. Here are general guidelines on how to measure for common types of body jewelry:

  1. Barbells and Labrets:

    • Measure the distance between the two ends of the jewelry, excluding any decorative or threaded ends.
    • The length is typically measured in millimeters (mm).
    • For tongue, lip, or ear piercings, the measurement is the straight line between the two points where the jewelry sits.
  2. Rings (Circular Barbells, Captive Bead Rings):

    • Measure the diameter of the ring from inside edge to inside edge.
    • The diameter is typically measured in millimeters (mm).
    • For piercings like nostrils, earlobes, or cartilage, measure the distance across the inside of the ring.
  3. Horseshoe Barbells:

    • Measure the distance between the two ends, similar to measuring barbells.
    • The diameter is typically measured in millimeters (mm).
    • For septum or nipple piercings, measure the straight line between the two points where the jewelry sits.
  4. Plugs and Tunnels:

    • Measure the width of the jewelry at its widest point.
    • The width is typically measured in millimeters (mm).
    • For plugs or tunnels in stretched earlobes, measure the diameter of the jewelry.
  5. Nose Studs and Screws:

    • Measure the length of the post from the base (where it sits against the skin) to the decorative end.
    • The length is typically measured in millimeters (mm).
    • For nostril piercings, measure the straight line from the base to the outer edge.

Remember the following tips:

  • Use a caliper or ruler with millimeter markings for accuracy.
  • Measure the jewelry when it's not inserted to get an accurate reading.
  • When in doubt, consult with your piercer or the jewelry provider for guidance.

It's important to note that different types of piercings may require different measurements, and individual anatomy can vary. Additionally, certain types of jewelry, such as earrings for standard earlobe piercings, may have standardized sizes. Always follow any specific instructions provided by your piercer or the jewelry manufacturer. If you're unsure, seeking assistance from a professional piercer is recommended.

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