If you need some help with piercing sizes, don't worry - we've got it all covered!
Gauges, bar lengths and diameters can be complicated if you're new to piercing sizes, so we've added some helpful guides to make it easier to understand. We are all unique, so unfortunately body jewellery isn't a universal fit. The suggested sizes are a great starting point and generally work for most people.
Finding your perfect size and fit at home is usually a trial and error process. To make it easier, we advise visiting your local piercing studio who will measure your piercing using professional jewellery callipers.
Jewellery Size Guides
"What style do I need for my piercing?"
Each ear piercing is different in size and shape, meaning not all styles of jewellery can be worn in each one. The main styles of piercing bars we offer are internally threaded flat labrets and ball-back barbells. Alternatively, we also offer hoop styles which include our seamless hinged rings.
"What is an internally threaded labret?"
A labret has a flat disc on the back of the bar so it sits flush against the skin and is a popular choice for many piercings. They are much more comfortable to sleep on as there are no balls sticking out. 'Internally threaded' refers to the way the jewellery fits together - the top part of the jewellery will have a small screw attached to the design, this screws inside the bar at the front. Internally threaded jewellery is much safer for your skin as there are no exposed threads going through your piercing.
"What is a barbell?"
Typically barbells are externally threaded and have a top design which is permanently fixed to the bar. They are secured with a little ball which screws onto the end of the bar at the back.
Irritations & Infections
Fitting new jewellery can sometimes cause trauma to the piercing. A lot of people immediately assume this is due to the jewellery itself, but it is likely to be from messing around with the piercing too much. If you’re trying to fit jewellery which is too thick for the piercing hole this will cause immediate pain and swelling. If you notice the area reddening and becoming warm to touch - STOP! You are going to irritate it.
It's always best to visit your local professional piercer for advice as they are able to physically examine your piercing. Remember to always take lots of factors when trying to narrow down the cause of the issue as it is often a combination of a number of things detailed below.
The symptoms of an irritation can be similar to those of an infection. If the area is red, tender, excreting white/yellow fluid or seems to have a bump around the piercing, it is probably irritated. These are all signs that the piercing is being subjected to physical trauma and this will subside over time. Ear cartilage piercings can be touchy even after being healed for years, it is possible to knock it by accident and experience irritation for a few days.
Common causes of irritation are:
- Changing to a new piece of jewellery your piercing isn’t used to
- Edge set crystals irritating the piercing
- Wrong jewellery type, material or length
- Changing jewellery too soon
- Applying pressure while sleeping
- Bumped the piercing by accident
- Touching or playing with the piercing
- Irritation from skin or hair products
One of the most common culprits for piercing bumps is touching the piercing hole with unwashed hands. Bumps can also appear after trauma to the piercing site, usually due to catching the jewellery on clothes, hairbrushes, knocking it by accident and changing jewellery to something new the piercing isn’t used to - e.g from a bar to a hoop. These things can traumatise the piercing and lead to irritation bumps.
Irritation is very common in new piercings or piercings that are still healing. It is completely normal for brand new piercings to be swollen, sore to the touch, oozing yellow/clear fluids and a little crusty around the hole - this is just part of the healing process.
Infections in piercings are rare, but can occur when your piercing is exposed to bacteria from factors such as unwashed hands. 9 times out of 10 a simple irritation is actually the cause of the issue which are misrepresented as 'infections.' You will know if your piercing becomes infected if the surrounding tissue becomes red, painful, swollen and hot to the touch with excess swelling. The most obvious sign of an infection is a yellowish-green pus-like discharge with a bad odor. The only way to get rid of an infection is with treatment from a doctor, usually with a short course of antibiotics. Infections and irritations do have some overlap as both potentially share the same symptoms of pain, swelling, and redness.
Allergic reactions often appear as rashes, redness and itchiness. These will show up immediately after the skin is exposed to the jewellery. You can be allergic to any material and not know it, so you must listen to your body and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to new jewellery.
Remember that even healed piercings can be easily irritated by switching to a new piece of jewellery. Cartilage is prone to flaring up after being healed for years and years just by changing to something your skin isn't used to. Allergies to certain metals can develop and disappear at any time. If this happens, you will need to stop wearing that kind of material and try a new one.
Ready to place an order? Please read and understand the product description carefully, ensuring the item is the correct gauge, length, and materials for your desired piercing using our helpful guides above and after checking with your piercer if necessary. You are fully responsible for making sure the item is suitable before purchasing and checking for potential metal sensitivities or allergies before purchasing any of our products. If you still need advice please contact us and we'll do our best to help!