I know it’s common for people to get their ears pierced when they are really young. Personally, I did not even get my ears pierced for the first time until I was 18 right before I went off to college. For some reason having a needle stuck through my ear terrified me, but after I did it I realized that it was kind of pointless that I waited for 18 years. Although I have never gotten a cartilage piercing before, I definitely would if I knew my mom wouldn’t yell at me for getting yet another piercing. Surprising your mom with a nose ring is definitely not a good idea. Anyways, here is a list of 22 cute cartilage piercings that I want…in the future.
Also if you’re like me and don’t know a lot about cartilage piercings, I did some research for you to save you the Google search. There are 4 different types of cartilage piercings. The helix piercing is on the part of the cartilage that curls up on the outside edges of the ear. There is the tragus piercing which is the small area of cartilage above the earlobe. The orbital piercing where according to an online jewelry designer “the piercing enters and exits the same piece of cartilage in the ear.” Lastly, the conch piercing (no not like the conch in “Lord Of the Flies”) where the piercing is in the middle of the ear cartilage.
This is one of my favorites cute cartilage piercings. It’s really simple yet elegant. Maybe my mom wouldn’t freak out if I showed up with this piercing because it is really not that extra. It has a little dangle, but it’s very subtle. This heart-shaped earring would be perfect to wear to a fancy event.
2. Hoop with A Star
I’m more of a stud earring person, but the hoop looks good in cartilage piercings. I love the star in this one. It is totally Instagram worthy.
3. The Arrow
Did someone say cupid’s arrow? This one is so cute! Seriously though I don’t know how this piercing wouldn’t hurt. Props to anyone that has the power to pull this off because I would be too scared. Also, how do you take this earring in and out? I have a lot of questions, but it is cute nonetheless.
4. Bee Hoop
Not a big fan of bees, but for some reason, it looks really cute on this gold hoop earring. Simple yet cute little hoop!
5. Flower Stud
If you’re trying not to go overboard this flower stud is probably the way to go. It looks gorgeous too. It has spring vibes written all over it.
6. Crescent Moon
I am obsessed with this style! This design is available on Etsy for only $18.95! I love how it has the little star attached to the moon too.
7. Crown Cuff
Out of all the cute cartilage piercings, this one is made for a queen. I am in love with this idea. It is so small and adorable!
8. Love Piercing
All you need is love…and this piercing that says, love. I don’t see that many piercings out there that actually say words on it, but I love this idea from Pinterest.
9. Lighting Bolt
This feels like something that an Instagram influencer would definitely have. Lighting bolts are really in style right now so join in on this trend and buy it on Etsy.
10. Rose and Bow Piercing
I love how the rose and the bow connect together through a little chain. It definitely is a style that I would love to experiment with one day. There might be a lot going on in this piercing, but the rose and bow seem to balance everything out.
11. The Double Bars
12. Hoop with Feather
This piercing gives off a touch of bohemian style. If you are someone who shops at Free People, I could totally see you pulling this cute piercing off.
13. Gold Cuff
If you’re just looking for something standard, this gold cuff still looks cute but isn’t too over the top. I love it for its simplicity.
14. Constellation Piercing
Are you a fan of astrology? This cute cartilage piercing is shaped like the big dipper and looks gorgeous.
15. Fallen heart
Can you tell that I love anything heart-shaped? This one is a little different as it actually goes through the side of your ear and out the other end.
16. Triple Band
Why get one band when you can get 3 combined? The three bands make it more fashionable and trendy.
17. Blue Opal Hoop
Most of the piercings I have seen haven’t had many colors to it, but I love the light blue in this one. It’s something different and stylish!
18. Gold Leaves
Yes, this may seem like a pretty big piercing, but it’s just so cute so it’s worth it in my opinion.
19. Starfish Hoop
For all you beach lovers out there this is the perfect piercing to get!
20. Small Spike Hoop
This piercing is a little on the edgier side which I love!
21. Triangle Hoop
If you have one of those popular triangle necklaces, now you can get a matching cartilage piercing to go with it.
22. Micro Spiral
It may seem basic, but the little spiral is so trendy yet subtle!
Cartilage piercings are really in style right now! If you’re looking for good websites to find some of these cartilage piercings try: Fresh Trends and Body Jewellery Shop. There are a ton of different cartilage piercings out there to choose from, but I just included some of my favorite designs. Just make sure you choose a piercing that makes you feel confident and ready to go conquer the world!
Do you like any of these cute cartilage piercing ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
Caitlyn is a third-year student at UCLA. She is majoring in English. She enjoys writing, and going to hot yoga classes and, of course, binge-watching Netflix. At UCLA, Caitlyn is a feature writer for HER Campus, part of the American Cancer Society club, and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.