Rook Piercing Q&A: Everything You Need To Know

Rook Piercing Q&A: Everything You Need To Know

A rook piercing is one of the most versatile cartilage piercings available. It has several different jewellery types available, from hoops to barbells. The rook makes a statement both on its own or as an accent to other ear piercings


What is a Rook Piercing? 

A rook piercing is a vertical piercing of the cartilage of the antihelix of the ear. Simply put, it’s a piercing of the uppermost inner ridge of the ear. A rook piercing can is usually 14 or 16 gauge, based on the prominence of your antihelix. Rook piercings are common and an experienced professional can perform the piercing safely in under ten minutes. 

How Much Does a Rook Piercing Hurt?

A rook piercing has to penetrate through two layers of cartilage, so it can hurt more than other cartilage piercings. As always pain is subjective, and our piercing pain scale, people rate rook piercings a 5 to 6 out of 10. Fortunately, the process is fast, and the sting dulls quickly once completed. 

How Long Do Rook Piercings Take to Heal?

Primary healing of the cartilage for rook piercings is around 6 months. Full healing of the area can take between 12 and 18 months. This depends on your individual body and how attentive you are with your piercing aftercare and cleaning.

Keeping your hands off your new piercing helps you heal quickly. Touching, pulling, or pressing the piercing can cause inflammation and slow recovery. Thankfully, agitating or jostling this piercing is more difficult than other ear piercings as it rests deeper within the ear.

How do I Clean My Cartilage Piercing to Prevent Infection? 

Rook piercings can become infected, but regular cleaning lowers the risk. Here are the steps to take to keep your piercing clean:

  • Create a sterile saline solution by dissolving non-iodized salt in distilled water.
  • Warm up the mixture on the stove or in your microwave till it is lukewarm or body temperature.
  • Soak up the solution using a cotton ball or clean cloth, and apply to both ends of the piercing for several minutes.
  • Gently wipe away any crust, blood or puss with your compress. Otherwise, do not move the piercing.

To minimize the risk of infection, for the first month or two clean the area three to four times a day, and then reduce to once in the morning and evening until fully healed.

What are the Different Types of Rook Piercing Jewellery?

Rook piercing jewellery comes in a variety of styles that suit any style, whether you want to go subtle or make a statement. The varieties of jewellery include: 

  • Studs
  • Rings
  • Hoops
  • Ball rings
  • Bead rings
  • Barbell

Each of these varieties come in an endless number of styles in both 14 gauge and 16 gauge. While the piercing heals most piercers recommend wearing a simple barbell, but after that, the sky’s the limit!

 As with any ear jewellery, it’s important to choose quality materials. For comfort and safety, choose light and hypoallergenic piercing jewellery metals such as surgical titanium or gold.

Get a Cartilage Piercing in Newmarket

Whether it’s your first piercing or one of many, a rook piercing is a great option for any ear. At Pierced, our expert piercers provide professional piercing in a safe and sanitary environment. Book a piercing today, or visit us in Newmarket at the Upper Canada Mall.


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