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. New York–based Maria Tash 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 five ear piercings that all the cool girls have.
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.
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.
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 click here to find out more about the conch piercing.
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, this is best suited to a hoop, although a bar is recommended for the initial healing period.
The Earring Shopping List
Maria Tash for the original cool-girl earrings.
Mango for earrings that look designer when you're on a high-street budget.
Catbird if you love seriously dainty jewellery.
Young Frankk for vintage-looking pieces.
Theodora Warre for great hoops and if you like to shop British.
Uterqüe for affordable statement pieces.
Alighieri for earrings that look like sculptural art.
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