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Guide to Types of Earrings & Earring Backs

Guide to Types of Earrings & Earring Backs

Earrings are a versatile and essential part of any jewellery collection, capable of transforming an outfit and reflecting personal style. At Lark & Berry, we believe in educating our customers to make informed choices about their jewellery. This guide explores the various types of earrings and earring backs, providing a comprehensive overview to help you select the perfect pair for any occasion.

Types of Earrings

Earrings come in a wide variety of styles, each offering unique design elements and aesthetic appeal. Here's a closer look at some of the most popular types of earrings and their distinguishing features:

Stud Earrings


Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are a quintessential accessory, offering a timeless elegance that seamlessly fits any style or occasion. Characterised by their simplicity, studs typically feature a single gemstone or metal element that sits delicately on the earlobe. This minimalist design makes them incredibly versatile, perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions.

One of the key reasons to wear stud earrings is their effortless ability to complement any outfit. Whether you’re dressing up for a formal event or adding a touch of sophistication to your casual ensemble, stud earrings provide a subtle yet impactful accent. They are particularly well-suited for professional settings, where understated elegance is often preferred.

  • Classic Studs

Stud earrings are a staple in any jewellery collection. They feature a single gemstone or metal ball that sits directly on the earlobe. Their simplicity makes them suitable for everyday wear and various occasions.

  • Cluster Studs

Cluster studs comprise multiple smaller stones arranged in a group, creating a larger, more intricate design. They add a touch of elegance and sparkle without being too overpowering.

Hoop Earrings


Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are a timeless and versatile accessory, renowned for their ability to elevate any outfit. Their circular design ranges from small, understated hoops to large, bold statements, offering endless possibilities for personal expression.

The versatility of hoop earrings is unmatched. Small hoops provide a subtle yet chic look perfect for everyday wear, while medium-sized hoops add a touch of sophistication to business attire. Large hoops, often adorned with charms or intricate patterns, make a striking statement, ideal for evening events or nights out.

  • Classic Hoops

Hoop earrings are circular or semi-circular in design and can range from small and understated to large and bold. They are versatile and can be worn casually or dressed up for formal events.

  • Huggie Hoops

Huggie hoops are smaller hoops that fit closely to the earlobe. They offer a sleek and modern look, perfect for everyday wear or layering with other earrings for a trendy, stacked effect.

  • Statement Hoops

Statement hoops are larger and often feature additional design elements like charms, beads, or intricate patterns. They are ideal for making a bold fashion statement and drawing attention to your face.

Drop Earrings


Drop Earrings

Drop earrings are a stunning and elegant choice, perfect for adding a touch of sophistication and movement to your ensemble. Characterised by their design, which dangles below the earlobe, drop earrings come in various lengths and styles, from simple, single-stone drops to intricate, multi-tiered designs.

The graceful design of drop earrings draws attention to your face and adds a sense of fluidity to your look. They are particularly effective at elongating the neck and can enhance both casual and formal outfits. Simple drop earrings with a single gemstone or pearl are ideal for everyday wear, offering a hint of elegance without being overpowering.

  • Simple Drops

Drop earrings dangle below the earlobe and come in various lengths and styles. Simple drops often feature a single gemstone or pearl, offering elegance and movement.

  • Chandelier Drops

Chandelier earrings are elaborate, multi-tiered drops that create a dramatic and glamorous look. They are perfect for formal events and occasions where you want to make a grand impression.

Dangle Earrings


Dangle Earrings

Dangle earrings are a captivating choice for those looking to add flair and movement to their look. These earrings hang below the earlobe and come in various styles, lengths, and designs, from delicate chains to bold, elaborate patterns.

Dangle earrings are perfect for making a statement and drawing attention to your face. Their dynamic movement catches the light and adds a sense of liveliness to any outfit. Dangle earrings can range from simple, minimalist designs to intricate, eye-catching pieces, allowing you to express your personal style.

  • Tassel Dangles

Tassel earrings are playful and trendy, featuring strands of beads, threads, or chains that hang down from the earring base. They add texture and color to your outfit.

  • Linear Dangles

Linear dangle earrings are sleek and minimalist, often featuring a straight line of metal or stones that hang down. They provide a modern and elegant look, perfect for both casual and formal settings.

