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?
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.