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How to Buy Earrings: Everything You Need to Know

A pair of earrings makes a great accessory for daily wear. While these pieces of jewelry are subtle, they still can dress up any outfit and make a bold statement. The latest designs blend seamlessly with different looks and are made from various materials, including beads, glass, plastic, metal and precious gems. Choosing the right pair depends on many factors like face structure and personal style. We've put together all the latest types and essential features you should know before buying earrings.

Types of Earrings

Drop or Dangle Earrings

Dangling earrings are designed to hang low and sway below the ear lobes. These styles are available in a wide range of patterns and sizes, so you can pair them with any face shape or outfit easily.

Style Tip: Drop earrings work best with diamond, heart, and oval-shaped faces. You can use statement pieces to accentuate a cocktail dress or when you want to dress up a simple outfit.



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Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are simple and a common choice for everyday styles. Studs are small, usually round and sit on the end of a screw, thus giving the appearance of being stuck to your ear lobe. They can also feature precious and semi-precious stones.

Style Tip: Studs are extremely versatile and can be worn with almost any kind of outfit. These types of earrings suit a narrow face best but can be worn with any face shape.


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Hoop Earrings

Hoops are circular or semi-circular pieces that pass through your ear piercing and are often made from metal tubing.

Style Tip: Hoop earrings can be used to add a chic and funky vibe to a simple jeans and t-shirt ensemble or can enhance an off shoulder top beautifully. These styles help soften the jaw line of a square-shaped face.



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Chandelier Earrings

Chandeliers are multi-layered earrings, adorned with gorgeous embellishments. They're created to resemble the basic structure of a chandelier light.

Style Tip: Choose these designs to complete a dressy evening gown. A pair of chandelier earrings will look amazing with a strapless or off-shoulder dress. These designs will brighten up a heart-shaped face as the extended curves work to highlight the jaw, the eyes and the cheekbones.


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Earring Closures

  • Fish hooks - Most dangling or drop earrings have long, hook-shaped wires that go through your ear piercing. These do not come with any backing and are easy to use.
  • Screw back - These closures use a post that has a thread design allowing you to screw the back on securely. It's nearly impossible for these earrings to fall off, hence making them the safest kind of closure to use.
  • Push back - Push back options are the most common type of closures. These have small holes that glide onto the posts. They're simple to use, but the earrings can fall off once the back becomes loose over time.
  • Lever back - These closures are an extension of the fish hook where there is a lever that completes the hook and prevents it from slipping out of the hole.
  • Latch back - A latch back uses a hinged-style backing to secure earrings. These are mainly used for hoop earrings.

What to Consider When Buying Earrings

  • Lifestyle - Choose earrings that suit you and your lifestyle. For instance, dangling earrings wouldn't be the ideal choice for someone who is constantly on the move or does a lot of manual labor. Pick a type of earring that is comfortable to wear and that doesn't restrict you in any way.
  • Material - Make sure to check that the jewelry material is high quality and will not irritate your skin. To avoid any risk, consider buying stainless steel backs when picking earrings for other people.
  • Fashion choice - Always match your earrings to your outfit so that they don’t look odd or out of place. Statement pieces work best with semi-formal or evening wear but can completely throw off a laid back joggers and crop top outfit.
  • Opt for sets - Shop for large sets that offer multiple colors in the same design or different patterns in the same type of earring. You can buy studs in different colors of hoops in varying sizes.
  • Complement your face shape - Always select patterns that suit your facial structure. For example, drop earrings accentuate the contours of an oval face while angular earrings elongate a round shape. Danglers will also minimize the sharpness of a diamond face.