In recent years, the tragus piercing has emerged as a defining symbol of contemporary style and individual expression. While its popularity began in the 1980s, this tiny piercing has recently experienced a renaissance, providing an option to those fashionistas, fashion influencers, and hollywood stars who want to transcend traditional beauty standards.
Positioned on the small piece of cartilage that extends out in front of the ear canal, the tragus piercing has garnered attention because, with the right jewelry, it can effortlessly fuse edginess with elegance. Its strategic placement is rebellious, while its understated, smaller size complements a variety of styles and outfits.
In this blog, we’ll explore the captivating world of tragus earrings, uncovering the latest trends among celebrities and influencers alike to examine what exactly makes this piercing so effortlessly edgy and cool. Understanding tragus piercings
Understanding Tragus Piercings
As mentioned previously, the tragus sits in a node of cartilage outside the ear canal. Since all bodies are different, so too are traguses. Typically, the size and shape of your tragus should suit the piercing just fine. However, for those with a particularly thin or small tragus, the piercing may not be suitable.
If your piercer decides your tragus isn’t suitable for whatever reason, don’t fret. There are plenty of other cartilage piercing options that evoke the same look-and-feel as the tragus. Ask your professional piercer about the anti-tragus, rook, daith, or forward helix to see what’s best for your anatomy.
Getting a tragus piercing is fairly pain-free on the spectrum of body modifications. The tragus is made of thin cartilage, so if pierced correctly by a professional, you may not even feel a thing. You can expect just a quick pinch for the initial piercing, and then some slight pulling or stretching as the piercing jewelry is inserted.
After your tragus is pierced, you can expect the healing time to be around 2-3 months, maybe more, but definitely not less. A good rule of thumb is: if you can go 2-3 weeks without any crustiness, discharge, redness, or pain, it’s likely your tragus has healed properly.
Now comes the fun part: choosing your new tragus jewelry.
Popular Tragus Earring Styles
With a wide array of unique tragus earrings available, ranging from simple studs to intricate hoops and elegant dangles, anyone can effortlessly tailor their tragus to their unique personality and style.
Edgy and Punk-Inspired Tragus Jewelry
Embrace your rebellious spirit with edgy, punk-inspired jewelry that spotlights your unapologetic style. Whether you’re drawn to spikes and skulls, steampunk or industrial designs, or dark gemstone embellishments, these pieces can infuse your look with an unmistakable edge, daring to stand out and leave a lasting impression wherever you go.
Boho and Nature-Inspired Tragus Earrings
If you’re one to indulge in nature, these boho and outdoorsy jewelry options are just for you. Crafted with delicate elements such as leaves, flowers, and celestial motifs, these pieces are a tribute to the free-spirited boho style everyone has come to love. Homebodies and nomads alike, these types of tragus styles are sure to resonate with your inner wanderer.
Pictured, from left to right: Leaf clear CZ threadless titanium top, senary flower purple CZ flower back threadless titanium labret, half moon CZ threadless titanium top
Celebrity-Style Tragus Piercings
There’s an interesting correlation between Hollywood stars and tragus piercings, probably because they’re so versatile and elegant—perfect for a red carpet. Here are three of our favorite tragus-celeb pairings.
Tri-diamond cluster, as seen on Rihanna
This sultry pop superstar has always had a knack for curating her ear jewelry, tragus absolutely included! Here, Rihanna opted for diamond-encrusted opulence, coordinating even the smallest details to match her glittery hoops—down to her silvery eyeliner. Her tragus earring is no exception, appearing as three floating diamonds.
Rock your tragus piercing like Rihanna with our clear cluster CZ titanium threadless labret.
Dainty, gold seamless ring, as seen on Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz always blows us away with her striking facial features, her style, and her poise. It’s no surprise we’re seeing her adorn her ears in the same way! While more understated than Rihanna’s curated ear, Zoë landed on sleek, seamless, and simple jewelry, matching her gold tragus seamless ring to her rook captive bead ring.
Add more zing to your ears like Zoë with our 14kt gold seamless hoop ring.
Tiny, single-diamond stud, as seen on Scarlett Johansson
From her smile to her style, Scarlett Johansson always looks stunning. For this look, her curated ear is perfectly balanced with gaudy jewels in her lobes, gold seamless hoops across her helix, and a teeny-tiny diamond stud in her tragus (we can’t tell what color the metal is, but you can never go wrong with gold). This style is the perfect example of stacking your earrings for a cohesive, elegant look.
Snag the look and strut like Scarlett with our 14kt gold prong CZ internally threaded labret.
Choosing the right tragus jewelry for your style effortlessly makes a bold statement. Whether you’re asserting a rebellious attitude with punk-themed jewelry or embracing the allure of nature with a bohemian-inspired earring, the tragus piercing is infinitely versatile. The trick is finding the perfect balance between individuality and current trends—and Urban Body Jewelry is here to help. With an endless selection of high-quality, on-trend body jewelry, you’re sure to find the tragus earring that suits you…and then some.