How to Achieve the Perfect Curated Ear

Ever caught yourself admiring a girl on the tube with an ear full of bling? Then you’ve probably seen a killer curated ear.

By curated, we mean an ear featuring gorge earrings, unusual piercings and a showstopping diamond or two. Adorned by influencers and celebrities, including Emma Watson and Scarlett Johansson, a curated ear is HOT right now.

Read on for our ultimate jewellery guide on how to achieve the perfect curated ear to rival that of Maria Tash! (If you’ve never heard of Maria Tash, keep reading.)

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Do your research

Before you head to the piercing parlour all guns blazing, it’s good to know what your options are.

Don’t know your conch piercing from your daith? No sweat. The handy diagram [above] courtesy of Astrid & Miyu outlines all the major piercing places.

“Go to your piercer the same way you would a hairdresser, armed with research and ideas for how you’d like to look” suggests Cosmopolitan.

For some seriously enviable jewellery, search #curatedear on Pinterest and Instagram for inspo.

Don’t overdo it on day one

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a curated ear. For standard lobe piercings which only take six weeks to heal, you can get a few done in one sitting.

However, cartilage piercings, such as the helix, rook and conch can take several months to fully heal. Remember – you’ll have to sleep on these piercings for a while so it’s best not to get too many at once.

Go big or go home

The whole point of a curated ear is to show as much personality as possible. If you’ve only got a couple of studs and an understated helix hoop, it’s time to up your jewellery game. Look to Maria Tash for premium inspo.

Large earrings are the next big trend, so pair your everyday gold hoops with smaller versions x 5 or 6. Think layers upon layers of jewels, shells and smaller studs.

In the words of Luther Vandross – “Never too much, never too much”.

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✨We love following up on your #CuratedEar projects✨; Alex, one of our regular clients, has been pierced in several of our International locations — most recently in our NYC Flagship Store.⁣ ⁣⁣ Rob, one of our Expert Piercers in New York, found the perfect placement for a Diamond Star Constellation in between her two existing #DoubleHelix #piercings, as well as the Diamond Pave Ring in her lobe, which houses a Lighting Bolt charm to continue with her celestial theme. ⭐️⚡️⁣⁣ ⁣ Visit us in New York, London, Rome, Dublin or Dubai to get advise from our Team of Stylists and Professional Piercers. Additionally, find us at our ongoing #SoPunk Pop-Up in Paris 🇫🇷 (through Oct. 20ᵗʰ) ⁣& Cork 🇮🇪⁣ from the 24ᵗʰ to the 26ᵗʰ of October. Booking link in bio.⁣ ⁣ 👂 @badcatlex1 📸 @arianna.mtash⁣ 📍 @rob_mods @bentauber #piercers⁣ 🌎 New York #653Broadway⁣ 💍 #MariaTash #HelixPiercing #ConchPiercing #TashRookPiercing #earproject

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Fake it til you make it

Introducing the cuff. For those who don’t want to commit to a pierced ear, a cuff is an excellent alternative.

Cuffs and hugges come in many shapes and sizes – check out Astrid & Miyu.

The flexibility of a cuff means you can switch it up as you please, add new earrings to the mix or completely take it out if you wish.

Plus, no one will ever know it’s not a real piercing…

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Mix and match jewellery and brands

While the same types and styles of earrings can look dope AF, we think a mix of textures, colours and designs looks even better.

Get the look with some of our favourite brands:

And head to BrandAlley to shop luxury, designer earrings and jewellery with up to 80% off.

Words: Sherri Andrew