Popular Ear Piercing Types

Ear PiercingEar is the most popular body part for piercing. Almost all parts of the ear can be pierced, so there are many different types of piercings performed on the ear. Some are more common than the others, some are more sensitive than the others and take longer time to heal. Regardless of the type, ear piercings are relatively simple to perform and they can be very effective.

Here is the list of the most popular ear piercing types:

Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercing is the most popular type of ear piercing. In fact, it’s the most common of all body piercings. Earlobe piercing is so widespread and socially acceptable that many people don’t even consider it body piercing in true sense of the word. Earlobe piercing is easy to perform and it heals quickly. There are many types of earrings suitable for this type of piercing.

A special type of earlobe piercing is stretched piercing. It’s sometimes called “gauging”, though it’s a wrong term: gauge is the size of the jewelry. Many types of piercings can be stretched to a larger size, but the most common are stretched earlobes. There are special types of jewelry made for stretched piercings: ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets, tusks, spirals, and more.

Industrial Piercing

An industrial piercing (also known as the scaffold piercing) consists of two holes connected by a single jewelry piece. It’s typically done on the upper ear cartilage. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one close to the head and the other further down the cartilage on the opposite side of the ear.

The most common jewelry type for industrial piercings is long, straight barbell. It’s inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear and it goes diagonally across the front of the ear cartilage to the second piercing. It’s not uncommon to wear a pair of captive bead rings instead of a straight barbell. Those who wish to use straight barbells for their industrial piercings can choose between numerous unique barbells with special decorations or spirals to make their piercing stand out.

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is performed on the outer curly rim of the ear cartilage. It’s important that this piercing is done with a needle and not piercing gun (in fact, it’s best to never use a piercing gun; it’s only suitable for earlobe piercings and it’s not even the best method to perform that type of piercing). Most people get more than one helix piercing to wear several jewelry pieces on that side of the ear. A special type of helix piercing is the orbital piercing. Here, two piercings are made and the jewelry goes from back to the back of the ear, so it looks like it’s orbiting through the cartilage.

Anti-Helix

The anti-helix piercing is done on the ear part just the opposite of the helix. It’s also known as the snug piercing. This type of piercing requires micro-jewelry. Many people choose to get both helix and anti-helix piercings and pair them with the same jewelry types. The most commonly used jewelry for this type of piercing are curved barbells or circular rings.

Tragus Piercing

The tragus piercing is performed on the small piece of the thick cartilage projecting in front of the ear canal. It’s typically done at a small gauge (16g). The most common jewelry for this piercing is captive bead ring.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus piercing is performed on the part of the ear cartilage directly above the earlobe.

Transverse Lobe Piercing

This is a piercing that goes horizontally through the ear lobe. It takes more time to heal than the regular earlobe piercing. Typical jewelry worn in this piercing are straight or curved barbells.

Rook Piercing

The rook piercing is done at the folded inner rim of the ear. This inner ridge of the ear runs down the center and it’s parallel to the helix or outer rim. It’s important to understand that the look of this piercing depends a lot on the anatomy of your ear.

Conch Piercing

There are two types of the conch piercing: the inner and the outer. The inner conch piercing is made on the center cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. These piercings are usually done at larger gauges (10g or 8g) and they can be stretched to accommodate ear plugs. The most common jewelry type for this piercing is barbell.

The outer conch piercing is made on the flat part of the top outer ear. It’s done at a smaller gauge (16g). Typical jewelry for this piercing is curved barbell or a captive bead ring.

Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is performed on the outer rim of the ear cartilage, closest to the head. It’s often performed with a curved needle to prevent damage to other parts of the ear. There is another variation of this piercing: the inner daith. This one is performed on the horizontal part of the cartilage, directly above the ear canal. The most commonly used jewelry for daith piercing is a captive bead ring.

Valentine’s Day Body Jewelry Ideas

With Valentine’s Day approaching, you may be wondering what to give your loved one as a present. Body jewelry is a great gift for any piercing enthusiast. The Chain Gang offers a wide selection of all body jewelry types and gauges, all made of high-quality, body-safe materials.

