How to Wear Flat Back Earrings for Cartilage Piercings
You asked for high quality flat back earrings safe for sensitive skin, you wanted the flat backs to be extra secure, and you wanted them to be affordable.
Done, done, and done. ✅
Our flat back earrings are made of a medical grade titanium (so they’re hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin), they have an internally threaded design (you screw the top part into the backing, so it’s extra secure), and we’re psyched to share them with you so you can get the ear party you’ve always dreamed of.
Here’s what you need to know about our flat back earrings:
What Are Flat Back Earrings?
Flat back earrings are exactly what they sound like: earrings featuring posts with flat backs. With traditional earrings, you slide them on front to back, and put a backing on to secure them. With flat back earrings, it’s the opposite. You put the flat back earring on from the back of your ear, sliding the post through your ear towards the front.
🔩 Then you screw the front part of the earring into the ear post to secure it. 🔩
Why Would I Want Flat Back Earrings?
Flat back earrings create a cleaner look for your ear party. You won’t have any unsightly ear posts poking out from behind your ear, so your ear party is beautiful from every angle. Also, flat back earrings are super comfy to wear – there’s no long ear post to poke you. Pro tip: If you sleep on your side, these flat back earrings are totally nap-friendly!
I'm Getting A New Cartilage Piercing. Can I Get Pierced With These Earrings?
Our flat back earrings are made of medical grade titanium, and the all-titanium earrings in the silver (non plated) color are suitable for new piercings. Our solid 14k gold flat back earrings are also suitable for new piercings. Here's more information on the best earrings for new piercings.
You’ll just want your piercer to sterilize the earrings before you wear them. Just ask your piercer in advance if they’re OK piercing with jewelry not from their studio – some piercers don’t allow this.
I Have Different Piercings On My Right And Left Ears. Do I Have To Buy Flat Back Earrings In Pairs?
We’ve got you covered – our flat back earrings are all sold as singles so that you can choose exactly the earrings you need. Plus, you can mix and match styles to create your own unique ear party on each ear.
Can I Wear Flat Back Earrings In My Lobe Piercing?
Yes, you can wear flat back earrings in your lobe piercing! Flat back earrings are great to wear, especially if you like sleeping in your earrings (no more getting poked by your earring backs!). Depending on the size of your piercing, you may be able to wear our 18g flat back earrings in your lobe piercing. Standard lobe piercings typically take 20g earrings, but if your piercing has gotten stretched out over time, 18g earrings may be suitable.
I SEE GAUGE AND LENGTH AS SIZING OPTIONS. WHAT ARE THESE, AND WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE FLAT BACK EARRINGS FOR ME?
Sizing for cartilage jewelry can be tricky – but here’s what you need to know. There are two sizes you’re going to want to get right: gauge and length.
The first dimension is gauge, which refers to the thickness of the post (the part that goes through your piercing). Typically, cartilage piercings are done with a 16g (or potentially an 18g needle), while standard lobe piercings are done with a 20g needle. 16g needles have a diameter of 1.2mm, 18g needles have a diameter of 1.0mm, and 20g needles have a diameter of 0.81mm – so the lower the number, the bigger the size of the piercing. When you get pierced, ask your piercer what size needle (s)he is using so that you know what gauge jewelry you need.
Note: sometimes piercings close up over time, especially if you wear jewelry that’s smaller than the size of the needle you were pierced with. So even if you were pierced with a 16g needle, if you’ve been wearing regular earrings in that piercing, it may have closed up – and you might need an 18g earring instead.
The second dimension you’re going to need is length. For flat back earrings, length is how long the ear post is. With standard earrings, the ear post is designed to be extra long since you secure it with a butterfly back – but with flat back earrings, you’re going to need a more exact length. Make sure the length you choose will fully go through your ear piercing. Your piercer can help advise what length jewelry you need for your piercing, but you can also use this handy reference sheet for jewelry sizes, by piercing type. I’ve listed the standard size range for each type of cartilage piercing.