Ear cartilage piercing rings are usually put through the piercing holes in the ears where there is only cartilage, not flesh. If you are not entirely sure which parts of the ear contain cartilage just take your fingers and feel around your ear and touch the fleshy parts, such as your lobe and compare it to the cartilage parts, such as the top of your ear—known as the helix. Most of the outer ear, aside from the lobe—the lobule—is predominantly cartilage.
Different Places to Pierce the Ear
Let’s begin with the Industrial piercing. It sounds a little drastic, like when we think of industrial strength bleach or furniture polish, but it’s really not that terrible. An Industrial piercing goes from the highest point of the Fossa Triangularis to the furthest point of the Helix, across the other side of the ear. There are two piercing holes in total and they are fitted with a straight barbell piece of jewelry which slips through one hole, through the other and then screwed shut with the small ball on the other end.
The top of the helix is often pierced too, and fitted with a ‘C’ shaped barbell ring or a closed ring. That tiny little piece of cartilage just below the inner edge of the fossa triangularis is called the rook and it too can be pierced, but this depends on the thickness of the rook. Also, just below that you will find the ‘daith’, which again is difficult to pierce but totally possible. You will likely be familiar with the tragus, which is that little flap looking piece at the front of the ear where it joins your cheek. The tragus is a popular piercing target with many people and that too is fitted with a circular or ‘C’ shaped ring.
Around the outer edge of the ear, at the lowest point of the fossa triangularis is the ‘snug’ which is a tiny piece of raised cartilage that can be pierced along with the with conch—which is the snug and the lower fossa triangularis combined. Finally, we have the anti-tragus, which, remarkably enough, has nothing to do with the ‘anti’ we associate with matter or anything spacey. The anti-tragus is the small bobbly bit above the lobe area, near the entrance to the ear canal.