Tragus piercing

Perforation of the tragus, which projects immediately in front of the ear canal, for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry.

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Piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear .

A fresco depicting an elegantly dressed woman with hoop earrings from Akrotiri, Thera (Cyclades) Greece, c. undefined 1650-1625 BCE.
King George III of Imereti depicted wearing earring. A portrait drawn by Teramo Castelli in 1630s.
Newborn baby girl with triple ear piercings – Costa Rica 2012.
Pair of starter stud earrings.
Drop earring in Full Persian 6-in-1 chainmail weave
Traditional earrings
A navel curve used as an earring with a green gemmed ear stud above it
Modern lobe earring screwed onto the lobe.
An ear being pierced with an ear piercing instrument
Pierced ear with traditional starter stud
Stretched ear piercing without jewelry
16 mm flesh tunnel

Locations for piercings other than the earlobe include the rook, tragus, and across the helix (see image at right).

Barbell (piercing)

Composed of a straight bar with a bead on each end, one or both beads unscrewable for removal and/or changing of the beads.

externally threaded barbell
14K gold barbells in front of 24K gold for color comparison.
Circular Barbell, Barbell, Captive Bead Ring and Curved Barbell

Also known as horseshoe barbells due to their shape, they are used in any number of piercings, including earlobes, tragus piercings, nasal septum piercings, or even horizontal clitoral hood piercings, although the latter is less common, as the clitoris is deprived of the stimulation gained from a properly positioned captive bead ring.

Antitragus piercing

Perforation of the outer ear cartilage for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry.

Overall, the piercing has characteristics similar to the tragus piercing; the piercings are performed and cared for in much the same way.

Cartilage piercing

A cartilage piercing can refer to any area of cartilage on the body with a perforation created for the purpose of wearing jewelry.

Light micrograph of undecalcified hyaline cartilage showing chondrocytes and organelles, lacunae and matrix.

Tragus: The small, thick flap of cartilage directly over the ear canal, connected to the head.