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Daith piercings are a lovely alternative to helix or tragus piercings with pretty much the same healing process. Daith piercings pass through the central fold of ear cartilage, in front of the ear opening. They are usually pierced as close to the ear opening as possible, although other placements are possible. The name “daith” comes from the Hebrew word for knowledge, chosen by a student of Hebrew who was the first person to get this piercing. You can wear a circular barbell, curved barbell or BCR in your daith piercing – depending on how much space there is in that part of your ear.

How To Care For New Daith Piercing

Daith piercings usually heal in 6 to 18 weeks and should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Make sure that your hair does not become tangled in the jewellery and try not to fiddle with it too much.

As with any piercing, it is important to keep an eye on your daith for any changes or signs of infection. Common signs of infection are persistent soreness, redness, swelling or if the skin feels hot. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult a piercer immediately. Because this is a cartilage piercing, special care must be taken in case of an infection. If untreated, infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and cause permanent damage to it. Fortunately most piercing infections can be avoided with proper care, but is it important to be aware of the risks.

Once healed, your daith piercing will require very little care – simply clean with saline as needed.


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.


Conch piercings are a popular type of ear cartilage piercing. They are relatively easy to heal but special care should be taken with any cartilage piercing. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, it should heal well. Conch piercings typically take between six and eight weeks to heal.

Conch piercings are usually pierced with a small barbell. Ball closure rings can also be worn in conch piercings, but they are not advised while the piercing is healing. This is because they are more likely to get caught on clothing and can be uncomfortable. A labret stud is also ideal for conch piercings and some people find them more comfortable.

How To Care For New Conch Piercings

Conch piercings require the same aftercare as any ear cartilage piercings. They should be cleaned twice daily with saline solution and kept dry. Swimming and submersion in water can introduce harmful bacteria, so they should be avoided. Try not to fiddle with your piercing or touch it too much, as this also introduces bacteria to the piercing.

It is important to monitor any new piercing for infection but I recommend being especially vigilant with a conch piercing. This is because infection can become trapped in between the layers of ear cartilage. If this happens, infection can spread and even destroy the cartilage. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, the risk of infection is very low. But if you experience pain, redness, swelling or any unusual symptoms please consult your piercer immediately.
Once your conch piercing is healed, it requires very little care – simply clean with saline as needed. If your piercing becomes sore after it has healed, you may find titanium, blackline or BioFlex jewellery more comfortable.

How To Care For Ear Piercings

Ear piercings are probably the most popular type of body piercing the world and there are many different types of ear piercings to choose from. They are easy to take care of but some people make the mistake of thinking that they do not require the same care and attention that other piercings need. That said, as long as you keep your ear piercing clean and listen to your body, there is no reason for you to have any problems at all. This post will tell you how to take care of a new ear piercing and how to make sure that your piercings stay happy and healthy for as long as you have them.

As with any piercing, I recommend that you go to a professional body piercing rather than having it done by a non-professional or somewhere that does not specialize in piercing e.g. a hairdresser or mainstream jewellery shop. A professional piercer will be specially trained and be able to answer all your question about jewellery and aftercare. They should have clean premises and use new, sterile instruments throughout the piercing process. They should be able to answer all your questions and help you make the right decisions. Most people would agree that this is important for other body piercing, but many are less careful with ear piercings. While well intentioned, staff in hairdressers and jewellery shops are not as well trained and do not have a clean, dedicated room in which to perform piercings. This can increase the risk of poorly placed piercings and the risk of infection – it simply isn’t worth it! Your ears deserve better, so always go to a dedicated piercing studio with professionally trained body piercers.

How To Care For Ear Lobe Piercings

Ear lobe piercings are very easy to take care of. You can clean your ear piercing with saline solution or a body friendly oil such as jojoba or olive oil. Simply dip a cotton bud into the oil or saline and gently remove any dirt or lymph from both the piercing site and the jewellery. A new ear piercing may be tender, but it should not hurt to clean it and healed piercings should not hurt at all.

Healed ear piercings can become sore, usually due to a reaction with your jewellery. This is especially common after wearing cheap earrings or jewellery containing nickel. If you suspect a jewellery-based reaction, clean the piercing and switch to non-irritating jewellery such as titanium or BioFlex. If the irritation persists even after changing your jewellery, a salt soak can help. This means soaking your ear piercing in warm water. To do this, fill a suitable container – a shot glass is ideal – with a warm salt solution made with boiled water. Use the hottest water that is comfortable and soak your ear in the solution until it cools. If the irritation still persists, consult your piercer.

How To Care For Ear Cartilage Piercings

Ear cartilage piercings can be cared for in much the same way as ear lobe piercings. However infections in cartilage piercings can be much more serious, so it is important to be vigilant for irritation or changes in your piercing. If your cartilage piercing becomes infected, the infection can spread into the rest of your ear cartilage and cant be very painful. An infected ear cartilage piercing will be very sore, red and hot to touch. It may also swell up. If you think your cartilage piercing if infected and it doesn’t get better in a couple of days I recommend consulting a piercer. They will be able to tell you whether it is serious and what to do. Most piercing infections are minor, but they can occasionally be serious, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

There are various pieces of outstanding ear cartilage jewellery now available, to keep your ears looking cool all year round. You can pick ear cartilage jewellery from a wide array of materials, allowing you to enjoy comfort as well as style, some of the most popular materials are surgical steel and blackline. You can have any ear cartilage jewellery from ear tip droppers to body spirals and zircon gold micro studs. Much of the ear cartilage jewellery is also suitable for other piercings such as nostril, lip, naval and ear lobe.

Ear Cartilage Jewellery Surgical Steel Ear Tip Dropper

Surgical Steel Ear Droppers

Surgical Steel Ear Droppers

You can buy these sleek surgical steel ear tip droppers for either the right or left ear, they consist of micro barbells with a dropper charm. These surgical steel ear tip droppers are designed to fit petite piercings, ideal for ear cartilage. The size of the barbell is 1.2 x 6mm and this type of jewellery really brightens up any look, whilst keeping you comfortable and safe.
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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 can’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 I’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 won’t get caught on things or accidentally knocked – giving your piercing the chance to heal properly.

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Auricle piercings are a popular ear piercing located in the ear cartilage. They are pierced on the ear rim, usually about halfway down. Most people are able to get this piercings and auricle piercings are usually quite easy to heal.

I have had an auricle piercing for years and it’s a great placement for wearing funky jewellery. That part of your ear is easy to keep clean and I love trying out cute ear cuffs, jewelled studs and new designs in it. Depending on what shape jewellery your is, you might find some auricle piercing jewellery uncomfortable to sleep in, so I recommend keeping a regular labret stud to change back at night.

Auricle Piercing Rings

Wearing a ring in your auricle piercing looks great and there is a huge variety of rings you can wear in it. Ball closure rings, circular barbells, smooth segment rings and body spirals are all suitable for wearing in an auricle piercing. Whichever you choose it is important to choose an auricle ring with the right inner diameter – too big and it will stick out, too small and it will be uncomfortably tight. To find this out just measure the thickness of that part of your ear – or maybe get a friend to measure for you!

Blackline Auricle Piercing Ring

Blackline Auricle Piercing Ring

Blue Titanium Auricle Ring

Blue Titanium Auricle Ring

Star Auricle Piercing Ring

Star Auricle Piercing Ring

Auricle Ring Bonus Pack

Auricle Ring Bonus Pack

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