Entertainment Fashion & Style Understanding Body Jewelry Sizes Graphical Gauge Charts Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Lauren Thomann University at Buffalo Lauren Thomann is a freelance writer and business owner who covers DIY projects and home renovation on The Spruce. In 2014, she joined Dotdash as an expert writer, focused on fine jewelry topics. our editorial process Lauren Thomann Updated May 16, 2019 01 of 04 What Is a Body Jewelry Gauge? JUAN SILVA/E+/Getty Images Unlike traditional earrings that are made with a thin wire, body jewelry comes in all different sizes. The size of body jewelry is calculated by measuring the diameter of the material that fits directly inside the piercing site. If your piercing is less than 9mm thick, there will be a corresponding gauge size. The gauge measurement system, which was originally formulated for wire, helps standardize body piercing sizes. By converting the gauge into millimeters or inches, it is easy to figure out approximate desired sizes with a simple tape measure. This article will walk you through the relationship between thickness and gauge, as well as talk about body jewelry sizes that are even larger than 00g. Up Next: Body Jewelry Gauge Thickness Conversion Chart 02 of 04 Body Jewelry Gauge Thickness Chart Ageless Heirlooms The chart here demonstrates the relationship between thickness and gauge. As the thickness of a piece of wire or jewelry increases, the gauge value decreases. If you want to convert a gauge you are interested in to either millimeters or inches, use the reference below. If you are looking for ear plug sizes that measure larger than gauges, check out our complete printable gauge conversion chart. Body Jewelry Size Conversion From Small to Large Gauge | Millimeter | Inch 18g | 1mm | 1/25"16g | 1.3mm | 3/64”14g | 1.6mm | 1/16”12g | 2mm | 5/64”10g | 2.5mm | 3/32”8g | 3mm | 1/8”6g | 4mm | 5/32”4g | 5mm | 3/16”2g | 6mm | 1/4”0g | 8mm | 5/16”00g | 9mm | 3/8” Some piercing, especially ear plugs, involve sizes that are much bigger than the gauges used for standard body piercings. Learn more about those measurements on the next couple slides. 03 of 04 How to Determine Piercing Size for Your Ears druvo/Vetta/Getty Images Ear piercings are the most commonly stretched piercings that would require jewelry that measures larger than your standard gauge measurements. You might also find larger piercings in the lip, nasal septum and tongue. Even though the final piercing result will stretch beyond a gauge measurement, it is important to be familiar with all gauge sizes because stretching doesn't happen overnight, and you're going to have to start somewhere. If you have a regular piercing that has fully healed, your next step would be to start with an earring that is either 16 or 14 gauge. One important thing to remember is that if you stretch your ears beyond 2g or 0g, there is a chance your ears will never fully close on their own. Do you know how large you want your piercing to be? Find the size you're looking for on the next slide. Up Next: Round Ear Piercing Chart, from Small to Large 04 of 04 How Body Jewelry Is Measured Ageless Heirlooms This chart has all the standard conversion sizes for gauged piercings as well as larger sizes that are used in tapers, plugs, and other larger style body piercings. Not only are gauge and millimeter sizes used for piercings, they are also used for bead and wire sizes. If you make jewelry, this chart may be a helpful visualization and conversion tool. Stay up to date with the latest jewelry news and tips by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Want to read even more? Sign up for our weekly jewelry newsletter here.