Piercings are a staple when it comes to prominent accessories. The thing to love about piercings is that they are very subtle but very bold. The kind of piercing that you wear is a great indicator of your personality. If you are the type of person who wants to go for unique looks that do not exactly go by the rules, there is one type of piercing that could be right for you — a rook piercing.
What makes this type of piercing so unique is that it is located right beneath the helix of the ear, a part which nobody would immediately associate with jewelry. When you do highlight this area with jewelry, it creates an effect that is very Avante-Garde. Choosing the right kind of jewelry for your rook piercing depends on the specific look that you are going for. Here are a few tips you should look out for.
Eyes On the Size
The first thing you need to look out for when you choose the jewelry for your rook piercing is the size. You have to remember that even though you are going for a more bold look — you never want your jewelry to look unnatural. You can test this out by trying the jewelry on to see how the bar goes with the lining of your helix and whether the base of the jewelry touches the folds of your ear. From there you can make the appropriate adjustments.
Pick the Right Shape for Your Rook Piercing
Beyond just the size you also need to keep an eye on the shape of the jewelry as well. Here are some of the most common jewelry shapes for this type of piercing.
Barbell jewelry is probably the most common type when it comes to these piercings. The reason for this is because their shape goes very well with the part of your ear that these piercings are located in. Even more fitting than the traditional straight barbell jewelry is the curved versions. Because their bars are curved, they complement the natural curve of that part of the ear very naturally.
With curved barbells, you can also accessories the bar even further by adding gemstones to make them look even more captivating. Instead of the traditional spherical bases, you can choose bases that are arrow-shaped.
Heart-shaped rook jewelry is unique in that it has a more prominent shape than barbells and yet they give off the aesthetic of being more minimalist at the same time. These shapes are far more simple to wear and take off and are generally easier to clean. Compared to other jewelry shapes heart-shaped pieces can capture one’s attention easier so they are a very good choice when you wear them to social gatherings and parties.
Compared to other shapes, hoop-shaped rook jewelry is the most comfortable and the easiest to clean. They are also the most subtle because compared to heart-shaped jewelry and barbell-shaped jewelry — hoops are far more traditional looking. You want to wear hoop-shaped rook jewelry when you are going to a more casual event and you want to pair these with a more minimalist outfit.
Rook Piercings and the Different Effects of Different Metals
Whereas the shape of the jewelry can dictate how casual or formal you want your piercing to be, the material of the jewelry can dictate how prominently you want your piercing to appear. Here are two different types of material to consider.
Stainless steel is always a good choice if you want your piercing to speak profoundly but never shout. Stainless steel is the least expensive material for rook jewelry but you can make them look very classy if you pair them with a more intricate outfit. When you choose stainless steel, you do not want the accessory to be the star of the show, but you want it to play a role in making the rest of your look shine.
There are very few materials that are as extravagant as gold, that much is pretty evident. By choosing gold rook jewelry you want the rest of your outfit to be simple but elegant in a way that makes your jewelry slightly more noticeable. Remember — because gold jewelry is rather extravagant, you do not want to pair it with an equally extravagant ensemble because you do not want your look to be overwhelming. Think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
By now you should be well aware of the many different styles that you can utilize when choosing the right jewelry for your rook piercing. No matter what look you want to go for it is important to remember that you want to wear it in a way that seems natural, do not wear your jewelry in a way that makes it seem like you are forcing it. Choose the right type of jewelry carefully, think about looking natural, and you will be well on your way to curating a look that will absolutely turn heads!