How many types of ear piercings are there? How do you choose the one that suits you best? How are they made and how badly do they do? If you are considering giving yourself a new ear piercing and you are asking yourself one of these questions, read on, you will find all the answers you need!


. What are cartilage earrings?

To simplify, cartilage piercings are the piercings not done on the earlobe. There are several varieties of cartilage piercings, including helix, rook, tragus, daith, forward helix, conch and industrial. 

. Cartilage vs regular ear lobe piercing

Cartilage piercings are done on any part of the ear where the tissue is harder. And your ear lobes which are generally softer and more pliable.

. Which cartilage piercings will our new cartilage earrings work for?

The new mini hoops are designed for any helix or tragus piercing. This charming and classic hoop now created to be worn over your cartilage piercings – Ana, Mae, Eva, Paxe and Bria - are all designed for your post-healed helix piercings. Be careful, you cannot pierce your cartilage with these parts.


. How is a cartilage piercing done?

Cartilage piercings are typically done with a needle, NOT with the stud-shooting gun for reasonable reasons. Piercing with the gun will cost less but with risks not only because it is not fully sterilizable but also traumatically creates a hole, which makes it susceptible to infection and harder for your piercing to heal.

. Do cartilage piercings hurt?

Literally, they will hurt more than regular ear lobes, but not as bad as you’re imagining, we guarantee! Which is to say, it doesn’t hurt to bring additional bling to your stacking ear parties just in case.

. Do you need special earrings to pierce cartilage?

For cartilage piercings, in order to avoid infection, easier to recover and any post-piercing reaction, we highly advise that you are initially pierced with gold or titanium flat back studs. Once your piercing is fully healed (which usually takes longer than ear lobes), you can change for something more stylish.


Will Kora Garro be piercing with these earrings?

We do NOT offering for cartilage piercings, these earrings are made for wear particularly with healed piercings only. 

How do I style these earrings?

Designed to mix and match with your daily stack, this collection definitely elevates your fashion look. Sparkling with cartilage cross mini hoop with the mini trinity studs. Or be the stacking princess with Ana. With our new star hoop for celeste fun and a chic refresh.

.Can you use cartilage earrings for tragus?

Tragus piercing is very trendy. It looks super stylish and you can see the jewelry from the front and back, thanks to the shape of the small ear cartilage. For the Tragus we love small hoops and simple earrings which are the most used piercing for this hole.

. Can you use normal earrings for cartilage?

In some cases, you can use any type of earring for the cartilage piercing, such as hoops and studs. Yet, earrings made for cartilage are generally more comfortable.

Why are cartilage earrings different?

Cartilage and earlobes not only look and feel different, but these body parts are different. Ear lobes have a good amount of blood flow and the piercing site heals quickly. The ear lobe site heals in approximately 4-6 weeks. 

On the other hand, the cartilage has an extremely limited blood supply so healing is slower and in contrast to the ear lobe, it may take 3-6 months to heal; some people may need as long as 6-12 months for their cartilage to heal fully. The ear cartilage will stay tender for up to one year after piercing. 

How to choose your perfect piercing?

Cartilage earring styles range from simple studs to punk symbols. They include:

Hoops: Mini hoops in both simple and patterned styles are some of the great options.

Captive Beads: or CBR, a single bead in the center of the ring is popular.

Posts or studs: Posts or studs are suitable for cartilage piercings.

Circular barbells: Circular barbells are metal half hoop styles that pass through the ear with a beaded end sticking out of both sides of the ear.

Cuffs: Cuffs work well for helix piercings. The cuff part of the earring curves around the ear cartilage. 


. Who sells cartilage earrings? where to buy cartilage earrings?

In most cities, you can find cartilage earrings locally. However, the Internet is a good source to find best deals or perfect designs. Shops that specialize in body jewelry often have the largest variety of earring designs.

Cartilage earrings for sale

We offer the best seller pieces to build the earring sets in Kora Garro, to perfect for your unique style and wallet. Click here to check more.

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. What is the healing process for cartilage piercings?

Depends on the type of cartilage piercing you have, healing times range person-to-person, but can typically take six months to a year for cartilage. 