Here are some of the Valentine’s Day ideas, based on the piercing and type of jewelry:

Navel: Heart Hybrid Curved Barbell

Heart Hybrid Curved BarbellThis beautiful belly button jewelry piece has a setting made of 14k nickel-free gold and a heart gem (6x6mm in size). The barbell shaft is made of surgical steel. The heart gem is permanently attached to the curved barbell. The piece is internally threaded for best comfort and available in white or yellow gold.

Ear: Fancy Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Fancy Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage PiercingThis gorgeous helix cuff is ideal for all fans of cartilage ear piercing. The piece is about ¾ inches in length. It comes with either an 18 gauge or 16 gauge surgical barbell included.

Stretched Earlobe: Glitter Halo Flesh Tunnel

Glitter Halo Flesh TunnelThis beautiful flesh tunnel is glittery and will sure make your stretched piercing stand out. The piece is made of 316LVM Medical Grade Surgical Steel. There are several glitter inlay colors to choose from.

Labret: 14K Gem Set Flower Labret

14K Gem Set Flower LabretA beautiful and effective 14k solid gold labret with special gem set flower. The labret is internally threaded and the flower gem is about 5mm in size. The piece is made of 14k nickel-free gold and available either as yellow or white gold. The gems used are genuine, hand-set Swarovski Cubic Zircons. It’s possible to have us replace them with another type of genuine stones.

Nipple: Antique Butterfly Nipple Stirrup

Antique Butterfly Nipple StirrupThis gorgeous nipple stirrup is one of the most beautiful jewelry pieces in our collection. The butterfly is about 7/8 inches long and 1-1/8 inches wide. It’s suspended from the 14 gauge barbell by steel chains. The piece also includes a teardrop stone hanging from the bottom. This will make a unique addition to your nipple jewelry collection.

Nostril: Genuine Diamond – Bezel Cluster – Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Genuine Diamond - Bezel Cluster - Nostril Screw or NoseBoneA beautiful and elegant nostril jewelry piece. The diamonds used in the piece are six 1.25 point and one 1.5 point genuine diamonds, which means that the total carat weight of this jewelry piece is over 8 points. The gold used in the piece is 14k nickel-free gold, available either as yellow or white. This style is also available as straight nosebone, the L-bar or the unbent fishtail.

Eyebrow: Swallow Eyebrow Curved Barbell

Swallow Eyebrow Curved BarbellThis is a beautiful and effective eyebrow piece. The curved barbell is made of 316LVM Surgical Steel and includes a cute ornamental piece on one end.

Tongue: Build Your Own Titanium Straight Barbell

Build Your Own Titanium Straight BarbellA perfect jewelry piece for those who like titanium jewelry as well as customized body jewelry. You can choose the ball size you wish to wear and easily customize this jewelry based on personal preference. These straight barbells are made of ASTM F-136 medical grade, internally-threaded titanium.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

Here are some quick Valentine’s Day ideas for him. The Chain Gang offers high-quality body jewelry for all men who enjoy piercings and effective body jewelry. Surprise your significant other with some of the best body jewelry for men:

Elektro and Clock Plugs

Elektro and Clock PlugThese unique ear plugs are ideal for stretched piercings. There are 10 different styles to choose from, all made in a distinctive clockwork design. There are two groups of plug designs: Circuit board and Clock workings. Each style is made to look completely unique.

Titanium Duplex Carousel Spirals

Titanium Duplex Carousel SpiralsA more colorful piece for those who like their piercing jewelry to stand out. This spiral has a nice shape and it’s made of titanium, so it’s a great choice for those who prefer titanium jewelry. The balls include simple but effective coloration (many different colors available)

Circle Ring

Circle RingThis jewelry type is based on the same idea as the segment rings, though these rings are made in much larger gauges. Any circle ring comes apart in 2 halfes, so it’s very easy to insert it the piercing. The rings are made of high-quality 316LVM Surgical Steel, made of one single block of surgical steel and not a bent wire. Ideal for Prince Albert piercing.

