Quick Take: Monroe Jewelry Sizing and Styles

So you have this amazing new monroe piercing that you’ve been checking out in the mirror every morning for the past few weeks and are super psyched about, but now it’s healed up enough to finally change your jewelry. What do you do?

With so many options available to fit the wide variety of lips and faces out there, it can be a little overwhelming the first time you go online to shop for a new Monroe stud. The great news is, that if you arm yourself with a few choice bits of knowledge before you hit the e-store, shopping can be way less stressful. Here’s what you need to know:

Like most piercings, the monroe can be done in a couple of different gauge sizes depending on the preferences of the piercer and the person being pierced. For this piercing, the two common sizes are a 14 gauge and a 16 gauge. If you’re not sure what you were pierced with, just ask your piercer, or if you got it done on vacation, go to a new piercer in your area and they can measure for you. You’ll definitely need to know before you shop because the wrong gauge size just won’t fit right.

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Next you’ll need to know how long you need the post to be. This is another thing that your piercer is a great resource for, but if you already know what size you’ve been wearing, visually gauging whether you need it to be shorter, longer, or the same size should be relatively easy. The two most common lengths for monroe jewelry are 5/16″ (8mm) and 3/8″ (10mm), but there are definitely people who have thinner or thicker flesh in this area and need a slightly shorter or longer size. For these individuals, jewelry as small as 1/4″ (6mm) or as large as 1/2″ (12mm) is available.

Now that you know your size, you’ll want to decide which style stud is best for you. This is generally just a matter of preference, so you might want to try a couple different types before choosing a stand-out favorite. There are monroe studs that push in, those that screw on, and even internally threaded styles that screw in (as in the threads are on the ball rather than the post.) From here, it’s just a matter of what you think looks good. Happy shopping!

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Hi Esperanza, It all depends on the size of your lip! If you need help sizing your piercing to your personal anatomy, you can always consult your professional piercer!

Alley (Body Candy Team) on August 26, 2020

I just order a 16 gauge Marilyn Monroe lip piercing I want it to be snubbed to my lip so what side do you suggest that I get

Esperanza George on August 26, 2020

Hi Stephanie, 1/4″ is typically the smallest size labret jewelry comes in. You might be able to find a 3/16″ stud that works for you, but you could also talk your piercer and see if they can help you find a size that works!

Alley (Body Candy Team) on July 02, 2020

Hi Julia! 1/4″ is a pretty standard length for labret jewelry – you might be able to find a 3/16″ stud that works, but I suggest heading back to your piercer and having them size you in person!

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