glossary: earring styles

If I’m honest, I think earrings are my favourite type of jewellery. Necklaces can be fiddly to put on (and they just don’t go with some outfits) and bracelets can be uncomfortable if you’re spending your day working at a computer, or going out for a meal. But earrings, they work with every and any outfit and are a quick way to make yourself feel a lot more polished!

There are lots of different categories of earrings on our website, so today I thought I would run you through some of them, while explaining what I love most about each style.


Crawler / Pin curve earrings | Creole earrings | Drop earrings |
| Ear cuffsJacket earrings | Hoop Earrings | Huggie earrings | Tube Earrings |
| Pull through & threader earrings | Sleeper Earrings | Stud earrings |

 


 

Crawler / pin curve earrings

Crawler earrings have become hugely popular recently, and they are great for mimicking the look of having more than one piercing. The stud starts at the bottom of the lobe and crawls up, hence the term. They are a great option if you want to make a small statement with your earrings.

One type of crawler earring which we sell lots of here at jewellerybox are pin curve earrings. These are a unique style whereby the pin of the earring is very long and sits closely along the back of the lobe.

Creole earrings

Creole earrings are a variety of hoop earring whereby they are generally not the same thickness the whole way around, or are elongated in shape. They tend to be broader at the bottom of the hoop than they are at the top. This style of earring is generally found in oval shaped earrings.

Drop earrings

If you’re looking to make more of a statement with your earrings, then a drop (also known as drop dangle) style will probably be more appealing to you. These earrings tend to be more dramatic than your simple studs, or pull through earrings, and they’re perfect for a special occasion (a wedding for example) or an evening out. There’s nearly 200 styles of drop dangle earrings on the jewellerybox website, but the 9ct gold double circle stud drop earrings are my favourites.

Ear cuffs

If you’re looking to create a more complex ear jewellery look, then ear cuffs are a great addition! They’re the perfect way to test out what additional ear piercings would look like on you, and sometimes they’re better than getting any additional piercings done (no pain!). I like to keep ear cuffs simple, so that they will go with whatever studs I’m wearing, and this 9ct gold ball end small ear cuff is a great simple option.

Jacket earrings

Also known as lobe earrings, jacket earrings are usually a stud with embellishments that hang under the lobe from the back of the earring. They became hugely popular towards the end of 2018, and can make any outfit look ten times more sophisticated.

Hoop earrings

One of the most popular categories of earrings is hoops! If you want to learn more about the different styles of hoops that are available, there’s actually a guide to them here , so make sure you give that a read. Essentially, hoop earrings can be as big or small as you want them to be (we offer loads of variations) and you can either opt for classic, simple styles or choose something a bit more complex. Personally, I love charm hoops because I feel they’re a really fun way to wear hoops, and the sterling silver cz crystal kiss hug x o sleeper hoop earrings are my favourites on the whole site.

Huggie earrings

Huggie earrings/hoops are a style of hoop which are smaller and sit close to the lobe, ‘hugging’ the edge of the lobe. Huggies are generally thicker than standard hoops

Tube earrings

You might hear some hoops being referred to as “tube earrings”. This refers to earrings which are the same thickness the whole way around, and are generally thicker in their style.

Pull through & threader earrings

Now, if you’re looking for an elegant style of earring that’s perfect for more formal or evening occasions, then you’re going to want to check out pull through and threader earrings. This style of earring is effortlessly chic, and the lack of fastening means they tend to sit more naturally in the piercing. They’re also really comfortable to wear as they don’t have any backs to them. The idea is that you call pull them as far through the ear as you would like, to create your desired-dangle. My favourite pair are the 9ct yellow gold pearl pull through earrings. They’re perfect for when you have your hair tied back too.

Sleeper earrings

Sleeper earrings are a style of hoop earrings which as their name suggests, are designed to allow you to have a comfortable nights sleep. They are an ideal first pair of earrings after a new piercing, as they allow the piercing to continue healing. They are also usually smaller in style.

Stud earrings

Probably the most popular, and the easiest to wear because they won’t feel heavy on your ears! Studs can be used in almost any piercing position and are a simple way to incorporate jewellery into your outfit. My personal favourites are a pair of gold dipped sterling silver & cz crystal rainbow stud earrings – so cute!

Hopefully this guide to earrings has helped you decide what style to pick up next!

Albertine