Earrings are a type of jewelry that is attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe. However, an earring can also be attached to any external part of the ear. Both men and women, from different cultures, and throughout the history of civilization wear earrings (¹,²,³). There are many different kinds of earrings and each can fit different places on the ear.
With regards to the location of the piercing, there are about 9 different types of piercings for the ear:
Earrings, like other jewelry, can be made of metal, plastic, glass, precious stone, beads, wood, bone, and other materials. They can also be designed in various ways such as small loops and studs to large plates and dangling. Some types of earrings include:
Fun fact, earrings are called earrings because they look like rings but that fit the ear instead of the finger. Typically, piercings on the upper part of the external ear are referred to as “cartilage piercings“. Ear piercing, on the other hand, generally implies a piercing of the earlobe.
Friction earring backs are the simple clutch and post style type of earring back. Usually, a metal post passes through the ear piercing, and a flexible ear bolt slides over the post securing the earring in place. They can be used …
September 17, 2019
Normally, ear piercings are done in the earlobe. The soft fleshy part of the ear. However, cartilage piercings are growing in popularity, with many different cartilage earring styles to choose from, especially with multiple ear piercings. Types of Cartilage Piercings …
September 16, 2019
Traditionally, men wore earrings such as studs or hoop earrings as their main fashion statement. Stud earrings were customarily made out of diamonds, cubic zirconia, crystals, or gold. The more precious the material, the better (with regard to social status). However, as …
September 16, 2019
Long before women wore earrings, men wore many different types of earrings. Shakespeare, Rembrandt, and King James II, to name a few of the more notable ones through history. Ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as Persian and Indian men, …
September 10, 2019
There are many different names for earrings and, whatever you call them, there’s one for every occasion. You can classify earrings by the types of earring backs or by the types of piercings. For now, we’ll focus on their design. …
The 10 main types of earring backs are: Clip-on Earrings French Clips French Wire Jumbo Earring Backs La Pousette Backs Latch Backs Lever Backs Push Backs Saddlebacks Screw Posts Call them what you want. Closures, clips, stoppers, clasps, or hooks. …