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What septum gauge size do I need?

What septum gauge size do I need?

Before you buy septum jewelry online, be sure to know your size. There are several things you'll need to keep in mind. In this septum gauge guide, we'll cover standard gauge options for septum piercings, the differences between septum jewelry sizes, how to find the size for your piercing, and current jewelry designs for each size option.


What gauge is a septum piercing?

If you want to know what gauge is a septum nose piercing, you're going to find out that there are many answers because there isn't a one-size-fits-all when it comes to these types of piercings. With the septum bone and cartilage in your nose, the size of the gauge might change at your piercer's discretion, due to the anatomy of your nose-- as every body is different.

Depending on the size of your piercing hole, a standard septum ring size might result in you having the perfect size for needing the thinnest septum ring available on the market, while the gauge septum size of your friend might be a size up/down. Septum ring diameters are important for you in selecting body jewelry so let's dive into the specifics so you can find the jewelry right for you.


What is the standard septum piercing size?

A starter size for these types of piercings range from 14 gauge to 18 gauge. 16 gauge is the most common septum piercing gauge (approximately 1.2mm thick), however your piercer may pick a different size based on your unique circumstances. Some individuals choose to go down to 18 gauge (approximately 1.0mm thick) or up to 14 gauge (approximately 1.6mm thick), depending on their specific needs.

What is the smallest septum ring size?

The smallest size is 18 gauge (g). The inner diameter measures 1 millimeter (mm) thick which about about the size of a fine tipped marker.

Is a 14g or 16g bigger?

A septum 14 gauge (g) is thicker than a septum 16 gauge (g) size. 14 gauge (g) measures approximately .4mm bigger than 16g sized jewelry.

What size is a septum first pierced with?

Your piercer may start with a small septum size at first and choose to gauge up depending how it sits within the septum cartilage. The size of the hole pierced (septum diameter) will determine the sizes of septum rings you will select when it comes to jewelry options.

Before identifying the septum jewelry size for you, let's take a closer look at how to find your septum hole size.


How to know what gauge your septum piercing is?

In the case your piercer hadn't provided you with the information for how to know your gauge size, we developed a septum sizing chart which will help you compare your piercing against the popular septum sizes available. 



Differences between septum piercing gauge sizes

To illustrate the differences, we've collected some of favorite septum sizes with pictures to show you.

Septum ring sizes with pictures

Your septum ring gauge will differ depending on the gauge number. Below are several examples of different sizes.










Now you can see how to tell gauge size is an important step for choosing the jewelry that you can comfortably wear. From all of the types of septum rings that are available, let's look at the different types of nose rings that are offered for your specific needs.


Featured Septum Jewelry Designs

New jewelry options such as septum clickers, balls, D rings and captive bead rings are available in most sizes. Even larger gauge jewelry can be found at our online shop. So feel free to choose the design you like in your size.


To Recap

The placement and thickness of the septum piercings are largely at the discretion of your piercer, but the style and shape of the jewelry you choose is up to you. Once you've determined the gauge size you need, you can shop based on the design you want to wear. If you have any questions, you can contact us anytime to learn more.


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