A cartilage piercing is a painful pleasure and a guilty pleasure at the same time. It can be said that such piercing is meant to satisfy our desire for accessorizing our ears more than showing off a great jewel. Indeed, it is fairly easy to notice when you put your hair up in a bun or if you’re a guy with short hair. However, in most cases it is a detail that not everyone is going to notice, so it serves a more personal purpose than other types of piercings, such as face piercings.
Until not long ago, a cartilage piercing was placed on the outer rim of the ear. You should know that your ear comprises more than one area with cartilage, namely rook, tragus, snug, conch, daith and so on. During ancient times, piercing the cartilage was part of passage rites. In 1970s it became popular again thanks to the young punks who liked asymmetrical designs. These days, you’ll see more than 10 types of piercings in people’s ears and that’s great because they contribute to their individuality and the way they express it.
1. Golden delight for multiple cartilage holes
- 1 1. Golden delight for multiple cartilage holes
- 2 2. Helix piercings as three flowers
- 3 3. Helix holes with round jewelry
- 4 4. Jeweled accessories for conch
- 5 5. An ornament for your upper ear
- 6 6. Large jewel on steady hole
- 7 7. Shiny gems decorating the outer ear
- 8 8. Cartilage bending an arrow
- 9 9. Thick ring for cartilage
- 10 10. The moon and a star
- 11 11. Wearing a mighty trident
- 12 12. Pretty flowers everywhere
- 13 13. Two different forward helix piercings
- 14 14. Pac Man plays on the ear’s cartilage
- 15 15. Seductive orbital piercings
- 16 16. Pretty bow and helix rings
- 17 17. Industrial and forward helix as cartilage piercings
- 18 18. The orbital piercing combo
- 19 19. Golden helix with charms
- 20 20. A glowing ear rim
- 21 21. A transverse conch
- 22 22. Tragus piercing for princesses
- 23 23. A helix piercing like a crown
- 24 24. Rook piercing with shiny stones
- 25 25. Golden jewel for a rook piercing
- 26 26. When originality strikes
- 27 27. Rook with white gemstones
- 28 28. Thorns circling the ear’s rim
- 29 29. A crown of flowers for the ear
- 30 30. Making the ear a galaxy
- 31 31. Matching jewelry with your hair
- 32 32. Helix and forward helix in black
- 33 33. Heart-shaped jewelry for ears
- 34 34. The outline of a heart
- 35 35. Geometric shapes for cartilage piercings
- 36 36. A shiny star in the cartilage
- 37 37. Wearing a stud as a helix
- 38 38. Spiral on the outer rim
- 39 39. Girlie crown for girl’s ear
- 40 40. Badass look with an auricle piercing
- 41 41. Caring for a cartilage piercing
- 42 42. Studs for the cartilage
- 43 43. Golden rings for ears
- 44 44. The ring with a dove
- 45 45. Heart, star, moon, dot
- 46 46. A stud and an elephant
- 47 47. The planet piercing for ear
- 48 48. Double cartilage delight
- 49 49. Triple piercings for a tripled effect
- 50 50. Two by two
- 51 51. An orbital with shiny gem
- 52 52. A feather for luck
- 53 53. A simple helix design
- 54 54. Six piercings along the rim
- 55 55. A twisted industrial design
- 56 56. Putting an armor on ear
- 57 57. Playing with sizes
- 58 58. A white and blue combination
- 59 59. Flowers blossoming on ear
- 60 60. Snug and conch brought together
- 61 61. Star-shaped jewels for the ear
- 62 62. Flashy jewelry for the cartilage
- 63 63. Double tragus and a rook for experts
- 64 64. Spike, ring, barbell and stud
- 65 65. Rose on cartilage
- 66 66. A classical industrial
- 67 67. Opal forward helix piercings
- 68 68. Round conches and nothing else
- 69 69. Decorate your ear’s pavilion with a flower
- 70 70. An atypical flower for the ear
- 71 71. Shiny studs for shiny personalities
- 72 72. A special type of industrial
- 73 73. Forward helixes with a steampunk touch
- 74 74. An almost steampunk arrangement
- 75 75. A hidden rook and an auricle
- 76 76. Perfectly fitted beads for ear
- 77 77. Forward helix shaped like a heart
- 78 78. Teardrop for your ear
- 79 79. A tiny cartilage piercing
- 80 80. A flower made of metal
- 81 81. The golden feather of luck
- 82 82. A precise arrangement of piercings
- 83 83. Five spikes for a badass look
- 84 84. A tragus like a galaxy
- 85 85. Anti-tragus and forward helix combination
- 86 86. Golden glow for cartilage piercings
- 87 87. Indian wisdom for the ear
- 88 88. Diamonds for brave girls
- 89 89. A perfect alignment of jewels
Here we’re dealing with a dedicated person! She has 4 types of cartilage holes, namely tragus, helix, rook and orbital.
