People have been decorating their bodies to look more attractive since ancient times.
If we go back to the beginning of times when men were hunters and women were fire
keepers, men wore amulets from tusks and other animal parts to show their courage
and strength. Later men began to pierce the body and tusks were worn also to frighten
the enemy. Then body piercing jewelry became the symbol of power, higher social
position and wealth. In most southern tribes and not only body piercing was a part
of spiritual rituals. During the last few decades piercing have been growing in
popularity and nowadays most piercings are fashion statement. The first type of
body piercing accepted in society was earlobe piercing. It has become so widespread
nowadays that it isn't considered the piercing at all. It's the part of traditional
decoration for women and some men. But during the last few years new and interesting
types of ear piercing were invented. And cartilage is probably one of the most
popular places for piercing and the fact that it has many variations is great.
Cartilage is the area above the ear that is thicker than earlobes. Industrial, tragus, conch, helix, snug, shell and daith are all types of cartilage piercing. The cartilage is very thick and the piercing should be done only with a sterile piercing needle. All piercing supplies and tools, gloves of the piercer and starter jewelry should be sterile. Of course, if you are going to get cartilage piercing, you should find the trusted piercing shop and make sure you will be pierced by a professional piercer.
Healing time for cartilage piercings differ depending on the type. Average time is 8-12 months. It's crucial to wait until the piercing is completely healed inside and outside before you would change the jewelry. The piercer would give you all necessary information on piercing aftercare. Remember that there are working and trusted piercing cleaning and healing solutions you can use to speed up healing.
The healing also depends on the choice of jewelry. There is better recommended types of jewelry for certain cartilage type for healing period and later you can choose other shapes and designs. Captive bead rings are usually recommended as starter jewelry for most cartilage piercings (they give the space for proper cleaning). Titanium, surgical stainless steel and PTFE jewelry is best for healing period because these materials don't cause allergic reaction or irritations. However, stainless steel jewelry doesn't suit extra-sensitive skin.
Small hoops are best for helix, daith and rook piercings. Straight barbells, curved, circular or twisted barbells are to your disposal in various gauge sizes, designs, materials and styles. Ear studs are also suitable for some types of cartilage piercings.
Diamond piercing jewelry is the hit these days and if you don't want or can't spend much money on diamond cartilage jewelry but enjoy sparkling pieces, CZ jewelry is perfect alternative. It looks quite the same as diamond jewelry but is less expensive.
Enjoy the widest choice of ear piercing types and jewelry for it! Take care of your piercing and feel great!