*** Please note: o-ring backing studs are not suitable for lip piercings ***
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.
You will need to know the gauge you wear and the wearable length you need to buy a labret post for your ear piercing. The difference between measuring for a stud that uses an o-ring backing and a labret backing is the extra 3mm of space - you do not need to add 3mm to your wearable length for labret jewelry. These are the two measuring methods you can use:
The two different measurements that you need to know before buying a single flare plug with an o-ring backing 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 three 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!
I'm always happy to answer questions about sizing - just fill out the form to send me an email.