All About Earrings

Learn about earring styles and closures.

Types of Earrings Styles

There are four main types of earrings:

  • Size: Can vary from really wide to small tight circles
  • Trademark: Round sweeping circles
  • Occasion: Day or night. A larger hoop may be more appropriate for a more casual event or with jeans. Smaller hoops are more appropriate for business or social occasions.
  • Size: Small to medium in size
  • Trademark: Delicate, simple, and classic
  • Occasion: Studs work for any and all occasions. They are considered an essential in any jewelry wardrobe.
Dangles, Drops and Chandeliers
  • Size: Ranges from short to shoulder-kissing. Can also be wide, narrow, or gradually flare toward the bottom
  • Trademark: Elegant sway, sparkle and movement
  • Occasion: Usually a formal or semi-formal event. However, dangles or chandeliers can be paired with more casual styles to elevate your look.
  • Size: Medium
  • Trademark: Extends up along the ear
  • Occasion: This style is versatile, but it tends to get noticed. While it works with a dressed down look, it's ideal for turning up the edge and glamour.
  • Size: Medium/Large
  • Trademark: Designs on both the front and back of the styles
  • Occasion: These styles are guaranteed to get noticed. With designs on both the front and back of the earring, these styles are perfect for most any occasion from casual to business to more formal occasions.

Types of Closures

  • Post push backs – are used with post earrings like studs. They secure the earring to the back of the ear.
  • Screw backs – these are also used with studs and are commonly found on higher-end post earrings, like diamond studs, and on children's earrings for security reasons. They screw on to the back of a threaded post, securing the earring to the ear.
  • Hinge/Omega back – post hoops and other styles will often feature a hinge finished with an open "O"‐shaped lock that securely secures the style.
  • Latch – often found on hoop earrings, these earrings feature a hinged post that snaps into a "U"‐shaped lock at the back of the style.
  • French wire – these closures resemble fish hooks. They pass through the pierced earlobe and the earring itself holds in place. Occasionally, small rubber stoppers are slid up the back of the earring to provide additional security.
  • Snap–lock – this type of back has a hinged piece of metal that goes through the ear and snaps into a latch on the opposite side of the earring.