Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification around the world in many cultures. Early evidence of earrings worn by men can be seen in archeological evidence from Persepolis in ancient Persia. Among sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. In addition, it is commonly held that a gold earring was worn by sailors in payment for a proper burial in the event that they might drown at sea.

Most people’s ear lobes are pierced with a 20 or 18-gauge needle. Common gauge sizes are named in even numbers down to 00, and the actual size increases as the numbers decrease. If you want to extend your earlobe holes then jewelry grade stainless steel rings or plugs are a good choice. It’s important to change your ear gauge gradually, allowing ample healing time between different sizes that you want to wear. If you move too fast, you might damage the skin enough to create scar tissue. Scars will make your earlobe look as if it is cracking around the hole and also make it very difficult to change your earrings.

Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification around the world in many cultures.

Everyone is different, so listen to your body during your own gauging process. Do not move on to a larger size until you feel comfortable about the change. Every time you get your ear pierced compare your earring posts to a gauge chart to determine your current gauge. Always buy rings in the next largest size. Take care of the sensitive skin by wash your hands and earlobes with antibacterial soap. Saturate your ear lobes with lather and use a cotton ball or disposable cloth to remove crusty residue. Turn the rings gently to work soap into the area and to keep them from sticking to your skin. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Many online dealers offer you large varieties and latest designs of unique Ear gauges/plugs. Variety of organic plugs, acrylic plugs, glass plugs, wood plugs, stone plugs and more are offered in markets now days. Variety of Ear wraps give the appearance of having pierced ears even though piercing is not needed. Ear Cuffs are larger than Ear wraps and fit over the cartilage instead of on the edge.

Whether they are plain or with dangles, Ear cuffs go on the same way. Start at the top of the ear and slide down and push in over the cartilage. Then adjust them once, if needed so they barely fit over the cartilage at the middle of the ear. Just make sure they feel snug and secure. Mix or Match is always a good and trendy choice. Ear cuff earring sets let you make a different look Ear cuffs and Ear wraps are mostly sold as singles for one ear. But, hey, they’re your ears, you can wear them however you want. Change it to suit your mood or your outfit.