2. Helix piercings as three flowers
As you can see, piercings placed on the outer rim of the upper ear are called helix. This girl decorated her upper ear with pretty flowers.
3. Helix holes with round jewelry
Round jewelry is more recommended for a fresh cartilage piercing. This is because studs may put pressure on it and prologue the healing process.
4. Jeweled accessories for conch
The conch area of the ear is made of cartilage too. It’s nowhere near the consistence of the ear lobe. Even so, many people endure medium pain to decorate it with jeweled accessories.
5. An ornament for your upper ear
The upper ear may be ornamented easily thanks to jewelry especially made to cover a large area. She only has one hole, called helix piercing.
6. Large jewel on steady hole
The cartilage is not as soft as the earlobe is, so you can safely wear large jewelry without hurting your ear.
7. Shiny gems decorating the outer ear
If you’re not in the mood for a simple jewel, than you can opt for shiny stars that look like you have more than one helix piercing.
8. Cartilage bending an arrow
The cartilage is a hard tissue. Of course it cannot bend anything, but look how cute that arrow is!
9. Thick ring for cartilage
For a less delicate look, you can go for a thick ring in your helix hole.
10. The moon and a star
Helix piercings are great because they allow your to wear large jewels, like this moon and star.
11. Wearing a mighty trident
Wearing this mighty trident may be a little tricky because it involves many piercings.
12. Pretty flowers everywhere
Jewels shaped like flowers are very feminine. You can wear them under the form of tragus piercing, helix piercing and forward helix.
13. Two different forward helix piercings
Because the inner part of the ear is opposite to the outer part, the piercings located there are called forward helix piercings.
14. Pac Man plays on the ear’s cartilage
If you are creative, you can recreate scenes from popular games on your ear’s cartilage.
15. Seductive orbital piercings
Orbital piercings go around the ear’s rim. They may be shaped in various ways, but these thin ones are especially feminine and seductive.
16. Pretty bow and helix rings
As soon as you have a cartilage piercing or more, you change the jewels as often as you want, creating pretty patterns like this one.
17. Industrial and forward helix as cartilage piercings
The industrial piercing was among the first cartilage piercings that became popular. Even if they take a long time to heal, many individuals prefer it.
18. The orbital piercing combo
The orbital piercing is not very common because of its location and because numerous people wear regular piercings in that area.
19. Golden helix with charms
When you opt for a cartilage piercing, you should wear jewels made of surgical steel or titanium. This girl probably has a healed hole since she can afford to wear a regular earring with charms. Gold isn’t as sterile as you might think.
20. A glowing ear rim
If you like this design, you should know that getting three piercings at once might be very painful. Cartilage piercings in general are more painful than earlobe piercings.
21. A transverse conch
This cartilage piercing idea is very original. I don’t think there is a denomination for it, so I call it a transverse conch because it goes in and out of the conch area. It is a type of industrial, but located in another part of the ear.
22. Tragus piercing for princesses
A tragus piercing is a simple cartilage piercing which can be personalized. This girl chose a jewel that makes me think of royalty.
23. A helix piercing like a crown
Us girls are fortunate because we can find any type of jewels we want. The hardest step is to get pierced and care for it until it heals.
24. Rook piercing with shiny stones
A great way to highlight parts of our ears is to wear jewelry with shiny stones. She is pretty special because she wears one in the rook.
