Piercing guide


We are proud to present our collection of piercing jewellery crafted in recycled 18ct and 9ct solid gold and perfect for any ear piercing placement.

Our 18ct solid gold pieces are individually handcrafted with ethically sourced diamonds in our London workshop for a collection of truly exceptional pieces.




The Daith refers to the cartilage fold located just above the ear canal. This piercing placement is best suited to clicker hoops.

The healing time is 6 to 12 months. 


The tragus is found on the small bit of cartilage in front of the ear canal. This piercing placement is ideal for tiny rings and studs.

The healing time is 6 to 12 months.


The Flat is the top part of the ear, situated next to the Rook and under the Helix.

The healing time is 6 to 12 months.

Lobe & Upper Lobe

One of the most popular piercing placements, the Lobe is found on the lower part of the ear and does not pierce the cartilage. The Upper Lobe section is found slightly above the Lobe and it's great for rings and studs.

The healing time of both areas is 2 to 4 months. Healing times can vary for Upper Lobe can sometimes be longer. 


The Helix placement refers to the upper part of cartilage on the edge of the outside of your ear.

The healing time is 2 to 4 months.

Forward Helix

The Forward Helix is placed on the frontmost part of cartilage on the outside edge of the ear, just above the tragus.

The healing time is 6 to 12 months.


The rook placement is in the fold of the upper ear cartilage. Due to the fold the piercing must be performed in a vertical position. For this reason, this piercing lends itself best to small hoops or externally threaded curved studs.

The healing time is 2 to 4 months.


The Conch is found in the middle part of the inner ear. This area is great for hoops across the inner and outer ear or for subtle and dainty studs.

The healing time is 6 to 12 months. 


18ct and 9ct Solid Gold

18ct Solid Gold

Each piece of our 18ct solid gold cartilage jewellery is handcrafted by our skilled jewellers in our London workshop. Made with recycled gold and ethically sourced diamonds, these piercings are hypoallergenic and suitable for any cartilage piercing as a special addition to your perfectly curated ear stack.

9ct Solid Gold

Our 9ct solid gold cartilage jewellery offers luxurious and carefully crafted piercing jewellery at a more accessible price point. Browse our range of studs and hoops to elevate your earring stack. Our piercing collection is hypoallergenic and suitable to wear in healed cartilage piercings and to be pierced with.


Ethically Sourced Diamonds

At Maya Magal we work exclusively with conflict-free gemstones in line with global regulations such as the Kimberly Process. Maya and our Studio Design Manager Nathan work with our suppliers to individually handpick each gemstone.



Internally Threaded Studs

Internally threaded studs feature a small screw on the back of the stud which fits into the matching internal screw thread on the earring’s back post. This is ideal for piercing as it is more secure than a traditional butterfly back. Additionally, the flat back means the back post is comfortable for wear in any piercing placement. 

How to open and close

To open an internally threaded stud simply screw out the removable stud. Then take the back post and put it through your piercing from the back of your ear so a small section appears through the front of your piercing. Once it's through, take the stud and screw it into the back post until secure.

Clicker Hoops

All Clicker Hoops from the Cartilage Jewellery Collection have a hinged clasp that features a clicker closure. To ensure security, the clasp on one end clicks between two ports on the other side. When secured correctly, it makes a signature "click" sound, responsible for the name of the hoop.

How to open and close

Clicker hoops are simple to put on and take off. To put them on, first pull very gently to open the clicker, then carefully push the pointed end through the piercing. Once through press both open ends of the hoop together until you hear the “click” sound.

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