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Different Types of Earrings & Earring Backs You Should Know About

Apr 02,2024 | Juyoyo

Ready to buy earrings? Wait a minute! Before buying we should go through the different types of earrings and I am sure, after that, you will be in a better position to choose the perfect and most suitable earrings for yourself.


What are The Types of Earrings?

There are many types of earrings, each with its unique design and style. Here are some common types of earrings:


1. Stud Earrings

stud earring

Stud earrings are one of the most popular styles of earrings, usually a small gemstone/design that fits snugly in the earlobe, and the simplicity of the design makes them very versatile.


2. Drop Earrings

Drop earrings

Drop earrings are similar to stud earrings, somewhat like an extension of the stud earrings, it is decorated in the lower part of the earlobe, usually fixed, will not have a large swing with your movements (will be a small swing), will not casually shake is like long earrings but do not like to swing the first choice of the people.


3. Hoop Earrings

hoop earrings

Hoop Earrings, a type of hoop earring that loops from the front of the earlobe to the back of the earlobe (across the earlobe), usually the circle is larger (including but not limited to circles such as triangles, diamonds, etc.), and is perfect for bold and vibrant outfits.


4. Dangle Earrings

dangle earrings

Somewhat similar to drop earrings, they are also perpendicular to the earlobe. The difference is that dangle earrings are much longer and they are not fixed, they are lighter and can swing as you move. Dangle earrings are perfect for girls with round faces and can have an elongating effect on the face.


5. Chandelier Earrings

chandelier earrings

Chandelier Earrings are the most gorgeous of all earrings, inspired by the unfolding of the branches of the tree so that you can unfold some chic design on the "branches", such as the use of gemstones, such as splicing, to create a more glittering design, these earrings are also the first choice for attending This kind of earrings is also the first choice for parties.


6. Huggie Earrings

huggie earrings

Huggie Earrings are a favorite accessory for young girls these days, as they simply wrap around the ear like a hug, encircling your ear. Huggie Earrings are a special adornment as they fit snugly around the ear and don't catch on clothes, and you can wear multiple Huggie earrings in one ear.


7. Ear Cuffs

ear cuffs

Similar to Huggies earrings, Ear Cuffs are earrings that wrap around the outside of the ear, but do not require piercing, making them simply a perfect choice for those without pierced ears. 


8. Jacket Earrings

jacket earrings

Jacket Earrings can be considered as an extension of studs, it is mainly the design on the back that is different from studs, the most colorful thing about Jacket Earrings is not the front of the earlobe but the embellishments on the back of the earlobe, it will come with gemstones/embellishments displayed from the back of the earlobe forward to achieve a similar effect of drop earrings.


9. Cluster Earrings

cluster earring

Cluster Earrings are finely crafted earrings in which multiple gemstones/decorative elements are set together to achieve an effect of amplified brilliance, usually in the form of studs.


10. Threader Earrings

threader earrings

Threader earrings, as the name implies, are earrings in the form of a thread. It may or may not have any ornamentation at the end. Threader earrings are extremely minimalistic, yet designer earrings and you can adjust their length freely, making them highly flexible and therefore highly versatile!


What are The Types of Earring Backs?

Earring backs, also known as earring closures or findings, the types of earring backs:


1. Push Backs

push back

Push backs have a small piece of metal that slides onto the earring post, and by designing the slot it can be tightened in the right place for a closed fit.


2. Butterfly Backs

butterfly backs

Butterfly backs are also a kind of post backs, which are the most common type of earring clasps and become butterfly backs because of their shape similar to butterflies.


3. Screw Backs

scerw back

Similar to the screw device, the earring post is equivalent to a screw, and the screw back is a screw cap, through the interaction between the two to achieve a closed effect, this way is very strong, but also more trouble.


4. Hinge Backs

hinge backs

Hinge backs have a hinged closure device that needs to be stuck into the earring post to hold it securely in place, which is a very safe and popular type of earring closure.


5. Shepherd Hook Backs

shepherd hook backs

Shepherd hook backs do not have a separate closure, it is mainly through the long and curved line to achieve a balanced effect, because the length is sufficient and will not cause slippage, this closure is very simple and convenient.


6. Lever Backs:

lever backs

Lever backs have a hinged lever, which is stabilized by force interactions, and can be snapped closed behind the earlobe to provide a secure closure similar to a hinged earring.


7. Clip-On Backs

clio-on backs

Clip-on backs secure the earring to the earlobe employing a clip-on clasp and will have a specialized design to adjust to match different earlobe thicknesses without the need for ear piercing.


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Common Earring Questions:

What is The Difference Between Drop Earrings and Dangle Earrings?

The difference is that the dangle earrings are designed to be lighter and longer, swinging to follow the rhythm of the body.

What is The Difference Between Huggie Earrings and Earcuffs?

The main difference is that Huggie earrings require ear piercings, while ear cuffs do not.

What Types of Earrings Can You Wear Without Ear Piercings?

For those without ear piercings, earrings with clip-on closures are a perfect choice.

What Earrings are The Most Versatile?

Stud earrings are the most versatile.

What is The Best Metal for Earrings?

Gold, platinum, rose gold, and silver are all suitable for making earrings. Warm skin tones suit gold and rose gold, while cool skin tones suit white gold and silver. Choose according to your preference.

What Earrings are Suitable for Longer Face Shapes?

People with longer face shapes should avoid very long earrings, such as dangle earrings. Instead, consider earrings that add horizontal visual elements, such as hoop earrings, or studs that do not extend beyond the jawline.

What Earrings are Suitable for Round Faces?

Round faces are suited to dangle earrings or threader earrings that create a lengthening effect.