Overall the healing of ear piercings could be actually long and in need of some care except for piercings on the earlobe. This is because the cartilaginous parts of the ear tend to get easily irritated and to form the so-called "ball".

The "ball" can form near the hole, is sometimes painful which basically a swelling similar to a bubble. In some annoying cases, the ball can even incorporate the piercing, in an attempt that the skin makes to heal the wound.

Please note for the healing process:

  • NO earring gun for cartilage piercing
  • Keep the piercing clean
  • Avoid touching the area with unclean hands
  • Avoid changing the earring too soon
  • Be careful when combing your hair or going to the hairdresser.

. What is the gauge is appropriate for cartilage piercing? What is Kora Garro for these cartilage earrings?

Our cartilage earrings all feature an 18 gauge.

For your knowledge, Gauge refers to the thickness of the barbell going through your piercing.  The higher the gauge, the thinner the barbell.  For example, a 18 Gauge (aka 22G) barbell is going to be very thin, and a 14G barbell is going to be thicker. Check the our gauge chart here:

kora garro gauge size chart

How do I care for these earrings?

Like any of our sterling silver earrings, these earrings can be worn all day, everyday. One of the problems with silver jewelry is that it can get tarnished. Clean your sterling silver jewelry regularly using a damp microfiber cloth. Wear your jewelry as much as you can to prevent tarnish.

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Types and names of ear piercings

Talking about common types of ear piercings as well as a frequently asked question when it comes to each piercing, we list a hypothetical "pain rating" from 1 to 10.

Our advice is to give this a purely theoretical index because it is subjective considering pain and above all, the procedure is so fast that you even hardly notice it! 

Ear Lobes

It is the most common and cleared “piercing” on the planet. Many of us received it as children, some even as babies. The hole in the ear, or rather, earlobe piercing, essentially consists of piercing the lobe (obviously), the fleshy part that is in the bottom of the auricle. Depending on the size and shape of the lobe, more upper lobes can be created.

HELIX piercing

The Helix piercing is one of the most popular piercings, located in the upper part of the auricle. It is a very fashionable and very versatile piercing: headbands, normal earrings, barbell, labret, there are very few limits for this piercing!

For this type, we recommend that they are thin and simple.

Healing time: 4-6 months

Pain: 5/10, less pain than other cartilage piercings

CONCH piercing

The conch is a piercing that concerns the central and internal part of the auricle. The hole is made in the cartilage using a needle whose size varies slightly according to the final piece of jewelry you want to put.

Healing time: 4-6 months

Pain: 5/10, average pain for cartilage piercings

TRAGUS piercing

Tragus is right in front of the ear canal, the small area of the cartilage in front of the ear hole, where tragus piercing takes its inspiration. Typically we recommend the mini hoop or the labret. 

Healing time: 3-4 months

Pain: 4/10, average pain for cartilage piercings

DAITH piercing

The Daith is a piercing at the root of the helix, another cartilage fold this time inside the auricle. Being a slightly closed point of the ear, not easy to reach, usually, a little ring or barbell is chosen to decorate it. Furthermore, it is essential to clean it well, because more dirt tends to settle in this part of the ear (dead skin, earwax, dandruff, soap, other not very pleasant biological waste ...)

Fun fact: the Daith is said to be a therapeutic piercing, capable of passing some cases of migraine.

Healing time: 4-5 months

Pain: 6/10 

ROOK piercing

The rook piercing is under the upper curve of the ear and above the basin. The rook is less popular than Helix or Conch piercing, however it also offers several possibilities.

Healing time: 4-5 months

Pain: 6/10



The forward helix is the small outer rim of cartilage at the top front of the ear.

Healing time: 4-5 months

Pain: 6/10 


Industrial is the stuff of real piercing-lovers. This piercing is made by piercing the helix in two points, so that the piercing crosses the ear transversely from side to side.

Healing time: 6-7 months

Pain: 7/10

Have questions about how to style these? Would you like to know more? Check out our instagram where you will see lovely combinations and ideas for your piercings and earring party.

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