Finding out what inner diameter you wear in nose hoops is not only really simple, but it will ensure that you get a great fitting nose ring that hugs the nostril perfectly!
Quick Tip: Measure your nose piercing without your jewelry inserted. This will allow you to clearly line up the caliper or ruler with your actual piercing hole.
The measurement that you need is the distance from the piercing hole to the edge of your nostril - measure in a straight line from the piercing hole down to the edge of your nose. This will be the smallest inner diameter hoop that you can wear comfortably, and it will fit snugly against your nostril. The most accurate way to measure your nose piercing is to use a caliper, however, you can also use a ruler if that's all you have.
Alternatively, you can use a piece of paper and a ruler. Cut a small strip of paper, line the top up with your piercing hole, use a fine-tip marker or pen to mark where the edge of your nostril is on the paper, then measure the marked portion of the paper with a ruler. This is usually more accurate than just holding a ruler up to your nose!
To avoid the problems that come with a piece of jewelry that fits too tightly, make sure you always round up to the next whole number if the measurement you get is in between sizes. For example, if you measured a distance of 5.6mm from the piercing hole to the edge of your nose, do not buy a hoop that has a 5mm inner diameter. Instead, round up and get a hoop with a 6mm inner diameter.
Don't forget - if you're buying a beaded nose hoop, make sure you add 1mm to the smallest inner diameter that you can wear to accommodate the size of the beads that I use!
To find out what gauge you wear, simply use a caliper to measure how thick the stud or ring is that you are currently wearing - the two most common gauges used for nose piercings are 18 gauge (approx. 1.0mm thick) and 20 gauge (approx. 0.81mm thick). You must use a caliper to measure the gauge, a ruler will not work for this step.
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