How to Choose a First Set of Earrings for Newly Pierced Ears
Getting your ears pierced for the first time is such an exciting experience, as is choosing your first pair of earrings for your newly pierced ears! The school summer holidays is traditionally a time when many parents allow their children to get their ears pierced, so that they can be fully healed in time for the new school term in September.
If you’re in this scenario and are therefore almost ready to choose your child’s first earrings, here’s a handy guide on how to choose earrings for newly pierced ears courtesy of our expert jewellers.
Ensure the Piercing has Healed
With all piercings, it’s imperative that you ensure your piercing has healed before attempting to change the earring. With a lobe ear piercing, using standard aftercare lotion or cleaning methods, it is normally necessary to wait between 6 to 8 weeks before changing your earrings.
If you think your piercing is infected – and this could include symptoms such as swelling, redness or pain – or you’re in any doubt about how it’s healing at all, it’s important that you seek professional medical advice immediately, without removing the piercing.
Choosing the Right Metal
If you’ve never worn earrings before, it’s likely that you won’t know how your skin will react to different metals. Some people are allergic to certain types of metal, so it’s important to be vigilant to any irritation you may feel once your earrings have been changed.
For your first set of earrings, professional jewellers would usually recommend surgical stainless steel, as these are the least likely to cause an allergic reaction. Platinum, titanium and 14K gold are also usually thought to be relatively safe options.
The most common metals for causing an allergic reaction are nickel and cobalt, so it’s wise to avoid these when choosing a first pair of earrings. It’s important to remember that other metals may contain nickel, such as white gold, so avoid these for at least six months to a year.
Studs or Hoops?
There has been a move towards using studs for new piercings over hoops in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Most schools will insist on small studs, as they are much less likely to get in the way of everyday activities. Usually the studs that are used to actually create the piercing will also have a safety catch on the back, which will limit the risk of the earring being pushed too tightly against the fresh piercing.
Hoops can be worn in a new piercing too, although for children, tweens and teens, we would advise small unobtrusive hoops to limit interference with their everyday activities. Furthermore, choosing hoops which sit snug to the bottom of the earlobe is important for a new piercing as anything too heavy could cause it to move or stretch.
And Now for the Exciting Bit…!
Of course, the exciting part is choosing your new earrings! Why not schedule a special shopping trip to your local jewellers with your child for their new earrings? This will make it a really special milestone for both of you, especially as having to wait six weeks for the piercings to heal will feel like forever to a child or a teenager.
Once out shopping, the world is your oyster. There are plenty of stud motifs to choose from, including bees, butterflies, flowers, birthstones and more! Why not think about starting a meaningful earring collection for your child at this point too? A set of classic pearl or diamond studs will never go out of fashion and will therefore have a lifetime of wear, so are a solid investment.
If you’re ready to choose earrings for newly pierced ears, parents are visiting E.K. Jewellers for the experience. Based a short distance from Woodford, we have a vast array of earrings suitable for newly pierced ears that will make your earring shopping experience a really special time for both parents and children.