There are a wide range of piercings available to choose from, especially on your ears - however the cartilage piercing remains one of the most popular spots to have pierced, and has a truly wide range of jewellery available to wear in a cartilage piercing.
A cartilage piercing, is typically a helix piercing located on the outer rim of the ear. This type of piercing can typically take a little longer to heal but will offer you a wider choice of locations for the piercing. If you're looking for a little piercing inspiration then places like Instagram and Pinterest can be excellent sources of cartilage piercing imagery.
As we have mentioned previously, cartilage piercings can take a while to heal - typically six to twelves to fully heal. This is due to this area of the ear having lower blood flow, compared to lobes for instance - which will typically heal in three to six months. Healing time can also be influenced by how well the piercing is looked after - remember to keep it clean!
We really do recommend investing in some piercing aftercare - we recommend cleaning the area twice daily with a saline solution, which you can usually find at a pharmacy (or your piercer may give you some when you have your piercing done).
Don't rush out to change your cartilage jewellery - we know it can be tempting to get something a bit more extravagant however we always advise keeping the original stud in until your piercing has fully healed. Cartilage piercings are slow to heal, and by changing the jewellery before it has fully healed you may run the risk of it not healing correctly, an infection, or the piercing rejecting the new jewellery entirely.
If you are a side sleeper then you may find sleeping with a new cartilage piercing a little tricky initially. You may have seen the memes about sleeping on a fresh piercing online - however the struggle is real. Try to avoid sleeping on a healing piercing as it may end up causing irritation, or even an infection.
You can have multiple cartilage piercings at once, if that's your style. This will allow you to build that perfect earring stack - however we recommend only having one ear pierced at a time (think back to the side sleeping issue).Now for the fun part - choosing the jewellery. Well, you're in luck here as the cartilage piercing is a versatile one, which will suit pretty much anything you want to put in it. We have a wide range of flat back studs, threaded studs, chain linked studs, captive rings, bendable hoops and even barbells that will work with a cartilage piercing - let your imagination run wild!
Is surgical steel jewellery right for me?
There are several types of metal used for body jewellery manufacturing – however not all may be suitable for you. The wrong type of metal may cause you to have a reaction – or skin irritation. The main culprit for skin irritation would be nickel.
The most common type of metal used for body jewellery is surgical grade steel. Here at Cherry Diva we used 316L surgical grade steel for many of our body jewels. The 316L number denotes the low carbon version of the steel.
We do this for two reasons – the first being that surgical grade steel is generally suitable for most people’s piercings, it has a low risk for reactions and tolerates water well. The second reason is that surgical grade steel is relatively cheap – which helps us keep the cost of jewellery low.
Surgical grade steel is also not complete nickel free – it does generally contain around 8% - 12% nickel content so if you have an allergy to nickel it may be advisable to wear titanium jewellery.
If you are hypersensitive, we would usually advise you to opt for titanium jewellery. Titanium is a strong as steel but lighter – it does not corrode nor tarnish, nor react to saltwater or body chemistry. It can also be coloured – or anodized to produce all kinds of vibrant colours. The downside to Titanium jewellery is that its generally more expensive to produce.