Earrings make the perfect gift because they are always the right fit. The most basic jewelry wardrobe piece, she may leave the house without a bracelet, but she's almost always wearing earrings.
Most earring styles go with anything, adding style to anything she wears. The wide variety of earring types, sizes, and prices available makes it easy to find the perfect pair for a gift. She'll remember you every time she wears them.
Types of Earrings
Stud Earrings Guides
Stud earrings refer to small earrings usually worn on ears through a post and held tight behind the earlobe by a screw. The main feature of a stud earrings is that they sit on the earlobe without a visible( from the front) point of connection to ears.
Hoops Earrings Guides
All forms of circles, semi-circles, oval earrings categorize under the section of Hoop Earrings. Ranging from lengths touching the bottom of earlobe to those rubbing the shoulder, hoop earrings have been all the rage. The most common hoop earring is the continuous hoop earring, also called loops. Traditionally the hoops are metal rings, but with increasing demand of diamonds and other gems, studded hoops are now in popular demand.
Drop Earrings Guides
Drop earrings have some kind of gemstones, pearls, beads or anything dangling from the base at top of earrings. Their sizes vary from inch long to nearly shoulder length.
Dangle Earrings/Pendant Earrings Guides
As suggested by the name, dangle earrings are those hanging from the earlobe at various lengths, from a centimeter to one touching your shoulder. Depending on the design, the dangle earring can either be the luxurious Chandelier or the gorgeous Drop Earring. While a Chandelier spreads out into branches in multi-levels, the Drop Earrings basically comprise of a straight dropping of a gemstone encased in metal.
Huggy Earrings Guides
Huggy earrings are the ones that cling to the earlobe. They are found in various designs and shapes, hearts and ovals being the most popular. Huggy are a popular form among teenagers owing to their suitability to casual wear.
Push Back Earrings Guides
The most common backing style, it has a small hole that slides onto the post. Generally, this backing is butterfly-shaped and hence it is also called butterfly earring back. It is easy to wear but the security offered is questionable as the backing works on the basis of friction.
Chandeliers Earring Guides
This design mirrors the shape of a chandelier and might consist of multiple levels of decorations. In some cases, they also give a dangling appearance.
Latch Back Earring Guides
They have a hinged backing usually on a hoop style earring. It's basically a curved hoop with a straight latch which locks on the other end keeping it secured.
This is a pretty safe earring back and it is hard to lose earrings with latch backs. They are generally used for huggy earrings, danglers or hoop earrings
Fish Hook Earring Guides
It is generally a metal wire which is curved in the shape of a fish hook. It is long enough and doesn't require any other backing.
Generally not used for very precious earrings of gold and diamonds, this form of backing is preferred for casual junk jewelry.
Fish hook backings are commonly used for Danglers, drop earrings, Jhumkas etc.
Level Back Earring Guides
Like the name suggests, these earring backs are mini functional levers to keep the earring secure and in its place.
The back of the lever back is curved similar to that of a fish hook backing with an enclosure with a spring that attaches and gets latched behind the ear.
It's most shouted earring back for heavy earrings. The main advantage apart from safety is that it allows the earring to hang lower making it more visible.
These are most commonly used for Dangling earrings, drop earrings and studs.
Ball Back Post Earring Guides
These are the more modern version of a standard push back post. A ball like backing is used in the place of a simple flat backing to keep the earring secured and in place.
The best part about these earring backs is that they make it very stylish and both sides of the earrings look like the main jewelry.
Generally, these are just pushbacks, but some ball backs are a mix of the screw and pushbacks in which the ball is screwed to the post a few times and then pushed till the lobe. These are used for studs earring types.
Tips To Avoid Losing Earrings Or Earring Backs
- One should always use earring back stabilizers for expensive earrings.
- It is smarter to invest in designs like Screw back Post earring backs and Locking Post earring backs as it ensures more security than the general push back earring back.
- In case, an earring back is lost so for temporary usage, one can use a portion of a pencil eraser.
- To prevent for losing earrings, always hook the earrings to each other when keeping them.
- You can fix a designated place to your earrings and under any circumstance don't open and keep it anywhere else.
Now that we know that there are different types of earring backs and what suits best to your favorite earring designs. With the help of the type of earring backs pictures and details, you can easily decide for yourself which is the perfect backing for your jewelry.
Earrings As Gift
Diamond studs are the perfect gift for an important occasion. If she is more fashionable and follows the trends, give her princess-cut diamond studs, but if she dresses in classic styles, give round diamond studs or cultured pearl studs.
Even if she has several pairs of earrings already, she'll love to add a pair of beautiful hoop earrings to her rotation. Most women have a preference of the color of precious metals they wear, so look at her other jewelry to see what she prefers.
If studs and hoops are too predictable, gold earrings are available in a variety of fashionable styles. Other earring styles include colorful gemstone or lively dangling designs.