There has never been a better time to invest in a chicly curated ear, with multiple piercings swiftly having gone from teen rite of passage to a symbol of understated cool. But an elegant ear curation deserves an equally sophisticated ear piercing studio. Luckily, a new crop of piercing salons across the capital are offering stylish locations where you can pick the right design to suit your personal style. Here’s our pick of the best ear piercing studios in London.
Over recent years, a curated ear has become a staple of London’s fashion crowd, whether it’s Kate Moss’s punk-inspired multiple piercings or Adwoa Aboah’s diamond-encrusted lobes. Ears dotted with studs, mini hoops and chains have become a must-have accessory and whatever aesthetic you’re after, it’s important to choose an ear piercing studio that can deliver on both safety and style. Whether you pay a visit to celebrity favourite Maria Tash at Liberty London or Monica Vinader in Chelsea, you’ll have expert stylists on hand to walk you through your style choices – and hold your hand through the (relatively painless) experience.
Fine jewellery designer Maria Tash is an icon of the piercing movement, with celebrity clients ranging from Rihanna to Dua Lipa. Her two London boutiques in Liberty and Harrods 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 diamond rings to small hoops with a halo of 11 Akoya pearls and simple opal studs. The studio has also curated collections focused on particular styles or needs, including a Bridal selection that offers elegant, diamond-encrusted rings and studs inspired by engagement rings.
This Canadian-born brand started out as an Instagram favourite before establishing a solid IRL presence around the world, with eight stores across the United States, Canada and the UK, the most recent of which is their London boutique on Marylebone High Street. Known for their dainty and delicate 14k gold pieces, as well as their ‘self-gifting’ ethos, their team of expert piercers will help you create your own stack by figuring out your personal style, whether you’re a ‘Statement Maker’ (think oversized hoops and coloured stones) or a ‘Maximalist’ who wants five or six studs in each ear.
96 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4RN
Miniature sapphires and interstellar diamond bursts offer up an Aladdin’s Cave of wonders at Lark & Berry, best known for their lab grown diamonds. The sustainable jewellery brand launched a piercing studio at its flagship Marylebone store in 2019, 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. They offer a range of different packages, including The Nova, which comes with a piercing for one, plus complimentary refreshments and aftercare, while the Duo gives the same experience for you and a friend, plus 10% off. Finally, the Diamond Trio experience offers 10% off the total cost when you and two friends each get one or more piercings, as well as a personalised ear curation styling, refreshments, aftercare package and one complimentary fragrance for you.
52a George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7EA
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 stackable pieces and statement designs, the studio exclusively uses 14kt yellow and white gold antibacterial, nickel-free and hypoallergenic piercing jewellery to ensure optimal results. Driven by a mission to encourage individuals to express their personal style in fresh and creative ways, the team is on hand to consult on size, placement and aesthetic to ensure you walk away with the curated ear of your dreams.
Selfridges, 3rd floor in the Designer Studio, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
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 stylish 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. The studio prides itself on its focus on unique custom designs, with a wide assortment of styles and the occasional visit from some very impressive piercing artists.
Stable Street, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ
Nestled among the stylish shops on Covent Garden’s recently revamped Floral Street, The Alkemistry is a relative newcomer to the London piercing scene with a beautifully minimalist and serene space. With its bohemian aesthetic, the salon offers a selection of delicate, experimental earrings made from the finest gems and metals, including a 14kt rose gold small diamond baguette stud and a triangle of diamonds set in 14kt gold. But the real gem here is the experience — opt for the Zen Package to enjoy a calming drink before moving into the vintage chair for your piercing, or go for the Transformation Package to get some real style expertise and enjoy an hour-long piercing curation consultation.
22 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DS
One of Britain’s most loved jewellers has now opened a piercing studio in the heart of Chelsea. Tucked in Duke of York Square off the King’s Road, the expert piercers offer up to three piercings per appointment — upper lobe, lower lobe, higher lobe or helix, all in one ear or split between both — in just 20 minutes. The selection of earrings to choose from all reflect Monica Vinader’s chic, sophisticated style, and are available in gold or silver which, since April 2020, has been entirely made from recycled silver. Opt for simple gold studs with a gem such as natural green onyx or add a touch of sparkle with ethically sourced diamonds.
70-72 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
For those who want to add a little rock’n’roll edge to their curated ear, this Notting Hill spot is the perfect choice. The luxury ear piercing studio just off Portobello Road has achieved cult status thanks to its covetable showcase of diamond, ruby and moonstone clusters. The collections are a candy store dream of piercing inspiration, from yellow gold lightning rods to mercury mystic topaz rosettes, with most pieces handmade in Los Angeles. The five resident piercing artists bring with them years of expertise in crafting the perfect curated ear, and there’s also a tattoo studio in case you’re tempted to get inked, too.
5 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 2EE