To know what size Nose Ring you need, you must first understand the three measurements of Gauge, Length, and Ball/Stone diameter. Gauge is the “thickness” of the barbell, length is how long the barbell is, and ball/stone diameter is the size of the end ball or stone on the nose ring. Next, you must know what style of Nose ring you want.
Nose Stud – Nose Ring with a straight post. They can be be bent to fir inside your nose as well.
Nose Bone – This is a straight post with a small ball on the end.
Nose Ring / Nose Hoop – This is a captive or hoop style nose Jewelry.
Nose Screw – This post is formed into a screw shape.
All nose ring styles use the Gauge dimension. The most common nose piercing gauge is 18 gauge. That is the gauge most piercing professionals use for nose piercings. A nose screw or nose hoop are the best styles for initial piercings. It is best to use one of these until the nose piercing is completely healed. If you switch to a nose bone too quickly, the piercing may start to heal around the bulb at the bottom and cause problems. Nose studs that are bent into an L shape are not as secure as the nose screw. Many people want a smaller hole in their nose, so they go down to 20 gauge or 22 gauge which are thinner than 18 gauge. Some nose piercings are 16 gauge (thicker than 18 gauge), but they are less common and there are not very many 16 gauge nose rings available. We carry a large selection of nose bones, nose screws, bend to fit nose studs and nose hoops in 22 gauge, 20 gauge and 18 gauge.
Some of our nose rings are available with different length posts. The most common nose post size is 1/4 inch (6mm) long. But some piercers use a slightly longer post (5/16 inch-8mm) for the initial nose piercing to compensate for swelling. This size works for some people, but others may find it uncomfortable after the nose piercing heals.
Stone / Ball Diameter:
The size of the stone or ball on top of your nose ring is also important. The range of sizes can go from 1mm – 5mm. Larger sizes mean bigger stones for more visibility and sparkle from the nose rings. Smaller sizes are more discreet, delicate look.
There is no right type of nose ring.
The customer usually chooses what style they want (screw, bone, stud or hoop) based on personal preference, comfort, ease of use etc. We recommend that you consult with a local piercing professional if you are not sure how to use a certain type of nose ring. Some nose rings come in different lengths, diameters, etc. The size you need is based on where your piercing is placed on the nose and how thick your nose is, etc. The only way to properly determine the size you need is to measure a piece of jewelry that fits properly and use it as a guideline or consult your piercing professional!