Anti-tragus. Conch. Tash rook. These are just some of the cartilage piercings on a long list of ones we love. But for as rad as they look, the particular spot takes a long time to heal (think: 3-5 months). Luckily, there's another option that's equally as cool but comes with a shorter healing process. Meet the orbital piercing.
Similar to an industrial piercing, the orbital features two holes connected by one piece of jewellery, but instead of being pierced with a bar, it uses a tiny hoop. While the short healing period (around 8-10 weeks) is a bonus, it's the placement that's the biggest selling point. Orbital piercings on the earlobe are less painful than cartilage piercings, and the unique placement makes them the perfect addition to your existing constellation piercing.
Feeling inspired? Ahead, the cutest orbital piercings from piercers on Instagram.
Body Electric owner
and piercer Brian Keith Thompson
explains that the trickiest part about an orbital piercing is making sure you have the exact measurements for both holes. "Don't be afraid to have your piercer write down the dimensions [of the two holes]," he explains. "That way, you'll know what size jewellery to get once it's healed."
Good news: Lobe piercings fall relatively low on the piercing pain spectrum. "The lobe is this spongy, fatty, soft area of your ear, so pushing a needle through is like pushing a hot knife through butter," Thompson once told Refinery29
. "But if you come in and are looking for multiple piercings
on the lobe, then the second, third, and so on will continue to hurt more than the last." Even so, the discomfort is nothing like a nipple piercing
Do you want to know what goes perfectly with a double helix piercing? A stacked lobe filled with single studs and an orbital diamond.
Depending on the size of your lobe, you can cover a lot of ground with dainty earrings. For example, this ear is decorated in not one, but four lobe piercings, including an orbital to split up the first and second.
Chain-mail jewellery seems to be the "it" accessory for autumn, so why not put it through your newest orbital piercing?
And an extra-long chain-mail earring can delicately connect a helix to your orbital piercing.