Was pierced locally, my ear just wouldn't seem to heal. I was using piercing aftercare by niel med on a q-tip, my ear stayed red warm and painful. Let's just say it was terrible. I ordered this piece and downsized from the 14g 10mm surgical steel barbell I was pierced with to this at 4 months to the day from getting the piercing & within 2 days, no issues, no pain or irritation and its as if I have had it for years. Best decision ever! Moving forward, I'm taking the 6+ hour trip to SoCal & getting pierced by Johnny for all my piercings & will ONLY wear LuLus jewelry.