Some people call it an ‘ear party’, others a ‘curated ear’ – whatever the name, it’s clear the trend for multiple delicate piercings isn’t going anywhere soon, with hundreds of thousands of tags on Instagram.

"The curated ear is the newest trend within the industry as it’s simply more visible with sites such as Instagram and Snapchat and even on the runway," explains Sam Hayler, head piercer at Astrid & Miyu.

Thinking about getting your own ear party started? Read on.

"If you're looking to get something like this done there are a few very important rules you should follow," Hayler says. "The first being research. A good piercer will be able to work with any anatomy put in front of them and help assist you in designing your dream ear – it takes a lot of time, effort and planning to achieve this."

"Secondly, If you’re looking to get multiple piercings done its important to know you can only have three done in one healing period, this is to put as little stress on your immune system as possible," she says.

"Lastly, we only recommend you getting piercings done on one side at a time so it won’t impact your beauty sleep."

Ok, so you find a reputable outlet and you choose three of fewer piercings on one ear. Then what?  What about placement? And do some piercings hurt more than others?

Here, Hayler runs down all the different types of ear piercings, how long they take to heal and that all-important pain factor…

1. Lobe piercings

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(Astrid & Miyu/PA)

The standard lobe piercing is pretty self-explanatory, it’s the squishy bit of skin at the bottom of your ear, commonly referred to as first holes or first lobe piercings. These are usually the least painful of all.

Upper lobe piercings include anything from second lobe holes up to just before the cartilage starts.

For both standard and upper lobe piercings, you can have hoops or labret studs (the kind with the flat back).

Healing time: 3-6 months.

2. Helix piercings

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(Astrid & Miyu/PA)

"Any piercing in the outer cartilage rim of the upper part of the ear is referred to as a helix or auricle piercing. For this one, you can have hoops or labret studs. 

"The forward helix (also referred to as the anti-helix) is the small strip of cartilage over the tragus. You can only have this one pierced with labrets.

"An ‘industrial’ is a piercing joining the upper part of the forward helix and helix together with one long barbell. That takes 12 months or more healing time.

"If you’re looking to get more ear piercings done a good place to start is with a helix piercing and an ear cuff. They’re like a piercing without the commitment so you can see if you like the look of it first."

Healing time: 9-12 months.

3. Tragus piercings

"The tragus is the flap of cartilage that sits over the ear canal directly above your lobe. The anti-tragus is the small bump of cartilage next to your lobe and opposite your tragus. You can only have this one pierced with labrets."

Healing time: 9-12 months.

4. Daith piercings

"The daith is the cartilage behind the tragus and below the rook. This one feels like just a little pressure. This piercing can be with either a hoop or curved barbell."

Healing time: 9-12 months.

5. Rook piercing

"This is the little shelf of cartilage behind the forward helix – it’s usually seen as one of the more painful piercings. This can only be pierced with a curved barbell."

Healing time: 9-12 months.

6. Conch piercings

"The conch is the ‘bowl’ of your ear, this piercing is often referred to as an orbital when a hoop is worn. This one feels like just a little pressure. You can only have it pierced with labrets.

"The outer conch is the flat part between the rook, forward helix and helix. You can only have this one pierced with labrets."

Healing time: 9-12 months for both.