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Body Jewelry Size Reference
Looking for gauges for your ears? You came to the right place! Here at Steel Navel, we call gauges plugs and eyelets. Check out our complete line of plugs and eyelets.

Here's everything you need to know to pick the right size body jewelry for your piercings.

You may also be interested in our FREE Gauge Reference Card which will help you determine the gauge and size of your jewelry.

Gauge Reference

The gauge is the thickness of the jewelry (Usually the thickness of the wire the jewelry is made from but may also be the diameter of a plug or eyelet).  From 20 gauge to 00 gauge, the smaller the number is, the thicker the jewelry is. After 00, the diameter of body jewelry is usually measured in fractional inches as shown below; however, some manufacturers make 000g and 0000g jewelry.
Gauge Decimal
Inches
Fractional
Inches
Millimeters
20 0.032 Approximately   1/32 0.812
18 0.04 Larger than   1/32 1.024
16 0.051 Smaller than   1/16 1.291
14 0.064 Approximately   1/16 1.628
12 0.081 Larger than   1/16 2.053
10 0.102 Smaller than   1/8 2.588
8 0.128 Approximately   1/8 3.264
6 0.162 Larger than   1/8 4.115
4 0.204 Smaller than   1/4 5.189
2 0.258 Approximately   1/4 6.544
0 0.325 Approximately   5/16 8.251
00 0.365 Approximately   3/8 9.266
000 0.410 26.2/64 10.400
7/16" 0.438 7/16 11.110
0000 0.460 29.4/64 11.700
1/2" 0.500 1/2 12.710
5/8" 0.630 5/8 15.875
3/4" 0.750 3/4 19.050
Captive Bead Ring Diameter
The diameter of all types of rings is the inside diameter of the ring.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.

Straight Barbell Length
Straight barbell length is the linear length of the bar between the balls.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.
Curved Barbell Length


Curved barbells or banana bells, are measured in a straight line between where the lip of each ball meets the bar on the inside of the curve.  Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes of your piercing to determine the length you need.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.

Circular Barbell Diameter
Circular barbells are measured across the inside diameter of the barbell similar to captive bead rings.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.
Doorknocker & Jackhammer Size
Like straight barbells, doorknockers and jackhammers are sized according to the linear length of the bar between the two balls.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.
Labret Length
Labrets are measured from the disk to the ball along the length of the bar.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.
Plug Wearable Area
The wearable area of a plug is the distance between flares or flare and o-ring.  The gauge is the diameter of the plug.
Eyelet Wearable Area
The wearable area of eyelets and flesh tunnels is the distance between the flares or flare and the o-ring.  The gauge is the diameter.
Septum Spike Wearable Area
Septum spike wearable area is the length of the bar between the spikes.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.
Pincher Diameter
The diameter of pinchers is measured as the inside diameter.  The gauge is the thickness of the pincher at the thickest point (top).
Helix or Spiral Diameter
The diameter of helix or spiral barbells is measured as the inside diameter.  The gauge is the thickness of the wire.



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