# How can I tell the gauge of my piercing?

As long as you are wearing the correct gauge of jewelry in your piercing, just use a caliper to measure how thick (big around) your jewelry is. You cannot measure gauge accurately with a ruler. If you do not have a caliper ask your piercer for help.

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## Also to know is, which is thicker 16 gauge or 18 gauge piercing?

Metric Gauge Conversion

An 18 gauge earring measures approximately 1.0 mm and a 16 gauge earring measures approximately 1.2 mm, for a difference of 0.2 mm.

In this way, is 16 or 14 gauge smaller? So higher numbers (like 16 gauge) are thinner than smaller numbers (like a 6 gauge). When discussing gauges, references to a “larger gauge” means bigger around, not a bigger number. That is to say that if you’re told that you need a larger gauge than 14, you need to look at 12 or 10 which are wider, not at 16.

## Also, can you use a 14G needle to pierce your nose?

Most times when you get your nose pierced (unless you are getting your septum or bridge pierced) you will be pierced with a 16 gauge needle follwed by 18 gauge jewelry. … Typically a nose ring size is 20 gauge to 18 gauge; however, I have used a 14 gauge ring before and it was fine.

## Can you put a 14g in a 16g?

14g jewelry is larger than 16g jewelry, but you might be able to fit it. … The size difference between the two is small, but if you go back and forth it would obviously be a stretch every time you wanted to wear the 14’s, since your ear would shrink back to a 16g while you had that jewelry in.

## Is 18g or 20G smaller?

When choosing your items specifics from the drop down list, please note the following: 18G = 18 Gauge 20G= 20 Gauge 22G= 22 Gauge 14K= 14 Karat Solid Gold 18K= 18 Karat Solid Gold 24K= 24 Karat Solid Gold 1.5mm Gem= Gemstone measures approx 1.5 millimeters in size 2mm Gem= Gemstone measures approx 2 millimeters in size …

## Can I put a 20G in a 16G piercing?

yes you can. When learning about piercings sizes you will know that the bigger the number the smaller the gauge of the piercing so yes you may use an 18g. the 18g is smaller than the 16g. Just be aware though that sometimes user smaller jewelry could cause your jewelry to get accustomed to that size.

## What is the smallest gauge size?

The sizes range from millimeter measurements to inch measurements. The smallest gauge, 20, measures 0.88 millimeters or 1/32 inch. The bigger the gauge, the smaller the numbers get.

## What diameter septum ring should I get?

The most common gauge for septum piercings is 16 gauge (approx. 1.2mm thick), however, your piercer may decide to use a different gauge depending on your individual anatomy. While 16G is the typical starter gauge, some people choose to size down to 18 gauge (approx. 1.0mm thick) or size up to 14 gauge (approx.

## What is the largest gauge size?

Standard ear piercings are usually pierced at 20g or 18g. Gauge sizes go up (or down, depending on how you look at it) in even numbers from there, so the next largest size from an 18g is 16g, then 14g, then 12g, and so on. When you get to 0g, the next size is 00g (pronounced “double zero gauge”).

## What size is 16g in MM?

1.2mm

Gauge Millimeters Inches
16g 1.2mm 0.047″
14g 1.6mm 0.062″
12g 2.0mm 0.078″
10g 2.5mm 0.098″

1mm-1.5mm

18 gauge

20 gauge