Learn About Earrings

Women’s jewelry is a world of glamour, elegance, romance and personality.  In today’s jewelry market, you can find jewelry of all shapes and sizes made from nearly every material imaginable.  With such a wide spectrum of items available, the right piece of jewelry is sure to be out there for every woman, no matter what her taste or style.  

Shopping for Earrings

When shopping for earrings, it’s important to balance comfort, style and price. The aim is to find a pair of earrings that looks good, is comfortable to wear, matches your outfit and fits your budget. Different earrings will offer different strokes of style to your look. Large, colorful earrings make a brazen statement while small diamond studs are a subtle, classic accessory. And while earrings are technically one size fits all, they are the only jewelry item that actually penetrates the skin. Those with sensitive skin or ears should be very selective when choosing a pair of earrings. Consider the following factors when shopping for earrings:

Earring Metal

Earrings are available in nearly every metal known to man. However, gold stud earrings may not necessarily have gold posts and platinum set diamond earrings may not have platinum posts. When shopping for earrings it’s important to be clear on which parts of the earring are made from which metal so that you don’t get stuck with a pair of “gold” earrings that are only three-parts gold. 

Gold Earrings Whether you choose white gold or yellow gold, we recommend you choose 14 karat or 18 karat gold when shopping for earrings. 14 karat and 18 karat gold offer optimal durability combined with maximum color and purity.

Platinum Earrings Platinum is a popular earring metal because it is 95-99% pure, durable, and hypoallergenic.  However, it is a very dense metal, which means that platinum earrings will feel heavier than gold earrings

Palladium Earrings Palladium is emerging as the newest alternative to platinum. Being a member of the same metal family as platinum, palladium offers the same white-silvery luster, the same purity and the same durability at a lower price. Palladium is also a much lighter metal than both platinum and gold.

Titanium Earrings Titanium is an especially popular men’s jewelry metal, though it is also popular among women with particularly sensitive skin.  Titanium is slightly darker and grayer in color than platinum, palladium or white gold, offering a less delicate look.   It is also extremely durable and 100% allergy free, being the go-to metal for surgical implants and surgical tools.

Stainless Steel Earrings  Stainless steel is also a popular men’s jewelry metal. Similar to titanium, stainless steel is slightly darker, grayer and duller than platinum , palladium or white gold.  Because stainless steel is typically alloyed with nickel, it is not a good choice for those with metal sensitivities or skin allergies.

Earring Styles

The three most popular earring styles are the stud, the hoop and the dangle.

The Stud The standard stud earring is the smallest and most comfortable earring.  It typically features a post back that securely holds the earring in place, and depending on the diameter of the stud and the design of the face, offers a relatively subtle accent.

The Hoop The hoop earring ranges from small to large. Small hoop earrings are completely unisex and appropriate for both casual and formal affairs. Larger hoop earrings frequently add a touch of glamour and sophistication to an outfit and are perfect for a night on the town. 

The Dangle The dangle earrings is the most formal and the most ornate of all standard earring styles. While it can vary in length and design, the dangle earring always hangs fancifully from the earlobe. Dangle earrings are frequently adorned with precious gemstones or diamonds. 

Earring Gemstones

Earrings are frequently set with diamonds and precious gemstones. When shopping for diamond or gemstone earrings it’s important to have a basic grasp of diamond grading and gemstone grading. You want to make sure that your earrings are set with quality stones, so take a look at our Learning Center pages about Pearls, Diamond Grading Reports and Gemstone Characteristics for a thorough overview of each topic.

More Information

For more information, please visit our Learning Center pages where you’ll find endless educational articles and tutorials on Earrings, Jewelry, Diamonds, wedding rings, engagement rings  and more. To speak with a Zoara customer support representative directly, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We are happy to help you with whatever you need.