There are a lot of options out there these days for people who want less traditional piercings. Cartilage piercings are cute, hide-able (if necessary), and popular. That means they are usually easy to find jewelry for. But just because earrings are easy to find doesn’t mean they are easy to choose from. You need to be sure of your wants and needs when you start shopping. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you choose the right cartilage piercing jewelry. 

Are You Allergic to Anything?

This is one of the most important things to consider when shopping for jewelry to go in your cartilage – or any other – piercings. If you are allergic to certain types of metals you will want to avoid earrings made from them. Some people start out with no metal allergies, but over time they become more and more sensitive to certain things.

If you have reactions to earrings in your lobes, you may have them in your cartilage as well. It’s best to stay away from metals that cause you problems anywhere. Usually, the cheaper materials such as stainless steel, silver-plated, and anything made with nickel are the culprits. Luckily cartilage jewelry is often made from sterling silver, surgical steel, and titanium. These are metals you are less likely to have an allergy or sensitivity to.

Do You Spend Time with Animals or Small Children?

When you are trying to choose the style of earring you want to wear in your cartilage, you need to consider how safe those different styles would be. If you work with animals or small children you won’t want large hoops or anything that dangles. Little hands, teeth, or claws could snag in these earrings and cause painful tears.

If you have long hair or wear a lot of hair accessories you’ll also want to carefully consider the jewelry that will work best for you. Like kids’ hands and animals’ paws, long hair can snag in hoops. You don’t want to have an earring ripped out of your cartilage. It won’t feel good.

Some jobs require that non-traditional lobe piercings be hidden during working hours. If this is the case with your job, you should consider small earrings that you can cover with your hair. You can also look into colors and styles that blend into your skin so they aren’t as obvious to see.

Is It Quality Over Quantity or the Other Way Around?

If have no sensitivities, are able to show off your piercings, and don’t intend your jewelry to last forever, you can buy cheaper items and get more of them at a time. Some retailers sell sets of a dozen or more cartilage earrings at a time. They won’t be the best quality, but you’ll get more for your money.

If, on the other hand, you need the more expensive metals for your piercings, you’ll want to look for the best quality ones you can find. Check reviews of products, discuss the issue with your piercer, and find out what other people are wearing in their piercings. You may have to spend more on a smaller jewelry collection, but you’ll make up for the lack of quantity by purchasing good quality items

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