25. Golden jewel for a rook piercing
Many people who got rook piercings didn’t think it hurt as much as they expected. So, if you think it’s really painful, it might be less than you expect.
26. When originality strikes
This design is truly unique. When originality strikes, you obtain art! Just look at how well-thought these piercings are! I’m sure the jewelry is custom made too! Really cool!
27. Rook with white gemstones
A cartilage piercing is fitted for both girls and guys. Your choice is jewelry is important because it defines your style. For example, this girl isn’t eccentric although she didn’t choose a classic piercing location.
28. Thorns circling the ear’s rim
A simple orbital piercing may become much more interesting if you wear a jewel that looks like thorns.
29. A crown of flowers for the ear
All these piercing ideas are very valuable because you might not be aware of the available diversity.
30. Making the ear a galaxy
Shiny stars, a few planets and a Sun like a pearl look a lot like a galaxy, don’t you think?
31. Matching jewelry with your hair
The jewel this girl chose for her rook piercing looks very much like her hair. Is matching the color of your jewelry with your hair a thing?
32. Helix and forward helix in black
When symmetry is not a choice, people tend to choose opposites.
33. Heart-shaped jewelry for ears
Depending on the type of cartilage piercing you have, you can opt for heart-shaped jewelry that fits.
34. The outline of a heart
Hearts fit nicely in areas like rook, tragus and as orbital piercings.
35. Geometric shapes for cartilage piercings
If you search carefully, you’ll find many jewelry under geometrical shapes or different symbols related to religion, cults and so on.
36. A shiny star in the cartilage
For a person who doesn’t have an earlobe piercing, this girl was brave to opt for a cartilage piercing. The level of pain and aftercare are very different.
37. Wearing a stud as a helix
The only cartilage piercing this girl has is the helix. She is wearing a stud with a star-shape. However, her stretched holes are much more interesting.
38. Spiral on the outer rim
You can connect two outer rim piercings with the help of a jewel shaped like a spiral.
39. Girlie crown for girl’s ear
It’s said there is a princess inside every girl, so a small detail like an earring might count more than you imagine.
40. Badass look with an auricle piercing
Auricle piercings connected to earlobe piercings look badass. This one has large spikes too!
41. Caring for a cartilage piercing
Q-tips are good for the aftercare phase. However, cotton buds are more recommended.
42. Studs for the cartilage
Studs are popular choices among women. They like to look neat and love diversity too.
43. Golden rings for ears
Golden rings aren’t only for fingers! You can wear them on your ears as auricle piercings!
44. The ring with a dove
Symbols of hope, doves make nice accessories.
45. Heart, star, moon, dot
Earlobe piercings may be continued with cartilage piercings.
46. A stud and an elephant
The stud is the simple version of a piercing, while the elephant is the decorative one. The options are unlimited.
47. The planet piercing for ear
This jewel looks like Jupiter! How cool is that? It matches her earlobe piercing too!
48. Double cartilage delight
Adorn your ear’s cartilage with double piercings for a doubled effect!
49. Triple piercings for a tripled effect
The number of piercings you can put in your ears is limited, but the number of combinations is not.
50. Two by two
Symmetry can be created in the same ear, not necessarily on both ears. Two by two is just an example.
51. An orbital with shiny gem
I think that silver and gold isn’t the best combination of colors or materials, but I like her choice when it comes to the orbital piercing.
52. A feather for luck
Earrings can be decorative only or they can have deeper meanings. What type are you?
53. A simple helix design
Beginners may opt for several earlobe piercings and a simple helix.
54. Six piercings along the rim
This design is minimalist and consists of six piercings.
55. A twisted industrial design
This is an alternative to the classic industrial piercing. The holes are the same, but the jewel is twisted and has spikes on both ends.
56. Putting an armor on ear
Those three spikes are rad! They look like the ear has an armor on it.
57. Playing with sizes
Decreasing sizes in ear studs look like this. They create a nice visual effect, pointing towards the earlobe.
58. A white and blue combination
This combination of colors has nothing to do with the art of piercing itself, but with each person’s individuality. You can create rainbows or wear plain jewelry. It’s totally up to you.
