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How to Measure Organic Body Jewelry

Plugs and Tunnels:

Gauge - measure the diameter of the plugs or tunnels at the middle of the wearing surface.
Wearable Area (Surface Length) Double Flared Plugs - measure from flare tip to flare tip.
Wearable Area (Surface Length) Single Flared Plugs - measure from O-ring to flare tip.
Wearable Area (Surface Length) Straight Plugs - measure from O-ring to O-ring.


To get a quick idea of what gauge Teardrops and Ovals are measure top to bottom and then side to side. Add these measurements together and divide by 2 = gauge.

This method is quick and easy though it may be a millimeter or so out as it does not take into account the different shaped curves of teardrops.
To measure teardrop plugs accurately you must measure the circumference of the wearing area.
As an example take a 3/4" teardrop plug (19mm) and a piece of string – run the string around the actual wearing area holding one end of the string and loop it around the wearing area.
Mark off with a pen where the string comes back around and meets the end.
Now measure the string’s length on a ruler and you have the circumference – a 3/4 (19mm) plug is 60mm in circumference for example.
Wearable Area (Surface Length) - measure flare tip to flare.