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber PlugBeautiful and organic, these honey amber ear plugs are both simple and very effective. The colors can vary since the jewelry is made of genuine Dominican amber. Ideal for stretched ear piercings.

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with Ring

Titanium Carousel Cylinders with RingSimple but effective surgical steel captive bead rings with attached titanium carousel cylinder. The cylinder adds style to the piece and bright colors sure make it stand out. The stripes are available in many different colors.

Stretching Your Piercing

Mysterium Halo Tunnel

Mysterium Halo Tunnel

Stretching (also known as gauging) is a popular form of body modification in which a healed piercing is slowly stretched to accommodate larger jewelry. Earlobes are the most popular piercings people stretch, though it’s possible to stretch piercings on most of the other parts of the body with equal success.

Stretching offers certain benefits, so it’s not surprising it’s very popular among many people. Some of the reasons why you might want to stretch:

• Body modification. Many people like the modification itself, such as the appearance of stretched earlobes.
• More varied jewelry. Stretching allows you to try new, different types of jewelry and to wear jewelry in different sizes.
• New sensations. Stretching allows for new sensations. This is particularly important for genital piercings, where larger jewelry contributes to pleasure and enhances sex for both partners.
• Exciting process. Some people enjoy the process of stretching itself and they love to see the effect of the each new size.

Stretching Tips

Proper stretching requires patience and time. This is the only way to ensure you won’t get hurt and that you will be able to continue stretching to the desired size. When stretching, it’s important not to skip sizes, especially if it’s a one digit size.

Most piercings start at the sizes 20g, 18g, 16g or, in some cases, 14g. It’s important to know what is the size you were pierced at, so you will know the next size you should achieve by stretching. You should start stretching at one size larger than the original size.
When stretching, it’s important to start with a healed piercing. It means waiting the amount of time appropriate for said piercing. It usually takes at least 4 months before you can start stretching. It’s also important to wait at least a month (or several weeks) between stretching, often even longer. It’s important to give your piercing the time to heal and rest between stretching.

It’s always best to stretch after a bath and it’s advisable to use a bit of lubricant to make it easier. This process should not cause serious discomfort or bleeding, so it’s important to go slowly and take your time.

Tapers

Stretching a lobe piercing

Using tapers is probably the most popular stretching method. Tapers are handy and easy to use, and they come in many sizes so you will always be able to use them for stretching. When choosing a taper, it’s best to use steel tapers because they are smooth, non-porous and can go in and out relatively easily. They are very reliable and make stretching easy. The one downside of tapers is that they are not always suitable for stretching at very large sizes.

When stretching with a taper, it’s important to take it slowly. Massage some lubricant and slowly start pushing the taper through the hole. Make sure to push the small end first – that’s the whole point of using a taper for stretching.

Prepare your jewelry and make sure it’s in the same size as the one you’re stretching to. Align the jewelry with the large end of the taper and push slowly. As the taper goes through the hole you can gently push the jewelry in.

This is all you need to do. The aftercare is minimal if you stretch properly: there should be no blood and no damage to your skin. You may wish to use a saline solution to treat the newly-stretched #piercings.

Some people think it would look great to wear stretchers as a jewelry, but this should not be done. It’s always best to use specialized jewelry made for stretched piercing and gauges.

New Jewelry

Stretches piercings can accommodate new #gauges and styles of jewelry. However, general considerations still apply: it’s important to choose jewelry made of safe materials. There are many cheap products you can buy, made of inferior, unsafe materials. It’s vital that you use quality jewelry made of body safe materials.

Good materials for healing stretched piercings include titanium, surgical steel, Teflon and glass. For healed stretched piercing, you may use some other materials, such as gold, silver, stone, bone, ivory, horn and certain wood materials.

There are many unique jewelry types you can wear on your stretched piercings. Flesh tunnels and plugs are the most popular types.

Parquet Wood Ear Plugs

Parquet Wood Ear Plugs

This particular exotic wood plug has an amazing pattern of multiple varieties of wood. This plug is tapered in which eliminates the need for o-rings. It is simply a beautiful body jewelry ear plug as well as all organic.