Piercing guide

PIERCING STUDIO.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Discover our piercing studio, located in our Notting Hill store. 

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE APPOINTMENT.

All appointments are held at our Notting Hill Piercing Studio.

  • Piercing is complimentary with the purchase of your jewellery.
  • Expert advice on ear styling and piercing placement during your appointment.
  • Post piercing and aftercare support. Including a complimentary check-up and post downsizing when healing is complete.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY...

10/10 experience - probably the best piercing shop in London!

Giorgina Clavarino

Marketing Brand Strategist

I went for a piercing at Maya Magal and the entire experience from the moment I walked through the door was so welcoming, smooth and lovely. I was able to choose from a range of piercing jewellery and Erica, my piercer, was not only an absolute dream but really helped advise me as to the best place for my piercing to add to my curation. She explained each step of the process (so no sudden surprises) and I left with a detailed after care guide and with a follow up appointment for six weeks time (if it has healed properly then a downsizing). From start to finish it was smooth sailing and a very enjoyable experience. I am a very happy customer.

Holly Ross

Executive & Managing Editor, Vanity Fair UK

Really lovely experience - all the staff were super friendly and my piercing experience was seamless.Thank you so much :)

Charlotte Illidge

Fashion Designer | Founder of The Style Archive

PIERCING PLACEMENTS.

Ahead of your appointment, discover a curated selection of jewellery perfect for each of our most popular piercing placements.

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Lobe

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Helix

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Tragus

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Upper lobe

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Conch

MEET OUR PIERCERS.

Our skilled piercers, Erica and Cat, will guide you through your piercing appointment, giving you expert advice from piercing placements to aftercare.

LEARN MORE

Explore our collection of sterling silver and solid gold earrings, finely handcrafted with recycled materials in our zero-waste London workshops.  

SHOP EARRINGS

BROWSE OUR PIERCING JEWELLERY.

Ahead of your appointment, discover our selection of piercing jewellery, available exclusively in our Notting Hill Piercing Studio. Crafted with 14ct solid gold and natural gemstones.

SEE ALL PIERCING JEWELLERY
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RETAIL EXCLUSIVE

Piercing - Serpent Flat Back Stud

£180

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Piercing - Labradorite Triple Marquise Flat Back Stud

£220

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Piercing - Toadstool Flat Back Stud

£160

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Piercing - Trinity Flat Back Stud

£95

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Piercing - 8mm Pink Sapphire Eternity Hoop

£360

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Piercing - Star Flat Back Stud

£90

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RETAIL EXCLUSIVE

Piercing - Peridot Marquise Flat Back Stud

£175

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Piercing - Aspen Leaf Flat Back Stud

£155

OUR PIERCING
JEWELLERY

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.

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PIERCING PLACEMENT TERMINOLOGY

Daith

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. 

Tragus

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.

Flat

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. 

Helix

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.

Rook

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.

Conch

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. 

OUR MATERIALS

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.

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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.

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CLOSURE SYSTEMS

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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