I have been the victim of some unfortunate ear-piercing experiences in the past (corned beef ear, anyone?), so am always hesitant when it comes to getting more. The bravest decisions, however, are often made on the spur of the moment, and that’s exactly how I came to have my conch pierced (to the uninitiated, that’s the cartilage piercing in the inner spiral of the ear) in the chic and intimate environs of jeweller Hannah Martin’s Clerkenwell studio.
If you’d asked me beforehand if I’d let someone stick a needle through the centre of my ear, I would have responded with a definitive “No way!” But the charming Martin and her piercing artist Roni gently explained that the conch offered the best chance for a speedy cartilage-piercing recovery. Once I had chosen my earring—an edgy-but-elegant gold stud that centres on a reverse-set cognac diamond—I was an (almost pain-free) member of the conch club within seconds.
Martin’s entire approach to Hannah Martin Pierced is to take piercing out of the shady backrooms of Soho and high streets across Britain and elevate it to a true luxury experience, one that equips clients with the best advice about piercing choice and aftercare. She has spent years developing the concept, gathering expert knowledge on hygiene, placement and product design and seeking out the finest piercers in the business.
A few weeks later, and my conch piercing is healing beautifully. I’m already considering getting another. Will it be a tragus, a helix or a rook? Who knows, I’ll have to consult Martin first. Planning to take the piercing plunge yourself? Make sure you read her tips for a safe, happy and beautiful experience, below.