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Gauge Sizes

Body jewelry and needles tend to be identified by their gauge, using the Browne & Sharpe or American wire gauge system, at least in North America (many other regions simply use metric sizing). The larger the gauge, the smaller the diameter

Gauge Decimal Inches Fractional Inches Millimeters
20ga 0.032 Approximately   1/32" 0.812mm
18ga 0.04 Larger than   1/32" 1.024mm
16ga 0.051 Smaller than   1/16" 1.291mm
14ga 0.064 Approximately   1/16" 1.628mm
12ga 0.081 Larger than   1/16" 2.053mm
10ga 0.102 Smaller than   1/8" 2.588mm
8ga 0.128 Approximately   1/8" 3.264mm
6ga 0.162 Larger than   1/8" 4.115mm
4ga 0.204 Smaller than   1/4" 5.189mm
2ga or 1/4" 0.258 Approximately   1/4" 6.544mm
0ga or 5/16" 0.325 Approximately   5/16" 8.251mm
00ga or 3/8" 0.365 Approximately   3/8" 9.266mm
000ga or 7/16" 0.410 7/16" 11.110mm
0000ga or 1/2" 0.460 1/2" 12.710mm
5/8" 0.630 5/8" 15.875mm
3/4" 0.750 3/4" 19.050mm

From 20 gauge to 00 gauge, the smaller the number is, the thicker the jewelry is. After 00, the diameter of body jewelry is usually measured in fractional inches as shown below

American wire gauge system

316L Surgical Steel Captive Bead Ring With Solitaire Heart CZ Stone
316L Surgical Steel Captive Bead Ring With Solitaire Heart CZ Stone

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acrylic heart logo tongue rings, 14 ga
acrylic heart logo tongue rings, 14 ga

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Acrylic heart top tongue ring, 14 ga
Acrylic heart top tongue ring, 14 ga

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Bioplast push-in labret stud with 4-prong heart gem
Bioplast push-in labret stud with 4-prong heart gem

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Curved barbell with heart lock top, 16 ga
Curved barbell with heart lock top, 16 ga

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Curved barbell with jewel paved peace heart, 16 ga
Curved barbell with jewel paved peace heart, 16 ga

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Curved barbell with peace heart top, 16 a
Curved barbell with peace heart top, 16 a

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Heart ball tongue ring, 14 ga
Heart ball tongue ring, 14 ga

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Multi layer colored heart ball tongue ring, 14 ga
Multi layer colored heart ball tongue ring, 14 ga

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Multi-gemmed epoxy dome heart tongue ring, 14 ga
Multi-gemmed epoxy dome heart tongue ring, 14 ga

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Multi-heart clover straight barbell, 14 ga
Multi-heart clover straight barbell, 14 ga

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Nipple bar with dangling jeweled heart, 14 ga
Nipple bar with dangling jeweled heart, 14 ga

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Nipple bar with dangling pave jeweled heart
Nipple bar with dangling pave jeweled heart

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Nipple ring with multiple dangling chains and jeweled heart ends, 14 ga
Nipple ring with multiple dangling chains and jeweled heart ends, 14 ga

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Pair of Acrylic Tunnels with Red Heart Shaped Gems
Pair of Acrylic Tunnels with Red Heart Shaped Gems

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Silver L-shaped nose pin with acrylic heart, 20 ga
Silver L-shaped nose pin with acrylic heart, 20 ga

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Stainless steel cartilage straight barbell with shield with hearts, 16 ga
Stainless steel cartilage straight barbell with shield with hearts, 16 ga

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Stainless steel heart tongue ring, 14 ga
Stainless steel heart tongue ring, 14 ga

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Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled "LOVE" heart dangling charm
Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled "LOVE" heart dangling charm

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Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga
Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga

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Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga
Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga

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Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga
Steel cartilage barbell with jeweled heart top, 16 ga

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Steel curved barbell with heart top, 12 ga
Steel curved barbell with heart top, 12 ga

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Steel curved barbell with heart top, 14 ga
Steel curved barbell with heart top, 14 ga

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Steel straight (industrial) barbell with double heart ends, 14 ga
Steel straight (industrial) barbell with double heart ends, 14 ga

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Steel straight (industrial) barbell with single heart end, 12 ga
Steel straight (industrial) barbell with single heart end, 12 ga

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Steel straight (industrial) barbell with single heart end, 14 ga
Steel straight (industrial) barbell with single heart end, 14 ga

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Steel twister barbell with heart top, 12 ga
Steel twister barbell with heart top, 12 ga

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Steel Twister Barbell With Single Heart End, 14 Ga
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Sterling silver heart with stone straight nose bone, 20 ga
Sterling silver heart with stone straight nose bone, 20 ga

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Sterling silver hollow heart nose stud, 20 ga. Long tail for custom bend!
Sterling silver hollow heart nose stud, 20 ga. Long tail for custom bend!

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Sterling silver L-shaped heart nose pin, 20 ga
Sterling silver L-shaped heart nose pin, 20 ga

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Body piercing demands a high level of sterilization when having the process done. The act should be completed with someone who has a lot of experience, as well as professional credentials. You don't want just anyone with a sharp needle to do work on your body. The piercing equipment should also be disposable, as well as sterilized. Many people turn to a friend for their first body piercing, but keep in mind that you run the serious risk of developing an infection. Also, be aware that if you do not keep your piercing holes open, they will close and the process will have to be done all over again.