Call them what you want. Closures, clips, stoppers, clasps, or hooks. In this article, you will learn about all the different types of earring backs.
You know, that piece of metal, plastic, maybe wood, that you use to keep your earring in place. They can be made of other materials too and some popular ones are:
- Gold Backs
- Plastic Backs
- Rubber Backs
- Silver Backs
- Stainless Steel Backs
These are earrings that you use if you do not have pierced ears. Clip-on earrings latch onto your ears and stay in place like a clip-on once attached.
These types of earring clips are popular with costume jewelry which can sometimes be too heavy for your ear and would stretch a pierced earlobe under other circumstances.
A single pair of clip-on earrings made of 2 round white glass/shell pearls. These earring backs are an example of the clip-on clasp closure.
French clips or omega backs are earring back types that you can wear with both a pierced or unpierced ear. They have a clasp that clutches your earlobe and some have adjustable screws to adjust the way it fits.
These earrings are simple yet elegant. They feature freshwater pearls that you can customize based on the color of your choice. An omega clasp is the type of earring clasp seen and it offers dependable security for all-day comfort.
The French wire, also known as fish hooks, is the typical types of backing for drop earrings. It’s a wired hook that slips through a pierced ear and hangs in place using the weight of the jewel to balance and it secure.
These are 14K gold-plated brass earrings that use a fish hook instead of a regular earring post.
Jumbo Earring Backs
These are plastic backs for pierced ears. They are flat, like discs, and flatten the earlobe one you attach them to your earrings. You can also get them in rubber instead of plastic. They are usually transparent and one the most comfortable earring backs.
Soft, clear earring backs that can fit or replace most other types of earring backs.
La Pousette Backs
The la pousette type of earring back has dents on the shaft/post. These dents help lock the earring in place and prevent it from sliding off.
La pousette earring backs are great if you want to add an extra bit of security to your stud earrings. The spring locking mechanism grabs onto the specialized notched post so you don’t need to worry about losing your studs.
Dangling earring backs are almost always of the latch back style. They are also a popular choice for hoop earrings. The post of these earrings fit neatly into a loop of some type.
You can get the pictured hoop earring in solid high polished, round diamond-cut, or a square diamond-cut pair. You can see the latch-back mechanism in the photo. Name, Mondevio Sterling Silver 15mm Round Hoop Earrings.
Lever backs are similar to latch backs in that they have a hinged post and metal catch that cling together to keep the earrings securely attached to your ear.
Pictured are the Kate Spade New York Disco Pansy earrings that feature the lever back closure.
The push back or butterfly earring closure is the most common earring back types. Butterfly because of the shape of the stopper and push back because you simply push the earring post back into the clasp to secure it.
These earrings come with solid metal push back earring backings. You can see the butterfly earring closure style in the photo on the top stud. Name, 14k Yellow or White Gold 1/2ct to 4ct Black Diamond Studs.
Saddlebacks are similar to both latch back and lever back closures. There are a hinged post and metal catch that you connect to keep the earring secure.
These hoop earrings feature a highly polished finish and are secure with saddleback clasps. Name, Mondevio Sterling Silver High Polish Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings.
No, it’s not a type of screw, but the mechanism for securing screw post earring back types is similar to inserting a screw. You spin the post into the closure to fasten it. Or, is it that you spin the closure onto the post? I do it both ways.
In the image, you can see an example of the screw post earring. Name, 14k Solid Gold Round Superbright Screw-Back Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings.
Also read Types of Earrings: A Visual Guide.