An earring is a piece of jewelry that is worn to the ear. It can be attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear. It is also the most essential jewelry wardrobe piece and accessory for most women. There are many different types of earrings, and which type to wear? The answer is not fixed because every woman has her own preferred style. And to match the outfits, occasions, and most importantly, the face shape and skin color, you need to take into consideration of many factors: style, design, material, length, pattern, size, type of fastening, and so on. And seriously speaking, just like other outfits, your choice of what you put in your ears can transform or ruin your look.
As far as I am concerned, some women have a wide range of earring collection in their wardrobe. And without any exaggeration, they seem to own all earring types that enable them to shine in different occasions. Yet the truth is, for most women, they might have several earring styles. So how to pick the right earring types to fit you the most? You’ve got to know about each type, or at least, the most popular types of earrings nowadays.
And below we’ve listed a collection of earring types that can get you through a romantic date, club party, business meeting, etc. In the first part, we will show you 10 fashion earring styles, while in Part II, we will talk about the piercing earrings for women.
Part I: 10 Fashion Types of Earrings
Wearing a pair of stunning earrings that match your outfit can really make you the focus in any event. And the 10 following types of trendy earrings can upgrade your outlook by creating a graceful temperament.
1. Stud Earrings
Stud earrings have been popularized since the beginning of the 20th Century and they are now the popular earrings for college girls because they are simple yet stylish as well as chic. This earring type features a precious or semi-precious stone and an enamel or metal design, making it fixed tightly to the earlobe. And there are a lot of shapes to choose from: stars, conceptual, geometric, animals, etc.
2. Drop Earrings
Drop earrings are usually a set of shimmering jewelry that can be long or short. They are the ideal accessories to transform your look and show your femininity and grace, giving you an aristocratic appearance. So when you go to the official occasions, this type of earring could be the best choice.
3. Hoop Earrings
Hoop earrings are especially favored by women because of the flexible design of different looks, materials, styles, diameters, color, etc. This known type of Congo earrings can come in shape of cute miniature ringlets, gigantic hoops, and Creole earrings and many other styles.
4. Dangle Earrings
Due to the stylish design, the dangle earrings are extremely popular among the young girls and women. They can make you look gorgeous and can match your outfit appropriate. They are often designed in a way to flow from the bottom of earlobes and they can be flexible in length.
5. Chandelier Earrings
People may sometimes mix the chandelier earrings and drop earrings because of the outlook. But actually they are not just the same types of earrings. The chandelier earrings look more complex in design, with multi-layered decorative pieces and an interweaving of multiple precious stones, sometimes with feathers.
6. Cluster Earrings
Cluster earrings are designed in a similar way of stud earrings in the fastening to ears, but the clusters usually feature a set of precious stones in a single enchanting composition. And you may notice that the stones are designed with various size, shape and color, and sometimes attached with decorative pattern elements or dangling pieces.
7. Threader Earrings
Threader earrings are also called Earth Reader and Ear String. It is designed in a thin chain that slips into the hole of the ear and then comes out dangles. And usually the chain comes with extra pearls or beads on it – this makes it look more attractive.
8. Cuff Earrings
The cuff earrings may be one of the coolest earring types for most women because of its unique design. It covers the majority of the ear from the earlobe to the top and runs up the edge of the ear. Imagine a wing flies along the ear, isn’t it very cool? And this earring type also come in various styles, shapes and sizes, and they can be your fashion accessories to show off your personality all the year round.
9. Huggy Earrings
Just as its name suggests, huggy earrings (or huggie earrings) are meant to hug your earlobes. And they are one of the most popular types of earrings for every women. In design, these earrings encircle the earlobes as fastening way and they can be in regular rectangular shapes as well as lovely heart shape.
10. Bajoran Earrings
Bajoran Earrings are also known as the ‘slave earrings’, this earring type has come into sight of the public and gained its popularity since it was first shown on Star Trek. It comes with many pieces that are attached of a chain, so the style and shape can be various.
Part II: 5 Popular Types of Piercing Earrings
The piercing earrings are kind of different from the earring types mentioned in Part I. Before you can wear such types of earrings, you will first need to get piercing on your ears, which of course, may be painful. But these types are worth a try for some women who do not like the old school style. If you are interested in this earring style, Cartilage piercing is worth a try for a stylish look. And if you are ready to get in this fashion, the following 9 styles may get you on the fashion trend.
1. Straight Barbells
A barbell style piercing earring is a straight bar and with a bead on each end, and one or both beads unscrewable for removal and/or changing of the beads. In general, one bead is fixed either via epoxy or welding, and in this way, only one bead is used to install or remove the earring.
Circular barbells, also known as closer rings, are variation to the straight barbells. They are just made in circular instead of straight shape.
3. Circular Conebells
Circular conebells, or horseshoe hoops, are one of the most popular types of piercing jewelry that are worn in piercing. These horseshoe-shaped barbells usually have a removable ball on either end. They look like a ball closure ring and are easy to wear and remove like you do with a straight barbell.
4. Ear Spikes
Ear spikes are usually made up of plastic sticks with a 1mm diameter and 1.5cm length. And because teenagers are not allowed to wear stud earring to the school, this alternative type of earrings become very popular among them.
A plug, also known as earplug or earspool, is a short, cylindrical piece of jewelry commonly worn in larger-gauge body piercings. And modern western plugs are also called flesh tunnels. The plugs are usually thicker than standard metal earrings and they can be made out of a variety of materials: metal, stone, glass, acrylic glass, wood, bone, silicone and porcelain.
In addition to the above 15 popular types of earrings, there are many other earring styles that you can try with. And if you have something to talk about this, share your ideas in the comment section below.
One important thing you should keep in mind with the earrings is make sure they are always clean, which will surely help avoid infection. And here are 8 hacks on how to clean jewelry at home.