Earrings Buying Guide
Earrings are beautiful ornaments that speak volumes of a person’s taste and style. They can be simple as in hoops or glamorous with a combination of different types of precious metals embedded with rare and precious stones. They can make the most casually dressed person look incredibly smart when they match each other. The options available are huge and sometimes it becomes difficult to choose from what is available. We would like to help you out to choose from this maze of choices in this buying guide.
While choosing earrings, it is necessary to find the earring which suits the shape of our face as well as the skin color. While buying earrings balancing the earrings with the face is very important. To emphasize a sharp featured face and angular earring would be suitable. On the other hand, the round face can be elongated with an earring which is conventional. For rectangular faces, round hoops are ideal. Chunky earrings can hide key features of a petite woman. The all-time classic material used for earrings is yellow gold, though of late it is fashionable to have earrings made of white gold. For the woman who has calm skin tones, white metal earrings would be suitable and for those having warm skin tones, yellow metal is appropriate.
Tips for Keeping Your Earrings Properly
For every earring you require a closure which is secure. It also has to be comfortable fit for the wearer. The preferred options are one-clasp or two-clasp style. What is suitable for one may not be suitable for the other. So it is important that the wearer identifies the best fit from the options available.
Earring Posts & Findings:
Stud earrings are held in place with a combination of a metal nut with a bar. This is also known as friction back. One of the famous ear-clasp designs are the posts and findings.
When a nut fits over a post it is known as butterfly findings. Push-back clasps are a variation to this.
Clips or Clip-On:
For ear lobes which have not been pierced, this is an ideal option. These earrings are mostly designed without posts that’s why they also called clip-on earrings. The pressure to stay in its place is generated by the hinged back on the clasp that shuts tight against the ear.
A long bent post that fits through the piercing is known as a hook. Shepherd’s hooks, euro hooks, ear wires and French wires are some of the other names by which hooks are called. Sometimes a hook, like the thin wire hook helps making the earrings lighter and comfortable. The flip side of it is that they are not as secure as the clasp styles.
A straight post and a looped lever is what this clasp has. The post is closed around by the hinged lever and pressure is used to hold on to the ear. This is also called French clips.
Leverback: When a hinged lever snaps to close against a curved post and thereby closing the loop behind the ear, it is known as lever back. It is suitable for styles that drop below the ear.
Room for the earring to fit around the ear is made by the hinged post thanks to its curvature. This is a variant of the clipped in style.
A variation of the normal posts with finding clasp where the nut twists on to the threaded post.
Earrings for Sensitive Ears
Infections and irritations are caused by poor quality of jewelry used during ear piercing. In case you experience irritation, we recommend that you use 14 or 18 carat gold earrings. Alternatively you can use Titanium or steel earrings. If you want a traditional look, one option is to go for platinum earring which is ‘hypoallergenic’. The composition of this metal does not cause allergic reaction. Any product that contains cobalt or nickel can cause skin irritation.
Casual Wear Earrings
Large or small hoops made of gold or silver are ideal for everyday wear. An excellent option to diamond rings is Cubic Zirconia (CZ).One has many style and color options with Cubic Zirconia. Gemstone earrings are also a popular choice for girls and ladies of all ages.
Types of Earrings
There are wide ranges of earring types, sizes, and prices available make it easy to find the perfect pair for a gift. Three common types of earrings are given below.
Special Occasion Earrings
An ideal option for special occasions when one is wearing cocktail dresses is diamond stud earrings. Diamond studs enhance the beauty of other jewelry like diamond necklaces. To catch everyone’s gaze at parties’ lucrative ruby earrings would be the best choice.
Earrings for Men’s
The latest trend happens to be men adding jewelry to their fashion accessories. With jeans, a suit or a tuxedo, men are opting for steel or tungsten earrings as accessories. A diamond stud is also a great option for all the stylish men.