Cartilage piercings are by far the most common piercings today. Not only does cartilage offer a variety of piercing options, it is also widely used in workplaces and can easily be obscured by hair. For these reasons, they have become increasingly popular.
However, with so many cartilage piercings, it can be tricky Decide which cartilage piercing you want to get.
We created this handy dandy chart to help you better understand which cartilage piercings are available for you.
If you’re still having trouble deciding, here are some of our favorites and their jewelry to go with.
The daith piercing
The daith piercing is located in the cartilage valve directly above the ear canal. While it may seem like an especially painful piercing because the cartilage is so thick, it shouldn’t hurt more than any other cartilage piercing. However, those who got the daith piercing have said that they heard an uncomfortable crunch as the needle went through the cartilage because it is so close to the ear canal.
We love the daith piercing because you can wear gorgeous hoops right in the middle of your ear. The hoop adorns the inside of your ear, making it a nice addition to a cartilage party or a seductive look for yourself. Bonus: There is anecdotal evidence to support the idea that it could relieve chronic migraine pain (although no scientific evidence supports this claim).
The tragus piercing
The tragus piercing takes place in the triangular cartilage flap in front of the ear canal. (You can use this flap of cartilage to clog your ears when you hear loud noises.)
This piercing is amazing because it’s so dainty. If you wanted an alternative piercing but you don’t want anything big, the tragus piercing could be perfect for you. Because the tragus is so small, it only accepts dainty piercings, but it is also a unique piercing that sets it apart by its rarity.
The tower piercing
This piercing is located in the cartilage fold above the point where the daith piercing takes place. Not everyone has cartilage that allows piercing here. If you’re not sure, get a piercer to see you beforehand.
The tower piercing is great because unlike many other piercings in the cartilage, it is a fully forward piercing. This means that both the entrance and exit holes are visible in front of the ear (unlike other ear piercings like the flap piercing, where the exit hole is behind the ear). This means that you can carry adorable curved dumbbells as well as round dumbbells and hoops. This makes the tower piercing one of the most versatile cartilage piercings.
The industrial piercing
Unlike any other cartilage piercing, the industrial piercing actually includes two piercings: the helix and the forward helix. These two piercings are then connected by a straight barbell that runs through them.
Since the industrial piercing consists of two piercings, you can choose whether you want to wear individual earrings with each piercing or combine them as one. However, the look of a straight barbell running through the two piercings looks amazing, and you can even choose barbells with decorative gems in the middle for a super badass look.
The auricle piercing
The auricle piercing is located in the middle of the marginal cartilage and is very similar to the popular helix piercing. However, since it’s a little deeper, you have a few more jewelry options to choose from.
As with helix piercing, you can decorate your auricle piercing with a hoop, circular barbell, or stud, or make it big with an ear cuff or shield. The auricle piercing is also fantastic on its own or in combination with multiple lobes or helix piercings (or both).
There really is no limit to what you can prick into your cartilage. The hardest part is deciding where. If you need more inspiration, head over to our Instagram page to see some amazing cartilage parties.
Here you can find more useful information about cartilage piercings
- Piercing Size Chart: What Thickness? Which length? Your piercing size questions will be answered here.
- Guide to Cartilage Piercings and Jewelry: Here is a more detailed guide to the different types of ear piercings and their jewelry. Including how much does the piercing cost or how much will it hurt?