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Size Information

Sizing for Ear Stretching Jewellery

 

Plugs and Tunnels

The size stated for plugs and tunnels is the diameter at which the item sits in the ear. i.e. the size of your hole.

If you are buying 'double flared' plugs or tunnels, be aware that the actual end diameter of the item is larger than the diameter stated. The flared part of the plug is usually 1mm - 1.5mm larger. The flare is what keeps the plug in the ear.

See the info on double flared plugs on our ear stretching information page.


Tapers and Spirals

The size stated on tapers, stretchers, spirals, hooks and crescents is the maximum diameter of the item

Ear Weights and Hangers

The nature of ear weights and hangers is that they require a minimum size hole. Weights and hangers will show a size like '8mm and above' meaning that the items can be worn in stretches of 8mm and higher.

Millimeters or Gauge Size

In Europe we tend to measure our body jewellery in milllimeters. In the USA and Canada body jewellery is measured in Imperial gauge sizes.
These ARE different! See below for a conversion chart.

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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