The Auricle (Rim) piercing is the cartilage rim that runs along the side/edge of the outer part of the ear (away from the side of the head).
Many people like to use Ball Closure Rings for this piercing, athough they are more prone to movement and to catching on hooks or clasps etc, thus aggravating the piercing.
Labrets and barbells that aren’t too long will help minimise snagging. Usually, jewellery that is a millimetre or two larger than the thickness of the cartilage is sufficient.
Healing Time: 2 - 3 weeks
Ear cartilage piercings generally take longer to heal than lobe piercings.
This is often due to a combination of things, such as the location of the piercing in the cartilage, the type of jewellery used and the tension that jewellery creates to the structure of the cartilage.
Using biocompatible plastics (like PTFE), cleaning cartilage regularly, and increasing your intake of minerals will certainly benefit your piercing; however a piercing will almost always be doomed to failure if improper jewellery and poor planning are used and left unmonitored.