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Earrings to Wear After Getting Ears Pierced

By Maude Coffey ; Updated July 18, 2017

After the stress and pain of getting your ears pierced, the healing process begins. Before changing your earrings, ask your piercer if you have completed the healing period to avoid irritation. Once your ear piercing is healed, you can change your jewelry on a daily basis to match your clothing, mood or to coincide with a special event.

Earrings With Backs

Post or hook earrings are traditional earrings sold in department stores. Earrings of this type have a back to hold the earring in the earlobe piercing, made of metal or plastic. If you have your earlobes pierced by a piercing gun or a small gauge needle, such as 18 gauge, post or hook earrings are an option for you. Some post earrings have notches on the post to allow for tightening or loosening the back if the earring is pinching or moving around. Nickel-free post and hook earrings are the safest to wear in your ear to avoid allergic reactions from plated metals.

Captive Bead Ring

A captive bead ring is a circular earring that has a bead in the center of the circle. The bead is larger than the gauge of the earring to prevent the ring from completely turning through the earlobe piercing. Held in by pressure from the two sides of the ring, a piercer removes and inserts the bead using sterile instruments. Captive bead rings are available in stainless steel, titanium, niobium and acrylic. The beads can be a different color than the ring and are available in different styles, like stones named tiger's eye. Whether your piercing is as small as 18 gauge or as large as 2 gauge, captive bead rings are an option for your pierced ears.

Flat Back Labret Stud

A flat back labret stud is a type of body jewelry that can also be worn in the ears to achieve the look of a post earring. The front of the jewelry consists of a ball that is available in colors, gems or shapes, such as a star. The middle of the flat back labret stud is a post, and the back is a disk. The disk and ball have threads on one end to screw into the front and back of the post. Like other styles of body jewelry, titanium and niobium offer a rainbow of colors for a flat back labret stud while offering a low risk of allergic reaction. Flat back labrets are a common style of jewelry for a tragus piercing, which is an ear cartilage piercing in front of the ear canal opening.


Barbells are available in three different styles. Circular barbells, shaped similar to a horseshoe, are worn in earlobe piercings more than curved or straight barbells. Spikes and colored beads are options for the ends of circular barbells. You can wear curved barbells in ear cartilage piercings, such as a rook or anti-tragus. Curved barbells, along with straight barbells, have the option of adding gems, spikes or beads with designs such as stripes or hearts. An industrial piercing, which is made of two holes in the upper rim of your ear cartilage, houses a straight barbell of a long length. Depending on the size of your ear, the barbell in your industrial piercing could be 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches long.


Plugs are cylindrical and most commonly seen in earlobe piercings. A pair of o-rings or a flare to the back or front of the plug holds the plug in your earlobe. If you are stretching your ears to a larger size, plugs are jewelry that aid with stretching. Stainless steel plugs add more weight to your ears between stretches, to make your ears more receptive to the next size. Plugs are also available in acrylic, or plastic, which weigh less than stainless steel, but are an inexpensive alternative when stretching your ears every few months. Organic materials, such as wood, horn and bone, are also available for plug jewelry.

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