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Getting to know different types of earrings & earring backs

Getting to know different types of earrings & earring backs

Types of earrings

1. Studs

Stud earrings are the simplest & essential kind of earring. They tend to be small and lay flat just on the earlobe without dropping downward, looping backward, or climbing upward. Studs have a narrow silver post behind the charm/ornament that goes through your ear piercing when you wear them, giving an illusion that earrings are floating on the earlobe. Studs are comfortable to wear and its simple design matches with any outfit.

Disc StudsDiamond StudsPearl Studs

2. Drops

As its name suggests, drop earrings drop below the ear. They are basically extended stud earrings that offer greater flexibility in design & style. Drop earrings can be single piece of jewelry or several pieces hang vertically. Typically featuring a basic charm/ornament or a simple metal chain, they can be short and sit right below the ear while others can hang considerably low.

Bowknot Pearl DropsPearl Drop EarringInverted Rose Drop Earring

3. Dangles

Like drop earrings, dangle earrings also hang below the ear, but they are larger, bulkier, have more complex design and more movement.

Fan-shaped Dangle EarringPearl Dangle EarringStar Stud Dangle Earring

4. Chandeliers

Chandeliers are another kind of dangle earring which shape like a chandelier, consisting of multiple levels of decorations and have branches of dangling segments. They exude femininity and elegance, adding an air of grace to their wearers and sparkles as they flow along with the wearer’s every movement.

Vintage Chandelier EarringGold Chandelier EarringColorful Gemstone Chandelier Earring

5. Hoops

Hoop earrings are another popular choice of earring and they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns. They have a small wire piece that goes through the ear piercing and connects to the other end of the hoop to create a complete hoop. Depending on their length, thickness and adornments, smaller hoops can create an understated look while larger hoops can be a bold statement piece.

Silver Rope Hoop EarringTraditional Hoop EarringFloral Hoop Earring

6. Huggies

Huggie earrings are a cozier version of hoop earrings. They sit snug against your earlobe, leaving little to no space underneath. Depending on its size and design, they sometimes fit the cartilages areas of your ear. When compared to hoops, they are typically smaller but thicker, making space for rows of pave diamonds for extra brilliance.

Modern Design Huggie EarringDiamond Huggie EarringMoon & Star Huggie Earring

7. Jackets

Jacket earring is made up of two parts. It has a simple stud which sits at the front of your earlobe and a backing with a more complex design which hangs down behind your earlobe. This design creates depth from the juxtaposition of different patterns emerging from each side of the earlobe, at the same time, balances the weight of the earring between the front and back of your ear.

Double Pearl Jacket EarringPearly Jacket EarringGold Tassel Jacket Earring

8. Climbers & Crawlers

Ear climbers, also known as ear crawlers, are one of the modern earring designs. It appears to be chic & innovative. It starts at the base of your earlobe and climb upwards toward the top of your ear. It stays in place thanks to a sturdy wire that acts as a backbone.

Butterfly Climber EarringAngel Wing Climber EarringEar Crawler

9. Ear Cuffs

An ear cuff is a type of earring that you wear on the outer curve of your ear. It is effortless to wear as they just nestle around the helix of your ear. The minimalist design of ear cuffs can be a charming piece on its own or be part of an earring stack. Women without ear piercings can opt for these ear cuffs because of their snug fit.

Modern Desgin Ear CuffsElegant Cross Design Ear CuffsGolden Leaves Ear Cuffs

10. Ear Threaders

Ear Threader is a perfect combination of modern and minimalist style. It consists of a thin piece of metal thread that threads through your ear piercing and hangs on both sides of your earlobe. There is normally a small and simple ornament at the one end of the thread. The metal thread that hangs down behind your earlobe is typically so long that there is no need for a stopper.

Heart-shaped Pendant Ear ThreadersWater Droplet Ear ThreaderRose gold Butterfly Ear Threader

11. Mismatch Earring

Mismatch earrings are one of the trending earring style. Some of us enjoy the refreshing experience from wearing unexpected combinations of earrings such as a simple pearl stud in one ear and an intricate geometric design on another. Play with your earrings wardrobe and combine a couple of different earrings!

