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It works for converting fractional inches, decimal inches, gauges (ga), and millimeters (mm). I've spent many, many hours creating this puppy and doing all the math myself (yes, I am a nerd!). So please just link to it or print it for personal use only, no copying, reusing for your own page, etc. Body jewelry in the US is made using the Brown and Sharp (Brown and Sharpe) Wire Gauge system.
The gauge system came into play when people such as Jim Ward (who later founded The Gauntlet) began making body jewelry out of gold wire back in the 1970's, which uses the gauge system. Here is a chart Erica made that converts from gauge to fractional inches, decimal inches, and millimeters.
Diameter is measured at the part of the jewelry where it would normally be worn, for example, the smaller part on a saddle shaped plug (NOT the flare), the larger end of a taper, a bit back from the tip, or the largest measurement on a curved shape (for example, a spiral) that can be used. Sizes listed are diameters, measured at the wearing surface (the part of the jewelry where it would traditionally be worn).


Length refers to the measurement from front to back on a plug or labret, or from side to side on a septum; length runs along the same axis a piercing needle would go through a piercing. Flare sizes and lengths (overall, or tip-to-tip on flared plugs which may have convex ends) are generally not mentioned unless dramatically differing from what we have experienced compared to similar jewelry in the same genre.
We are fluent in all these different measuring systems and units, and will be happy to translate between them for you - or check out our conversion charts on this page!
It's not unusual for some jewelry to measure in between sizes, for example: 'greater than 4ga but less than 3ga' (aka >4ga but We are happy to find jewelry for you that is odd-sized, in-between sizes, or even one a bit bigger than another.
00ga is the most misunderstood, misinterpreted, and badly converted of all of the measurements frequently used to measure body piercing jewelry. Thus, most people jump up two gauge sizes per stretch, for example, from 8ga to 6ga, skipping 7ga. However, 00ga in not a jump of two gauge size increments, it is only one, like an odd-sized gauge wood be. Therefore, the jump from 0ga to 00ga is only half the 'normal' sized jump when stretching, and the most mellow increment in normal use.


Those stretching beyond that usually use fractional inches to describe the size of their body piercings. Circumference is the measurement that would result from taking a string or thin strip of paper and wrapping it around the wearing surface of a plug or the hole of a piercing and then measuring this string or paper when it is then opened flat and straight, or for example by using a flexible measuring tape around a plug. You may not care about circumference, so you can choose to ignore that whole right-hand column.
Almost all of our images are scanned and shown at 100percent on this website and in the catalog; exceptions will be noted in the accompanying text. Thumbnails may be shown for larger items; the border around the image will be a different color and the text will mention to click the image to view one at full size.



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