There are so many different types of earrings! It can be difficult to decide what works best for your look. Fashion jewelry styles are always changing and if you are going to invest in a handcrafted piece it’s important to choose the right type.

Your Everyday Look: Stud Earrings and Hoops

Stud earrings are one of the most common types. You will commonly see gemstone earrings attached to a simple backing. One of the benefits of this style is that it gives you a secure fit so if you wearing something like diamond or crystal earrings you don’t have to worry about them falling off.

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There are two common types of stud earrings. The push-back and the screw back varieties are what you will most often find. Some people find the pushbacks more comfortable while others like the security of the screw backs. Push backs are great if you are buying inexpensive fashion jewelry but if you are making a major investment screw backs might be a better choice.

Hoops are another popular variety. They typically don’t have a stone so the focus is on the metal. They are perfect for a casual look when you just want a pop of shine.

For Something More Glamorous: Try Chandeliers and Drop Earrings!

If you prefer a more dramatic look, chandelier earrings are amazing. There is an endless array of intricate styles particularly if you buy something handmade. They can bring a slice of glamour to even the most basic of outfits. They are also perfect for special occasions.

Drop earrings create a bold statement. Some of them hang without a close while others use a French hook. French wire earrings use a delicate metal and, because they lack the back closure, they can be more comfortable than studs.

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Leverback earrings look similar to French wire earrings but have a closure in the back. They are ideal if you like the secure fit of studs but prefer the feel of French wire. They have the same delicate look as studs so they are perfect for something like pearl earrings.

If you have just started experimenting with earrings more, it’s important to try out different types of closures and different weights. Depending on your lifestyle, some will work better for you than others. If you have a very physically active life, studs are a great choice. If you are looking for something glamorous and don’t have to worry about running around too much, any option will work for you. Be sure to try different weights to see what is comfortable. Heavier earrings may only work for you for short evenings out.

For Something Unique: Try Handmade Earrings!

Whichever style of earrings you are drawn to you can never go wrong with unique handmade earrings.  There are many jewelry designers online who create one-of-a-kind earrings that come in every type of bead and color combination imaginable.  Purchasing your earrings from a jewelry artisan often ensures the earrings are not mass-produced.  This means you can enjoy your handmade earrings and probably never run into someone with the exact pair you have purchased.

July 01, 2013 — SWCreations Jewelry

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