Earrings Buying Guide
Cubic Zirconia Earrings
Gemstone & Birthstone Earrings
Earring Buying Tips:
• Choose earrings that flatter your face shape: longer earrings elongate round faces, while studs suit all face shapes
• Look for lightweight earrings for maximum comfort
• Choose high-quality, surgical-grade alloys and hypoallergenic metals over low-grade substitutes to avoid allergic reactions and irritation
• Look for certificates of authenticity to ensure quality
• Choose stainless steel, platinum, titanium and 14K gold stud earrings and posts for kids
Earrings come in a variety of sizes, and though you should choose earrings you love, balance and proportion are key to a good fit. If you’re petite, you’ll look best in studs or smaller earrings that flatter your delicate features, instead of chunky earrings that overwhelm your face. If you have a larger build, longer earrings add height without adding width. If you’re tall, big earrings can help bring balance to your look. If you’re giving earrings as a gift, consider the recipients face shape and size and choose a pair that will flatter their features.
Your earrings should flatter your face shape and balance your curves and angles. If you have a round face, drops, dangles, teardrops and chandelier earrings can lengthen and slim your face. If you have an oval face, hoops and teardrop earrings will create symmetry, while sharp, geometric angles can balance your curves. If you have a square or rectangular face, hoops can soften your sharp angles. If you have a narrow face, pearls, clusters and dangles add softness and minimize length. Studs have the advantage of looking good on every face shape.
Earring metals range from classics like gold, silver and platinum to modern materials like chrome, titanium, tungsten and stainless steel. You’ll want to select earrings that not only suit your style but also look best with your skin tone. White metals, such as sterling silver, white gold and platinum, enhance cooler skin tones. Yellow metals, such as yellow gold, enhance warmer skin tones. If you have sensitive ears, look for hypoallergenic metals, such as stainless steel, platinum and titanium, or surgical grade alloys, which are safe for all ear piercings. Be sure to avoid low-quality jewellery to prevent irritation and infection.
Backings hold earrings in place. They should provide a comfortable fit while also keeping your gemstones secure. Hook backings (a long, bent post that fits through the lobe) are comfortable but not as secure as clasp styles. Screw-backs (a grooved end that screws onto the post) hold metal and gemstone earrings securely in place. Push-back or butterfly backs (a small metal piece behind the ear connects to the post) are interchangeable and easily replaced. French, hinge or omega backs (a hinge behind the ear that latches over the post) are secure and comfortable but not as durable as other styles.
Clip-ons and Cuffs +
Whether your ears are pierced or not, you can enjoy wearing earrings with clip-ons, cuffs or magnetized attachments. Clip-ons and cuffs come in different designs, from studs to drops to hoops, so you don’t have to compromise on style. Clip-on earrings have hinged clasps instead of posts and snap securely against the ear. Ear cuffs fit comfortably over the ear lobes. Magnetized earrings have strong magnetic backs that secure the earring to the lobe and are easier for young women and kids to wear. Clip-ons and cuffs are perfect for anyone — kids especially — who likes the look of pierced lobes but isn't ready to commit.
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Earring Care Tips:
• Clean metal, diamond and gemstone earrings with a soft cloth dipped in mild soap and water and dry with a soft cloth
• Keep pearls and gems away from perfume, cosmetics, hairspray and lotions to protect their lustre
• Brush earrings with a soft toothbrush regularly to remove dirt
• Use a bowl (not the sink) for cleaning and remove earrings before bed, showers and swimming
• Soak fashion earrings in peroxide for 15 minutes and let air-dry