At TBA we believe body jewellery shouldn’t be so complicated so we decided to make things simple with our slayin size chart and piercing guides! From piercing type problems to bar size queries, we’ve got you covered! Below we have put together various body piercing guides and information that will help you with bar lengths, ring sizes, understanding the difference between external and internal body jewellery and off course…what piercing fits wear! We will show you the standard sizes used for each body piercing but please note that everybody is different and our guides are put together to help you as much as possible!
As well as all the body piercings info below on everything from how to measure your piercings to the correct piercings materials for you, we have also made a super easy print out piercing guide , which helps you with sizing all your body jewellery at home. Simply press the link below and print the page – when printing make sure your printer is set to print at 100% scale, this means the guides will be the correct size for your to measure your piercings correctly.You can double check that your page has printed correctly by using the ruler in the bottom right hand corner, as long as the 1cm measure currently with your ruler at home your good to go!
Getting the right size ring for your piercing : Diameter is used to determine the size of many piercing rings such as seamless rings, captive bead rings, horseshoe rings , hinged rings and any other circular style body jewellery. To ensure you have the perfect fit for your body piercing it is important you choose the correct internal diameter. A simple way of measuring the diameter of a piercing ring is to simply place the ring on a mm ruler and simply measure the ring via the distance across at its widest point. (You do not include the actual ring when measuring, just the hole size : see picture).
To find out the best internal diameter for your piercing either measure an existing piercing ring you love the size of (in the way detailed above).
Or as a guide simply measure the length from your piercing hole to the edge of your ear/ lip / nose to ensure the best fit!
For help determining your gauge visit section: Standard Gauge Sizes Within Body Jewellery.
FINDING THE RIGHT PIERCING BAR LENGTH : When measuring the length of a piercing it is important to know that it is only the bar of the piercing and not the length of the whole product for instance you do not include a labret stud base or a barbell ball (see piercing bar length guide above). The length of a barbell is measured between both the top and bottom ball.
When it comes to measuring curved barbells, you must measure the inside straight line from ball to ball (don’t include the bend of the bar just the straight line measurement). Understanding the correct length of your piercing will prevent any discomfort during wear and give you the best possible look! If the piercing bar is too short it can cause possible pinching and rejection of the body piercing, whereas, if it is too long it can easily slide and become irritable.
For more information on a specific piercing visit the piercing you like and click on the size guide in the product page.
MEASURING THE THICKNESS OF YOUR PIERCINGS: Gauge is the term used for the thickness of a piercing. It can be very confusing for many customers as the higher the gauge of body jewellery the thinner the thickness will be.
For example, a 14G (Gauge) barbell is 1.6mm, whereas a 16G barbell is 1.2mm.
By wearing body jewellery that is too thick, you will stretch your piercing hole, some people have the intention of doing this but if that’s not your aim then we suggest sticking to your gauge piercing size (Please bear in mind by wearing a thinner gauge you can sometimes shrink your piercings to that exact gauge size) Many of our customers do however shrink their piercings as this means they can wear a standard lobe piercing in their cartilage piercing, for instance
We’ve put together a general guide of which jewellery gauges are usually appropriate for different piercing types. However, please understand that these are recommendations and are completely unique to each individual's style of piercing obtained at the parlor. Nose piercings tend to differentiate from 22G-18G, if you are unsure go for 20G as this is the most popular size used by our customers.
|Gauge (Piercing Thickness)||Gauge (Piercing Thickness)|
|22 Gauge (0.6mm)||Nose Piercing (Most Popular)|
|20 Gauge (0.8mm)||Nose Piercings, Standard Ear Lobe Piercing|
|18 Gauge (1.0mm)||Nose Piercings|
|16 Gauge (1.2mm)||Cartilage / Helix Piercings, Conch Piercing, Rook Piercing, Tragus Piercing, Daith Piercing, Facial Piercings, Cheek Piercing Septum Piercing, Genital Piercings, Surface Piercings|
|14 Gauge (1.6mm)||Belly Button Piercing, Nipple Piercing, Tongue Piercing, Surface Piercings, Genital Piercings|
The above measuring guide shows the different ways in which you can measure your body jewellery accurately.
‘G’ line represents the gauge (thickness) of the body piercings. See section above: (Standard Gauge Sizes Within Body Jewellery) – This guide will help you to determine your gauge, as due to the small size in which some gauges can be, it may be difficult to measure it with a ruler.
