Ear cartilage piercings look great and there are lots of different placements to choose from. There are at least eight different ear cartilage piercings that you can get, which makes them extremely popular and a great choice regardless of how many piercings you have. Cartilage piercings heal well and are easy to take care of, but they do take longer to heal than “softer” piercings such as ear lobe and lip piercings. This is because the ear cartilage does not receive as much blood supply. Most ear cartilage piercings heal in six to eighteen weeks and require very little care once fully healed.
As with all body piercings, it is important to visit a dedicated professional piercer for your ear cartilage piercings as opposed to a hairdresser or jewellery shop. A dedicated piercer will have the proper training needed to perform your piercing correctly with a needle, as opposed to a piercing gun. Piercing guns harbour germs and bacteria because they cannot be fully sterilised. They can also damage the cartilage and lead to a more difficult healing process.
Caring For New Ear Cartilage Piercings
Like all body piercings, new ear cartilage piercings should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Keep your hair away from the piercing and try not to fiddle with it.
Your ear cartilage piercing should feel progressively better, but consult your piercer if you experience any of the following: swelling, persistent redness, increasing/sharp pain or skin that feels hot to touch. These can be signs of an infected piercing and need to be dealt with immediately. When it comes to infection, cartilage piercings require a little more vigilance – it is possible for infection to trapped in between the layers of cartilage and actually destroy it. Most piercing-related infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms.
Brighten up your appearance, whilst keeping your cartilage ear lobe piercing happy by wearing a lobe ear stud, available in a variety of designs. Ear lobe piercings can be worn in a cartilage ear lobe piercing or general lobe piercings. The designs of cartilage ear lobe piercing are broad, with everything from jewelled hearts to clawed fingers and cherries. If you know somebody with a cartilage ear lobe piercing then you can buy some stunning cartilage ear lobe jewellery as a gift, perhaps combined with other items of jewellery.
Cartilage Ear Lobe Piercing Jewellery
Tragus Bar Silver Heart & Steel Jewelled Lobe
Heart Silver Steel Tragus Bar
This high quality surgical steel silver jewelled lobe tragus bar is the ideal way to add a sparkle to your look. The cartilage ear lobe piercing stud has a clear jewelled sterling silver heart, attached to a sturdy 8mm bar and 3mm ball. As the heart part of the earring sits comfortably on the front of your ear, you can use this for ear lobes, tragus and helix piercings.
Cartilage piercings are difficult to stretch and are most often kept at small sizes, such as 1.2mm or 1.6mm. Check out our fantastic range of fake ear plugs that can be worn in your cartilage piercing to create the illusion of a stretched cartilage piercing!
There are many different ear cartilage rings that you can wear in your piercings, from classic steel BCRs to funky colours and jewelled rings that really stand out. Ear cartilage piercings need well-fitted jewellery so I recommend that you measure your piercing before buying a new ear cartilage ring. Once you know the correct size the fun part is choosing some cool new jewellery for your cartilage piercing.
Ear Cartilage Ball Closure Rings
Ball closure rings are one of the most secure type of ear cartilage ring because they are difficult to open and cannot simply fall out of your piercing. There is a huge choice of BCRs available in many different colours and materials, so it is easy to find one that suits your needs. Plain BCRs are the most popular ear cartilage rings but you can also find funky designs like the star ring below, which has a sparkly charm. Cartilage rings like the star one are best suited to helix piercings, where the charm can dangle freely and will not irritate your ear.
Whether you have a tragus, helix, conch or pina piercing, ear cartilage studs are a real must-have. These little ear studs are great for keeping cartilage piercings healthy, they are comfy to wear and come in a huge choice of cool designs.
Most ear cartilage studs are actually labret studs, which have a flat back-plate. This makes them very comfortable because the back of the stud will not poke or irritate your skin. Another advantage is that the front of these studs screws on, so they canâ€™t fall out of the piercing. This great if you have an active lifestyle, wear headphones or hats that could brush a regular earring out of your ear. There are many different types of ear cartilage studs but Iâ€™ve collected some of my favourites below.
Plain Ear Cartilage Studs
These plain ear cartilage studs are simple and stylish. They look great and are unlikely to catch on clothing or yet tangled up in long hair. I recommend these studs for work and smart occasions, or if your ear cartilage piercing is easily irritated. The smooth shape of these studs means that they wonâ€™t get caught on things or accidentally knocked â€“ giving your piercing the chance to heal properly.
Choosing the right industrial piercing jewellery can have a huge effect on how your industrial piercing heals but fortunately there is a great choice of jewellery out there, so you can make sure your industrial piercing feels and looks great.
Industrial piercings consist of two ear-rim piercings with one bar worn through both piercings. They can be pierced straight across the ear horizontally or at any angle. Industrials look amazing and there are lots of different bars you can wear in yours. The key thing to remember is that your industrial piercing jewellery must fit correctly â€“ badly fitting jewellery can put pressure on the piercings, resulting in discomfort, rejection or migration. Luckily all you need to do is measure the length of barbell you need. To find this out measure a bar you already have or measure across the piercing, from the outside of one piercing to the outside of the other.
Plain Industrial Piercing Jewellery
The simplest and easiest kind of industrial piercing jewellery is a plain barbell. You can get your industrial piercing done with a plain barbell and they offer a clean, simple look for smart occasions. Any barbell can be worn in an industrial as long at it is big enough â€“ never wear a barbell that is too short in your industrial piercing!