Interested in elevating your ear piercing game? Searching for something a little more complex than a simple lobe piercing? A rook piercing might be exactly what you need to take your style to the next level.

Welcome to Rook Piercing: 101! In this piercing guide, we’ll cover everything from healing and aftercare to piercing pain scales, jewelry recommendations, and so much more. Body jewelry is one of the greatest forms of self-expression, so keep reading to see if this piercing is the best choice for you.

Rook Piercing

What is a Rook Piercing?

Rook Piercing Location:

A rook piercing is located on the flap of the ear cartilage right above the daith. The piercing goes directly through the cartilage fold.

Rook Piercing Process:

This cartilage piercing is typically performed with a sterilized 16-gauge hollow piercing needle.

How much does a rook piercing cost?

The cost of a rook piercing will vary based on factors such as your location and jewelry choice. On average, however, a rook piercing may cost between $30 and $60.

Are rook piercings painful?

Piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. Pain levels will vary from person to person, so we recommend asking your piercing professional for information on pain management prior to getting pierced.

How long does it take a rook piercing to heal?

Rook piercings typically heal within 6-9 months. It’s important to note that the rook cartilage fold is thicker, so it may take longer to heal than other cartilage piercings. We recommend speaking with professional piercers for an accurate healing timeline. Always be sure to practice proper aftercare to ensure that your piercing is healing correctly. For more information on healing and aftercare, continue reading below!


Rook Piercing Benefits

Do rook piercings help with anxiety?

Though there is no scientific confirmation, some people think that this type of piercing can help with stress and anxiety relief. Consult with a healthcare professional for more information on rook piercings and anxiety.

Does a rook piercing offer any health benefits?

Some anecdotal evidence suggests that rook piercings may help to alleviate menstrual cramps. If you are a longtime sufferer of menstrual pain, a rook piercing may be worth considering!

Horseshoes and Captives

Rook Piercing Jewelry

There are several rook piercing jewelry types, including captive bead rings (circular barbells), horseshoe rings, and curved barbells.

What is the difference between a rook piercing and a Tash rook piercing?

Though similar in location, the Tash rook piercing lives just under the ridge of the rook, on the surface of the ear. The Tash rook piercing sort of “floats” in the middle of the ear cartilage, while the classic rook piercing lives slightly lower and hugs the cartilage fold. The Tash rook piercing is typically most compatible with a curved barbell or a flat back 16g earring.

How do I clean my rook jewelry?

It is important that you maintain proper aftercare during the healing process to help reduce the risk of infection. To clean rook piercing jewelry, we recommend using warm, soapy water and drying thoroughly with a paper towel.

When can I change my cartilage earrings?

Once your piercing is completely healed, it is safe to change your body jewelry. This step is essential to the healing process and health of your body. When you change your rook jewelry, make sure to wash your hands and clean your jewelry and piercing before inserting the new jewelry into your piercing. Try out different types of rook piercing jewelry and cartilage earrings like curved barbells, captive bead rings, circular barbells, or horseshoe rings, and find the perfect look for your self-expression.

How much do rook piercings and jewelry cost?

There are different types of jewelry that vary in price based on style and jewelry materials. Quality jewelry materials like surgical steel and titanium can drive up the price. Your piercing studio will be able to give you information about piercing types, piercing costs, and types of jewelry.

Rook Piercing Aftercare

Rook Piercing Healing Times:

We recommend talking to a professional piercer to establish a healing timeline. To guarantee proper healing and reduce the risk of a piercing infection, be sure to maintain piercing aftercare instructions. Read our piercing aftercare guide for more info!

How do I clean my rook piercing?

Piercing aftercare is an essential part of getting a body piercing. We recommend using H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare spray or saline solution to clean your piercings, but you should speak with your piercing professional and follow the aftercare routine they provide at the time of your appointment.

What should I do if my rook piercing gets infected?

If your piercing is giving you pain or discomfort, we recommend removing the rook earring and contacting your piercer or healthcare professional. To help reduce the risk of infection, you should follow your piercer’s aftercare guidelines and clean your piercings regularly. We also recommend talking to professional piercers about jewelry materials prior to getting pierced. Refrain from changing jewelry until your rook piercing heals. Make sure to check out our piercing aftercare guide for more info!

Why shouldn’t I get a rook piercing?

If you’re questioning whether or not a rook piercing is right for you, we recommend talking to a piercing professional about alternative options. For more ear piercing options, you can visit our ear piercing guide here.

Can you sleep with a rook piercing?

Yes! Your rook piercing may be sore after you get your piercing, but since the cartilage lives in the inner ear, you should be able to sleep comfortably. If your pain level rises with sleep, contact your piercer.

More Piercing Information

Want to learn about other types of piercings? Check out some of our favorite ear piercing guides, including helix piercings, forward helix piercings, daith piercings, conch piercings, tragus piercings, and more. We have other body piercing, face piercing, and oral piercing guides, including nose piercingsseptum piercingstongue piercings, eyebrow piercings, and pretty much any other piercing you can think of. Head to The Inspo Spot now!

Ready to get pierced? Now that you have all the information you need on rook piercings, it’s your time to shine. Want to know more about piercings? Check out The Inspo Spot for more piercing FAQs, piercing ideas, and other piercing information.

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