The era of the “curated ear” is upon us, with everyone from celebs to jewellery lovers now beginning to create their own personal collections of piercings & styled ear stacks.
But with so many looks to choose from, and new earring terms being thrown around, sometimes it's confusing to know where to start. So let’s just jump back to basics for a moment and brush up on the various types of earrings you can style your stack with, and the common earring terms jewellery brands are now using.
Knowing your ear cuffs from your climbers, your hoops from your huggies, is the first step towards uncovering your very own curated ear stacking style.
What piercings can I use a huggie for?
Because of the huggie’s small diameter, they tend to be used for lobe piercings, however can be used for other piercings such as the helix (cartilage at the top of the ear), forward helix (top, front of the ear) and the tragus (in front of the ear canal). Stack and style your huggies the way you want!
YOUR EARRING FAQS, ANSWERED
What earrings are best for sensitive ears?
There are four different metals that are usually suggested for sensitive ears. Sterling Silver, 14k Gold, Titanium and Platinum. The most common candidate to cause an allergic reaction is nickel. By avoiding nickel, your sensitive ears should stay allergy free. Always check what earrings are made of before purchase. At Astrid and Miyu, we are dedicated to making sure all our jewelry is nickel free, therefore should cause no reaction.
What earrings can you sleep in?
Technically you can sleep in any earrings, though some of them won’t be comfortable. Plated earrings will also rub away the more you wear them, so we would suggest keeping them in an airtight bag or box that you received them in to keep them in the best possible condition.
What earrings suit me?
Different shapes and sizes suit different face shapes, so it is best to experiment and find out what you like. Check out Astrid & Miyu’s face shape guide to help get you started!
How many earrings are too many?
It all comes down to personal preference and style! At Astrid and Miyu, we say the more the better, so stack away! Create earring combinations no one else has!
Can I wear sterling silver earrings in the shower?
Yes, you can wear Sterling Silver earrings in the shower. However, water does cause silver to oxidize (darken) more quickly.
What are constellation earrings?
Constellation earrings are a cluster of earrings, either on your lobes or cartilage, that are placed around the same way stars and planets appear in the night sky. Style with our star and moon charm earrings from our mystic dreams collection for an out of the world look.
What is the most painful ear piercing?
Pain is all dependant on the person and their pain threshold. Some people think that a rook piercing (anti helix of the ear) is the most painful, while others aren't phased by it at all. Speak with your local piercer about what you’re looking for and how you usually react to pain and they will be able to give you a better understanding of the ear piercing process.
What kind of earrings do you use for a helix piercing?
For the helix piercing, which is located on the upper cartilage of your ear, both a stud and hoop can be used to pierce with. We would advise to pierce with a stud initially as this can cause less irritation than a hoop, as a hoop can catch on things and rotate. Top tip! Studs usually allow for a piercing to heal quicker!