‘D’ line refers to the diameter of a piercing ring. The diameter determines the inside ring size of horseshoe piercings, seamless rings, twisters and ball closure rings. It is always the inside diameter in which you measure your body jewellery, (not including the actual ring itself)
‘L’ line simply shows us the length of piercing bars. Usually the length will be the straight line of a body piercing but in the case of a curved barbell you will be measuring the inside bar length (this is measured on the straight, rather than measuring around the curve) as the diagram shows.
‘B’ line shows the ball size; when measuring the ball size simply measure the widest part of the ball length this will give you’re the correct piercing ball size. As the diagram shows.
If you want to get super versatile with all your body piercings, here is a table to show you the variety of body jewellery styles that can be used rather than wearing the same thing! Mix it up!
|Body Piercing;||Piercing Types;|
|All Ear Piercings;
Captive Bead Rings | CBR
Curved Micro Barbells
Fake Piercing Rings
|Nose Piercing||Bendable Rings
Bone Nose Studs
L Nose Studs
Screw Nose Studs
Fake Piercing Rings
Fake Piercing Rings
|Lip Piercing||Labret Studs
Captive Bead Rings | CBR
|Eyebrow Piercing||Curved Micro Barbells
Captive Bead Rings
Half Nipple Shields
Captive Bead Rings | CBR
|Belly Button Piercing||Bananabells | Curved Barbells
Micro Curved Barbells
Captive Bead Rings | CBR
|Genital Piercing||Micro Curved Barbells
Captive Bead Rings | CBR
EAR STACKING GUIDE | With ear stack piercings being dictated as the hottest jewellery trend by Pinterest and Instagram we felt it only fitting that we put together a perfect ear-piercing guide, so you can decide how to style out your ears this season! We have shown you all the main ear and cartilage piercings, helix piercings including the daith piercing, tragus piercing, conch piercing and many more! If you felt confused and overwhelmed before, then you definitely won’t now with our easy to view ear-piercing guide!
With so many cute lip piercings to choose from we wanted to put together a lip piercing guide to help you fully understand what goes where! All piercings on this guide are labret stud piercings, which means they have a flat base giving you the best possible comfort in your chosen piercing. But also for all you rocking a lower lip piercing, which can also rock a simple ring or labret stud! From a daring Medusa piercing to pretty dolphin bites there are so many possibilities and combinations! How could you resist this sexy fashion statement! Search labret studs in our store to view the full range, from flirty floral to sexy chic, we got you covered!
Before changing your body piercings remember they need to heal, to ensure a so fresh and so clean clean piercing! These times are what is recommended by most piercing parlors:
|Piercing Type:||Average Healing Time:|
|Ear Lobe Piercings||6-8 weeks|
|Cartilage / Conch / Tragus / Daith / Snug / Rook Piercings||4 Months- 1 Year|
|Nose Piercing||2-4 Months|
|Septum Piercing||6-8 Weeks|
|Lip Piercing||2-3 Months|
|Cheek Piercing||4-5 Months|
|Tongue Piercing||4 Weeks|
|Eyebrow Piercing||6-8 Weeks|
|Nipple Piercing||3-6 Months|
|Belly Button Piercing||4 Months-1 Year|
|Female Genital Piercing||4 Weeks-10 Weeks|
|Male Genital Piercing||4 Weeks -6 Months|
When buying our beaut stretching jewellery, it is important to know your stretched lobe sizing so you’re not causing your piercing any discomfort or harm. This tunnel and plug size chart shows the gauge (thickness) of ear plugs, tunnels and tapers to ensure you pick the perfect size for your stretched earlobes. Please be aware that everybody is different and ear stretching is a body modification that should be taken seriously and responsibly. At TBA we want to make sure you look super cute but also feel super comfy, ear stretching is a person’s choice and we do not accept responsibility for any injury you may sustain whilst stretching/piercing using any of our body stretching jewellery.
For help on stretching your cute ears visit our body piercing blog: throwbackannie.com/blog
When it comes to ball and crystal sizes it simply depends on your piercing and preference, but here at TBA we like to support you as much as possible when selecting the right body jewellery for you! As a general piercing ball and jewel size guide 2.5mm to 4mm is the size most desired by our customers for labret studs and eyebrow piercings. Nipple bars, tongue piercings and Belly Bars usually require a 5mm or 6mm ball. Cute nose jewels or balls studs suit a 2mm to 4mm ball. The ball & jewel size guide above will help you visualize the size you want!
