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July 19, 2017 2 Comments

nipple piercing barbells
You’ve gone and done it; you pierced your nipples like a bad-ass!

Now it’s time to celebrate with some new nipple piercing jewelry.

Click this link to see some of our nipple piercing jewelry.

But first you need to learn how to measure your nipple piercing body jewelry.

You'll need the gauge, length and/or diameter of your current nipple piercing jewelry.

  • Gauge
  • Length
  • Diameter

Knowing these three things will make your jewelry shopping experience a breeze!

measuring for gauge on 16g curved barbells


What gauge is my nipple piercing jewelry? 

Knowing the gauge of your current nipple piercing jewelry is very important. Gauge sizes are often written as a number followed by a little “g” which is the abbreviation for gauge.

For example: 14g would be spoken as fourteen gauge

If you choose the wrong gauge, you might end up accidentally shrinking your piercing channel, making future shopping more difficult.

The most common gauge used in a nipple piercing is 14g, followed by 16g and 12g. Can you guess what gauge is the largest (thickest)?

If you guessed 12g, you’re right!

Here’s the correct gauge order: 16g, 14g, 12g. When you are looking at gauge sizes, the smaller the number in front of the “g” the larger the thickness (gauge).

Things get confusing once you start mixing in millimeters, but after awhile, it’s an easy conversion. In many cases, sellers will list gauge, millimeter or both. If you need help finding out what gauge your nipple piercing jewelry is, contact us and we’ll have our professional body piercers help you out.

measuring for length


How do I find out the length of my current nipple piercing jewelry? How long of a straight barbell should I order?


The best way to measure the length of your nipple piercing barbell is to find a ruler and measure from inside the ends. If you have silver ball ends, do not measure past those ball ends, only measure the length of the shaft in-between them.

Apply this same concept to other ends like prong set opals and forward facing gemstones. This will give you the most accurate length. This length is also the minimum length you need to have a comfortable fitting piece. You can always go ¼” up on each side or more, depending on how much “wiggle” room you like. Sometimes each nipple piercing will have its own length. That is fairly normal. So you can always order one length for each nipple. It’s as simple as that!

measuring for hoop diameter


How do I measure my hoop or ring so I can shop for straight barbells? If I'm wearing straight bars how do I measure for a hoop?

Diameter is a measurement of the straight line passing side to side in a circle shape.

This measurement, when applied to body jewelry, can refer to one of two different things.

  • Hoop Diameter
  • Ball, Opal, Gem Diameter

The first one is the diameter of your hoop or captive bead ring.

If you are currently wearing a hoop or captive bead ring, it’s important to measure the inner diameter of your current jewelry piece. This is the “length/diameter” of your nipple piercing jewelry.

How wide across your ring or hoop is equals the diameter you need to order if you are shopping for another ring or hoop or if you’re switching to a straight barbell.

Again, in this measurement, you need to measure the inner portion. Instead of placing your ruler on top of your ring or hoop, you need to only measure the inside. This gives you the most accurate diameter measurement and it allows you to know the minimum diameter (length) you’ll need to order to be comfortable.

measuring opal or gem diameter

The second refers to the ball, opal or gemstone size. It is important to know what diameter you need in both cases.

When diameter refers to gemstone size, you measure the same way.

Take your silver ball end for example. If you measure it from side to size, you’ll get the ball diameter.

If you’re looking to upgrade to an opal or gemstone, you’ll want to know this diameter size so that you can shop accordingly.

If you wanted an opal larger than your silver ball, you’d first measure the ball diameter and then go up in size when ordering an opal end. A standard diameter size for ball ends is 4mm. It is a fairly common size to see in initial nipple piercings. If you wanted more of a statement piece, you might decide to order a 5mm or 6mm opal or gemstone end to make it more visually appealing. The reverse is also true. Say you’re not really into a large ball end; you could shop for 3mm ends instead.

See how simple it can be if you know your measurements? 

If you learn how to measure your own jewelry gauge, length and diameter, you’ll be in charge of your own shopping experience!

We’re always here to assist with sizing, please contact us for any questions you may have in regards to sizing.         

2 Responses


January 31, 2019

So I’m pretty bummed right now. I got my nipples pierced about 8 weeks ago and already bought some jewelry. The pretty little heart ones where the nipple is in the middle and the heart around. This is MY SECOND PAIR IVE BOUGHT THAT DONT FIT so I’m trying to understand how to measure to get ones that will fit. Please get back to me tia 😊


November 13, 2018

Just read your page on selecting the right size
I think there is an error
You say “ …,When you are looking at gauge sizes, the smaller the number in front of the “g” the smaller …”
The smaller the number the larger the size!!!!

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