# Is 16 gauge normal for ear piercing?

Standard ear piercings are a 20g or 18g if they were pierced by a gun. If they were pierced by a professional, the lobe piercing will typically be a 16g or 14g. After a minimum of two months it is typically safe to change the jewelry, but the piercing may still feel sensitive.

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## Thereof, can I put a 16G in an 18g piercing?

If I pierce with a 16g needle, can I use 18g jewelry? Yes you can, in fact that’s typically what a piercer will do, especially with cartilage piercings. They pierce with a gauge size bigger than the actual jewelry. It allows room for swelling and placing the jewelry.

Also question is, how big is a 16G earring? Gauge to Millimeters Conversion
Gauge Inches Millimeters
20G .032″ 0.81mm
18G .040″ 1.0mm
16G .050″ 1.2mm
14G .064″ 1.6mm

## Likewise, people ask, what does 16G mean for earrings?

Gauge Chart

20 gauge = 0.812mm. 18 gauge = 1.024mm. 16 gauge = 1.291mm. 14 gauge = 1.628mm. 12 gauge = 2.053mm.

## Can I put a 14g in a 16g piercing?

14g jewelry is larger than 16g jewelry, but you might be able to fit it. Yes, you can stretch you piercing to a 14g just make sure that the jewelry that you’re buying is suitable for a freshly stretching piercing.

## Is 20G smaller than 16G?

Internationally, gauge is measured in millimeters (mm). Please refer to the metric conversion chart below.

Gauge Inches Millimeters
20G .032″ 0.81mm
18G .040″ 1.0mm
16G .050″ 1.2mm
14G .064″ 1.6mm

## What happens if you put a smaller gauge in a piercing?

Yes you can. The jewellery won’t be very snug, though, and might move around a lot. Having said that, the whole will probably close up a bit around the smaller gauge jewellery so you might not be able to wear 14g there any more.

## What is the difference between 16 gauge and 18 piercing?

The United States typically measures gauges in inches, unlike most other countries. In the U.S. an 18 gauge earring measures approximately 5/128-inch while a 16 gauge earring measures 3/64-inch, for a difference of 1/128-inch or approximately 0.0078 inches.

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## What is the smallest earring size?

These 1mm (1/32 inch in Diameter) Nose Studs / Ball Stud Earrings are smallest possible size and are barely larger than the ear posts themselves.

## What size needle is used to pierce ears?

Gauge Size

GAUGE COMMON PIERCINGS
20G (0.81mm) Most earlobe piercings are made with a 20G needle, as are some nose piercings.
18G (1.0mm) An 18G needle can be used for earlobe piercings, nose piercings, as well as some cartilage piercings (e.g. forward helix). 18G earrings are great for many healed cartilage piercings.

## Whats bigger 18g or 16g?

How Do Ear Gauge Sizes Work? … 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.

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## Is 16g smaller than 14g?

As the numbers go up the size gets smaller. … The lower the number, the thicker the gauge so 16g is thinner than a 14g.