Don’t know the difference between external and internal piercings? Here at TBA we want you to be cute and comfortable when it comes to selecting your body jewellery! Our threading piercing guide shows that internal threaded piercings have a threaded hole inside the barbell, and then an attached thread protruding from the ball whereas an external threaded piercing has a thread on the end of the barbell, and it is placed inside a threaded hole in the ball. Our piercing guide above are made to help you choose what is right for you… as everybody is unique and has their own preference!
BODY PIERCING MATERIALS GUIDE | When picking what material to use for your piercing it is important to consider that everybody is different when it comes to what they can and can't where and there price range! We have put together a material information sheet so you can choose the perf body jewellery for you!
316L Surgical Steel
The most common material among body jewellery is 316L surgical steel therefore we stock mostly surgical steel products, as this material for most customers is best as it its safe and suits there needs fine. Although we do cater for our customers with more severe allergies and other preference’s; making sure we have mixed material products including G23 titanium, bioflex | bioplast, glass and many more! Surgical steel is a forever ‘go to’ metal as it is known for its high polish shine and simply style
G23 Solid Titanium
Titanium is considered to be one of the highest quality metals when it comes to unhealed piercings or fully healed piercings making it a favourite choice for people with allergies as it is considered to be hypoallergenic. This type of titanium can be heated to sterilise and is a great choice for those who have fresh piercings or just want to keep it simple with the same jewellery material. Many products can say titanium but they may only be ‘plated titanium’ so please always look out ‘G23 titanium’ if this is what you require.
Anodised G23 Titanium
If you’re buying coloured jewellery e.g. gold, rose gold, pink etc it is always better to go with anodized, rather than it being plated; this means that rather than being coated or dyed that the components of the metal have had a high voltage applied via an ‘electrochemical process’. The oxide in the metal is adjusted making colours much longer lasting. With a high shine finish and longer lasting colour, anodized body jewellery usually has a higher price tag; the quality truly outweighs the price as the extra process of this metal makes it much more richer and of a higher quality.
Bio-plast / Bio-flex/ Bioflex
Bio-flex is often an option with those with allergies to metal. Suitable for heat sterilising, bio-flex is easily flexible and can be used for healing, swollen and infected piercings. Bio-flex is an extremely comfortable material so much so people tend to get less swelling and infections during the healing process, which can be much quicker than with other materials.
Glass is a demanding and fashionable body jewellery material. It is non-toxic and completely hypoallergenic making it a great choice to wear in your piercings! We want our customers to be wary as glass body jewellery should not be used for fresh piercings or during the stretching period, but only in well-healed piercings.
Semi- Precious Stones | Rocks
Rocks and semi- precious stones make for truly beautiful pieces of body jewellery for those who are in touch with their spiritual side or simply just love the look of natural Stone. From romantic rose quartz to magical opal this organic material truly does make an impact! This type of body jewellery is not recommended for new or fresh piercings and can break easily if handled roughly.
Acrylic body jewellery is known for being super light and diverse as it can come in almost any colour and design imaginable! It is not suggested for freshly pierced / unhealed piercings as it is plastic therefore it cannot be properly sterilised. Due to this we do not recommend acrylic to people with allergies as this could cause an unwanted reaction.
When getting a piercing it is important to understand there is a healing process and this can be sometimes misconstrued for an allergic reaction. It is completely normal to experience bruising and a little bleeding after undergoing a fresh piercing. As the piercing heals the swelling will lessen and the pierced area will start to feel less irritated. Normal signs of healing also include yellow crust and clear fluids, but if you feel you need to always talk to a professional piercing studio (the parlour you got pierced may be best if that is accessible to you).
A first sign of an allergic reaction will be a rash or any severe redness around the body piercing, if you have any excessive itching with these signs then we do suggest you seek a professional piercer so they can advise you what to do. Be aware that any green or yellow puss draining from your piercing is a sign of infection and you should in this case seek a professional piercer right away.
The two main causes of allergic reactions are usually the material being used in your piercing and / or the cleaning solution. If you believe it is the material causing an allergic reaction then it is wise to find out what material the body jewellery is made off so you can swap it for something that your body is not sensitive too. People do tend to be sensitive to nickel and in this case, seek metals such titanium, real gold and real silver.
ThrowBackAnnie LTD is not responsible | liable for any allergic reactions | reactions experienced when wearing our products. It is up to you the customer to know what materials you can wear, as all our valued customers are different and all have different requirements. This is why we try our best to supply a wide range of materials and designs to suit everybody’s needs.