Ear Climbers and Ear Cuffs


Ear Climbers and Cuffs

Ear climbers and cuffs are innovative and stylish accessories that add a modern twist to traditional earring styles. Ear climbers are designed to "climb" up the earlobe, creating a cascading effect, while ear cuffs wrap around the outer ear, offering a bold look without the need for piercings.

Ear climbers and cuffs provide a unique and edgy aesthetic that stands out. These earrings are perfect for those who want to make a fashion statement and experiment with their look. Ear climbers and cuffs can add an unexpected element to your jewellery collection, giving you the freedom to express your individual style.

  • Ear Climbers

Ear climbers are designed to "climb" up the earlobe, creating a cascading effect. They are a contemporary choice that adds a unique twist to traditional earring styles.

  • Ear Cuffs

Ear cuffs wrap around the outer ear cartilage and do not require piercings. They can be worn alone or paired with other earrings for a bold, edgy look.

Types of Earring Backs

The types of earring backs you choose are crucial for comfort and security. Different backs are suited for various earring styles and wearer needs.

Types of Earring Backs


Push Backs

At Lark & Berry, we predominantly use pushback mechanisms for our earrings, as they offer numerous advantages for both new and seasoned jewellery wearers. Pushback mechanisms, also known as butterfly backs, are exceptionally user-friendly, making them ideal for fresh piercings.

One of the main benefits is their secure fit. The slight bend in the post ensures that the earring stays firmly in place, reducing the risk of it falling out during daily activities. This design also makes it easy to remove the earrings when you're ready to change your look or switch to another piece of jewellery.

Pushback mechanisms are not only practical but also versatile. They allow for easy downsizing once your ears have healed, providing a comfortable fit tailored to your preferences. This flexibility is especially important during the healing process, as it accommodates the natural changes your ears undergo.

Butterfly Backs

As touched on above, Butterfly Backs, also known as friction or post backs, are the most common type of earring backs. They consist of a small metal piece that slides onto the earring post. They are easy to use and secure but can loosen over time.

Screw Backs

Screw backs provide extra security by screwing onto the earring post. They are ideal for valuable or sentimental earrings, reducing the risk of loss. However, they can be a bit more time-consuming to put on and remove.

Lever Backs

Lever backs feature a hook that clasps shut, offering both security and comfort. They are commonly used for drop and dangle earrings, providing a seamless look. 

Latch Backs

Latch backs are typically found on hoop earrings. They feature a hinged post that latches into place, ensuring the earring stays secure. They are easy to use and very reliable.

Fish Hook Backs

Fish hook backs, or shepherd hooks, are common in dangle earrings. They consist of a simple hook that threads through the ear and hangs freely. They are easy to wear but may require rubber stoppers to prevent slipping.


Clip-on backs are designed for those without pierced ears. They use a clip mechanism to attach to the earlobe, offering a non-invasive option for wearing earrings.

Choosing the Right Earrings and Backs for Your Lifestyle

Selecting the perfect pair of earrings and the right type of back depends on your lifestyle and the occasions you plan to wear them for.

Everyday Wear

For everyday use, opt for comfortable and secure styles like stud earrings with butterfly backs or huggie hoops with latch backs. These styles are low-maintenance and suitable for various activities.

Special Occasions

For special events, choose more elaborate designs like chandelier or statement earrings with secure backs such as lever backs or screw backs. These styles will make a statement and stay in place throughout the event.

Active Lifestyles

If you lead an active lifestyle, consider earrings that won't get in the way, such as small studs or ear climbers with secure backs. Avoid large hoops or dangles that might snag or get caught.

From classic studs to statement hoops, we've explored the perfect earrings for every activity and preference. 

Find Your Perfect Pair of Earrings at Lark & Berry

At Lark & Berry, we're committed to guiding you in finding the perfect pair of earrings that not only reflect your personal style but also cater to your lifestyle needs. With our comprehensive guide you can ensure that you have a thorough understanding of earring types and earring backings to make an informed choice that best suits you. 

From classic studs to statement hoops, our extensive earring selection showcases quality craftsmanship and diverse designs, promising something for every taste and occasion. Explore our earring collection and discover the perfect combination of style, comfort, and security.


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