Earrings are one of my favorite jewelry accessories. They draw the eye to the face creating a flattering frame for the eyes, skin, and lips. I definitely cannot have enough pairs of earrings.
For thousands of years earrings have accessorized and adorned the body. The styles have evolved and changed over time to include different styles ranging from studs to elaborate chandeliers and hoops. Some styles are often confused with one another, such as drops and dangles, and others are new. The drop, dangle, and stud are examples of everlasting styles that appear year after year. Ear cuffs, wires, and chains are new styles that continue to gain in popularity.
Earring Styles Explained
Drop earrings hang just below the ear. They are primarily stationary or have little movement. Some drops move if a ring is used to attach the bottom piece to the stud.
Dangles are often confused with drop earrings. Dangles hang down from the ear (dangle) and swing. Some dangles hang to the shoulder.
Stud earring is a stone or other small adornment worn through a hole in the ear lobe. Studs are often the first pair of earrings worn after a piercing.
Hoop earrings are a classic style. They are circular (hoops) of metal, wood, or other materials. They are often adorned with stones, beads, or chain.
Chandelier – Long, dangle earrings with tiers of stones, crystals, beads, or metal details
Huggie earrings are small, thick hoops that sit close to the ear lobe.
Cluster earrings feature a center stone with clusters of smaller stones surrounding the center. These earrings are also seen with clusters or groups of stones or beads.
Ear Jacket is a piece of jewelry that hangs behind the ear held in place with a stud through the pierced lobe.
Ear Cuffs slip onto the upper part of the ear and do not use a piercing. They are primarily made of metal and can include other decorative details.
Earring Style Samples
As you can see it is easy to add all types of earring styles to your jewelry wardrobe. Currently, I am loving the ear jackets and ear wires that celebrities are showing. These two styles are modern, different, and fun. I can’t wait to make some of my own and share them with you.
I found a wonderful article by Elle about earrings. Enjoy!