ear piercing: types of punctures, history and earrings

Ear piercing has been a part of human culture for many thousands of years, and piercing practices have been formed in completely different societies that have not had any contact with each other. In this article, let’s walk through everything you need to know about puncturing the ear: moments from history, types of piercing, important safety information, tips and many other useful things.

The history of ear piercing

Ear piercing is one of the most ancient forms of body modification. This is probably because the lobes of the ear are easy to pierce, and they heal fairly quickly. In 1991, in the mountains on the border between Austria and Italy, a surprisingly well-preserved human body was discovered, which lived about 5000 years ago. In this “mummy”, which was called Ötzi, the ears were not only punctured but also stretched in tunnels. This is the earliest evidence of ear piercing, but it is obvious that the ears pierced much longer than the last 5000 years.

Several other well-known ancient examples of piercing include: the posthumous mask of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (as well as posthumous masks of other mummies); The Old Testament contains many references to people of both sexes who wore earrings; as well as images of the gods of Hinduism, whose bodies are covered with jewelry, including they wore earrings.

In Western Europe, earrings were first mentioned in the late 16th century during the English Revival period. Particularly active were men who spent their time at the royal court. Also among sailors over time it became fashionable to have one earring, which symbolized spent time in the sea. Gradually, earrings gained popularity in the West, and they began to wear almost everything.

In the late 1800s, for unclear reasons, the piercing of the ears was out of fashion, and clips were popular among women. By this time men in the US and Europe, for the most part, no longer wore jewelry in their ears. Over the next 70 years, while many women still wore clips, ear piercing became a sign of alienity and low origin, especially in the United States.

In the 1950s, this is probably related to the postwar boom, women again began to pay attention to their appearance, and ear piercings returned. Adolescent girls, up until the 1970s, often had parties that self-pierced each other’s ears, using ice as a freeze. Gradually, the piercing becomes a separate procedure, which doctors start to perform.

2 Types of Ear Piercing

Classic ear piercing

Simple holes where you can wear anything, from a tiny stud, ending with large earrings with precious stones

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Double and triple puncture of the earlobe

This puncture gives a little punk mood to your ears. Most people do not fit more than three earrings on the lobe, after that there is already cartilage. Double punctures are widespread at the present time, although some schools and jobs still do not accept them.

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The earlobe is pierced in the same way as in classical piercings, then heals, after which the opening is expanded with a special extension and a round tunnel is inserted. Tunnels have made different cultures for many thousands of years, but now they are most closely related to alternative subcases in Europe and the United States, as well as by representatives of some tribes of Central and Eastern Africa.

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The most popular place after the lobe is cartilage. Basically, a puncture is made in the upper part of the ear; it takes more time to recover, but this piercing looks interesting and gives a bit of rock’n’roll imagery.

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Industrial piercing An

industrial piercing is done in the upper part of the ear and is a metal bar that passes through two parts of the ear cartilage.

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Ear piercing

This type of cartilage piercing, which is done in the center of the ear, and not at the top. As a rule, there is less space in this part, so the earrings should be smaller, and the effect is much softer.

ear piercing types of punctures, history and earrings

Piercing tragus

Goat is a piece of oval-shaped cartilage that protrudes from the center of the ear. This type of puncture is becoming more popular lately. This is a painful piercing, although it does not take more time to heal compared to the usual puncture of the cartilage.

Piercing the outer shell

Despite the name, technically it is a simple cartilage piercing, which is done a little farther from the edge of the ear.

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Rook Piercing

This angular piercing is done on a thick crease of cartilage in the upper inner part of the ear. This is very painful and will require a longer healing time than most other punctures.

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Sluggish Piercing

This piercing is done through the vertical part of the antidote. The very painful procedure, in which the analgesic is mainly used.

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Dais piercing

Top from above punctures the cartilage of the auricle, located directly above the well.

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Orbital piercing

A bit like an industrial piercing and is a combination of two punctures in one ring, in different parts of the ear. However, in this piercing, the two holes are closer to each other, and the part of the earring has a round shape (or heart shape).

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Cross piercing of the lobe

Cross piercing is one of the most unique piercings on this list. This is a puncture that passes through the lobe perpendicularly.

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Piercing the front of the cartilage The

piercing is done on the front of the cartilage, above the ear opening. Since the cartilage is so short and thin in this place, the piercing of the ear looks very neat and pretty.

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   Some tips

  • If you pierce your ears for the first time, then you should definitely begin with the lobes. It does not hurt very much, in addition to this, this puncture quickly heals.
  • If you want more variety, consider the possibility of making a double or triple puncture of the lobule or go to the top of the cartilage, adding one puncture at a time. Taking care of one piercing in the ear is much easier and less risky than taking care of several at once.
  • Appreciate your time and think carefully before adding new punctures – remember that in the first year you should carefully look after them!
  • Puncturing unique places on the cartilage, rest assured that you will not regret because this is the most painful procedures and the healing period is long enough.
  • Take into account any potential allergies to the metal. Many people are allergic to nickel (as well as white gold, which may contain a little nickel), while it is best to use metals such as surgical stainless steel, platinum, titanium and 14-carat yellow gold.

Follow-up care:

  • After the ears are punctured, it is extremely important to keep clean.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly (at least 15 seconds) before handling your punctures.
  • Treat your ears two or three times a day with saline. You can dab a cotton swab or gauze in saline and hold for several minutes.
  • Having pierced the lobule, you should stick to the cleansing regime for at least 6 weeks.
  • For cartilage and other more complex punctures, you should clean your ears twice a day for at least 12 weeks.
  • Do not change the earrings during the cleaning period.

Types of earrings:

Carnation earrings Carnations are a classic and most refined option. If you choose the right design, they will look great! Pearls are a universal choice, such earrings will perfectly match both with a business suit, and with a gorgeous evening gown. Another classic option is carnations with diamonds, which are sometimes supplemented with decoration (for example, pink gold). If you like something more non-standard, you can choose sets, such as a star and the moon. This set is perfect for a dreamy lady with a strong spirit. For those who have double lobe piercings, earring-thorns will be useful. Insert the large carnation into the bottom hole, and the smaller one into the higher one.


Ear-hoops caused a real boom in the early 2000s. Until now, hoops have attracted increasing attention and are popular.

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Hanging Earrings

There are millions of ways and options to wear hanging earrings. You can choose something refined, classical, in retro style, and maybe all of the above! For example, here such pearl earrings combine elegance and echoes of retro thanks to the gold finish. And the second option in the form of abstract drops is suitable for evening dress and looks just great!

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With these earrings, you will be noticed! They are ideal for special occasions, and the bright design makes them modern and interesting.

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Very interesting option for earlobes. In this design, there is something creative, but at the same time refined and elegant.

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  1. September 23, 2018

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