The conch is a popular place for people to get pierced. It is located on the harder part of the cartilage in the concave area above the ear lobe. Because it is placed on the ear, the conch allows for a variety of jewelry styles.
Ball Closure Ring
Conch piercings often begin with a ball closure ring, also known as a captive bead ring. This looks like most other hoops you see in ears except it is kept on with a ball that keeps the ring closed. This is the easiest piercing to maintain but can cause irritation from getting caught on clothing. For this reason, people often move onto other piercings once the hole has completely healed.
One popular piece of jewelry you can use to decorate your new piercing is a stud. This is a straight piece of plastic or metal held in place with a ball or gem. They come in many different shapes and sizes with varying widths depending on how wide you want the hole in your ear to be. You can also get a labret stud, which has a flat back that makes the piercing sit more firmly in your ear.
Another piercing you can get for the conch is the bar, also known as the barbell. This piece usually has two accessories on either end of the jewelry to keep your hole from getting irritated from too much friction. These also come in many different shapes and sizes and are thinner than the stud style. The more simple the bar, the more comfortable the piercing will be and the easier it is to maintain.
Both stud and bar piercings can be accessorized with a variety of styles. Most commonly, the threaded accessory, which is a decorative piece twisted onto the bar or stud, is in the form of a ball but can be other shapes as well. These accessories are interchangeable, which allows for different styles depending on how you decide to decorate it.
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