How do I order nipple jewelry?
To choose the best size for yourself depends on a few things. First, which type of jewelry are you purchasing? Typically, you need captive bead rings a little bit bigger than barbells. Second, what is your anatomy? Is your nipple area narrow or wide? Third, it would help to know what you were pierced with in the first place so you know if you want to stay with that, or go larger or smaller. You can check with your piercer, they should be able to tell you what they pierced you with.
Take a look at our male and female nipple piercing pages to help you determine the size range for most nipple piercings.
14g is the most common gauge, but you certainly can gauge up. The most common length for a barbell or diameter for a ring is 5/8”. The diameter of the ring should be at least 1/4" wider than the piercing. No more than 1/4 of the ring should be through the piercing. The ring should comfortably flip up and down. A ring which is too small in diameter will constrict the piercing and cause the piercing to migrate and scar. The length of the barbell should be 1/8" longer than the width of the piercing to accommodate swelling and potential enlargement of the nipple. The barbell balls should be small enough in diameter so that they do not create pressure against the areola which can cause the piercing to migrate.
It's helpful to know what you already have, especially if it fits you well. Some people use a string, a ruler, or another piece of body jewelry as a "model" for their piercing to help them pick the right size. And sometimes you just have to give it your best guess.
If you have not been pierced, your piercer will size you for the appropriate jewelry for you. Make sure you get the gauge and length information from the piercer so that when you go to buy jewelry, you know what to get.