Orbital Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

Orbital Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

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Everyone loves a classic lobe piercing, but once you have a couple of those, what’s next? 

Enter the orbital piecing. These trendy hoops are taking over social media due to their classic yet edgy look. If you’re ready to take your ear piercings to the next level, keep reading to learn all you need to know about if orbital piercings are right for you. 


What is an orbital piercing? 

Orbital piercings consist of two holes that are connected by a piece of jewelry. Not to be confused with an industrial piercing, which uses bar jewelry instead of hoops. Orbital piercings are most common to get on your ears, but they technically can be placed anywhere on your body you can get a piercing. 


Does an orbital piercing hurt? 

Whether or not an orbital piercing will hurt is hard to say since everyone handles pain differently. That being said, orbital piercings are known to hurt more than a typical lobe piercing due to the amount of pressure needed on the needle. On a scale of 1-10, most people rate orbital piercing pain at a 4. 


What does the healing process for an orbital piercing look like? 

The healing process for your orbital piercing depends on where you get it. If you get an orbital piercing on your lobe, it can take at least 6 weeks to heal. If you choose to get your orbital piercing in your cartilage, it can take anywhere between 6-9 months of healing. Orbital piercings typically take longer to heal compared to typical lobe piercings because there are two holes that need to heal. 

Just like any other piercing, it’s important to keep your orbital piercing clean. The best practice for healing a piercing is cleaning it with a saline solution 2-3 times a day. 


When can I change the jewelry? 

You can change the jewelry for your orbital piercing once the piercing is fully healed. 


What jewelry is best for orbital piercings? 

The best type of jewelry for orbital piercings are tiny hoops. Check out the following pictures for inspiration. 

Pamela Love 11mm Serpent Clicker

This small but dainty hoop earring is perfect for anyone with an orbital piercing. It’s made of 14k yellow gold with an outside diameter of 14mm and an inside diameter of 11mm. The Pamela Love 11mm Serpent Clicker also features a hinge mechanism with a clicker closure. 

Pamela Love 8mm Floating Opal Clicker

The Pamela Love 8mm Floating Opal Clicker is a classic 14k-yellow gold hoop featuring a small opal in the middle. It hugs your ear with an outside diameter of 11mm and an inside diameter of 8mm. This hoop also has a hinge mechanism and clicker closure. 

Ariel Gordon Jewelry Petite Hoops

The classic and slim hoops are great for an orbital piercing. They’re made of 14k yellow and rose gold, giving them a timeless look. The Ariel Gordon Jewelry Petite Hoops have a 9mm diameter. 

Love the look but not the commitment? Try out these ear cuffs.

Not everyone’s ready for the commitment a piercing requires - and that’s okay! If you love the look of orbital piercings but hate needles, try out one of these ear cuffs to get the same look without the pain. 

Melissa Joy Manning Ear Cuff

The Melissa Joy Manning Ear Cuff is a cute and chic way to get the look of an orbital piercing without the needles. This cuff is made of 14k recycled yellow gold and is guaranteed to give your ear piercings a new look. 

Hirotaka Small Octagon Diamond Ear Cuff

The Hirotaka Small Octagon Diamond Ear Cuff is a gorgeous cuff inspired by New York City’s Art Deco Style. This ear cuff is also stackable, which means your look is totally customizable. It’s made of 10k yellow gold and 0.07 diamond carrots. 


Final Thoughts

Orbital piercings are a great option for anyone looking to spice up their look past typical lobe piercings. They are known to cause a bit of pain, but like any piercing, this pain only lasts for a moment. After your piercing is fully healed, you’ll be able to customize your look however you’d like. 

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