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Ear Stretching and Neo Tribal Earrings

Flesh Tunnels and Plugs

European Sizes of Body Jewellery

The size stated on expanders, tapers, ear stretchers, hooks and crescents is the maximum diameter of the taper. But, the size stated for flesh tunnels and plugs is the diameter at which the item sits in the ear. ie: the size of your hole.

If you are buying 'double flared' plugs or tunnels, be aware that the actual diameter of the item is larger than the diameter stated. The flared part of the plug is usually 1mm - 1.5mm larger. See the info on Double Flared Plugs on our ear stretching information page.

In Europe we tend to measure our body jewellery in milllimeters. In the USA and Canada body jewellery is measured in gauge sizes.

Gauge to Millimeters.

18 gauge = 1.0mm
16 gauge = 1.2mm
14 gauge = 1.6mm
12 gauge = 2.0mm
10 gauge = 2.4mm
8 gauge = 3.2mm
6 gauge = 4.0mm
4 gauge = 5.0mm
2 gauge = 6.0mm
0 gauge = 8.0mm
00 gauge = 10.0mm
000 gauge = 11.0mm

after '000' inches are used.

12mm = almost 1/2 inch
13mm = just over 1/2 inch
14mm = almost 9/16 inch
15mm = almost 19/32 inch
16mm = 5/8 inch
17mm = almost 11/16 inch
18mm = just over 11/16 inch
19mm = 3/4 inch
20mm = 25/32 inch
21mm = just over 13/16 inch
22mm = almost 7/8 inch
23mm = 29/32 inch
24mm = just over 15/16 inch
25mm = almost 1 inch
26mm = just over an inch
28mm = almost 1 1/8 inch
30mm = almost 1 1/4 inch
32mm = 1 1/4 inches
35mm = 1 3/8 inch
38mm = 1 1/2 inches
40mm = almost 1 5/8 inch
41mm = 1 5/8 inch

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