## How do I know what gauge my piercing is?

You can use the following methods to measure the gauge of your piercing jewellery:

- BCR: Measure the width of the bar.
- Labret: Measure the width of the bar.
- Barbell: Measure the width of the bar.
- Septum Ring: Measure the width of the ring at its thickest section.

## What size gauge is a normal piercing?

“For piercings in general, 18 g through 16 g is the most common. For nipple or naval piercings, 14 g through 12 g is most common. For larger gauges—like stretched ear lobes—the smallest gauge usually starts at size 8 and goes up from there.”

**Which is bigger 14g or 16G?**

14g is bigger. The lower the number, the bigger the needle or jewelry. So buy 16g jewelry and a 14g needle, or 14g jewelry and a 12g needle. Body piercing doesn’t really use odd numbers, so the next size will always be the next even number.

**What piercings are 16 gauge?**

Gauge Size

GAUGE | COMMON PIERCINGS |
---|---|

16G (1.2mm) | A 16G needle is used for most cartilage piercings, including the tragus, helix, rook, conch and daith. |

### Is 18G smaller than 20 G?

This will fit but may be slightly loose, as 20 gauge is thinner than 18 gauge. The higher the number, the smaller the gauge. If your piercing is a 18 gauge then the 20 gauge would be slightly smaller.

### What size gauge is a normal septum piercing?

The standard size for a septum piercing is 16 gauge and 14 gauge. Check with your piercer if you want to start at a larger size. Otherwise, septum stretching is always an option!

**What size gauge should you use for a smiley piercing?**

When it comes to smiley piercing jewelry you have a good amount of options to choose from. The most commonly used starter size is a small gauge (16-18) of the Captive Bead Ring (CBR) or a Horseshoe Barbell. The diameter of the ring should not exceed more than half an inch. Small gauge size is ideal for first-time use in the fresh piercing.

**What is the smallest gauge for body piercing?**

The bigger is the gauge number, the smaller is the piercing diameter. The smallest body piercings have the body piercing gauge of 20, for example, the smallest nose rings, but standard piercings like navel rings have 14 gauge. Most of eyebrow rings are 16 gauge, so the body piercing gauge really depends on the body piercing type.

## What is the average size of a piercing?

The standard size of a piercing diameter is usually 14 gauge, but some even go with a 16 gauge at first and then upgrade to a 14 gauge after the piercing has healed. It is actually easier to heal if the piercings are first pierced with captive bead rings in the hole, until the piercings have healed.