If you're looking for a unique and eye-catching piercing, the conch piercing might be just it!
In this guide, we'll discuss everything you need to know about conch piercings: from the types available to how much it costs to the healing process.
So if you're thinking about getting one, this guide is for you!
In this guide:
- What is a conch piercing?
- Types of conch piercings
- Pain and healing time
- Styling a conch piercing
Located on the conch, that middle part of your ear cartilage that resembles the shape of a conch shell, the conch piercing comes in many different varieties.
Of all the cute ear piercings out there, conch piercings take the cake for being the most unique. Because they adorn the ear in a bold yet wearable way, it's no wonder why conch piercings have been gaining popularity over the last few years and is the most popular piercings trends.
Within the world of conch piercings, there are two main options of placement (inner vs outer conch) and a few variants.
Inner Conch Piercing
The inner conch is located in the middle of the conch, closer to the daith (the fold of cartilage above the entrance of the ear canal), and usually styled with a stud. Because of its location, is good to bear in mind that this type of conch piercing typically takes longer to heal.
Outer Conch Piercing
The outer conch piercing is the more common of the two types and is done on the outer edge of the ear's cartilage. This piercing can be done in a variety of locations, including the upper and lower conch.
The great thing about the outer conch is that it allows for more jewelry options (hello, hoops!) and typically heals faster than the inner conch piercing.
Double Conch Piercing
As you can probably guess, a double conch consists of two piercings at the conch. You can stack the two conch piercings on top of each other and horizontally.
If you're planning on getting a double conch, it's a good idea to decide each one's location before getting them pierced. That way you can make sure that the spacing between them will allow space for the jewelry you want and also for better healing.
Orbital Conch Piercing
Definitely, a rare piercing, the orbital conch piercing requires two holes to be pierced -- one at the outer conch and another at the outer cartilage of the ear (where helix piercings are usually located).
This piercing is styled with a ring, that goes through both holes, making the effect that the jewelry is orbiting the ear's cartilage.
What are the benefits of getting a conch piercing?
A conch piercing is a great way to add some personality to your look. If you want a dainty and unique addition to your curated ear, there's no reason why you shouldn't try a conch. Unlike other cartilage piercings, this piercing is suitable for most ears and styles.
And considering the amount of beautiful conch piercing jewelry Assolari has to offer, it'll be easy to style your conch and show off your unique style.
How much does getting a conch piercing cost?
The cost of a conch piercing can vary depending on where you get pierced and the type of jewelry you choose. Generally, the cost for getting the conch pierced is around $30-50 plus the cost of the jewelry.
WARNING! Never go to a piercer who uses a piercing gun for any cartilage piercing. Piercing guns harbor more bacteria than needles, which increases the likelihood of infection and healing time.
How bad does a conch piercing hurt?
Everyone is different, and so are pain tolerances. However, most people agree the conch piercing hurt a 7/10 on the pain scale because this cartilage piercing goes through a thicker part of the ear.
Pain level can also vary depending on how you're getting your piercing hole done. If your piercer uses a needle to get your conch pierced, the piercing will be about the same pain level as other cartilage piercings (helix, tragus, daith). However, if you choose to get it done with a dermal punch, which allows you to wear larger gauge earrings, it can be way more painful.
What is a dermal punch? A dermal punch is a perforation style in which the piercer removes a piece of tissue from the ear's cartilage to allow for thicker jewelry to enter.
How long does a conch piercing take to heal?
Conch piercings done with a needle usually are fully healed in 6 to 9 months, whereas a conch done with a dermal punch might take a year or more to fully heal.
When can I change my conch piercing jewelry?
We understand! You want to swap your piercing jewelry for something adorable, and now you can't wait to do it. But hold up! You're not allowed to change your conch jewelry for at least six months.
You need to wait until it has healed properly before you can switch out your jewelry. This is to prevent any damage to the piercing and increase the healing time. Avoid playing with its jewelry as well if you want to keep the piercing clean and free from infection.
What's the best way to clean your conch piercing?
As with any other cartilage piercing, it is important to keep the piercing placement area clean and dry during the healing process to avoid infection.
You can ensure speedy healing by cleaning it with a saline solution using a cotton ball to gently clean around the piercing, and by following your piercer's aftercare instructions.
