A conch piercing is a stylish ear piercing made on the specific parts of the ear cartilage. The name of this piercing comes from the fact that this part of the ear resembles a conch shell. Conches are beautiful sea creatures known for their elegant shells.
There are two main types of conch piercings: inner and outer conch. Both are very popular among many piercing enthusiasts and are among the most common ear piercings, even though they are not as popular as earlobe piercings or the Industrial piercings.
The Inner and Outer Conch Piercings
The Inner conch piercing is positioned at the cup-shaped area of the ear cartilage in the center of the ear. This area is located adjacent to the ear canal.
The outer conch piercing is positioned on the flat part between the helix and the antihelix.
Both inner and outer conch piercings are considered cartilage piercings and are often worn in pairs, though many people opt to have them only on one ear.
Important Things to Remember
It’s important to note that conch piercings tend to be tricky because they can lead to infections. However, they don’t pose any problem for an experienced pierced. The most important is to take a good care of your new piercing and listen to your body. Proper aftercare is important and you must prevent infection and inflammation at all costs.
Typically, the piercing is done with a 14 gauge needle. In case you want a larger gauge to be pierced with and to have a larger conch piercing, you need to have it done with a dermal punch. Dermal punches are less damaging. Keep in mind that cartilage can’t be stretched, so in order to be able to wear plugs and other large gauge jewelry pieces, the hole has to be cut out with a dermal punch.
Conch piercings are located near the center of the ear, which makes them relatively secure against migration and rejection.
Matching of the conch piercings is not always easy. They are relatively tricky to position to align properly, so it’s another thing to keep in mind if you decide to have conch piercings on both of your ears.
Conch piercings take about 6 months to fully heal.
There are many beautiful jewelry pieces you can wear in your conch piercing. The most common jewelry types are studs and rings. The studs are usually small and discreet. They are made to rest inside the ear.
Thee rings are typically Captive Bead Rings made to encircle the outer rim of the ear. Some people also opt to wear barbells.
There is also another option: conch orbital. Those are actually two piercings (two holes need to be made) connected by the ring. This way, the ring “orbits” around the ear cartilage, giving it a very unique, striking looks.