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.
The simplest of all earring styles, stud earrings consist of a single stone or shape attached to a single wire post. 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 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.
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.
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
A straight post is passed through the piercing and into a small metal piece. The most common earring back, it is easily replaceable. A similar but more secure back is the screw back.
A back for those without pierced ears, the earring is held in black by a hinged clip.
A hook passed through the piercing is held in place by a hinged lever.
A long curved wire is passed through the ear piercing, holding it in place. Also known as French hook.
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”.
A hinged wire is passed through the earlobe and with gentle pressure snaps into a U-shaped lock.