|Standard Hoop Inner Diameter|
|Ear Cartilage (Helix, Tragus, Lobe, etc.)||5/16″ (8mm)|
|Earhead, Thin Helix (Hole near the edge)||1/4″ (6-6.5mm)|
Keeping this in consideration, are hoops better for cartilage?
Both are good for cartilage. However, as someone with 18 ear piercings, most in cartilage, I prefer studs. Hoops are far easier to catch on things. … However, as someone with 18 ear piercings, most in cartilage, I prefer studs.
Also question is, what gauge does Claire’s use for cartilage?
Well, I just found out that Claire’s pierces with a 20 gauge and apparently the more common gauge for cartilage is 16.
When can I put a hoop in my cartilage?
Most piercing points suggest 4 to 6 weeks for changing cartilage but it’s better to wait at least 8 to 10 weeks. It also depends on how many times your ear is infected. When you feel fully safe then you can change your cartilage piercing, you can change them with small size earrings.
Yes you can, in fact that’s typically what a piercer will do, especially with cartilage piercings. They pierce with a gauge size bigger than the actual jewelry. It allows room for swelling and placing the jewelry.
Whether it’s a hoop or stud, you can always get whichever you like for a cartilage piercing. Your piercer will probably recommend labret studs—longer studs will accommodate for how much the piercing will swell. Hoops may be too small to give your piercing breathing space.
Hoop: “It’s true that it can take slightly longer to heal a piercing with a ring than with a stud, but as long as the client is aware and is careful during the healing process, they should be fine,” says Lamb.
An earlobe piercing usually takes six to eight weeks to heal. Cartilage piercings, which take place on the harder part of your ear, generally take longer to heal and can be more prone to infection. There are several ways your ear piercing can get infected. Any bacteria left to fester can quickly turn into an infection.
An 18 gauge, one of the smallest gauges, is actually smaller than a 16 gauge earring, with the largest gauges being 0, 00, and 000 gauge jewelry.
Standard piercing sizes
|Piercing||Standard Gauge||Standard Length|
|Cartilage Piercing||16G , 18G||3/16″ , 1/4″ and 5/16″|
|Eyebrow Piercing||16G (14G is also commonly used)||1/4″ , 5/16″ and 3/8″|
|Industrial Barbell||14G (16G is also commonly used)||1 1/2″ (varies)|
|Labret Lip Rings||14G or 16G||1/4″ , 5/16″, and 3/8″|
Most of the time, people stretch their cartilage because they want to wear jewelry that’s only one or two gauges larger than the gauge at which they were pierced. However, it is possible to stretch your cartilage to a gauge large enough to wear a small plug.
These are the possible thicknesses you may encounter (sizes are approximate): 20 gauge (0.81mm); 18 gauge (1.0mm); 16 gauge (1.2mm); 14 gauge (1.6mm).
Our Piercing Options
Ear lobe, cartilage* and nose* piercings available. Single lobe piercings are a great way to curate your look your way!
In some cases, you can use any type of earring for the cartilage piercing, such as hoops and posts. Yet, earrings made for cartilage are generally more comfortable. Cartilage earring types include: … Posts or studs: Posts or studs in all metal or metal with gem stones are suitable for cartilage piercings.