Since ancient times, earrings have been around – and they’re still popular today. From minimalist studs to elaborate chandelier earrings and dangly drop earrings adorned with clear, colorful, or black gemstones, there are many styles and designs today, ranging from timelessly chic to contemporary? Whether it’s delicate and discreet, bouncy and ornate, oversized statement pieces, or industrial barbells, these jewelry items come with their personality, special backings, and even specific placements.
Here’s everything you need to know about the most popular jewelry type in the world. Next, we’ll discuss the various types of earrings in detail.
Top 11 different types of earrings
1. Stud earrings
Stud earrings are a classic and stylish type of earrings available in many different shapes, sizes, and designs. The stud is different from other earrings because it does not dangle down. Instead, studs hug the ear and are usually located right at the earlobe. Due to the lack of visual connection, studs are often described as “floating” on the earlobe. A diamond or other outward-facing jewel hides the pin that sticks through the ear. Earrings are attached on the backside of the ear with a removable back or clutch.
2. Hoops earrings
Likewise, hoops are a recognizable type of earring and are available in various sizes and shapes. Hoops have traditionally been circular, but as their popularity has grown, you may see them in shapes, from squares to ovals or triangles. No matter what hoop earrings’ shape, they all have a small wire that penetrates the ear and attaches to the other end on the backside.
3. Drop earrings
Drop earrings are more or less an extended stud earring that offers a greater degree of flexibility in terms of design, jewelry, and shape. If you wear a drop earring, the earring will connect at the earlobe, but rather than resting against the ear, and it will hang downward or drop below the ear. There are many different types of drop earrings, including hoops, single pieces of jewelry, and even a series of pieces that hang vertically. They range in length from slightly above the ear to relatively low, depending on how they are cut.
4. Dangle earrings
The difference between drop earrings and dangles is that drop earrings are typically stationary, whereas dangles can swing back and forth. In addition, dangles come in different lengths, and the farther down from the ear they are, the bigger they can be. You can create intricate and exciting designs using this technique, and the part of the earrings that dangles can pretty much be anything you want. I have seen plenty of different designs using this technique.
5. Chandelier earrings
They are called chandelier earrings because they have the shape of a chandelier, but in many cases, they may dangle as well. The earrings attach to the ear at the earlobe and drop down, often with multiple layers of decoration. They might form a teardrop shape but have multiple dangling pieces hanging from each end. As often as not, they are adorned with jewels and decorations, so they have a fancy appearance.
The chandelier earrings at Nordstrom are an example of the general shape of the earrings, but you’ll also see how intricate they can be.
6. Huggies earrings
Huggies are a variation of the hoop earring, but instead of looping down and around, they hug the ear, leaving very little space under the earlobe. In other words, they have the same circular shape as the traditional hoops, but they are thicker and more petite. In many ways, they are similar to rings worn on the finger, but they will have a small wire piece or clip attached to one end.
7. Teardrop earrings
The teardrop earring is another version of the drop earring that looks like a teardrop. Attached to a teardrop-shaped stone or decorative piece, they penetrate the earlobe and hang down slightly.
8. The Ear Cuffs
The ear cuff is a type of earring that covers the outer curve of the ear. They can go up the top curve of the ear, travel towards the earlobe from the middle, or travel the entire length of the ear from top to bottom. Usually, they consist of multiple connection points, but they can also be a series of earrings evenly spaced along the ear’s curve.
9. Bajoran earrings
A Bajoran earring is worn by a species of humanoids in the Star Trek series, where the word “Bajoran” originates. The earrings were worn on the right ear and symbolized faith in the series. Additionally, each person’s earring was engraved with a family symbol.
It is unnecessary to follow the rules in real life, and you can find Bajoran earrings with or without symbolism. There are generally two points of connection, one at the earlobe and one during the upper portion of the year. A chain connects these points. The chain may only be long enough to connect, while other chains may hang down. There may even be multiple chains.
10. Cluster earrings
Decorative cluster earrings consist of several gemstones or beads clustered together in a single earring. The earrings can be in the form of a stud, or they can dangle from the earlobe.
11. Barbells earrings
Barbell earrings look like actual free weights, and in their most basic form, they consist of a metal rod and two small steel balls. Many of these “balls” are actually in the shape of something to appeal to various tastes. Sometimes they are skulls, and sometimes they are stars. Barbell earrings are straight and rigid, but they can be worn at almost any point on the ear. It is most common for them to be worn at the top, but they are also worn down the sides.
12. Barbell Earrings
Due of their similarity to a barbell, which has a metal bar with spheres on either end, barbell earrings received their name. The earring is inserted into the ear by removing the closure, which is situated on a spherical. They can be worn in pairs or on their alone. One barbell can be placed in a single piercing, however there are industrial barbells that can be placed in several piercings simultaneously.
Why do we wear earrings?
Wearing earrings has been a popular form of self-expression and adornment for thousands of years. It is believed that the tradition of wearing earrings started as early as 2500 BC in ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. People in these civilizations wore earrings to symbolize wealth and status and to ward off evil spirits.
In some cultures, earrings have been used to protect babies and young children. It was believed that earrings could protect them from harm and illness. Additionally, in some cultures, earrings have been used to mark important milestones in life such as coming of age or getting married.
In modern times, wearing earrings has become a widespread fashion trend. People wear earrings for various reasons, such as to complement an outfit, express their individuality, or simply because they like how it looks. Earrings come in various styles, from simple studs to elaborate dangles, and can be made from various materials, including gold, silver, and precious stones.