Ear Gauges

Ear Gauges and Ear Gauge Sizes

Contrary to popular belief, ear gauges aren’t new. In 1991, tourists from Germany stumbled upon a mummy that was later nicknamed Otiz—the oldest known example of mummification in the world. Otiz is a perfectly preserved example of just how long body modifications such as ear stretching have been around as he came from around 3300 BCE and has ears stretched to about 8 millimeters!

Thankfully since then, mankind has developed safer and cleaner ways of stretching ears.

Understanding Ear Gauges

Usually starting at a 16 or 14 ear gauges, ears are stretched via a specially developed taper that is inserted into a healed ear piercing. About six weeks after each stretch, it is safe to stretch again. Stretching the ears slowly and in a clean environment is the best way to ensure the health of the lobes.

When stretching your ears, it can be hard to find stylish cheap ear gauges, plugs, and tapers of every size, which is why we are here with you every step of the way with safe and genuine jewellery that fits your needs perfectly.

As a leading shop in the world of ear gauges, and custom-made plugs for ears come in a variety of materials and sizes for all stages of stretching.

Not sure if stretching is for you? 

We also sell fake gauges if you want to see if stretching your ears is for you before committing. We offer a variety of custom-made types and styles.

Ear Gauge Sizes

Our plug sizes include the following: 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. All of our plugs are made safe for your ears from materials such as silicon, wood, glass, metal and stone.

Some of the other jewelry we offer for plugs for ears and stretching includes:

  • Spiral gauges.
  • Silicone gauges
  • Small ear gauges
  • Fake ear gauges

Ear Gauges vs. Plugs: What’s the Difference?

The terms “gauges” and plugs are very often used interchangeably to describe ornamental jewellery for stretched ears. Technically, the term “gauge” refers to the size to which the ear has been stretched. It can also refer to the size of the plug based on width.

Knowing your gauge size is important when stretching up and changing jewellery. If you buy plugs that are too small in gauge, they will not fit your ears, and if you buy plugs too large, you can risk a blowout (tearing of the stretched skin). The term “plug” simply refers to the jewellery of any gauge that is used for ear stretching. They can be of many different gauges and are unlimited in style.

Have a Question About Ear Gauges or Plugs?

Questions about our Ear Gauges? Let us know! Contact us today with any questions about our ear gauges or plugs and we'll get back to you within a day or two.

How to Clean your Gauges

Regular cleaning of your gauges is important for maintaining healthy stretched ears.

How you clean your gauges will depend on the material the gauge is made from.

If you have Metal, Acrylic, Silicone or Glass gauges - washing with warm soapy water is the preferred method. Wash them, rinse them and then leave your gauges to air dry.

Stone gauges can also be washed with water and a mild soap. Strong antibacterial soap on these gauges may damage them. A mild baby soap is ideal for cleaning natural stone plugs.

Wooden gauges / plugs should not be submerged in water. Instead they should be wiped clean with a damp cloth before being dried. When dry you should rub in some Jojoba Oil. This will help protect the wood.

How to Clean Acrylic Gauges

Acrylic gauges can be cleaned with soapy water. Wash them thoroughly, rinse with cold water and leave to air dry.

What About Cleaning Gauges with Peroxide

You should not apply alcohol or peroxide to your ears or gauges at any time.