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What size jewellery should I buy for my piercing?

Advice Cat's Top Tips FAQ lists Sizes

What size ring should I buy for my belly/septum/nose piercing?


This is probably the question I get asked the most, and it’s a really difficult question to answer properly! You might think there is one standard size for each piercing, and many shops do sell body jewellery in this way, but every body is completely unique and what fits one person’s piercing may be completely wrong for the next person.

Think about your nose and your best friend’s nose. Are they exactly the same? I bet they’re not! Your piercer will have used their judgement when deciding what thickness and size of jewellery would suit your body, and when the difference between piercing ring sizes is measured in millimetres, the smallest mistake could mean you could end up getting something that’s completely wrong for your piercing.

I’ve put together some general guidelines, but the only way to be certain is to check your piercing size before you buy. Use this handy guide to find out how to measure your size for certain, or read on for my tips.


Septum piercing - Most one-size-fits-all septum rings are 1.2mm thick with an 8mm diameter. Septum size can vary wildly though, as can personal style, so it’s best to check your piercing size and decide if you want a delicate, snug fit or a stand out showstopper before you buy.


Nose piercing - Nose rings are usually 0.6mm or 0.8mm thick with a diameter of 8 to 10mm. Again though, your size and style could be totally different to this so you should measure your piercing first or you could end up trying loads of different sizes before you find one you love.


Lip piercing - Lip rings are generally 1.2-1.6mm thick and 10-12mm in diameter. This is a very flexible piercing so if you are gentle there is some wiggle room when deciding thickness, but a ring that is too small will be unwearable and one that’s too large will get caught on EVERYTHING, so measure your diameter first or be prepared to do some trial and error before you find your perfect size.


Tragus piercing - Tragus rings generally weigh in at 1.2mm thick and 8mm wide. Many people find that this overwhelms their piercing as it’s such a tiny area, so if you’ve noticed this issue before try dropping down to a 6mm and see if that helps.


Daith piercing - Daith rings are most often found in 1.2mm thickness with a 10mm diameter. Some people find this perfect, some people find 10mm is enormous - it can be a very personal choice.


Navel/Belly piercing - Belly button rings are mostly 1.6mm thick with a 10mm diameter. I do not recommend going below 1.2mm thickness for a navel piercing as jewellery that is too thin has a much greater risk of rejection and is easier to rip out (ick) which is something you have to be careful of with belly piercings. Choose too small a diameter and you’ll have the same problem! You’d think bigger is better here, but too big and it’s more likely to catch on your clothes, making it just as risky as too small a ring. It’s best to measure yourself for a belly ring just to be safe, or opt for a bar if you’re not certain as these are far less likely to catch.


Nipple piercing - Nipple jewellery is usually found at 1.6mm thick with a 14mm diameter. Again though, this is a very individual piercing so your size might be totally different. You also might find that standard rings are not comfortable for you, but you can get in touch here to request any design in a D-shaped half-ring.


I hope I was able to help you out today! You can check out this blog post if you want to find your piercing size for sure, or reach me here if you have any questions I didn’t answer.


Keep your holes happy!


Cat x



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