October 21st, 2021
A stud earring is a classic and stylish type of earring that comes in many different shapes, sizes, and designs. What sets the stud apart from other earrings is that it does not dangle down. Rather, studs hug the ear and are typically situated right at the earlobe. Since you can’t see the connection, studs are often described as “floating” on the earlobe. The pin that sticks through the ear is hidden by the diamond or whatever outward-facing jewel. A removable back or clutch secures the earring on the backside of the ear.
Hoops are another recognizable type of earring and are again available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Traditionally, hoops are circular, but as they have grown in popularity, you will see all sorts of different shapes such as squares, ovals, or triangles. Regardless of shape, hoop earrings have a small wire piece that penetrates the ear and connects to the other end of the hoop on the backside of the ear, creating the complete circle.
Drop earrings are, more or less, an extended stud earring that offers greater flexibility in design, jewelry, and shape. A drop earring will connect at the earlobe, but instead of resting against the ear, the drop earring will hang down or drop below the ear. Drop earrings can be hoops, single pieces of jewelry, or even a series of pieces that hang vertically. Some of them are short and sit just below the ear, while others hang considerably low.
Dangles are similar to drop earrings, but the difference is that drop earrings are typically stationary, whereas dangles are free to swing back and forth. Again, dangles come in various lengths, and the further down from the ear they are, the bigger they can be. There is a lot of flexibility to create some intricate and interesting designs, and the dangling part of the earring can be pretty much anything you want. There are a lot of different creations out there.
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