Is a Conch Piercing Worth It?

Conch Piercing: The mussel piercing, perhaps the most versatile piercing, has made a name for itself in recent years as a cartilage piercing that you don’t want to miss. Thanks to its almost unlimited placement options and the surprising variety of jewelry that it can wear, the shell piercing is easy to customize – the perfect choice for someone looking for something trendy and yet unique.

With the prospect of a new piercing, the questions come. How much will this piercing hurt? Is the healing time worth it? What jewelry can I wear?

When you think about a shell piercing, you should know the following and why we think you will love it.

Conch Piercing
Conch Piercing

How much does the shell piercing hurt?

It is generally accepted that cartilage piercings do more harm than other types of piercing. Although the amount of pain you feel depends on your personal pain tolerance, you can rest assured that it hurts more than a rag piercing.

The good news is that a shell piercing shouldn’t do more harm than any other cartilage piercing. If your cartilage is already pierced, you should know what to expect.

If you are afraid of the pain, remember that an experienced piercer will guide you through breathing exercises that minimize the discomfort. It is also a good idea to practice relaxation methods like meditation before piercing. In most cases, piercings are less painful than expected. You probably leave the piercing studio and think, “It was easier than I thought.”

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Is the healing time worth it?

This decision is ultimately up to you. The healing of cartilage piercings takes between 6 and 9 months. Depending on your aftercare practices and your body’s ability to heal itself, this may take longer. During this time, you must stay away from the water (showers only), wear hats, headphones, and other things that push your ears as little as possible, and clean your jewelry three times a day. It is certainly an obligation.

Conch Piercing
Conch Piercing

Cartilage piercings take almost a year to heal. If you are impatient, you should stay away from the shell piercing.

If you are ready to take care of your shell piercing throughout the healing phase, the look is absolutely worth it. However, you should be honest with yourself. If you know that aftercare is something you’re struggling with, opt for a piercing with a shorter healing time and wait until you are responsible for a cartilage piercing.

Where should I place my shell piercing?

The versatility of a shell piercing is both a blessing and a curse. Those who tend to be undecided may feel a little stressed out about the prospects. Fortunately, we’ve seen all types of shell placement and can help you choose the best location for your shell piercing.

You can either drill the cartilage in the upper part of the conch region (the outer conch) or the cartilage in the lower part of the conch (the inner conch). In addition to the obvious difference in placement, the outer shell is typically only decorated with cartilage pins, while the inner shell may have cartilage pins or large hoops that run around the edge of the ear.

inner shell and outer shell
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The outer shell appears in the upper cartilage and the inner shell appears in the lower cartilage

If you like finer jewelry styles that stand out a bit more, the outer shell piercing might be just the thing for you. If you want your shell piercing to be a little more versatile, or if you are looking for something that is hidden, you should consider the inner shell piercing.

To visualize what this piercing will look like, mark the place where you want to pierce. This way you can see how the new jewelry can interact with other cartilage piercings and you can compare the shell positions to choose the optimal piercing point.

If in doubt, let a few friends take a look at it or use the expertise of a piercer. It is their job to make your piercing look fantastic, and they will give you truthful advice without worrying about hurting your feelings.

What jewelry can I wear with a shell piercing?

As mentioned earlier, you can wear cartilage pins in both the inner and outer shells, or you can carry a large hoop in the inner shell. Having trouble visualizing the jewelry you want to wear? Here are some of our favorite shell jewelry.

Why should I get a shell piercing?

Now that we have dealt with the practical aspects of a shell piercing, we can come to the funny things: why we love it.

In addition to its versatility, which we have already mentioned a few times, a shell piercing can fill the gaps in your cartilage party wonderfully. It can be a fantastic addition if you love to fill your ears with bling, or it can work as a beautiful accent in a more minimalist look.

As piercings become more popular, it is difficult to find a truly unique piercing. Although conch piercings are becoming more mainstream, the fact that you can get multiple conch piercings in many different places means that you can use conch piercing for your individual style. No two shell piercings are the same.

Another great thing is that anyone can get a shell piercing. Many types of piercing depend on the shape of your ear. You may have set your heart on a tight-fitting piercing, but if your cartilage is out of shape, you can’t get one. Not so with shell piercing. It doesn’t discriminate.

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Still can’t decide if this is the piercing for you? We let the jewelry make the decision for you. Check out these and other pieces in our shell jewelry collection.

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