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Aug 19, 2022

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(Ear) Party with Pamela Love

Piercing Guide and Terminology

A lot goes into a fully snatched ear ensemble and it’s hard to know where to start. No matter where you are in your styling journey, it’s important to understand some of the technical aspects to feel confident about buying the right piece. Below we’ll walk you through some key terms using one of our favorite designers. A true member of the luxe piercing vanguard, Pamela Love’s designs have that extra bit of detail that pulls together a 10 out of 10 look.

Flatbacks

You might have been seeing a lot more buzz about flatbacks recently, and with good reason. Although flatbacks have been around for ages as the backing of choice for cartilage piercings, people are discovering that their comfort makes them a preferred selection for lobe piercings as well. 

Flatbacks are just that. Instead of a butterfly closure that attaches to the post, you’ll find a back post with a flat back (PL’s are an adorable heart!) that uses a threaded closure. Flatbacks are essential for a new piercing but can also be used as the most comfortable choice for a stud. (Hint, hint: anyone who sleeps in their jewelry, these are for you.)

The Length of the back post will depend on the thickness of your ear or body part where piercing will be worn.

  • A 5mm back post will fit a healed thin helix,  forward helix,  thin tragus, anti-tragus, or an earlobe of average thickness.
  • A 6mm back post will safely fit a helix of average thickness, the tragus, the rook, conch or thicker earlobes and the nose. In certain cases, this length of post can also be used to be pierced with. If you are planning on getting pierced with our jewelry, please consult your piercer to see if an 6.5mm post is the right length for your desired placement.
  • An 8mm back post will often be the size to get pierced with (due to swelling). This will depend on the part of the lobe that is pierced.

Clicker Rings

All of Pamela Love’s hoops and huggies feature a hinge mechanism with clicker closure, and come in a variety of sizes. Clicker closures are great because they provide a seamless look and also give back the tactile feedback of a *click* so you know when the piece is secure.

Sizing is key for most hoop pieces. You want the design to hug your anatomy in an intentional, flattering way. Pamela’s hoops come in a variety of diameters. Reach out to us if you’re not sure about what size to select.

  • 6mm Huggies and Clickers: The smallest hoop size. Most suitable for the tragus, helix, septum, daith, and the thin part of the lobe.
  • 8mm Huggies and Clickers: The medium hoop size. Suitable for most piercings from the lobe, to the helix and daith.
  • 11mm Clickers: The largest hoop size in the piercing collection. Perfect anywhere from the daith to the conch.

Gravitation Hooks

Gravitation Hooks are some of the collection’s most popular pieces but they require a little bit of a learning curve (pun intended.) Think of a Gravitation Hook like a curved flatback stud that has a visible design element on both sides. The idea is for the piece to curve around a small portion of cartilage and peek out the other side. Great locations for a gravitation hook include, upper helix, forward helix, inner cartilage, and upper lobe (based on your anatomy.)

Styling with Stones

Pamela uses ethically sourced and conflict-free diamonds, precious stones and vibrant semi-precious stone inlays in her designs. Make sure to match up the stone placement of a piece with your piercing. You want the bling to face out darling! For example, some clicker hoops have stones better angled for the helix, others have stones placed all the way to the side which works better for a daith piercing. 

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