Gauge Earrings

14 May

So you are walking through the mall, thinking about picking out a new set of diamond earrings, until you see a young rebellious looking kid donning these things in his ears that stretch the whole quite a few inches. Despite the manners your momma gave you, you gape- jaw slack, eyes wide, and brows together at this crazy sight. What is in his ears? And how did he do it?

Gauge Earrings

Gauges. Gauges are tribal inspired earrings that are actually objects used to stretch a pierced hole in the earlobe to enormous widths. Only recently has it been a hit in America's youth, but the practice has been in effect for hundreds of years in Africa and other tribal regions.

Ears are pierced with a small needle about the size of the stud of a normal earring. However, once the opening heals, large gauged earrings will be forced in the hole in order to stretch the skin. Sizes range from 18g to 3 inches (and more in some cases).

There are risks when it comes to gauging the ears. A lot of times, the skin can tear. The only solution to skin tearing is surgery, and even after the surgery a gory scar remains.

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14 Responses to “Gauge Earrings”

  1. Beading2go May 27, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    These expanders are excellent that envy and wish I had ears but be a bit painful to do

  2. Belly Rings November 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    I am in the business and I think that it is extreme. What happened to good old fashioned belly rings or toe rings and even a nose ring but this is crazy!

  3. Diamond Desk May 20, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    I thought these were massive hoop earrings at first – that’s just a little bit grim for me!

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  5. Hemp Necklace Guy May 30, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Wow that is huge! The heart is cool though, thats the first time I’ve seen them with a design inside

  6. Hemp Necklace Store June 8, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    I’ve seen those around. This is the first time I’ve seen a girl with something so large. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to decide later that you don’t think it’s cool any more and don’t want it and be stuck with it. Kinda like a tatoo.

  7. Linda May 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    oldest mummy found had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in American wire gauge) diameter.

  8. Linda May 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    opps. and was also quoted in the bible! giannasgems.com

  9. Pam May 15, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Whenever I see someone with these I am so tempted to stop them and say: “You know that’s not going to grow back, right?”

  10. Pandora Bracelets June 25, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Oh man, that’s not cool. I hope she doesn’t mind Dumbo ears for the rest of her life! You Americans can be crazy sometimes …

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  13. That’s huge.. looks nice and stylish though.

  14. Brianna June 9, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    This is a bit much. I like gauges and the way they look but there is a size when they just look nasty. What is even the point in them being that big? Also what if they got caught on something lol

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