Over the past few years, piercings have gone from teen rite of passage to a fashion statement, with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Dua Lipa and Sienna Miller all proving that multiple earrings can be incredibly stylish. With Instagram showcasing a number of enviable ear curations of delicate gold hoops and ornate diamond studs, many are looking to add new piercing options to their ears, and there are plenty of sophisticated — and safe — piercing salons ready to help.
A host of influential women are taking full advantage of the multiple piercing trend in a style that is the opposite of the aggressive punk style of the Nineties. From the minimalist layering modelled by Charlize Theron to the more extravagant assortment of diamonds worn by Cynthia Erivo, there’s a multitude of piercing inspiration and styles to choose from. Plus, paying extra attention to your earring curation is an easy way to upgrade your video-call style for as long as work from home is the norm.
Post-pandemic, those looking to add to their ear collection will also be paying close attention to their choice of piercing studio when they reopen on 12 April. A far cry from the dubious studios of your youth, there’s a host of elegant salons in London with stylists who are experts in helping you design your earring curation and promise to deliver a safe piercing experience. Aside from the technical abilities, these studios also have a highly covetable collection of jewels, from 18-karat gold hoops to diamond and sapphire cluster studs, helping you be led by a particular style, rather than an arbitrary number of piercings. Whatever aesthetic you’re after, these are the studios to book now.
Fine jewellery designer Maria Tash is an icon of the piercing movement, with celebrity clients ranging from Rihanna to Blake Lively. Her two London boutiques are an homage to her vision of fine body art, captured within a collection of delicate, wearable silhouettes that set the studio apart. Eye-catching designs range from twinkling pave diamonds rings to small hoops with a halo of 11 Akoya pearls to simple opal studs.
Regent Street, Soho, W1, libertylondon.com
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1, harrods.com
Miniature sapphires and interstellar diamond bursts offer up an Aladdin’s Cave of wonders at Lark & Berry. The sustainable jewellery brand launched a piercing studio at its flagship Marylebone store late last year, underpinned by its ethos of “cool jewels with a conscience”. Its capsule collection of 14-karat gold studs and hoops are set with cultured gemstones, for minimal environmental impact.
52a George Street, Marylebone, W1, larkandberry.co.uk
Copenhagen-born, Danish-Irish jewellery designer Maria Black had already built a reputation for creating designs coveted by the fashion set when she opened her shop and piercing studio on the third floor of Selfridges in 2019. Offering a mix of dainty, stackable pieces and statement designs, the Maria Black team exclusively use 14K yellow and white gold antibacterial, nickel-free and hypoallergenic piercing jewellery to ensure optimal results.
Selfridges, 3rd floor in the Designer Studio, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB, maria-black.com
Situated in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, Sacred Gold is the brainchild of Joao Bosco and Guy Saar, founders of the Love Hate Social Club. Their style identity is imprinted on this ornate studio dedicated to the art of ear jewellery curation. Here you’ll find Europe’s largest selection of BVLA – the LA-based manufacturer of fine body jewellery – along with a roster of experienced piercing artists.
Stable Street, Kings Cross, N1, coaldropsyard.com
Nestled among the stylish shops on Covent Garden’s revamped Floral Street, The Alkemistry is a relative newcomer to the London piercing scene with a beautifully minimalist and serene space. With a slightly bohemian style, the salon offers a selection of delicate, experimental earrings made from the finest gems and metals, including a 14ct rose gold small diamond baguette stud and a triangle of diamonds set in 14c gold.
22 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DS, thealkemistry.com