59. Flowers blossoming on ear
Having a real plant requires attention and it’s a responsibility. In case of jewelry things are different. You can just wear them and enjoy their blossom.
60. Snug and conch brought together
The snug piercing isn’t classic, but the conch is. Both are cartilage piercings that take up to one year to heal completely.
61. Star-shaped jewels for the ear
Star-shaped jewels aren’t recommended for holes that aren’t fully healed because they might irritate the pierced area. Can you wait one year for this?
62. Flashy jewelry for the cartilage
The bigger your jewelry are, the easier they will be to notice.
63. Double tragus and a rook for experts
From my experience, having one tragus piercing is enough. However, this girl is extra brave and an expert if she had two!
64. Spike, ring, barbell and stud
These are pretty much all the basic types of jewels that you can wear in your ear.
65. Rose on cartilage
This rose-shaped jewel is versatile. It can be placed on earlobes or cartilages.
66. A classical industrial
The holes for the industrial piercing must be made at the same time for a perfect fit. A less ideal case would be to have one hole and make the other considering the first.
67. Opal forward helix piercings
This particular arrangement of cartilage piercings is very trendy right now. Many girls opt for it and flaunt it with every occasion they’ve got.
68. Round conches and nothing else
The ear’s pavilion is entirely made of cartilage and a thin layer of skin. You can’t feel pain when the cartilage is pierced, but it takes a longer time to heal.
69. Decorate your ear’s pavilion with a flower
A simple cartilage piercing will allow you to wear a flower or other shapes that look appealing to you.
70. An atypical flower for the ear
Whether you like the green flower seen above or this one, you’ll still need a hole to wear it in.
71. Shiny studs for shiny personalities
Girls like diamonds, so if you’re one of them, you can wear them in your ear as well!
72. A special type of industrial
Industrial piercings aren’t just plain. They come in multiple colors and combinations.
73. Forward helixes with a steampunk touch
The steampunk style can be adapted to jewelry for ear cartilage too!
74. An almost steampunk arrangement
Vintage designs and those that look like clock mechanisms are considered part of the steampunk style.
Because we all have ears shaped differently, some piercings might also look different. For example, this girl has a hidden rook.
76. Perfectly fitted beads for ear
Who said you can wear beads around your neck only? Here’s an idea on how to wear them as a cartilage piercing!
77. Forward helix shaped like a heart
Heart-shaped piercings are now all over the Internet! If you want to stay trendy, you should get one too!
78. Teardrop for your ear
Teardrops are signs of sadness, but sadness is part of our lives so we might as well embrace it.
79. A tiny cartilage piercing
Tiny cartilage piercings hurt just as much as the large ones, but not as much as stretched ones.
80. A flower made of metal
You have to be careful what type of metal you put in your ears. Many will generate allergic reactions.
81. The golden feather of luck
Gold is a material that isn’t often rejected by the human body, so it is considered pretty safe.
82. A precise arrangement of piercings
If you don’t wear geometrical-shaped jewels, then you can create geometrical shapes with studs.
83. Five spikes for a badass look
Here’s another cool example of how to wear spikes in your ear’s cartilage!
84. A tragus like a galaxy
Tragus piercings are located close to the face, so they are easy to see. This chick chose a stud with a bead that looks like a galaxy. Galaxy motifs are hot right now!
85. Anti-tragus and forward helix combination
This is a combination you haven’t seen so far.
86. Golden glow for cartilage piercings
For some reasons, all golden jewelry make me think of femininity.
87. Indian wisdom for the ear
The pavilion of the ear is large enough to accommodate symbols like this one.
88. Diamonds for brave girls
If you are brave enough to pierce your ears, then you deserve diamonds to decorate them!
89. A perfect alignment of jewels
Prepare between $20 and $55 for a cartilage piercing and don’t forget about the aftercare products as well! You’re dealing with a type of piercing that will take long to heal, so you’ll need supplies. If you want more than one piercing in your ear, then you can mention that to the piercing technician. They often make discounts to customers who want more than one body modification. If you can’t handle more than one hole at a time, that’s fine! You can always go back when you’re ready! Happy piercing!