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Heartilage Piercings Are The Latest Trend You Can't Help But Love

Orbital piercings are already super hot this season, but this twist on the trend will have you swooning.

In the midst of constellation piercings and putting earrings in every place but your actual ears, the orbital piercing trend kind of got lost for a while. However, Instagrammers who have deemed themselves ready to take their piercing game to the next level are bringing it back, and when it looks this freaking cute, we can see why!


Fresh Orbital Helix Piercing. Pierced with 16g captive bead ring that I removed the bead from and shaped into a heart ❤️

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So adorably dubbed "heartilage" (heart + cartilage) by PopSugar, orbital piercings use two holes for one piece of jewelry that, in this particular trend, is heart-shaped. Now before you go running to a salon, this piercing is definitely one that you and your piercer need to put some extra thought into, as it involves some serious commitment.

For one, the cartilage is a very sensitive area to get pierced, and the piece of jewelry you decide on requires exact piercing placement, with the angle of the holes lining up symmetrically, to ensure a perfect fit.

While definitely not the first, New York piercer Robbie Milian is one of the first high-profile people to try this look out on his clients (they're normally called "heart orbitals"), and we're absolutely loving it. Besides, even if you eventually get sick of the heart-shaped ring, replacing the holes with two little hoops or adorable studs would be a super easy switch!


My new heart it!! #finaoink#earpiercing#heartorbital #heart @jbreeze6

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We're definitely stoked that these heartilage piercings are making a serious comeback, and we don't think they'll be getting overlooked again anytime soon!


Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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