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Buying Earrings

Whether you're keen on big, bold hoops or prefer the timeless elegance of diamond studs, earrings help define the face and flatter an outfit. Earrings come in many different shapes, sizes and styles so consider the tips in this guide to help you find the perfect pair. It's not all about the gemstone either; your choice of metal matters here both in terms of style and when considering any skin sensitivities the wearer may have. Read on to learn about different metals, stones and styles.

Features of earrings


  • Gold: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, tri-color gold, two-tone gold, gold plated
  • Sterling silver
  • Titanium
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • If you have an allergy to copper or nickel, choose sterling silver, titanium or 14-karat gold instead.

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  • Diamonds 
  • Cubic zirconia
  • Emerald
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Semi-precious stones

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Types of earrings

Stud earrings

This classic option consists of a gemstone or diamond set on posts. Differing sizes and stones create a unique look all the time

  • Price range for fashion jewelry: $15-$40
  • Price range for fine jewelry: $60-$27,500

Stud earrings are best for...

The busy mom: Women with a busy lifestyle may find it easiest to wear the stud earring. You can leave them in for long periods of time and forget that they're there. Plus, you don't have bulky earrings weighing you down from errand to errand.  



Women with classic style: The stud earring is timeless and works with almost any outfit.


A girl's first pair of earrings: When a girl first gets her ears pierced, she won't be able to wear dangling or hoop earrings until the wound heals.

Hoop earrings

Hoop earrings are a circular shape and go through the ear. Depending on the size and style of the hoop earring they can be categorized as either fashion or fine jewelry.

  • Price range for fashion jewelry: $15-$40
  • Price range for fine jewelry: $5-$4,000

Hoop earrings are best for...

Those looking for a classic jewelry piece with a twist: A plain gold or silver pair of hoop earrings is a simple and elegant choice that adds a little more interest than the common stud. 

Style-focused individuals: Embellished hoop earrings are bold and stylish.


Drop and dangle earrings

Drop or dangle earrings come in many different designs but have one common feature; they hang below your ear lobe.

  • Price range for fashion jewelry: $5-$32
  • Price range for fine jewelry: $5-$10,000

Drop and dangle earrings are best for...

Enhancing a simple outfit: Dress a basic outfit up with a pair of drop or dangle earrings. They give an instant glam effect to any ensemble and your outfit will balance out the bolder look.


Wedding guests: Dressy occasions like a wedding call for vintage-inspired drop or dangle earrings.


Women who love to dress up: Keep a pair of dangle earrings with a versatile style on hand for dressing up, and you'll always have the perfect jewelry.