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Curated Ears

We’ve been curating ears from our inception

Most peoples ears we curate don’t come in asking for the curation process. But, when discussing the needs and desires of each individual we put together an image of those persons piercing goals. Usually, the image we curate is mental.

Sometimes, however, someone has multiple piercings already and is maybe getting a few more. Then, drawing out (or printing) an ear and placing the jewelry they want through the paper can be helpful in that process.

That’s all curating is — making a plan

Don’t get me wrong, this is a lot of fun! I have a few pages of my journal dedicated to my body modification plans. Some of these pages will probably never come to fruition — they would be much too expensive! A girl can dream though.

Helping others realize and actualize their piercing dreams is what we’re passionate about

We love jewelry. We love piercings.

We’re open every day so stop by or give us a call and we’ll start curating!

Rings vs. Studs

Whether to start a piercing with a curved or straight piece of jewelry, a ring or a stud, is a hot button issue among piercers.

The human body is a miraculous thing. Many in our industry have pushed the boundaries on what we’ve thought possible. One individual, Fakir, had piercings in his chest that have mystified us all. More people have healed piercings with materials such as thread, bone, and wood. Some have even put rings into their new piercings and they and their piercings lived happily ever after!

So, it’s possible to have a perfect piercing with a ring from day one. But is it the right option for you?

It’s possible. I said it.

Now with that being said, while it’s doable to get a number of piercings done with a ring, it isn’t always the best choice. With some piercings, like the conch, the ring needs to be such a large diameter to get around the ear that healing is significantly impaired. Needing such a large ring isn’t an issue in itself. The problem with these large rings is that they will be in almost constant motion. Twisting through the piercing, covered in crusties, and getting snagged regularly doesn’t make for a pleasant piercing.

A typical conversation between our staff and a client getting a piercing (who wants a ring) looks like this:

“I want to get my nose pierced!” As they walk in.

The professional motions the client to the jewelry options, “Here are all of our stud options, these are titanium and these are gold.”

“Oh, I want to get it done with a ring.”

We understand how lovely a nostril piercing is with a hoop. “While you can start with a ring I don’t suggest it. Healing is generally prolonged significantly. If you start with the stud you can switch to a hoop in about 2-3 months depending on how quickly you heal.”

“Alright, let’s do that then. I don’t want to deal with the healing longer than I need to,” and they point to the stud that catches their eye.

Sometimes, the ring is the right choice!

Not every conversation with someone who wants to get their nostril pierced looks like the above. Sometimes the faster healing isn’t worth waiting for the satisfaction of the ring. Those willing to spend the extra time nurturing their piercing, to be more cautious not to get it snagged, and to let us know at any signs of trouble can leave our studio very happy with their new piercing featuring a classic piece of jewelry.

As always, seeing and talking to a piercer will be the best way to curate your piercing experience. We’re here to help!

Stop by the shop to see some of the new studs we have! One of the new styles is fresh from NeoMetal- the super comfy rose cut gems!

Children's Ear Piercings

Welcome to our new and improved website! We're very excited about this update. To kick off our new blog we're addressing an issue a lot of parents are currently facing - where to get kids ears pierced. 

There are a few things you want to look for when choosing where to get your kids ears pierced.

  • Is it something they offer?

  • Is it safe?

  • Is my child ready?

Is it something they offer?

A lot of piercing studios do child ear piercings, but some do not so it's always best to check to see if they do. Contact them and ask if they pierce kids lobes. While you're checking to see if it's something they offer I suggest also asking if they have an age restriction, if you need an appointment, and if you need to bring in anything like your I.D.

Is it safe?

  • What kind of earrings will they use/what are they made of? (You want the jewelry to be implant grade steel, implant grade titanium, niobium, or 14k or higher gold. The surface of the jewelry should also be very shiny so you know it's been well polished and is smooth). The most common jewelry manufacturers that only use the best are NeoMetal, Anatometal, Industrial Strength, and LeRoi Fine Jewelry (these aren't the only good companies, but they're the most commonly used here in the United States).

  • How will they do the piercing? All reputable piercing studios will do the piercing with a sterile single use needle not the guns! The guns that some places use can cause more damage to the surrounding tissue, cannot be sterilized on site, and they can malfunction (sometimes while being used on someone! This is why we hear stories about the guns getting stuck on people's ears).

  • How will they get ready for the piercing? You want the earrings and anything used for the piercing to be sterile. A lot of studios will sterilize everything right before the piercing. When this is how they get ready you'll usually be shown a sterilization integrator which will show that the autoclave did successfully sterilize everything inside. Other studios will sterilize their jewelry and tools beforehand and they will be stored in bags usually with a white paper back and a blue plastic front. These will usually have a sterilization integrator inside, or as part of the bag, so you know it's sterile.

Any studio that you want to go to will be more than happy to explain how they ensure the safety of their piercings.

Is my Child Ready?

  • Will they remember this later in life? If this is something they're going to remember, how do you want them to remember getting their ears pierced? Try to put yourself in your child's shoes and see how you feel - you know your kid best!

  • Is it something they want? Do you want them to remember a stranger forcibly hurting them (because they don't really understand or desire what was going on) or do you want them to remember being excited and happy about what happened (because they were looking forward to their new earrings)?

  • Are you worried about infection? When piercing very young children you should consider how developed their immune system is or isn't. If you're not sure about this I would suggest consulting a doctor.

This is what I consider to be the most important questions to be asking when finding a piercing studio to do your child's ear piercings. If you're in eastern Iowa you might even be considering coming to us! So, here's how we would answer all of these questions!

We do offer children's earlobe piercings with an age requirement of four years old. The reasons we have this restriction are the child's ability to fight off infection or disease, and their consent. We want the risk to be very low, and we want the child to be very happy! We do require appointments for this piercing so you'll want to contact us to set up a time. We also require I.D. for both you and your child (a valid government issued I.D. for you, and a birth certificate or school I.D. for your child). 

Is it safe? We use only implant grade titanium jewelry usually from NeoMetal or Anatometal for these piercings. We sterilize everything right before doing the piercing and will show you a sterilization integrator so you know it's all sterile. One of the sterile tools we use for these piercings is a single use needle, we don't use guns. 

 

if you have any questions feel free to contact us