If you or a friend have a microdermal anchor and you’re interested in changing out the visible portion of your jewelry, there’s a couple of things that you’ll want to know.
First off, not all dermal tops are created equal. There are a few different sizes that you’ll commonly run across, and knowing which one you need is the best way to proceed. Most dermal jewelry will be threaded for either a 14 or 16 gauge, and that means you MUST know which size your anchor is, because if you get the wrong one, it simply won’t fit.
Once you’ve got that covered, then you’ll want to decide how big of a gem or design you need. Availability of different size studs or gems can vary greatly, so here’s a little something to give you an idea:
2mm- the size of an average nose piercing stud, or about as wide as a U.S. quarter is thick.
3mm- the size of an average lip stud, or about as thick as the lens in an average pair of glasses.
4mm- the size of an average BCR ball, or about the width of a CD case.
5mm- the size of a belly ring’s top ball, or about the size of the numbers printed on a credit card.
6mm- the size of an average tongue ring ball, or about the width of your pinky fingernail.
There. Now you can be confident that you’re getting exactly what you want when you shop for microdermal jewelry. Perfect!