Not many people know the difference between the thickness of different jewellery pieces and types, as well as what gauge (thickness) should be worn and where.
So! We’re going to make it as simple as possible and explain it as best we can in this blog post!
1.2mm thickness is probably the most universal size of jewellery, used in most piercings. We don’t recommend wearing thinner jewellery because the possibility of cheese-wiring is greater (basically, where the thin jewellery gradually pulls and creates a slit from the piercing) and because usually, the material used isn’t good quality to wear in your body.
Some of the most common 1.2mm piercings would include; helix, tragus, rook, lobes, lips and nose.
Some piercings benefit from a heavier gauge (thicker jewellery) and aren’t suited to smaller 1.2mm, such as; nipples, navels, tongues and scaffold/industrials. The jewellery doesn’t necessarily LOOK thicker, but the benefits it has on your piercings make it necessary.
Some piercings can be pierced at either thickness, depending on the type of aesthetic you’re going for! Such as;
Septum, Eyebrow, Genitals and Conch.
Some people (particularly ladies) prefer a daintier look, whereas more alternative individuals and commonly men, opt for larger gauge jewellery.
Ok so we’ve been over the basics of sizes, but how can you tell the difference?
Here’s a nose piercing with a 1.2mm ring (BCR):
Here’s a nose piercing with a ‘wire’ ring:
(commonly bought from stores such as Argos, Claires and jewellers)
For some people, it’s hard to see a difference. You can get smaller, dainty 1.2mm rings for nose piercings, without them being thin wire.
Problems with wrong gauge jewellery tend to be cheese-wiring of the skin around the pierced hole and hypertrophic scarring (bumps) – especially on nose piercings! But this can happen to any piercing if improper jewellery is worn for an extended period of time.
(Picture above is an example of the cheese-wire effect)
(Picture above is a nose piercing with hypertrophic scarring (bump) on the top part of the piercing where it’s become irritated from the nose wire)
Another problem, which again, commonly happens with nose piercings, is that the fistula (piercing hole/tunnel) shrinks to the size of the wire/thin jewellery. This can happen in a matter of days, to months or sometimes years.
But what this means is, if you buy a new piece of jewellery for your piercing that is larger than the wire/thinner piece, the chances of putting appropriate sized jewellery in are slim, unless the piercing is stretched back up to a correct size.
The aim of this blog post? Please think about your jewellery choices!
Is it appropriate for the piercing? Is it the right size? Will it fit? Will it be unpractical? Can I change it myself?
We sell a wide range of body jewellery at the studio for all piercings and can assist you in making a decision. If you don’t find anything you fancy at the studio, we will happily make a note of what appropriate jewellery you can get for your piercing (thickness, length, style, material, etc).