16mm Gauges / Plugs

Shop our range of 16mm gauges & plugs for stretched ears.


If you have 16mm stretched ears you’re already a seasoned pro at choosing the right tunnels, plugs, and gauges for your ears. At Custom Plugs, we’ve spent the last 10 years building up a massive collection of unique and interesting styles, designs, shapes, and colours of our 16mm ear gauges and plugs. 

16mm gauges - Shop our collection of 16mm gauge plugs

Our creativity and unique designs can be seen in our collection of 16mm ear tunnels, all of which are made with high-quality materials. From our traditional double flared tunnels and solid plugs, to more unique options like our black coffin or silver V saddles. 

We are always adding to our collection of 16mm plugs, so make sure to drop in every now and then to check out what’s new!

What size is 16mm piercing gauges?

Sizes larger than 10mm no longer use the gauge system, so we measure their diameter in mm and inches. So 16mm gauges are equivalent to 5/8" size. 

All of our plugs in the store have sizing filters on them so you know how to find ones that fit you, but if you need a helping hand with the conversion, check out our size chart. 

If you don’t have 16mm stretched ears yet and you’re still working your way back up, you should do so slowly to avoid damaging your ears or having a blowout as it’s a larger gauge. If you need a hand to stretch safely and properly, be sure to take a look at our stretching kits and ear tapers as well.

What materials, shapes, and colours do 16mm gauge come in?

Our gauges, tunnels, and 16 mm plugs are available in several different materials. Those of you that love colourful designs and intricate patterns will surely love our silicone, glass, and acrylic items as they usually have nice shimmer or glow effects, which really pop in the sunlight. 

We also have metal plugs, tunnels, and gauges available in steel, silver, bronze, brass, gold, rose gold, and black colours. If you’re looking for something for a special occasion our mixed materials that use things like precious and semi-percious stones are a perfect subtle choice with beautiful effects.

You can also find designs that add quartz, amethyst, cobalt, and diamond to make designs look more intricate. Silicone, glass, and acrylic items come in a wide range of colours, as well as many different shapes such as triangles, squares, hearts, tears, or even coffins alongside your classic plugs, gauges, and tunnels. Silicone is a favourite for those who play sports or want a comfortable day-to-day option, but be aware you can’t wear them until your stretch is full healed or it may cause an infection. 

Feel free to browse our collection of 16mm plugs and check out if something catches your eye. Check out our dangle plugs as well, as they have been quite popular recently.

Got questions about our 16mm gauges?

If you have any questions about our 16mm plugs and gauges, get in touch and we’ll try to get back to you in a couple of days. 

What Ear Gauge Is 16mm?

Converting 16mm gauge to inches gives you 5/8th of an inch. It is always advisable to use visual aids to ensure you get the exact right measurements.

What Are The Gauge Sizes For Ears?

The normal earring size is usually 20 gauge or 18 gauge. Gauges get bigger the lower you go. So, the size from small to large would be 18g, then 16g, then 14g, and so on. At 0g, the next size is double zero gauge (00g).

What is The Biggest Gauge Size?

A 00 is the biggest gauge size. Pronounced double-zero gauge, this measurement is only the largest on common conversion charts. Jewellery with a bigger gauge size exists, and from the double zero gauge level, we measure sizes in millimetres or inches.

How Do I Know My Gauge Size?

Often, we recommend going to experts for that kind of information. However, there are three simple ways to do it: a gauge wheel (you can buy one online. It is a cut-out with holes that correspond to the size, to measure yourself), callipers (these can be found in a hardware store or online, to measure the size of the jewellery that fits your ear snugly) or a measuring tape/ruler (less reliable and perhaps more cumbersome, a measuring tape works too.)

Is 16g Bigger Than 14g?

The rule of thumb with gauge measurements is that the lower the number, the larger the size of the jewellery piece.