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Earring Encyclopedia

Earring Encyclopedia

"Everything You Need To Know About Finding the Perfect Earrings"

Earrings are the cornerstone of any jewelry collection - but have you ever stopped to wonder just how many earring styles there are? Of course, we all know the classics: hoops and studs. But many other silhouettes have sprung up through history? Here, we break down each type in this ever-expanding category to help you find exactly what you need to round out your collection.

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are one of the oldest jewelry designs known to man and date back as early as 2500 B.C. They gained popularity in Ancient Egyptian cultures until eventually, hoops were adopted globally by an array of cultures. It is safe to say that hoop earrings stand the test of time. Fun Fact: Tiny hoops that sit close to the ear are called Huggies, named after the way they “hug” the lobe.

Chandelier Earrings

Characterized by long, elegant movement, chandelier earrings are among our most dramatic offerings. These earrings often incorporate bright, white diamonds that are reminiscent of the tiny lights of a chandelier.

Duster Earrings

Clocking in at 3” inches or longer, duster earrings are defined as long, slim earrings that graze the shoulder. Duster earrings were made popular in the 1920s at the height of the art deco period and had a major renaissance.

Stud Earrings

Remember the first time you got your ears pierced? Those perfect little earrings sit flush on the ear with a sturdy post — that is, a stud. Fast forward to 2021, and studs come in an endless array of colors and shapes and can incorporate personal elements like birthstones. Mix and match for the ultimate studs styling moment.

No Piercings Required

From vintage clip-on earrings to modern ear climbers and ear jackets, there is no shortage of earrings that sit seamlessly on the ear without needing a piercing.

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