Jewelry Guide: Earrings

When it comes to gift-giving, earrings are a fantastic choice. Women with pierced ears wear earrings every day and classic styles can be matched with almost any outfit. There are three key factors to consider when selecting earrings: style, metal, and gemstones.


EARRINGS

When it comes to gift-giving, earrings are a fantastic choice. Women with pierced ears wear earrings every day and classic styles can be matched with almost any outfit. There are three key factors to consider when selecting earrings: style, metal, and gemstones.

Earring Styles

Stud Earrings

The simplest of all earring styles, stud earrings consist of a single stone or shape attached to a single wire post. Metal studs sit snug to the earlobe and are usually secured with a push back. A pair of diamond stud earrings are an absolute jewelry essential.

Drop Earrings

Drop earrings are a feminine style that hang down from the earlobe. Gemstone drop earrings are a subtle way to add polish and sparkle to your work or evening wear. Drop earrings may have push or lever backs.

Hoop Earrings

Circular or semi-circular in design, hoop earrings come in a variety of sizes and styles. Hoop earrings may have exploded in the 80’s, but they have never gone out of style. Whether you are aiming for delicate or dramatic, boho or street, there is a hoop style for everyone.

Chandelier Earrings

This statement style dangles from the earlobe suspended from a post. Usually embellished with gemstones, chandelier earrings are fitting for glamorous evening looks.

Earrings Back Types

There are many different back types to consider when choosing your earrings. Selecting the fitting back types for your earlobes is important in keeping the earring in place and secured.

Push Backs

Push backs feature a straight post passed through the piercing and into a small metal piece. Push backs are the most common earring back. A push back is often used for it’s a type of back that is easily replaceable. A similar but more secure back is the screw back.

Screw Backs

Screw backs are similar to push backs except for the fact that it has a removable screw called the clutch, which holds the post in place. A screw back keeps the earring in place, giving you extra security than a regular post backing. Screw backs are also ideal for people living an active lifestyle.

Clip-On

Designed for those who do not have their ears pierced, clip-on earrings are secured by a hinged clip instead of a hook.

Lever Back

A lever back has a hook passed through the piercing is held in place by a hinged lever.

Fishhook

A long curved wire is passed through the ear piercing, holding it in place. Also known as a French hook.

Omega Back

A post is passed through the earlobe and secured by a hinged wire that flips up. The design is named for the hinged wire, which is sometimes shaped like the Greek letter “omega”.

Latch-Back

A hinged wire is passed through the earlobe and with gentle pressure snaps into a U-shaped lock.