Whether you're just starting your piercing journey or you've already got an ear stack, here's the Laura Bond guide to ear piercings.

Piercing names

It can be hard to remember the names of ear piercings and where they are on the ear.

Click on the dots to learn more and find jewellery suitable for that piercing.

It’s worth bearing in mind that any cartilage piercing is a commitment and will take at least 3-6 months to heal.

It can be hard to remember the names of ear piercings and where they are on the ear.

Click on the dots to learn more and find jewellery suitable for that piercing.

It’s worth bearing in mind that any cartilage piercing is a commitment and will take at least 3-6 months to heal.

Gauge and sizing

What do we mean by jewellery gauge?

A gauge size indicates how big your piercing must be to accommodate the jewellery. Interestingly the gauge system is based on the wire gauge system used by electrical workers.

Gauge sizes work in reverse, meaning that the higher the number, the thinner the width of the stud or hoop. So higher numbers (like 20 gauge) are thinner than smaller numbers (like a 16 gauge).

For piercings in general, 18 g through 16 g are the most common sizes that people are pierced with. We offer a variety of gauges – from 20g to 16g.

Why is it important?

Knowing the gauge you need for you piercing is like knowing what dress or shoe size you need.
If you wear jewellery with a gauge that is thinner that the one you were pierced with then your piercing may shrink. And if you choose a larger gauge then it may be difficult and painful to change your jewellery up a size by yourself.

The good news is that a piercer will always be able to fit your jewellery safely for you – even if your piercing has shrunk a bit and you want to size up.

How do I know what size hoop or stud I need?

Everyone’s ears are unique. This means the size of jewellery you need for your piercing will vary to other peoples.

The best way to know your jewellery or post (labret/backing) size is to go and visit a reputable piercer. They’ll be able to measure your piercing and let you know what will fit and they can also check your piercing to make sure it’s healed and ready for a jewellery upgrade.

If you can’t get to a piercer then we recommend measuring the stud length or hoop inner diameter that you currently wear and determine your size that way.

How to get rid of piercing bumps

Piercing bumps occur due to irritation.

The body doesn’t like the foreign object, and fights it. But with some good aftercare you can gently convince your body to heal around it.

Most people don’t take great care of their piercings until there is a problem, then they care a lot.

My advice is to be proactive from the start. Keep it clean and be careful with it.

No sleeping on it, no touching it – and if you must wash, your hands first – and gently clean it twice a day with a saline solution. The ideal saline solution is one teaspoon of salt and 8 teaspoons of water but you can also buy it ready made in most chemists.

If your piercing becomes infected and soaking it with saline solution doesn’t work see your piercer or seek medical advice.

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