Ear Cuffs vs. Ear Piercings: What You Need to Know
I personally love the look of a cartilage piercing – it’s a beautiful, modern update to the traditional lobe piercing. Plus, it’s just a little badass. But if you’re concerned about the pain and healing time of a cartilage piercing, you may want to consider a no-piercing-required ear cuff.
“Should I get a cartilage piercing – or should I get an ear cuff?” – it’s a tough question, and there’s no right or wrong answer.
Here’s what you need to know to make the right decision for you:
Cartilage Piercings: Pros and Cons
- Security & stability: With a cartilage piercing, you can put on your hoop or stud and just leave it in. No fuss, no hassle – you can set it and forget it. If you like to wear the same earrings 24/7, you may want to opt for a cartilage piercing.
- So many jewelry options: With an actual piercing, you can wear a wider variety of jewelry. You’re not limited to the hoop shape of a cuff – and you can switch it up with barbells, flatbacks (though, frankly, the hoop is just so classic!).
- Piercings can be painful: The obvious struggle with cartilage piercings is the pain of piercing pain and the associated healing time. TBH cartilage piercings can be relatively painful (or at least more so than a standard lobe piercing), but thankfully the pain is usually short and sharp.
- Healing time: Depending on exactly where you get your piercing, the healing time can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months. The healing process for cartilage piercings can be lengthy and requires special care and attention to the area to reduce risk of infection.
- You can’t adjust the placement: Given the permanency of a piercing, you cannot adjust the placement of your jewelry once you’re pierced.
Ear Cuffs: Pros and Cons
- Super low commitment: If you love the look of cartilage piercings, but don’t necessarily want to commit, ear cuffs may be for you.
- No pain, no infections, no healing time: Enough said.
- You can adjust your cuff: Because ear cuffs don’t require piercings, you can move your cuff around to different places on your ear. One piece of jewelry can give you so many different looks!
- Not as secure as pierced jewelry: We make our ear cuffs extra sturdy so that they’ll stay on (if you adjust them so that they stay on when you give them a little tug, they’ll stay on even during hat season!). But – ear cuffs are naturally less secure than pierced jewelry and can slip off.
- More limited styles: Unfortunately, you can’t switch out your cuff with a stud, horseshoe or barbell.
Thinking about getting an ear cuff? I made a handy little guide for everything you need to know about how to wear an ear cuff.
Any other questions? Message us – we’re happy to help!