Do not use soap as it can be drying and irritating
When you wash your hair, be sure to avoid getting any soap or shampoo on your piercing
What should I do if my conch piercing gets infected?
Infections can occur if the area is not cleaned properly. Symptoms of an infection include severe redness, piercing bumps, swelling, pain, and discharge.
It's natural to have mild bleeding, discomfort, itching, or soreness for a few weeks. However, if you are experiencing severe discomfort or any other signs of an infection, please consult with your piercer immediately. They will be able to provide you with the appropriate treatment.
What if my Conch doesn't heal?
In some cases, this piercing can fail to heal properly. This is often due to a lack of aftercare or improper hygiene. If you are experiencing problems with your conch piercing, consult with your doctor for advice. They may recommend a course of treatment, such as antibiotics or wound care.
The great thing about a conch piercing is that there are so many different ways to style it! You can go with a simple stud or hoop, and also get creative with some of the more elaborate jewelry options.
Where can I find conch piercing jewelry?
If you're looking for some inspiration, Assolari's conch piercing jewelry collection is a great place to look for stunning jewelry! Choose your new conch piercing hoop or stud from our 18k and 14k gold cartilage earrings selection.
What kind of earring is used for conch piercings?
The most popular type of earring for a conch piercing is a stud. However, a great way to add something else to your ear party is by selecting a conch piercing hoop for your piercing.
Always go for a piece of jewelry that is small and lightweight to avoid irritation. Heavy or large earrings can damage your piercing.
How to change out conch piercing jewelry?
Changing your jewelry is a simple process, but it's important to take precautions to avoid infection. Before changing your conch jewelry, be sure to clean the area with a saline solution. This will help remove any built-up wax, dirt, or bacteria.
Using a pair of sterile tweezers, remove the old jewelry from your piercing. Be careful not to damage your piercing with the sharp edges of the jewelry.
Insert the new jewelry into your piercing. If you are putting on a stud, be sure to screw it well to ensure a secure fit.
What size should be my conch earring?
When choosing jewelry for your new piercing there are two things you need to know: the thickness of the earring and the size (inner diameter or length) of the jewelry.
Most conch jewelry has a thickness of 16 gauge for both the inner and outer conch piercings. As for the diameter of a conch hoop or length of a stud, it will vary depending on the piercing placement on your inner or outer conch shell and the shape of your ear.
✨ Here's how to measure your conch piercing:
Choosing the inner diameter of your hoops and studs might be tough, but we've made it simple for you to do so at home. Gather the three items: a tiny piece of paper, a marker, and a ruler.
First, cut a tiny piece of paper and make sure it will fit loosely inside your earring post. Next, using a marker, make a small dot on the paper where it meets the post. Last, using a ruler, measure the distance between the two dots and that's your stud length! If you want a conch piercing hoop, add 2mm to the number you found for the stud length.
If you're still having trouble finding the right size, ask your piercer for advice. They will be able to help you find the perfect piece of conch jewelry for your new piercing.
What material should be my conch jewelry?
Gold is a luxurious option for those who want something a little more special, but also want a durable and bright metal with a lower risk of infection. Titanium is a good choice for those with metal allergies.
Ear piercing ideas with a conch piercing
What piercing next after Conch?
If you're looking for a new piercing, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Conch + Helix Combo
A helix piercing is a great way to add some personality and balance to your ear look. The best part? Helix piercings rank low on the pain scale.
Forward Helix Conch Piercing Combo
If you're looking for something a little more daring, consider a forward helix conch matched with multiple lobe piercings. It makes for an effortlessly elegant look.
Conch + Flat Piercing Combo
One of the most iconic ear piercing combinations, a flat and a conch make for a unique and edgy ear style.
Conch + Rook Piercing Combo
Dainty and unique, this combo is perfect to balance the whole ear look.
Want us to style your cartilage piercings?
Cartilage piercings are a great way to add personality to your look. With so many different styling options, you can really let your creative side shine.
If curating a luxurious ear stack is your goal, Assolari can help!
We’ve designed hundreds of ear stacks for customers, and we look forward to creating your dream stack, too! Just tell us about your piercings, personal style, and preferences, and we’ll put together an ear piercing stack we’re sure you’ll love! This service comes with a $60 voucher toward your next purchase, so don’t hesitate, to book your consultation today!
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