Everything you need to know about conch piercings
rather you are thinking of getting one or wanting to add more to your curated ear collection
For the uninitiated, conch may sound like the name of a French pastry, but for the fashion conscious it will no doubt be ringing your curated ear alarm bells. As for the word "conch"? It is actually derived from that part of the ear which resembles the conch shell. And trust me, you will look as majestic as a mermaid once you have yours done.
What is a conch piercing?
The conch is divided into two areas: the inner conch which is suitable for most stud piercings, and the outer conch which allows for both studs and hoops. Both the inner and outer conch consists of solid cartilage so it's totally understandable if you're a little nervous about getting it pierced.
Pros & Cons
Pros - Besides looking cute AF, conch piercings are also more versatile in being able to wear both studs and hoops. Keep it low key with a minimalistic stud or combine it with your other piercings to create your own unique curated ear look.
Cons - as the piercing is through relatively thick ear cartilage the healing process will take longer than other jewellery. During this time infections and irritations can occur depending on how well the aftercare instructions are followed. Physical activities might also be limited due to this nature.
Ok the answer to this is a bit ambiguous as people have different tolerance to pain, But if we were to to it on a scale from 0 (being unicorns and rainbows) to 10 (standing on a piece of Lego barefoot) it would be a solid 5. No seriously, it's not much different than any other ear parts. In fact, if you already have your helix or tragus pierced, the conch will be a breeze.
The most common size is 16 gauge (but can be up to 14 gauge) for both the inner and outer conch. We strongly advise you to triple check with your piercer as it will depend on the piercings you want to wear. The human body does not regenerate cartilage so plan ahead and be sure the chosen gauge is right for you. Keep in mind that during the initial healing process a stud/bar piercing is generally recommended for comfort.
1.) Firstly, take a deep breath and relax. It can get a bit nerve-wracking, but just imagine all the compliments and ear-envy that awaits you after it's done.
2.) Your ear will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
3.) The piercer will then mark the entry and exit points with a surgical marker. It is crucial for you to visually check these points yourself to make sure you are happy with the locations marked.
4.) A hypodemic needle will be inserted through the cartilage and the chosen conch piercing jewellery is carefully placed into your ear, all within a couple of minutes.
5.) Brush your hear to one side and flaunt your new piercing!
The healing process can take from 6 to 10 months to completely heal depending on the gauge and how well the aftercare is followed. During this time the initial piercing should not be changed or agitated to avoid infections. Clean the area twice a day and remove any discharge that may appear. Some piercings may react and tarnish when in contact with liquids and cleaning solutions, for more information you can refer to our Jewellery Cleaning Guide. Keep dry and avoid contact with chemicals and don't forget to ask your piercer for recommendations on cleaning products.
Let Me Shop!
To give you a little encouragement, below are some of our favourite conch piercings waiting to adorn your lovely ears.