20 Ear Piercing Ideas That'll Convince You To Curate Your Ear RN

It's the year of piercings, y'all.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/astridandmiyu, (RIGHT) Instagram/mejuri

If you've scrolled through Instagram in the last, IDK, three months, you're well aware that ear piercings are having a moment. Like, it seems everyone collectively agreed that those basic-ass piercings you got at the mall in 7th grade are now a thing of the past, and they've now been replaced with the curated ear: ultra-cool, ~edgy~ piercings that are tailored to your individual vibes.

I'm talking minimalist, stacked hoops on your helix and little clusters of studs on your lobes—basically, all the bling you used to stack on your fingers have now migrated up to your ears for 2019. And because every single human on Instagram is about to get in on the trend, I rounded up 20 truly pretty ear piercing ideas to help you get inspired fast. Trust me when I say these piercings are so good, you'll want to book an appointment immediately (even if you're deathly afraid of needles *raises hand*).

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  1. This Stacked Ear Piercing

    My definition of an ear party? This stacked piercing idea. Have your piercer finish off a row of four earlobe piercings with two gemstone studs on your helix (that's the cartilage-y part up above, BTW).

  2. This Parallel Ear Piercing

    This subdued (but suuuuper cool) ear piercing is a great way to inch into the trend without full-on committing. The simple studs look great on their own, but they'll also look pretty with any piercings you decide to add later on.

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  3. This Double Lobe Piercing

    Not sure you want to go full-throttle with your curated ear? Opt for a classic—but equally as inspo-worthy—look with two hoop piercings on your lobe.

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  4. This Creative Ear Piercing

    There's nothing not to love about this ear piercing idea. It's the perfect combination of minimalist and edgy, and it's super customizable with thin, gold earrings (think: you could swap the daith piercing for a helix to really make it your own).

  5. This Triple Helix Piercing

    Helix piercings definitely aren't for the faint of heart (especially if you have a low pain tolerance) but the payoff is beyond worth it, as seen in this triple gold hoop helix idea.

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  6. This Layered Ear Piercing

    Play around with size and dimension for a layered ear that totally fits your vibe. Just keep in mind that most piercers won't do more than three piercings in one session (your body can reject too many piercings), so you'll need to build out your ear over time. But good things are worth waiting for, right? Especially when you can layer on the studs and jeweled hoops.

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  7. This Minimalist Ear Piercing

    These dainty, perfectly curated piercings will make you want to pierce your ears right TF now. If you have enough space on your lobes, don't be afraid to ask your piercer to get creative with placement, so you can deck yourself out with ultra-thin bands.

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  8. This Helix, Orbital, and Lobe Piercing

    This combo is ridiculously inspo-worthy, but I'm especially obsessed with the bold orbital piercing (i.e., the silver hoop earring that wraps around her ear).

  9. This Conch Ear Piercing

    Keep it subtle—but PRETTY—with a double conch piercing, like this one. Get creative with this cute little moon earring that's giving me major Sailor Moon vibes.

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  10. This Stacked Lobe Piercing

    If you've got the space for it, why not upgrade your classic earlobe piercing with a little cluster of pearl and diamond studs? Highly recommend pairing these with a hoop earring, because, um, look.

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  11. This Triple Helix Piercing

    Layering three piercings along your cartilage is a quick way to take your ear game to the next level. Rather than hoops, opt for mini stud earrings to make the look extra unique and tiny.

  12. This Orbital Ear Piercing

    If a thick, orbital piercing seems a liiiitle out of your pain threshold, consider trying out the look with a cute ear cuff before you commit.

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  13. This Tragus Ear Piercing

    Tragus piercings may be dainty, but they can really make a statement when you coordinate your jewelry with whatever's on your lobe (like this all-gold earring idea).

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  14. This Triple Lobe Piercing

    This subtle ear piercing idea is perfect for anyone who stays away from statement jewelry, since it looks best with subtle studs and tiny hoops.

  15. This Double Forward Helix Piercing

    There's just something extra cool about a forward helix piercing, but two piercings? That's seriously next level. Mix it up with contrasting gold and gemstone studs, rather than matching ones.

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  16. This Stacked Lobe and Helix Piercing

    I love how clean this curation looks—the three golden lobe piercings both complement and contrast the silver double helix studs excellently.

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  17. This Daith Ear Piercing

    Daith piercings can definitely be on the painful side, but when they look this good, it's hard not to just say f*ck it and try it out. Keep it simple with a singular gold hoop.

  18. This Curved Ear Piercing

    Love jewelry? Work your way up to this all-around ear piercing so you can wear as many cutesy earrings as you damn well please.

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  19. This Double Cartilage Piercing

    What's better than a single cartilage earring? This minimalist, double cartilage piercing, obviously.

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  20. This Subtle Ear Piercing

    Want a curated ear that flies under the radar? Look to this subtle, modern ear piercing idea as the ultimate inspiration. Itty-bitty gold hoops and an even-smaller earring are the way to go.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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