Rook Piercings

Jewellery:BCR, Curved or Circular Barbell
Healing:3 - 9 months
Age Limit:16 years old (13 years old with parental consent)
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Are you thinking about getting a new and unique ear piercing? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the rook piercing!
Above: Rook piercing with a coloured titanium barbell

Rook Piercing 101

The rook piercing occurs when the fold of cartilage between the inner and outer conch, or anti-helix, is pierced. Unfortunately, not everyone's ears have a pronounced enough ridge so not everyone can get this particular piercing.

If you spend a lot of time with a phone or headphones pressed against your ear, you will find that this is not a practical piercing for you, due to the pressure that is applied to the piercing. 


By opting for a clean, hygienic and experienced piercing studio you are more likely to get a quality procedure with the correct aftercare advice.

Usually, after a brief cleaning and preparation period including marking the piercing spots with a pen, the cartilage is pierced using a needle. The piercing professional will remove the needle and manoeuvre the jewellery in to the freshly pierced ear. Many claim that this is the most uncomfortable part of rook piercings, but this is down to the personal pain threshold.

The piercing can sometimes be placed vertically or at an outward-leaning angle. The jewellery can either be placed so that it frame the centre of the ridge or it can be placed closer to your face. Your piercer will be able to offer advice on what will work best for you.


Rook piercings can be one of the most painful in the ear area due to the amount of cartilage that the needle passes through.  However, individual pain tolerances vary greatly so it really depends on the person.


Rook piercings usually take between 3 and 9 months to heal, but can sometimes take longer. It is widely recognised that rook piercings are one of the most susceptible to infection due to their location.  They can easily be contaminated from daily activities like talking on the telephone or simply sleeping if proper aftercare is not undertaken.  

Therefore it is wise to plan ahead before getting the rook piercing done.  For example, during periods of the year when ear warmers or hats are often worn, it would be best not to get a rook piercing to avoid further irritation. It is also a good idea to tie your hair back during the healing process, avoid swimming and avoid applying cosmetics or perfume to the area.

For the first few weeks, it may be best not to sleep on the pierced side to prevent unnecessary pain. Additionally, some people complain of a burning feeling or swelling soon after being pierced. For that reason, it is best to clean the rook piercing daily using warm water and an unscented, special ear care saline solution that your piercer suggests.  Being well informed about rook piercings and taking necessary precautions will help put all worries to rest.


The jewellery used for a rook piercing is often a ring or barbell.

Typically, 18 or 16 gauge jewellery is used in fresh piercings. Due to the placement in the ear, dainty jewellery is advisable in order to keep the piercing looking and feeling its best. There are lots to choose from so start exploring our awesome range!

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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