For those looking for a new internal cartilage piercing, the rook piercing is one of the most interesting that you can get.
To achieve the look, a piercer passes a needle through the tower crest (also known as the anterior core of the anti-helix). A single piece of jewelry, usually a curved barbell, is passed through the piercing after it is pierced.
However, ear cartilage is one of the most anatomically diverse parts of the body. If you look in the mirror and can’t find an essential ridge crest (the fold of cartilage that’s just below the top of your ear), don’t panic. Many people have a flatter ridge.
If your tower crest isn’t suitable for tower piercing, don’t give up just yet. There is a way to achieve a similar look with what is known as a faux rook piercing.
Here is a quick guide on the difference between the tower and the man-made tower and which one you should choose (if you have a choice at all).
What is tower piercing?
As mentioned earlier, the tower piercing is a single piercing that goes right through the lobe of cartilage that is just below the top of the ear (between where the front helix and daith piercings would occur).
This piercing is done parallel to the ear and is a forward piercing. This means that both the entrance and exit holes appear on the front of the ear. It’s usually filled with a curved barbell – the bead ends stick out above and below the fold of cartilage – but you can wear a small hoop as well.
While you may have a say in the placement, the rook piercing will largely depend on the anatomy of your ear. So it is possible that your piercer will dictate the placement, and that’s it.
What is the faux rook piercing?
The artificial tower piercing is designed to mimic the appearance of a tower piercing with a curved barbell, but consists of two piercings instead of one. (Or you can just get a piercing right above the ridge.)
Instead of piercing the tower crest, the piercer will pierce the cartilage above and below the tower crest and fill the holes with cartilage studs.
People choose the faux rook piercing for several reasons. The first is that they simply don’t have a suitable tower comb to pierce. This fold of cartilage needs to be just right for the piercing to be done safely, and many people are unable to get the tower piercing, so they go for the faux-rook look.
Another reason to go for the faux rook piercing is when you want the versatility of a double piercing. Getting an artificial tower means you can always decorate one or both piercings, and it can be fun to have that option.
The faux rook piercing can also be customized in terms of placement. While the placement of the real tower piercing will depend on the shape of your tower crest, the artificial tower piercing can be placed virtually anywhere in this general area. It doesn’t even have to perfectly emulate the look of the tower piercing if you don’t want it to.
What jewelry do I wear in a tower against an artificial tower piercing?
Perhaps the biggest difference between the tower and the man-made tower is the type of jewelry they accept.
The standard tower piercing allows you to wear a curved barbell, circular barbell, or a hoop style (such as a seamless hoop, captive bead ring, or clicker).
With an artificial rook piercing, you can only wear cartilage buttons, so you can never imitate the look of a rook piercing decorated with a hoop. However, you could get a piercing accessory like a chain to tie the two cartilage studs together for a look similar to a hoop.
If you love the look of a tower piercing with a curved barbell but you don’t have the anatomy appropriate for a tower piercing, speak to your piercer about the placement of your artificial tower piercing. They can pierce you in such a way that the rook piercing is reproduced as closely as possible, even if the jewelry type is completely different.
Rook and Faux Rook Piercing Healing Times
As with all cartilage piercings, both the tower and artificial tower piercings take at least six to nine months to heal (although healing times can be longer).
You might think that the artificial rook piercing has a longer healing time because it is made up of two piercings, or you might think that the rook piercing has a longer healing time because it has a longer fistula. The good news is that healing is about the same. Just make sure you clean the piercings with a piercing aftercare solution two to three times a day, take care of yourself and your body during the healing phase, and avoid activities that could damage the piercings, and you’ll be fine.
If you’ve been thinking about the tower look but weren’t sure if your ear will pick it up, now you know you have an option! While you’re deciding whether to want the faux rook or the standard rook piercing (if you’re lucky enough to have the ear shape that fits both styles), take a look at FreshTrends’ cartilage jewelry to decide what look you have. I prefer.