Black Gauges / Plugs

Shop our collection of black gauges & plugs for stretched ears.

Black Gauges

Black jewelry is well-liked because it works well with just about any color outfit. There is a certain classiness associated with the color, an effect that is more enhanced by the rather regal black and gold gauges. 

What types of black gauges can you find in our collection?

While this list is by no means exhaustive, given the hundreds of black ear gauges, it is a broad representation of what we have. We include both plugs and gauges.


Black glass has a mystic aura to it. Depending on how shiny or patterned it is, the glass selections provided here provide all the perks of a lighter and easy-to-decorate material. It is suitable for both healing and healed ears. One disadvantage is that they are more likely to break if you drop them.

The most common organic materials used to make plugs and plug tunnels are stone, precious stones, and wood.

Organic (wood, precious stone, and black stone)

Black wood, precious stone, and black stone gauges are found in our collection too. They offer the wearer a lighter material but tend to be porous. The porosity allows them to pick up dirt and debris, which may harbor bacteria that cause infections. As such, remember to clean the hole and avoid getting the black gauges wet.


Acrylic is like lightweight plastic, with the potential to incorporate more than one colour. We have black acrylic selections with images and patterns under them and even some that can glow in the dark. We recommend wearing acrylic in healed earholes because they are porous and can be irritating.


Our black silicone gauges are not just soft but also great for wearing at night or overnight, with a helmet, when doing sports or when a break from stiffer materials is needed. Silicone is not the best choice for healing ears because, even though it is not porous, it attracts dust to its ‘sticky’ surface.

What sizes/gauges do our black gauges & plugs come in?

We have black gauges in all the standard sizes, including big and small black gauges. They come in several shapes with intricate designs and subtle and noticeable additions to enhance their overall look.

The black 16g, 14g, 12g, 10g, 8g, 6g, 4g, 2g, 1g, 0g, 00g, 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 28mm, 29mm, 30mm, 32mm, 34mm, 36mm, 38mm, 40mm, 42mm, 44mm, 46mm, 47mm, 48mm, 50mm, 0-gauge plugs, and 2-gauge plugs.

If you have questions about the sizes, check out our plug size chart, which shows details that help those stretching their ears or find fitting sizes. We also have black ear stretching kits for sale containing a range of tapers in different sizes.

Are Plugs the Same as Gauges?

We use gauges(g) to define the plug’s size. Plugs are basically what you put in the hole (the jewelry itself). 

What kind of gauges are ideal for my ears?

14 gauge or 16 gauge is a good point to start for the starters. If you have never worn earrings or your ears have just healed after the recent piercing, you would want to start with 16 gauge.

Do stretched ears ever stop smelling?

Yes. The odor is usually strong during the stretching and becomes less pungent as you reach your desired ear gauge.

Do gauges hurt?

While it is common for your ear to tingle or sting during stretching, it should not hurt too much. If after inserting the plug your ear lobes feel tight, then the size is too big and you should downsize your plug or taper.