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ear piercings guide

Unlock Your Style with Ear Piercings: A Comprehensive Guide

Ear piercings are the perfect way to add a touch of personality and flair to your look with a wide range of different types of earrings available. Whether you're considering your first piercing or looking to expand your collection, this guide has got you covered. From choosing the right piercing to caring for it afterwards, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about your new accessory.

Types of Ear Piercings

There are lots of different types of ear piercings with many ways to style them. Lobe piercings are a timeless choice, perfect for those looking for a subtle yet stylish addition. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, why not explore cartilage piercings? From helix piercings to tragus piercings, these are trendy options sure to make a statement.

types of ear piercings

Lobe Piercings

Starting with the basics, lobe piercings are a classic choice that never goes out of style. Situated on the fleshy lower part of the ear, lobe piercings are versatile and can be adorned with a variety of jewellery styles, from understated stud earrings to glamorous hoop earrings. Whether you opt for a single piercing or a curated ear stack, lobe piercings add a touch of elegance to any ensemble, making them a must-have for fashion enthusiasts of all ages.

Cartilage Piercings

Located in the upper portion of the ear, cartilage piercings come in a range of styles, allowing you to create a customised look that reflects your unique personality. Helix piercings, snug piercings, and forward helix piercings are just a few of the cartilage earring options available, each offering its own distinct charm. Whether you prefer delicate studs or statement-making hoops, cartilage piercings are sure to make a stylish statement and add something unique to your outfit.

Tragus and Daith Piercings

For those who crave something a little more unconventional, tragus and daith piercings are the perfect choice. Located in the inner cartilage of the ear, these piercings exude a bold and daring vibe that sets you apart from the crowd. Tragus piercings adorn the small piece of cartilage that protrudes in front of the ear canal, while daith piercings pierce through the innermost fold of cartilage. Both options offer endless opportunities for creativity, whether you opt for dainty studs or intricate hoops.

Rook and Conch Piercings

Rook and conch piercings are the understated elegance. Nestled within the folds of cartilage, these piercings add a subtle yet distinctive touch to your ear aesthetic. Rook piercings are located in the upper part of the ear's inner ridge, while conch piercings are situated in the large area of cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. Whether adorned with minimalist studs or intricate hoops, rook and conch piercings offer a sophisticated look that speaks volumes.

Do Ear Piercings Hurt?

One of the most common concerns when it comes to ear piercings is the level of pain involved. While everyone's pain tolerance varies, most people describe the sensation as a quick pinch followed by mild discomfort. Rest assured that professional piercers are trained to minimise pain and ensure a smooth piercing experience. Remember, the momentary discomfort is well worth the stylish outcome! If you have a low pain tolerance you can purchase a numbing cream to rub on the part of the ear getting the piercing, but it is recommended to check with your piercer first as they may already have some for you or might not recommend it for your type of piercing. However, do not take painkillers such as Ibuprofen before the appointment as they thin your blood and cause more bleeding.

Choosing Your First Ear Piercing

Starting on your piercing journey can be an exciting yet daunting experience. When it comes to choosing your first ear piercing, the possibilities are endless. Start by considering your personal style and the look you want to achieve. From classic lobe piercings, a very popular first ear piercing, to trendy cartilage piercings, there's something for everyone. Take your time exploring different options and don't hesitate to consult with a professional piercer & jeweller for expert advice.

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How Much Does an Ear Piercing Cost?

The cost of an ear piercing can vary depending on factors such as the location of the piercing studio, the type of piercing, and the quality of the jewellery used. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from £20 to £50. Keep in mind that investing in high-quality jewellery is essential for both aesthetics and safety with some people experiencing irritation and discomfort when buying cheap or fake jewellery. All of our jewellery is 100% real and made from white gold, yellow gold or rose gold including our gemstone earrings with authentic and ethical gemstones.

What to Expect at an Ear Piercing Appointment

The process of getting your ears pierced is quick, safe, and relatively painless. Your piercer will start by cleaning and marking the area to be pierced, ensuring precision and accuracy. Next, a sterilised needle will be used to create the piercing, followed by the insertion of your chosen jewellery. Before you know it, you'll be wearing your new accessory with confidence!

How to Prepare for an Ear Piercing Appointment

Preparation is key to a successful ear piercing experience. Be sure to eat a nutritious meal beforehand to help minimise any potential discomfort. Avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine, as they can increase sensitivity. Additionally, dress comfortably and bring along any questions or concerns you may have. Your piercer is there to guide you every step of the way.

How to Care for an Ear Piercing

Caring for your new ear piercing is essential to ensure proper healing and prevent infections. Cleanse the area twice daily with a saline solution or gentle cleanser recommended by your piercer. Avoid touching your piercing with dirty hands, and resist the temptation to rotate or remove the jewellery prematurely. With proper care and patience, your piercing will heal beautifully, allowing you to showcase your unique style.

How Old Do You Need to Be to Get an Ear Piercing

Ear piercings are a popular form of self-expression embraced by people of all ages with it being very common for young children and babies to get their ears pierced in some cultures. Whether you're a fashion-forward teen or a trendsetting adult, there's no age limit when it comes to rocking ear piercings. However, it's essential to research age requirements for piercings, as they may vary depending on location and the company. In most cases, minors will need parental consent to undergo the ear piercing process.

Ear Piercings At Sonny’s Jewellers

Ear piercings are a fabulous way to showcase your individuality and enhance your style. At Sonny’s Jewellers, we offer an in-store ear piercing service where you can receive your first ear piercing or add another to your collection. Get in touch to find out more or visit us in-store to learn more about getting your ears pierced.

Are you in need of some new earrings or looking for your first pair? Explore our wide range of stunning earrings including stud earrings, hoop earrings and drop earrings or discover the different types of earrings available.

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