All About Earrings: Exploring the Diverse World of Earring Styles

People have worn earrings since ancient times throughout the world. For example, earrings were discovered as far back as the Early Dynastic period (2900-2350 BCE) in India and modern day southern Iraq. Evidence of earrings were also found to exist during the Bronze Age (1750-1050 BCE) in Greece. Various cultures from Asian to European adopted the practice of wearing earrings throughout history and obviously continue to this day. Below are some examples of major earring categories.


Stud earrings are one of the most common types of earrings and consist of a small ornament with a post attached. Stud earrings are good "starter" earrings and are often worn by children, although adults often wear more expensive stud earrings, such as diamond stud earrings.



Hoop earrings have been worn since ancient times. As expected, hoop earrings consist of a round piece of metal that hinges through the ear to give the appearance of wearing a ring in the ear.



Chandelier earrings are a type of dangle earring and, as expected, resemble the effect of a chandelier. The earring has stones set wider on the bottom than the top.



Dangle earrings hang down from the ear lobe in various lengths anywhere from an inch to even the shoulder. Dangle earrings come in a variety of designs and, like the huggie earring, have become more popular over the years, with dramatic shoulder-duster earrings being on-trend.


Huggie hoops

Huggie hoop earrings are small hoop earrings that hug the ear and are close to the earlobe. Huggies have grown in popularity over the years and are often set with diamonds.



Cluster earrings have many stones set in close proximity to one another to form a cluster. Cluster earrings with several small stones can give the illusion of being one large stone. Cluster earrings can also consist of several different sized stones for a more dramatic effect.


Earrings are an essential jewelry staple to have in your collection and come in a variety of types. Here at Kim's Jewelers, we carry a large selection from the latest trends to classic stud earrings. We hope you stop by for your next earring purchase and let us help you find your perfect pair.

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