Sharing my notes on Earrings

by Anisha Khandelwal on January 16, 2013

I have been doing some research on my own to learn more about body piercing. I would like to share this simple research on Earrings, the most common and oldest form of Body piercing with you.

An earring is a piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear (except in the case of clip earrings). Earrings are worn by both sexes though are more commonly by women. Some Cultures, like in India and other Southeast Asian Countries, ear piercing is followed with a religious ceremony.

Common locations for piercings, other than the earlobe, include the rook, tragus, and across the helix. “Ear piercing” usually refers to an earlobe piercing, whereas piercings in the upper part of the external ear are often referred to as “cartilage piercings.” Cartilage piercings are more complex to perform than earlobe piercings and take longer to heal.

Earrings can be made with a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, precious stones, beads, wood, and bone etc. Designs range from small loops and studs to large plates and dangling items. The size is ultimately limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe to hold the earring without tearing. (

In today’s time, Earrings are more than just decorative jewelry – It is a personal style statement by both the sexes. While fancy, jeweled earrings are often reserved for evening wear, every other shape and style can be worn with any fashion, either casual or formal, night or day. There are varieties of designs available to mark the different occasions like Vacations, Weddings, parties, traditional Functions, Religious Ceremonies etc. Earrings also are a favourite Gift Item in all ranges. Earrings can enhance a hair style, dangling down with flowing long hair or accentuating a short bob. ( In India, the gold hooped earrings are most commonly gifted and worn by infant girls.

There are varied Types of Earrings available for the earlobe and some specifically for the rest of ear – Stud, Hoop, Dangle, Huggy, Slave, Ear Thread and Ear Spikes are some examples.  I found some interesting classification for Types of earrings at

Earrings for Tragus Piercing – The tragus is a very small portion of the ear, but it can be pierced with a variety of earring styles – Captive Bead Rings, Barbells, Labret Studs and Microdermal etc.

Vacations Earrings – These mark the Ultimate Glamour Earrings, depending on the environment and your personal style. Danglers, Studs, Hoop type, Feather based, wooden and Cloth based earrings are some of the common forms.

Male Earrings – These are designed to highlight the masculinity. The styles range from subtle to scene-stealer. The most common types of male earrings include studs, hoops, clip-ons, and ear cuffs; a more current trend is of the flesh tunnels.

Hoop Earrings – These are the most common form of earrings and are available in a large variety of shapes, designs and sizes. Gold hoops, Silver hoops, hoops within hoops, wide band hoops, Feathered hoops, Beaded Hoop earrings, Names/shapes within hoops are all part of this category.

Gauge Earrings – these are used to stretch the body piercings. Some forms include Taper gauges, Plugs, Fake gauges etc.

Earrings with pictures – Hooped shapes earrings with pictures, teardrop shape, beaded images, Popular cartoon characters, paintings, studs and drop earrings all make a beautiful style statement.

Earrings for Cartilage – This is also known as Helix piercing and typically, people tend to wear thin hoops in this area. Standard hoops, studs, barbells, ornate styles are found amongst this kind of piercing.

Pierced Earrings – these beautiful pieces come in the form of thread earrings, studs, hoops, danglers, chandelier earrings etc.

Earrings for Sensitive ears – types of earrings recommended for sensitive ears include, Niobium, Titanium, Platinum and Plastic earrings.

Bead earrings – Bead earrings are one of the few things that have successfully made their way into the modern world without losing charm or desire on their way. Types include crystal, glass, handmade, gold, sterling silver, paper, beaded chandelier earrings, seed bead earrings, native American beaded earrings, beaded hoop earrings, swarvoski beaded earrings etc.

The Types and Designs for earrings can be endless depending on the taste of the customer and the material to be used.


Anisha Khandelwal

Anisha Khandelwal

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