Earring Shopping 101
Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
in Earrings, Guides.
Earrings can be understated or bold, large or small, colorful or achromatic. That makes them appropriate for any occasion and suitable for any type of personality. With so many earring options available, it can be a bit daunting when you first start shopping for them. That’s why we created this guide to help you pick out the perfect pair. Here are the four things you should do when shopping for earrings.
- Determine which type of metal you’d like. When it comes to fine jewelry, the most common metal options are gold, platinum, and sterling silver. Some women prefer white colored metals (e.g. white gold, platinum, or sterling silver) while others like warm colored metals such as yellow and rose gold. Another thing to consider is whether or not the earring wearer has any metal allergies. Since earrings are worn close to the skin, you’re going to want to select a metal that won’t negatively react with your skin. While gold, platinum, and sterling silver won’t typically cause an allergic reaction, we recommend selecting a hypoallergenic metal for those who are highly sensitive to certain metals like nickel and copper. Platinum, yellow gold, and stainless steel are three excellent options for those looking for a hypoallergenic metal.
- Decide which type of earring is most suitable. The three main types of earrings are studs, dangles, and hoops. Earring studs fit close to the ear while dangles hang from the ear. Hoops are circular earrings that can either fit close to the ear or hang down depending on its size. It’s important to keep in mind which style the earring wearer would prefer the most. Does she typically wear studs or smaller hoops? Or does she like long, elegant dangles and larger hoops? Earring studs and hoops tend to be appropriate for any type of occasion while dangles might be reserved for more formal occasions depending on their style. When deciding between the different types of earrings, you may also want to bear in mind whether or not the wearer will be around young children who may feel the urge to pull on the earrings when being held. If that’s the case, we suggest sticking with studs or smaller hoops. In addition to studs, dangles, and hoops, you may also want to consider ear climbers that “climb” up the ear and earring jackets that can complement the studs she already owns.
- If desired, select which gemstone(s) you’d like featured in the earring. Like all fine jewelry, earrings can be set with a variety of different gemstones including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, topaz, aquamarine, garnet, amethyst, pearl, peridot, etc. When deciding which gemstone is the right one, it’s a good idea to take into account the wearer’s personal preferences and whether or not that gemstone will flatter her eye and skin color. And if you can’t decide between all of the different gemstones, we suggest selecting the wearer’s birthstone or the birthstone of a loved one. For a list of birthstones, click here.
- Purchase the earrings from a jeweler you trust. A knowledgeable jeweler will be able to answer any questions you have and offer advice to ensure you end up selecting the perfect pair of earrings. They’ll be there for you if you ever need a gemstone replaced or tightened, a new back for your earring, or a professional cleaning and polishing. And when you shop at a reputable, locally owned jewelry store, chances are you’re going to find well-made pieces that will last a lifetime.
Shop our earring collection online here and if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, contact us at 414-276-2457 or email@example.com and let us know what type of earring you’re after. We can order or create anything you envision!