The Rook piercing is a stylish, vertical piercing of the upper ear cartilage ledge above the Tragus and below the upper conch area. It can house many different styles of body jewelry, but we're focusing on these two: Curved Barbells and Captive Bead Rings.
Curved Barbells: Do you like the idea of a simple, streamlined piece but want variety?
Curved barbells are one option for your Rook piercing. They contain three parts, the two locking ends and the curved shaft. Since both of the ends are removable, this allows for a greater variety of ends and combinations. You can put a red bead on top and a heart piece on the bottom or pick a gem top and a star bottom piece. Curved Barbells create many options, allowing you to customize your Rook piercing and even color coordinate it with your outfits!
Captive Bead Rings: Want to put your own spin on a classic piece?
Captive Bead Rings are a second option. They contain two parts, the incomplete circular piece and the indented ball, bead or piece. Using the strength and tension of the circular piece, an indented bead or gem is set after snapping it in place. The look of a Captive Bead Ring is different than the Curved Barbell since it completely encircles the piercing channel and the outer ledge.
Captive Bead Rings come in many different styles, colors and combinations. You can start with a plain circular piece and add a splash of color by picking a brightly colored bead or gem. Captive Bead Rings also can house a cluster of gems instead of a bead or gem, thus allowing for more options!
Both Curved Barbells and Captive Bead Rings offer fun and style. I personally like to wear a Curved Barbell in my Rook piercing. It is simple, stylish and comfortable. I do like the look of Captive Bead Rings in the Rook piercing but haven’t yet opted to introduce a ring in my own Rook piercing. I feel that a properly sized Curved Barbell or Captive Bead Ring can look fabulous and offer a little fun and variety in a Rook piercing.
When shopping for a new piece for your Rook piercing, make sure you know the length or diameter you need and the gauge. Before you know it, your Rook body jewelry pieces might out number your shoe collection!