cartilage earrings

Cartilage earrings are those earrings that are worn on the area of the ear above the earlobe. Actually, cartilage is a connective tissue that is in the upper sections of the ears. However, due to the growing popularity of many ear piercings, there are several earring options available for the cartilage area.

Cartilage earrings are different from regular earrings or sleeper earrings in many ways and you need to understand the same while picking the best cartilage earring. Now, before proceeding to discuss cartilage earrings, let’s know some common cartilage pierces.

  • Conch piercing
  • Orbital piercing
  • Tragus piercing
  • Helix piercing

Different Types Of Cartilage Earrings You Should Know

Cartilage hoop Earrings

If you have just pierced your ears for the first time, you can try sleeper earrings. These earrings will give comfort and relaxation during sleeping, jumping, swimming,`or exercising. 

However, if you have done cartilage piercing then you must try all types of cartilage earrings and there is no need to get confused because we will help you to choose the best cartilage earrings in 2023.

1. Hoop Earrings

hoop earrings

Hoop earrings are suitable for all cartilage piercings except the orbital, auricle, outer conch, and rook. These usually have small diameters to fit into the right spaces higher on your ear. You can also use these earrings for your double helix piercing

Hoop earrings are in a circle form and symbolize infinity, unity, and wholeness. These earrings are very attractive and draw attention to your face directly. 

2. Cartilage Chain

Cartilage Chain

Those earrings that have a long chain are called cartilage earrings. Actually, cartilage earrings are two separate earrings joined together. Here, hoops or studs are connected with a chain. 

This is a very style of cartilage earring that is not only popular in the USA but all over the world. These earrings are best and unique in their own way.

3. Barbells


Barbell earrings come in many shapes; circular, curved, and straight. These are designed to show at both ends and suits most type of ear piercings, depending on the variation. However, these earrings are best-suitable after triple helix piercing

These earrings are clinging out to both sides of the ears and favorite of many young girls. There are various designs available in this type and you can pick any.

4. Cartilage Shields

Cartilage Shields

The design of the cartilage shield is the same as the cuff but it passes through the ear piercing. The best part about these cartilage earrings is that they won’t slip off as they are more secure and can be worn along the helix.

On the other hand, cartilage shields are available in many designs and if you want, you can pick cartilage shields in gold and silver. 

5. Wild Cartilage Studs

Wild Cartilage Studs

Wild cartilage studs are one of the most beautiful helix earrings that you will find in 2023. If you want the look of many piercings with the help of only one cartilage earring then wild cartilage studs can be your suitable option.

These earrings feature long crawling designs to mimic the appearance of several piercings. This is also one of my favorite pieces out of all other cartilage earrings.

6. Dangling Stud Earring

Dangling Stud Earring

Dangling stud earrings feature a small dangling charm at the front but they are the same as regular studs or posts. 

These kinds of stud earrings are also very charming and beautiful. It can hold your attention at the first sight. However, the prices of these earrings vary to some extent. 

7. Captive Bead Rings 

Captive Bead Rings 

Captive Bead Rings are hoop earrings that consist of a design focal point in the center of the hoop. These are a popular hoop style with a modern look. The best benefit of this earring is that it will not hurt your first-time piercing.

You can buy captive bead rings in gold and silver. There are also many sizes available in the same design that you see above. This is one of my favorite earrings out of all on the list. 

8. Labret Studs or Posts

Labret Studs or Posts

Labret studs or posts are in metals with gemstones that are worn in earlobes. These have a flat back for your comfort and are best for cartilage piercings. There are available in both large and small sizes and are loved by men and women a lot. The prices are also very reasonable.

The design of this cartilage earring is so amazing that you are going to love it for sure. Besides, you can also wear this earring as a lip ring or after helix piercing.

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The Final Thoughts 

Cartilage earrings are important to wear after having a cartilage piercing. These earrings will add value to your ears and face and it is going to change your look completely. The above listed are some of the best cartilage piercings that you can try in 2023. Do let us know below in the comment section about your favorite earring from the above list.

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