I want you to love wearing your new jewelry, so please make sure the design will fit where you intend to wear it! The easiest way to do this is to measure it out on a piece of paper so that you can hold it up to your piercing to see how much space it will take up. I include how wide and tall each design is on every listing for this reason.
To purchase a labret stud for your ear piercing, you will need to know the following:
The easiest way to obtain these measurements is to simply ask your piercer to help you, but if that isn't an option you're not out of luck!
To find out what gauge you wear, simply use a caliper to measure how thick the stud is that you are currently wearing - the two most common gauges used for cartilage piercings are 18 gauge (approx. 1.0mm thick) and 16 gauge (approx. 1.3mm thick). You must use a caliper to measure the gauge, a ruler will not work for this step.
Next, you can move on to finding out how much wearable length you need. There are three ways to do this:
This is a really easy measurement to take! In a straight line, measure the distance from the piercing hole to the edge of the cartilage - this will be the smallest inner diameter that you can wear, and it will fit snugly. If you are going to get a beaded hoop, make sure that you add 1mm to this measurement to accommodate the size of the beads that I use.
I'm always happy to answer questions about sizing - just fill out the form to send me an email.