Constellation piercings are a combination of three or more ear piercings per ear. They usually come as an arrangement of three piercings in the earlobe and one or more piercings in the cartilage area of the ear, such as a helix piercing. Studs or tiny hoops are the jewelry of choice for this trend.
Not really new, you say?2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). But we do love piercers like Brian Keith Thompson and other ear piercing specialists who develop their own styles of ear piercing combinations.
Thompson, who has pierced the ears of celebrities such as Beyoncé or Scarlett Johansson at his body piercing and tattoo parlor Body Electric Tattoo on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, shows some great examples of his work on his Instagram page:
What are the main characteristics of constellation piercings?
For us at Studex and earpiercing.biz, not all multiple ear piercings per ear are constellation piercings. In fact, constellation piercings are a sub-trend of the multiple ear piercings trend. For us, true constellation piercings have the following characteristics:
- A minimum of three earrings per ear, mainly studs
- All earrings in the shapes of celestial bodies: planets, stars, moons, rings, etc.
- A combination of ear piercing jewelry in different sizes
- Different arrangements of ear piercings on both ears (asymmetrical)
In case you’re wondering: Constellation piercings do not need to represent miniature versions of actual star constellations, such as Orion, or asterisms, such as the Big Dipper. They just give your ears a touch of sparkle that is similar to the night sky.
They look best with a combination of earrings of the same color or material.
Some gorgeous examples of Studex System 75 constellation piercing studs:
Left to right: pearl, 2 mm, bezel setting, gold plated (7531-0301); ball, 3 mm, 18K yellow gold (7518-3000-23); diamond, 8 point (0.08 ct), Tiffany setting, 14K yellow gold (7514-3035-23); star, 4 mm, gold plated (7511-0501); April crystal, 3 mm, bezel setting, 18K yellow gold (7518-3204-23); 3 mm Cubic Zirconia, Tiffany setting, 18K yellow gold (7518-3010-23)
Left to right: ball, 3 mm, surgical stainless steel (7532-0300); April crystal, 2 mm, bezel setting, surgical stainless steel (7532-0204); 5 mm Cubic Zirconia, star, Tiffany setting, surgical stainless steel (7522-0402); Fireball, AB crystal, 4.5 mm, surgical stainless steel (7522-0315); 2 mm Cubic Zirconia, Tiffany setting, surgical stainless steel (7532-0100); star, 4 mm, surgical stainless steel (7512-0501)
Ready for a starry night? Go for it.