Earrings are simple, straightforward, and classy; worn by both men and women, earrings have become one of the most important jewelry and accessories that anyone must own. Just like any other jewelries out there, earrings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Below are just some of the most popular earring types used by women and men everywhere.
Stud earrings are also considered as an introductory or beginner’s earrings. When you first get your ears pierced, they would use a pair of stud earrings because they’re more secure that hoop earrings or dangly earrings. With stud earrings, your lobes can adjust to the new piercings made and they are able to heal properly.
Hoop earrings feature a circular design that is open in the middle and they can vary in sizes and materials. These types of earrings are secured on the lobe by clipping the hook through the ear piercing. Although hoop earrings vary in sizes, be careful when you opt for a pair of bigger hoop earrings as they can tug and pull on the earlobes.
Drop and Dangle Earrings
Drop or dangle earrings are suitable for a more formal setting. These kinds of earrings are typically decorated with gems, diamonds, crystals, and rhinestones. Drop earrings tend to be shorter than dangle earrings as the latter usually hangs all the way to the décolletage area. Another version of a drop or dangle earrings is the tear-drop earrings which resembles the shape of a teardrop.
For those who are scared to get an ear piercing, you can opt for cli-on earrings that you can clip on your earlobes without piercing through it. This is a popular earring alternative for children or babies who have not had their ears pierced. The only thing you need to pay attention to is that you don’t tug your earlobe and earrings too hard.
Types of Earring Backs
Each of the different kinds of earrings listed above requires different earring backs or a way to secure the earrings in place safely so they don’t tug on your lobes. The types below are some of the most common earring backs found in the stud, hoop, drop, dangle, and clip-on earrings.
- Fish Hooks – usually found on a drop, dangle, or tear-drop earrings.
- Push Back – the most common earring back usually found on stud earrings.
- Screw Back – similar to the push-back but requires to be screwed securely around the earring post.
- Latch Back – commonly used for hoop earrings and some drop earrings.
- Lever Back – similar to the fish hooks but features a lever to secure the hook in place.