Sizing / Fitting & Care
How to select your size and gauge is one of the biggest challenges a customer can have. This information is provided as a guideline to assist in the process. See the bottom of the page for inch and millimeter conversions.
Gauge is the thickness of the wire portion that goes through your nose. I use 20 gauge as a standard "fits most" sizing but many people like a thicker or thinner gauge.
20 gauge wire is about the thickness of a regular earring post.
18 gauge is one thicker than 20 gauge.
22 gauge is one thinner than 20 gauge.
Gauge thickness gets thinner for the higher the number, so 22 gauge is thinner than 20, and 24 gauge is thinner than 22, etc.
Ring Diameters :
Selecting a ring size is challenging. The best way to get an idea of your ring size is to measure with a ruler from your piercing hole to the bottom of your nostril. I work in millimeters, but if you measure in inches I can convert it.
I measure from the inside edge of the ring to the opposite inside edge.
I offer the following end styles:
- screw end for left or right nostril
- L end (shaped like an L)
- bone end (straight shaft with little ball on the end)
- straight shaft 17mm long (otherwise known as fishtail)
Something I often get asked is "Do you mean my nostril or when someone is looking at me?" I mean your nostril - so, for example, a screw end for a left nostril is when your left nostril is pierced.
I make my shafts about 6.5mm long
The small "L" part of my L ends are 5mm long
The screw portion of my screw studs is about 4.5mm wide
However, I can adjust to any size you require if you just let me know.
In Europe, the gauge is indicated in millimeters. The conversions are as follows:
24G = .511mm
22G = .644mm
20G = .812mm
18G = 1.02mm
16G = 1.2mm
Cleaning and Care of Sterling Silver
Sterling silver tarnishes. There is no avoiding it entirely. Keeping your silver clean is much easier than trying to clean it after it has darkened. Here are some tips:
If it's a piece you don't wear all the time, keep it in the little ziploc it came in and store it in a dark place. This will help minimize the oxidization (tarnish)
If you do wear it all the time, you will need to periodically clean it. This can be done by purchasing a little pot of silver jewelry cleaner from your local drug or department jewelry counter, or by purchasing a cleaning cloth. They are available in the store for sale here and are included free in every purchase of $75 or more (before shipping and taxes). Grocery stores also carry a product called "Silvo" that works well. There are also numerous articles on the internet with home cleaning methods that may be worth checking out.
Cleaning and Care of Gold
Many people think gold never requires cleaning but that's simply untrue. It will dull over time, and particularly when worn in a nose piercing, may require a bit more care. Not as much as silver, but it too, can darken and oxidize. Gold cleaning products are available at your local jewelry counters, just like they are for silver.
- Inches to Millimeters:
- 1/16 inch = almost 2mm
- 1/8 inch = just barely over 3mm
- 1/4 inch = just barely over 6mm
- 3/8 inch = almost 10mm
- 1/2 inch = almost 13mm
- 5/8 inch = 16mm
- 3/4 inch = 19mm
- 7/8 inch = just barely over 22mm
- 1 inch = 25.4mm
- Millimeters to Inches:
- 1mm = just over 1/32 inch
- 2mm = just over 1/16 inch
- 3mm = almost 1/8 inch
- 4mm = 5/32 inch (= a bit over 1/8 inch)
- 5mm = just over 3/16 inch
- 6mm = almost 1/4 inch
- 7mm = almost 9/32 inch (= a bit over 1/4 inch)
- 8mm = 5/16 inch
- 9mm = almost 3/8 inch
- 10mm = just over 3/8 inch
- 11mm = almost 7/16 inch
- 12mm = almost 15/32 inch (= almost 1/2 inch)
- 13mm = just over 1/2 inch
- 14mm = almost 9/16 inch
- 15mm = almost 19/32 inch
- 16mm = 5/8 inch
- 17mm = almost 11/16 inch
- 18mm = just over 11/16 inch
- 19mm = 3/4 inch
- 20mm = 25/32 inch
- 21mm = just over 13/16 inch
- 22mm = almost 7/8 inch
- 23mm = 29/32 inch
- 24mm = just over 15/16 inch
- 25mm = almost 1 inch