What size jewelry to get? That’s a pretty common question faced by piercees who are looking to replace or upgrade their jewelry. Unfortunately, it’s a tough question, because:
a) We’ve forgotten what size we had in the first place; and
b) Sizes are complicated, and weird, and in fractions!; and those little pieces of jewelry are fiddley; and
c) I can’t visualize distances anyway, because I’m a gurrrl.
So, here are a couple of things to try. First–the humble ruler. If you can’t remember whether 1/8″ is bigger than 5/16″ –dig your ruler out of your drawer. Alternatively, most online body jewelry retailers have charts and helpful sizing info, as well as sending you out a handy gauge card with your order. I keep my gauge card near my computer to make it easier to order jewelry. (Is that a bad sign?)
Here’s a lovely little page I stumbled across on Steel Navel. I think it very clearly shows the difference in gauge (a measurement of thickness based on wire measurement). For those of us who are spatially challenged, you can find the real page on Steel Navel here.
There’s also the Steel Skin compact disc-calibrated slidey thing. Slidey thing, you say? (Okay, fine. “Dynamic Size Chart.”) Check it out here!