With diamonds becoming more commonplace, the fashion industry is now seeing new trends emerging faster than ever before. Different types of diamonds and jewelry items are growing in popularity, from small diamond studs or lab-created diamonds to engagement rings or wedding sets.

Keeping in mind the idea that more is better, as far as body jewelry goes, cluster ear piercing is one of the hottest trends right now. If you don’t already know, a cluster ear piercing is a group of multiple piercings, usually 3 or 4 (can be more than 3-4), that create a unique pattern on your ear. 

Yes, that’s right! You’ve probably seen this piercing trend before, whether on Facebook or Instagram, on your favorite celebrity, or in real life. What makes this very enjoyable is that there is no right or wrong way to do it when it comes to a cluster ear piercing

This trend is seen as a tool of self-expression by many. Now, it is important to note that you can curate your ear with multiple earrings, mix or match shapes, or stones, diamond cuts, diamond shapes, diamond styles and metals in a different formation that is unique to your ear.

If you’re looking to get a cluster ear piercing or trying it out, in this article we will be addressing all of your most pressing cluster ear piercing questions and telling you everything you might want to know beforehand.

1. Are You the Right Person for a Cluster Ear Piercing?

There are many different factors that can help determine whether you are a good candidate for a cluster ear piercing. Perhaps the most important factor is the anatomy of your individual ear.  Your professional piercer should be able to help you determine the best placement based on the anatomy and structure of your ear. 

Depending on the characteristics of your ear, there might or might not have enough room for multiple piercings in a certain area. The piercers will also take into account any chances or risk of infection and irritation.

One more thing to remember when you’re picking the placement is that ears are rarely identical. Your ears are not twins as most people believe, instead your two ears are more like sisters. And so one cluster piercing that works perfectly on your left ear may not work so well on the right one. You should keep this in mind when planning and designing your cluster ear piercing.

2. Go to a Professional Piercer

Do not take the risk of going to the mall or getting a cluster ear piercing from someone who is not an expert professional, it won’t be worth the risk. Go to a tattoo parlor or a professional piercing studio. 

While this may be more costly, going to a professional means that you will be ensuring proper handling and carrying out of the cluster piercing in a clean environment. You may wish to communicate with the professional piercer what you have decided as the size, jewelry, and placement for your ear.

For your part, you should let them know if this is the first time you’re getting a piercing done. Let them know if you don’t like needles, or get lightheaded in the process. This will allow them to help accommodate you so that you experience an as little discomfort as possible. 

Another great benefit of going to a professional is that they will be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure or clarify the post-piercing responsibilities regarding the care and cleaning for your specific cluster ear piercing.

3. Does the Shape of Your Cluster Ear Piercing Matter?

As we’ve already mentioned above, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Cluster ear piercings are unique to the individual and you can frame your piercing to your preference. The possibilities are endless and it really is a personalized approach to how you want to decorate your piercings.

Whether you’ve chosen diamond stud earrings for women or small earrings — middle, lobe, cartilage — the piercings can go wherever you want as long as it is safe. 

However, before your piercing appointment, try and find some inspiration of what you want the piercing to look like. Do not hesitate to communicate that with the professional piercers so that they can give you a cluster of piercings that best fit your style.

4. Can You Get a Cluster Piercing With Already Existing Piercings?

Yes, you can. You could even use the already existing piercings as the base and build your desired piercing design from there. We strongly recommend that you carefully determine placement for new piercings and communicate them with the professional piercer.

5. Can Cluster Piercings Be Done in One Sitting?

The answer to this question largely depends on the individual (and the characteristics of the individual’s ear) and the piercing facility that the individual has chosen to get it done at. It has been recommended by experts to cap the number at four or a maximum of five piercings in one day.

In essence, piercing your ear is a small trauma to your body, and the risk of infections and complications can rise up with each additional piercing. For a positive outcome, it is important that you do not overwhelm your body and are particularly thorough when it comes to aftercare.

6. It’s Going to Hurt

Whether you’re getting earring studs or bigger diamond earrings, it’s going to hurt, or at the least, going to feel uncomfortable. The level of pain every person experiences depends on where they get their piercing and also that person’s pain tolerance. 

Note that an ear piercing on the lobe is one of the least painful piercings because it goes through the fleshy part of the ear. On the other hand, cartilage piercings, near the brim of your ear can be more painful because the needle pierces through a more structured piece of skin.

Fortunately, piercings are relatively quick procedures, and in most cases the pain felt can be compared with a second of discomfort.

7. How Can You Heal a Cluster Ear Piercing Faster?

It is the same for a cluster ear piercing as for any other body piercing. The most important tip is to never touch it with dirty hands. You should also avoid touching your ear for at least 24 hours following the piercing, that is when aftercare actually starts.

Only touch your earrings when cleaning them and remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your earrings or ears. You should be cleaning the piercing 2-3 times daily with an aftercare solution. Rotate earrings all the way (360 degrees) when wet. Make sure to leave some space between the earring back and the back of your ear.

For lobe piercings, you should leave in starter studs for 5-6 weeks. For cartilage piercings, this should be extended to 5-6 months. Aftercare is more important than many of us realize, especially in the case of multiple new piercings.

Conclusion

Over these last few years, the fashion industry has become obsessed with curating the ear, going beyond the mainstream single-lobe piercing to dabble in cluster piercings inspired by star constellations. We no longer have to choose between a stud and a diamond earring. In glittering fashion, the latest hottest trend is mixing and matching coloured gems, or gold and silvers for a unique look for just your ear.