*** Repeat customers, please read this page! My cartilage earrings do not use Bioflex backings anymore. ***
The two different measurements that you need to know before buying cartilage earrings from Metal Lotus are:
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.
How to Measure the Gauge
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 tragus 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.
How to Determine Which Wearable Length You Need
Next, you can move on to finding out how much wearable length you need. There are two ways to do this:
Important: After you have determined the wearable length, make sure you remember to add 3mm to that measurement - the result will be the total post length that you need to order. The extra 3mm space gives the o-ring some wiggle room. Remember, you don't want to wear the o-ring too tightly!
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.