The flat part of the ear above the true conch. It is immediately below the helix (the ridge that runs along the back and top of the ear), and it bounded on the bottom by the rook in the front and in the back by the edge that drops down into the conch. It is composed of very thin cartilage and thus is an easy spot to pierce. The traditional cartilage piercing is somewhere along the top edge of the upper conch, close to where the ear bends out to the helix.

If a left ear looks something like this, the upper conch is the area denoted by the asterisks:

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