First published: 26-11-2015

What do I need to know about buying earrings?

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
What do I need to know about buying earrings?

From big chandelier styles to small and subtle studs, there is a perfect pair of earrings to suit every occasion. Whether you're buying them for yourself or someone else, there are a few key things you need to consider, including how often they will be worn and where.

Whether you're in the mood for something sparkly or subtle, there are so many options available that you are bound to find something you love.


Earrings can be as plain or decorative as you want. For more everyday outfits, you might want to opt for something subtle that will go with a lot of different colours and styles, whereas more ornate and opulent earrings might be better suited to special occasions. There is a huge spectrum of choice within this range, so you can find something appropriate for every occasion.

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Some earrings can be the plainest and most minimal of studs, which will bring a subtle charm to your outfit. The next step up in terms of embellishment would be earrings with embedded jewels, like these rose gold ones by Fossil. They are still relatively small, but have an extra bit of sparkle thanks to the stones fixed into the stud.

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In a similar fashion to a lot of rings, some earrings are made with the stones or other embellishments standing out somewhat from the stud, rather than lying flat within it. An example of this style being employed is in this pair of Ted Baker earrings, which have the circle of smaller stones standing out around the main red one, making the studs as a whole look a lot bigger.

This kind of style is good if you like having studs sitting snugly against your ear, but want something a little bit larger than average.

Hooped earrings can also have embellishments embedded into the design, with jewels built into the hoop itself. Having stones embedded will add a subtle hint of sparkle, so if you want something that's a step up from just a plain hoop or stud, but not too bold or eye-catching, this pair is the perfect way to achieve that look.

When it comes to the other end of the spectrum, earrings can be as decorated and glitzy as you like. There isn't really an 'upper limit', so if you are looking for a pair of very theatrical, detailed and jewel-encrusted earrings, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Studs, hoops or dangling

Studs are not necessarily small and dangling earrings are not always very big, so there is plenty of choice available even within these categories. Similarly, hoops come in a huge variety of sizes, so you can pick ones that are as big or small as you fancy wearing.

When it comes to studs, many people just imagine small circular styles but in actuality, there are so many shapes and styles available. Whether you're after roses, Christmas trees, dogs or cupcakes, if you'd rather try something a little bit different, there are so many options around.

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A current trend is for mix and match studs, with two studs having a similar theme but being slightly different in design. These studs by Guess demonstrate this perfectly; the Cupid theme is consistent between both of them, but the fact that they are very different shapes makes them a very interesting pair. This is ideal in creating a bit of an unusual, quirky style but because they are so petite, they won't detract attention from your overall look.

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These silver earrings from Armani prove that dangling doesn't have to mean big, since they are very petite while still having a lot of interesting design features. There are small stones embedded into the upper hoop, whilst the lower ones are multi-tonal. The overall look is quite complex for such a small pair yet thanks to its size, this does not look overpowering.

This goes to show how dangling earrings do not have to be massive in order to have an impact. These – and many other dangling pairs this size – will suit a board meeting just as well as a night at the bar, since the subtle colouring and design makes them extremely versatile.

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When it comes to larger dangling earrings, there is still a lot of variation within that range. Some are very slim and minimal, with a pendant hanging down from a chain, such as these ones by Jersey Pearl.

Upwards from this, earrings can be larger in every direction. If you want ones that are so long they brush your shoulder, you can find them. If really wide earrings are more your preference, they are also available. From chandelier styles to large circular pendants, even via things like feathers, dangling earrings can satisfy pretty much any demand you have.

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These earrings by Lipsy are by no means subtle, and showcase how dramatic and intricate bigger earrings can be. The draping chains along the bottom are very delicate, which means that although these earrings are quite large, they won't look overwhelming. The stones embedded into the top will catch the light beautifully, drawing everyone's attention to your glamourous jewellery.

Lifestyle and occasions

Whenever you consider buying a new pair of earrings, you should always bear in mind when and where you are planning to wear them.

When it comes to lifestyle, this is something you need to bear in mind especially if you're buying a pair of everyday earrings. For instance, if you want a pair you can wear for work day-in, day-out, consider the dress code of your workplace and whether or not it allows for dangling earrings instead of studs.

Also think about the colours you wear a lot, as this should help steer you in the right direction.

Buying for someone else

Buying earrings for someone else can be tricky, depending on how well you know the lucky recipient. It is vital to bear in mind our advice about lifestyle if you're after some everyday ones – you can't go wrong with a classic pair of studs in this instance, so keep an eye out for something understated, yet sophisticated.

If you're buying for a particular occasion, keep in mind their style and what kind of jewellery they already wear. If you know which outfit they are planning to wear, you can perhaps look for something that will match perfectly. If not, then again, it may be safe to pick something versatile yet classic. This will ensure that they get worn a lot, since they will hopefully match a huge range of colours and styles.

Earrings can be the finishing touch to your outfit, so shopping around for the perfect pair can be great fun. Whether you're after studs or something bigger, you can really show off your individual style in what you choose for your ears, so enjoy browsing for a pair that you will love.

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