If you've scrolled through Instagram in the last, IDK, three months, you're well aware that ear piercings are having a moment. Like, it seems everyone collectively agreed that those basic piercings you got at the mall in 7th grade are now a thing of the past, and they've now been replaced with the curated ear: ultra-cool, ~edgy~ piercings that are tailored to your individual vibes.
I'm talking minimalist, stacked hoops on your helix and little clusters of studs on your lobes—basically, all the bling you stacked on your fingers last summer have now migrated up to your ears for summer 2019. And because every single human on Instagram is about to get in on the trend, I rounded up 20 truly pretty ear piercing ideas to help you get inspired fast. Trust me when I say these piercings are so good, you'll want to book an appointment immediately (even if you're deathly afraid of needles *raises hand*).
1. This Stacked Ear Piercing
My definition of an ear party? This stacked piercing idea. Have your piercer finish off a row of four earlobe piercings with two gemstone stud earrings on your helix (that's the cartilage-y part up above, btw).
2. This Parallel Ear Piercing
This subdued (but suuuuper cool) ear piercing is a great way to inch into the trend without full-on committing. The simple studs look great on their own, but they'll also look pretty with any piercings you decide to add later on.
3. This Double Lobe Piercing
Not sure you want to go full-throttle with your curated ear? Opt for a classic—but equally as inspo-worthy—look with two hoop piercings on your lobe.
4. This Creative Ear Piercing
There's nothing not to love about this ear piercing idea—it's the perfect combination of minimalist and edgy, and it's super customizable with thin, gold earrings (think: you could swap the daith piercing for a helix to really make it your own).
5. This Triple Helix Piercing
Helix piercings definitely aren't for the faint of heart (especially if you have a low pain tolerance) but the payoff is beyond worth it, as seen in this triple gold hoop helix idea.
6. This Layered Ear Piercing
Play around with size and dimension for a layered ear that totally fits your vibe. Just keep in mind that most piercers won't do more than three piercings in one session (your body can reject too many piercings), so you'll need to build out your ear over time. But good things are worth waiting for, right? Especially when you can layer on the studs and jeweled hoops.
7. This Minimalist Ear Piercing
These dainty, perfectly curated piercings will make you want to pierce your ears right TF now. If you have enough space on your lobes, don't be afraid to ask your piercer to get creative with placement, so you can deck yourself out with ultra-thin bands.
8. This Helix, Orbital, and Lobe Piercing
This combo is ridiculously inspo-worthy, but I'm especially obsessed with the bold orbital piercing (i.e., the silver hoop earring that wraps around her ear)
9. This Conch Ear Piercing
Keep it subtle—but PRETTY—with a double conch piercing, like this one. Get creative with this cute little moon earring that's giving me major Sailor Moon vibes.
10. This Stacked Lobe Piercing
If you've got the space for it, why not upgrade your classic earlobe piercing with a little cluster of pearl and diamond studs? Highly recommend pairing these with a hoop earring, because, um, look.