Ear Gauge Sizing Chart

•November 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Our last post which included an ear gauge sizing chart was so popular, that we have decided to give you a different view that helps to determine gauge thickness.  In order for this chart to be accurate to your computer screen, you need to take a ruler to one of the sizes and adjust your monitor.  General increases can be observed without the ruler.  One thing people new to stretchng need to consider,  the larger the gauge size number, the smaller the gauge.  Most people start out stretching with a 12g or 10g.  The general understood point of no return is somewhere between a 2g and a 0g, but this varies greatly by individuals and anyone who stretches must be ready to live with the consequences.  Starting out stretching or looking to move up in a size?  Visit AVAIA ARTISTIC JEWELRY for the best selection of ear gauges.

Ear Gauge Sizing Chart


Ear Gauge Sizing Chart


Custom and one of a kind ear gauges – Artisans at their best!

•October 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Not everyone wants the next fad design in jewelry.  Avaia Artistic Jewelry commissions original work, rare and detailed work, as well as custom designs for our customers.

Occasionally we get requests for custom designs.  Although we at Avaia Artistic Jewelry do not carve ourselves, our artisans in Indonesia are happy to help out with custom orders.   These orders typically take some time to complete, but they can be worth the wait!

We had a request for a tiger design in a hanging ear gauge.  Check out what our artisans could do for our customer!


We have also hosted a design contest for the last two years that lets our facebook fans choose the winner.  The winner receives a nice prize package in exchange for the use of his or her design.  Below you will see the design winners over the last three years.

2013 Design Winner

Calla Lilly in Horn


2012 Design Winner

Hanging Cat in Sabo Wood (not oiled in photograph)


Sometimes we, at Avaia Artistic Jewelry ,have a vision for a design that our carvers exquisitely capture.

Whale Song – an original design at Avaia


We can also commission work other than body jewelry.  These cute, little havanese dog pendants were the work of our artisans as a special commissioned project.


Avaia Artistic Jewelry – We know your generation

•October 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

We’ve spent some time highlighting some of our products. Check out our youtube advertisement then head on over for some window shopping and pre-holiday purchasing.

Ear stretching – how big is too big?

•October 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

People begin the process of stretching their ears with many different goals.  But how big is too big for you?  We’ve decided to talk about this topic from our experience at Avaia Artistic Jewelry.  We have ear gauges for sale in all sizes, but this little guide may help you decide how quickly to stretch up, and when to decide to stop.

If having your ears return to a normal appearance is an option that you want, we suggest that you stop somewhere between a 4g and 2g.  Most people (there are individual differences of course and this is only a guide), can stretch to this size and return to wearing standard gauge earrings (with a bit of stretchy lobes) and no noticable hole.  Some people may be able to stretch larger, but the “point of no return” varies from individual to individual.  The photo below shows an individual that had stretched to a 00g, or about 9.5mm, after a rest from stretching, and minor plastic surgery to repair the stretch.


The type of jewelry that you plan wear is also a significant factor when deciding how far to go.  Hanging styles typically are sold up to a 1/2″ gauge size, and you may find limited styles in larger gauges, but they are far less common.


Plugs can start as small as a 10g, but they are hardly noticable at this size and would lack detail.  Tunnels may begin at 4g, but really begin at 2g with a variety of styles.  If you are looking for detailed carvings in your plugs and tunnels, you may have to stretch as large as 1/2″ to get the detail that you are looking for.


The type of material plays a factor as well.  Bone gauges are limited in hanging styles to a size of 0g at best as bone, in general, is not a thick material to carve when working with flat pieces.  Bone tunnels can be larger in size as long bone is used, which is naturally hollow.

Horn can be carved in gauges of all sizes, but hanging styles will still be limited in the larger sizes.


Wood has no limit in carving sizes, but is quite fragile in the smaller gauge sizes.


Stone and glass has no limit in plug size, but becomes quite heavy in larger sizes.


Shell gauges are limited to the thickness of the shell, and are generally available in sizes under 0g, with occasional sizes that are larger.


Whatever you decide, we at Avaia Artistic Jewelry would be happy to help you with your decision.  Visit our website at www.avaiaartisticjewelry.com or drop us a note at orders@avaiaartisticjewelry.com

Organic Jewelry Care Chart

•July 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We have a previous post on care for organic jewelry, but we thought many of you would appreciate a simplifed chart with basic care instructions.  If you have any questions feel free to put in the comment section of our blog.  Visit our store by clicking here.


So you want to see what your stretched ear lobes will look like?

•July 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A Sizing Guide to Stretching your Ears


So you want to see what those plugs are going to look like in your ears?  We’ve compiled a photo so you can get a better idea of how big you want to go.  We are also going to give you some advice based on what your stretching goals are.  There is a lot of advice out there and by all means, what we state is not the golden rule.  Do your research before you begin the process.

Firstly, don’t rush the stretching process.  Those that are patient and allow time to heal will find that the stretching process is not painful and that the earlobe retains more elasticity and the likelyhood of damaging your earlobe lessens.  A stretch a month is considered by many to be the right pace.   Next, ensure you are using a proper stretching taper to complete the process.  Don’t force your tissues to stretch beyond their limits.  Many consider somewhere between 2g and 0g the point of no return.  Most people who stay within this limit and decide to wear standard earrings, will do so without problems.  However every person is different and stretching is considered a body modification.  Don’t stretch larger than you are willing to live with when you are older.  Minor plastic surgery is an option for those that extreme stretch and then want their “old” ears back.

When stretching, one thing to consider is limits on the types of jewelry that can easily be purchased and worn.  Tunnels typically start around 2g and can go up in size for the largest of stretches.  Plugs start at 12g, but do not hit a realistic size for many people until a minimum of 6g or 4g.   Double flared plugs are 0.5mm – 1.5mm on the flares larger than the wearing area.  So if you are a 4g, the wearable area is 5mm, but the flares may easily be 6mm.  Hanging styles can nicely be worn in smaller stretches.  For bone and horn, there are limits to the sizes in which gauges can be made in hanging styles.  Typically for bone, that limit is 0g.   The limit for horn may be up to 1/2″.  Larger hanging styles can be accomodated in wood.  Organics are beautiful, but they are not as durable as stainless steel and other metals and require special care and cleaning.

Tribal Ear Weights – the ancient practice of ear stretching is not a fad.

•July 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Buy Tribal Borneo Ear Weights Here

Ear stretching is not a fad.  Throughout history, many cultures have practiced earlobe stretching as a sign of beauty and status.  King Tut himself had stretched ear lobes as visualized in his burial mask.

ImageEar weights are associated with many African and Asian Tribal cultures.  Borneo tribes, including the Dayak and Iban, adorned their ears with brass and metal weights. 

The woman in the photograph above is a Native Iban woman showing the tribal tattooing and ear lobe stretching that is becoming less common today among the native tribes, but has exploded as a trend (to a lesser extreme) among the Western world..

The photo above is of a young Dayak girl from Borneo stretching her ear lobes.   In times past, villages would have ceremonies and give title to the most beautiful woman of the village.  A major requirement to having this prized title bestowed on a woman would be having the most extremely stretched ear lobes.

Many ear weights were artistic and beautiful, often representing creatures of their spiritual beliefs.

Mythical Asos

Fertility God

If you like the look of stretched piercings, whether it be a small 12g, or a large 2 inch stretching, Avaia Artistic Jewelry has hand crafted ear gauges to suit your wants and needs.  If you like the look of Borneo ear weights, we have those too.  Visit us at www.avaiaartisticjewelry.com