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COnch Piercings

Heal Time: 6 months - 1 year

Typical jewelry gauge: 16g-14g

Best initial jewelry type: Threadless/Threaded flat pack post or barbell

Minimum age for piercing: 14

About

The conch piercing's name comes from the fact that this part of the ear resembles a conch shell, and the piercing goes through this cup-shaped area, adjacent to the ear canal. We recommend starting with a straight post, at least 14 gauge thick. Rings aren't usually suited for conch piercings, as they can be difficult to sleep on even after the piercing is fully healed. Even if you're determined to try wearing a ring at some point, plan on healing the piercing with a straight post
Conch piercings are naturally framed by the rest of the ear, and make for a very striking placement for more decorative post ends, especially some of the more ornate ends we have available from Neometal and BVLA. For more of our options for jewelry for conch piercings, check out our selection of press-fit posts and ends in our online store.
As with all cartilage piercings, stretching to larger sizes can be difficult—more difficult than most other piercings. If you’re planning on going bigger later, you will want to start off larger initially. If you're interested in a larger-gauge initial conch piercing, come in and talk to one of our piercers to find out what your options are. For larger-gauge conch piercings, glass color-front plugs are a good option for a comfortable, lightweight jewelry for the initial healing period.

FAQ

How soon can I change my jewelry?

The initial jewelry should be left in for at leaset 6 months, downsizing may be possible at 6 weeks.

How soon can I leave the piercing empty?

For most, earlobe piercings tend to stay open (even without jewelry) after a year or more (but this is no hard, fast rule), while cartilage piercings can take considerably longer.
A good rule of thumb: if you want to keep your piercing, keep something in it.

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