Ear piercings are so popular that department store Liberty London famously condensed all the It bags into another part of the shop floor to make way for the rather grand Maria Tash concession a couple of years back. The New York–based jeweller's designs famously temporarily popped up in Liberty during fashion week one season, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A carefully and beautifully curated ear is now the accessory du jour. But the types and combinations of ear piercings you choose are up to you. To help you make a decision, below you'll find the five main piercings from the daith to the rook. If you find one you like, click the link below and it will take you to a more in-depth article that reveals everything you need to know about your chosen piercing type, from the jewellery that works best to the aftercare.
Further, below you'll find our favourite jewellery designers (we asked our sister site Who What Wear for their recommendations too) because the jewellery you choose is just as important as the placement.
Keep scrolling to find the six ear piercings that all the cool girls have.
The high-lobe piercing is a fun way to add piercings on the lobe. They're especially good for making a feature out of a poorly-placed piercing you may have had done before.
Read all about the high-lobe piercing.
The Daith Ear Piercing
Found in a slightly awkward position, the daith (pronounced like "faith") takes a skilled piercer. It's also the piercing that is rumoured to help alleviate migraines.
Read more about the daith piercing.
The Tragus Ear Piercing
The tragus can add detail to any curated ear, especially when it's adorned with a pretty stud or snug hoop.
Tempted? Learn more about the tragus piercing.
The Conch Ear Piercing
The conch is pretty versatile. It can be pierced with a stud for a subtle effect, a double stud (if you're feeling brave) or a cuff that can hug its way around the edge of your ear.
If you're feeling brave enough to pierce right through your ear, then the conch piercing might be your thing.
The Helix Ear Piercing
Helix piercings—piercings that are placed anywhere on the upper outer cartilage of the ear—are often the first choice when moving from the lobe. But they've become even more popular now, and piercers and clients are experimenting with multiple helix piercings on one ear.
The Rook Ear Piercing
One of the more unusual inner-ear piercings, a rock piercing is best suited to a hoop, although a bar is recommended for the initial healing period.
The Earring Shopping List
Maria Tash has the original cool-girl earrings.
Catbird is perfect if you love seriously dainty jewellery.
Theodora Warre is great for hoops and if you like to shop British.
How fun are these star hoops?
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