Ear piercing was traditionally carried out as a form of adornment, but it's grown into a subculture, and curating your piercings is a current trend that looks like it's here for the long run. Curation involves arranging multiple piercings in an artistic and intentional way, so knowing what earring to position in what part of the ear is vital. Here's an overview of the types of earrings that work well for each of the main ear piercing sites aside from the lobe:
The tragus, which is the cartilage at the top of the opening to the ear canal, is only big enough for a single piercing. Attention is immediately drawn to a piercing in this area due to its central location and relative isolation from the other common piercing sites of the ear. An earring in this position should be attractive and stand out from any plain studs or bands in the ear. Diamond studs, coloured plastic studs and small rings with an embellishment are ideal for tragus piercings.
The forward helix is the top half of the outer rim of the ear and ends at the top of the ear canal. Due to the thickness of the cartilage at the outer rim, it's not a great site for rings. Plain studs, small discs, coloured spikes and shaped studs work well in the forward helix area.
The helix is the bottom half of the outer rim of the ear, and it's a popular piercing site because it's not considered a particularly painful area to have pierced. The rim of the ear is thinner along the helix, so it's an ideal place for plain or embellished rings, shaped studs, crawler sets and small bars.
The conch is the inner, middle section of the ear where the cartilage becomes concave just before the opening to the ear canal. There's only enough space for a stud, so stunning showpieces are typically used in this area. Sparkling floral-inspired studs or quirky, fun pieces work well for conch piercings.
The small piece of cartilage at the top of the lobe is called the antitragus, and this area can take a couple of small rings or a single stud. A ring embellished with tiny gemstones or mixed beads can add a touch of elegance to a curated ear, while a spiked stud here can convey a fiery nature.
There's such a wide array of earrings and ear curation combinations, so it can be both fun and challenging when selecting earrings for a new piercing site. However, as long as you keep the overall look and style of the ear as a whole in mind when selecting an earring for a piercing site, it won't be too difficult to avoid clashing pieces or too many bold earrings fighting for centre stage.
Contact a company that sells ear piercing jewellery for more ideas.