AKA “Those big round things people wear in their ears.”
AKA Plugs, gauges, tunnels. spacers, stretchers.
Your friend has stretched earlobes. If your friend says, “My ears are stretched to an 8” they’re likely referring to an 8 gauge.
Complications? Actual measurements. 8 millimeter isn’t the same as 8 gauge. Also, they may say something like “half inch” or “three eighths”. These are measurements in fractions of an inch.
I know. That sounds complicated. It’s not. To simplify, you’re looking for a gauge, or for a fraction of an inch, or for millimeters. We have a handy guide here to help you with conversions.
Once you have that number, you are golden. Shopping is easy. On Bodyartforms’ main page, you can filter by jewelry type, gauge, material, and price. That will put you right at the jewelry you’re looking for.
Preference. Does your friend tend to wear a certain material? Do their plugs look like glass, wood or stone most of the time? It’s usually good to get someone something similar to what they already wear. Looking for something beautiful and cost effective? Stick to glass and stone. These are attractive materials that aren’t as likely to cause reactions.
Reactions. Yeah, about that. See something that would look absolutely fantastic on your friend’s lobes and it’s made of wood, brass or other alloy metals, copper, etc? You’d need to ask your friend about it. Some people have issues with wood. Alloy metals can often only be worn short term (A lot of these pieces are intricate and designed for special occasions though, so your friend might still want them). For these kinds of materials, you may want to check with your friend, just to make sure.
Options. Plugs are not your only option. Use the filter on the front page of Bodyartforms to select “hanging designs” and your friend’s gauge, and you will be introduced to a world of amazing jewelry. Talons, claws, spirals, dangles, coils, twists, hoops, weights. All of these are names for things you can wear instead of plugs. The best part is that if you know your friend’s gauge or measurement, you know what size to get. It’s the same as the plugs.
The Description. Click on a piece of jewelry, and you’ll see larger images and a detailed description. Read the description. It contains information that may be important. Some complex pieces may have larger ends and smaller wearables, so you’ll see a note saying “You have to be at least X size to wear this”. That size is the minimum. So your friend’s size needs to match that.
Wearable. Some people have thicker or thinner lobes than others. That means that a smaller or larger wearable might fit better. You’d have to ask your friend about this, or roll the dice. Chances are it will work for your friend. If you want to cheat on this, buy spirals, talons, tapers, twists or coils. These are longer pieces that hang, and therefore don’t have wearables.