What Is a Conch Piercing? Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to our series Piercing 101. Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be bringing you the details of every type of ear piercing you could want. By the end, you’ll know your tragus from your conch, and you may have even been persuaded into taking the plunge. Because look at those jewel-adorned ears—it’s tempting, right?

The conch piercing was high up on my lust list until I got one earlier this year. But what is it? There are two types of conch piercing: The inner conch which is where a hole is punctured right through the middle of the ear to make way for a stud. Then there’s the outer conch, which allows you to have a hoop hug all the way around the outer ridge of the ear, not just through it.

If you’re wondering where the name comes from, conch is the term for a large shell, and since this section of the ear kinda resembles one, the name was repurposed for this type of cartilage piercing. Now, you may be wondering why I, a self-proclaimed fan, haven’t gone for a conch piercing yet. Well, erm, have you actually ever taken a moment to feel that inner section of your ear? It’s solid cartilage, so basically yes, fear is what’s holding me back.

I called on expert piercer Rhianna Jones (@rhiannajonespiercing), who works at The Circle (@thecirclelondon) in London’s Soho, to answer my questions and hopefully allay my worries. Keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about the conch piercing.

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