How Do I Know Which Size Septum Ring to Get?

Have you recently gotten your septum pierced? Are you bored with your current septum jewelry and looking to buy new jewelry online? Before you do, it’s important to know which size septum ring you should get; and with septum rings, there are multiple measurements to keep in mind when deciding which size to get.

The two most important measurements to take into consideration when

  • purchasing new septum jewelry include: The size gauge you currently wear, or the thickness of your jewelry, typically listed as 16g or 18g
  • The inner diameter of your current jewelry, or the measurement from the inner edge of one side of the jewelry to the other, typically measured in millimeters or inches

It’s also important that you pay attention to the design of the jewelry you’re thinking of getting. For example, some have gems or large center designs that cut into the inner diameter or make the jewelry come closer to your bottom lip.

What Size Gauge Are Septum Piercings?

While sizes vary based on personal preference, anatomy, and your piercer, septum piercings are typically 16g. However, you may decide to size down to an 18g or stretch larger to a 14g and beyond.

Is There a Standard Septum Jewelry Size?

No. While it might seem as if it’s a matter of how large or small your nose is, a lot goes into deciding the size of the jewelry you should wear in your septum. When you first get pierced, your piercer will use your unique anatomy to decide the size of the jewelry as well as the placement of your piercing.

Girl Circular Barbell Septum Piercing Jewelry

How to Measure the Inner Diameter of Your Septum Piercing

While having a piercer assist you is much easier and quicker, you can measure your inner diameter yourself. All you need is a small strip of paper, a fine-tipped marker, and a ruler.

To measure your inner diameter, you need to:

  • Place the small strip of paper so that the edge is aligned with the bottom of your piercing
  • Put a mark where the edge of your nose is on the paper
  • Use the ruler to measure the distance between the edge of the strip of paper and your mark in millimeters
  • You might want to repeat this a few times to ensure you have the correct measurement

The result is the smallest possible inner diameter you can comfortably wear.

Septum Tusks & Spikes Sizing

Because circular barbells, seamless rings, and clickers are typically worn in septum rings, the length mostly applies to jewelry worn in nostril piercings. However, septum tusks can also be worn. For a septum tusk, it’s important to get the right length; the most common lengths of septum tusks are 25mm, 40mm, and 50mm. The length you get will depend on your nose and how far you want your septum tusk to go across your face.

How to Tell the Gauge of Your Septum Jewelry

You cannot tell the gauge of your septum jewelry just by looking at your piercing hole. Instead, you will need to rely on your existing piece of jewelry. It is important to ensure that you purchase the right gauge because trying to force larger gauge jewelry through a smaller piercing hole can result in damage to the piercing as well as a considerable amount of pain. You also run the risk of accidentally downsizing your piercing if you purchase jewelry that is smaller than your current piercing.

Septum Piercing & Medusa Piercing

For the safety of your piercing, professional piercers recommend that you visit the shop you were pierced at and ask what gauge your septum piercing is before purchasing new jewelry. This is because you need to have calipers to properly measure the gauge of your current jewelry.

Should I Make Sure that My Septum Jewelry Is Tight?

It’s important to select jewelry that fits so it isn’t too tight or constricting. While you can purchase jewelry that is meant to fit snugly against the bottom of your nose, it’s important to have the correct measurements.

However, it’s important to know that having jewelry with a slightly looser fit is better for your piercing as it won’t put any unnecessary pressure on it.

If you’re deciding upon jewelry for your septum and will be flipping it up occasionally, it’s recommended that you get a slightly larger diameter to allow room for it to flip up.

Guy Septum Piercing Hoop

What Type of Jewelry Is Best for Septum Piercings?

There are plenty of options when it comes to jewelry for your septum piercing. You can select from a wide range of circular barbells, captive bead rings, clickers, D-rings, retainers, pinchers, and more.

When selecting jewelry material, you want to ensure that the jewelry won’t corrode and that it has high bio-compatibility. Therefore, you want to go with high-quality metals, such as titanium, niobium, 14k gold. You can also choose glass, stone, or horn.

Photo cred: Arnold Mécses, Airam Dato-on

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.