Conch Piercings: A Comprehensive Guide to This Trendy Ear Piercing Style

Conch Piercings: A Comprehensive Guide to This Trendy Ear Piercing Style

Are you looking to adorn your ears with a unique and stylish piercing? Look no further than conch piercings! This increasingly popular ear piercing style offers a variety of aesthetic options to express your individuality. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of conch piercings, covering everything from the procedure to aftercare.

What Is a Conch Piercing? 

Conch piercings are a unique type of ear piercing that is placed through the cartilage in the middle part of the ear, known as the conch. This area is located in the hollow space just above the earlobe and is divided into two main sections: the inner conch and the outer conch. Conch piercings have gained popularity in recent years due to their versatility and aesthetic appeal.

Types of Conch Piercings

Inner Conch Piercing:

The inner conch piercing is placed through the center of the cartilage cup. It allows for various jewelry options and can accommodate both studs and hoops. This type of conch piercing is known for its visibility and can be a bold statement piece or a delicate adornment, depending on your preference.

Outer Conch Piercing:

The outer conch piercing is situated at the flat part of the ear cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. It offers a unique placement that allows for a range of jewelry styles, including studs, hoops, and captive bead rings. The outer conch piercing can be an excellent way to showcase your individual style and create a captivating look.

Types of Jewelry for Conch Piercings

Due to the popularity of conch piercings, there are plenty of cartilage jewelry options available for conch piercings. When you’re choosing jewelry for your conch piercing, the most important thing is to make sure that it is good quality. Some types of jewelry that will look awesome with your cartilage piercing are:


Hoops, such as seamless rings or hinged rings, offer a more fashionable and versatile option. They can be worn as a hoop earring or flipped upward to create a unique and edgy look. Hoops come in different sizes and materials, allowing you to find the perfect match for your style.


Studs are a classic choice for conch piercings. They come in various materials, including titanium, surgical steel, and gold. You can select from different gemstones, shapes, and sizes to suit your taste and preferences.


Cuffs sit well around many cartilage piercings and are really versatile in terms of design and style, making them a great choice, again having to wait until the piercing is fully healed to be swapped into the cuffs

Where to Buy Conch Piercing Jewelry

When you’re buying jewelry for your conch piercing, it is important to make sure that you are purchasing it from a trusted retailer, so that you can be confident that the jewelry is of good quality. Poor quality jewelry can damage your body, damage your piercing and can cause irritations, rashes and allergic reactions.

Drop by our studio and take a look at the range of jewelry we have to offer. You can also chat with a member of the team at who will be able to advise you on jewelry for your conch piercing.

Can You Get Your Conch Pierced With A Hoop?

It is necessary to get your ear pierced with a bar initially. Once your piercing has healed, you can replace the bar with a hoop.

Do Conch Piercings Hurt?

A conch piercing might hurt a little more than an earlobe piercing, as you are putting a hole through cartilage tissue. Everyone experiences pain differently but often the anticipation of getting a piercing is more uncomfortable and the piercing itself. 

As experienced professionals, we can reassure you that conch piercing pain is nothing to worry about but if you’re nervous about getting your piercing, the best thing to do to is to remember that the discomfort of a piercing is only temporary. Once the moment has passed, you’ll be left with an awesome new piercing to admire.

How Long Does A Conch Piercing Take To Heal?

Your conch piercing may take longer to heal than a skin piercing, and you may experience a little more swelling. Don’t worry, this is normal and the swelling should go down after a few weeks. The full healing process can take anything from six to nine months. Make sure that your piercing is fully healed before you change your jewelry.

Conch Piercing Aftercare

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: Clean the piercing twice a day using a saline solution or a sea salt soak.
  • Avoiding Irritation: To avoid irritation, protect your conch piercing from excessive moisture, hair products, and makeup. Avoid swimming in pools or hot tubs during the healing period. Additionally, try to sleep on the opposite side to prevent accidental pressure on the piercing.
  • Avoid touching or playing with your conch piercing at all, especially if you haven’t washed your hands thoroughly first
  • When drying your conch piercing, use a clean paper towel
  • Leave your original jewelry in while your piercing is healing

    Any piercing can be susceptible to infection, so be sure to follow the care tips above to minimize any risk. If you are concerned about an infected cartilage piercing, speak to your piercing professional.  

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