Mismatch Studs.jpgMismatch Drop EarringMismatch Love Dangle Earring

12. Bajoran Earrings

Bajoran earring combines several styles into one distinctive look. It has two connection points that is connected by a thin & decorative chain; the first point sits at your earlobe and another around the helix of your ear. The first point normally features a simple stud or drop earring while the second point is usually an ear cuff. The chain can be just long enough to make the connection or hanging down. You can try Bajoran earring for an edgy look or sci-fi fashion.

Simple Bajoran EarringBajoran Earring with Cross PendantSilver Tassel Bajoran Earring

13. Barbells

Like free weights from the gym, barbell earrings have a long bar with rounded beads at each end. The bar comes in two or more length, some is short for areas like earlobe, helix/cartilage of your ear while other can be long enough for industrial piercings or to stretch from the earlobe up to the helix part of your ear (which require multiple piercings to fit in place).

Barbell EarringPearl Barbell.jpgIndustrial barbell.jpg

14. Clip-on Earrings

Clip-on earrings are typically made for women without piercings. Nonetheless, even with ear piercings, clip-on earrings are great option for larger & heavier style earrings to prevent damage of the earlobe tissue due to prolonged wearing of heavy pierced earrings. With earring converter, almost any earrings can be converted into clip-on earrings.

Cubic Zirconia Clip-on StudsGold Clip-on EarringGemstone Clip-on Drop Earring

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Types of earring backs

1. Push/Post earring backs

Push earring backs, also known as post earring backs, are one of the most widely used earring back type. It can be used to secure studs, drops and dangle earrings. Once you put the earring post through your ear piercing, you can grip the earring back by its two loops, slide the backing up to the notch on the end of the post where the earring clicks into to keep two sides together. 


2. Screw earring backs

Screw earring backs are similar to push earring backs but they are often used in more expensive earrings such as diamond studs. This is because they provide much more security compared to push earring backs. A screw earring back has ridges that intertwine with the tiny creases on the earring post. You twist the screw earring back until they feel secure, and just spin it the opposite direction to take them off.

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3. Secure lock backs

Secure lock backs are large & round earring backs that look like a clear disc. They are usually made from plastic. Once you put them on, they flatten the earlobe and make earrings lay more evenly. It is recommended to use this kind of earring backs when your earrings are big or heavy to prevent sagging and helps to divide the weight of the earrings so that you feel comfortable. You can add an extra layer of security by adding a rubber backing at the back.

Secure lock back stud earringSecure-lock-back-(2).jpg

4. Fish hooks / Ear wire

Fish hooks are metal wire curved in the shape of a fish hook and gently drapes through your ear piercing. The hooks are normally long enough to do the job of securing the earrings, but occasionally it has an additional rubber back to prevent it from falling out.

Fish hook drop earringfish hook stud earringfish hook

5. Lever earring backs

Lever earring backs are commonly used for dangling earrings, drop earrings and studs. It works as a mini functional lever to keep earring in place. The wire goes through your ear piercing and fasten with the earring backing to form a complete loop. Unlike other earring backs, the lever can be bulkier and more noticeable. However, they are convenient and effortless, making them a durable and secure backing option for earrings. They are also great for sensitive ears because they offer room for skin to breathe.

Lever back stud earringLever back drop earringLever earring back

6. Latch earring backs

Latch earring backs have a hinged post which attaches to a metal catch. The straight post goes through your ear piercing and swing into the catch to secure the earring. These latch earring backs are usually used on hoop or dangling earrings.

Latch back hoop earringLatch back earringLatch back drop earring

7. French clips or Omega backs

French clips, also known as Omega earring backs, have a spring clip (normally a wide loop) that bends inward and flips up to fasten the earring. These earring backs cover a wider area of the earlobe and spread the weight of the earring evenly, providing higher security and less pain in the ears.

omega-(2).jpgomega back earringomega back hoop earring

8. Rubber backs

Rubber backs are commonly used with secure lock backs or fish hook earrings. It can also use to secure studs; light drop and dangling earrings.


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