Tragus rings are a fun way to bring more bling to your ears. A tragus ring fits into the tragus piercing on the small bit of cartilage that sticks out near your ear canal. Tragus piercing rings vary in style and color, but for the most part are small. Tragus ear rings are inexpensive making tragus rings a fun piece of body jewelry to shop for. Simple yet stylish, and so very sexy. The best part? The variety! Lots of different jewelry will work for a tragus piercing: bananabells, spirals, barbells, captive bead rings, tragus bars, labret studs… the options are nearly endless.
Tragus rings and tragus piercings have been gaining steadily in popularity over the past few years. A tragus piercing is not particularly painful because there are few nerve endings in that part of the ear. Because of its small size, a piercer generally uses a 16 gauge or an 18 gauge needle (18 is generally the same size that is used for many traditional piercings) to pierce this small bit of cartilage outside your ear canal. The piercer will mark the area that is to be pierced with a pen or marker and press the needle straight through the cartilage and then, you can wear a tragus ring.
As with any piercing, it is important to wait until the tragus is healed before changing your tragus ring. Professional piercers may differ on the recommended healing time- some say three to four months, others will extend that to six to eight months before you no longer have to worry about your tragus piercing and which tragus piercing rings to wear. Your piercer should give you more specific and personalized instructions. He or she will also give you information on cleaning and caring for your new tragus ring. This generally involves cleansing the tragus ear rings with anti-bacterial soap and warm water once per day and avoiding rubbing alcohol, peroxide and other drying agents.
It can be rare to find a ring specifically created for the tragus because the sizes and styles are so diverse. When browsing BellyBling.net, you'll find a section dedicated to tragus rings and this includes rings from a variety of other categories. We pulled them together into one location to make your searching easier, so don't be surprised to find some of the same tragus rings in the labret/Monroe or nose ring section.
Depending on the size of your piercing (typically 16 gauge or 18 gauge), you can wear a wide range of styles of tragus rings for a tragus piercing. Although tragus posts and tragus studs are common for a tragus piercing, a tragus ring and bead combination or even a spiral tragus ring are great choices that look unique. Rings designed for the labret or Monroe also work for the tragus because they have a flat back. A traditional earring can be irritating when used in a tragus piercing because it can be difficult and uncomfortable to insert an earring back. A bone nose ring can also eliminate the need for an earring back making it a great choice for a tragus ring.
Be sure to ask your piercer if he or she is using a 16 gauge needle or an 18 gauge needle so you know what size of tragus ring to look for when you are shopping for new tragus jewelry.
Another somewhat newer piercing trend that is becoming more main stream is the anti-tragus piercing. It is the raised fold of cartilage that sits on the outside of the ear, just opposite of the tragus. Many people have an anti-tragus that is too small to pierce, however a professional piercer can you give you a definitive answer and may suggest mircro jewelry if yours is able to be pierced.