Earrings for women can be a stunning and considerate gift. They emphasize facial features and add a subtle note of elegance to any outfit. But, as you know, they come in different styles and sizes and one can get lost in the world of fashion jewelry. There are many types of earrings made of different materials. All these options can be intimidating, especially when trying to buy a gift. You can have stud earrings, drop earrings, hoops, clusters or cartilage earrings. In each of these categories you will also find different styles of earrings for women. To view our designer earrings collections, visit Ana Luisa online shop.

Here is the good news, though: at Ana Luisa, we have developed the most comprehensive earrings guide. Here you will learn everything you need to know about earrings so you can make an informed decision. Discover the main types of earrings and how to wear them right here!

Earrings for women buying guide

As you have noticed, the world of fashion jewelry is much diversified. Diamond studs, gold hoops, statement earrings – there is a whole dictionary. But this doesn’t mean that it has to be complicated. Buying a present for somebody dear or for yourself shouldn’t be rocket science. So here are the main categories of earrings for women according to their shape and size. To find out more about what you need to look for when you buy fashion earrings, continue reading this buying guide.

Stud earrings

Studs are small, on-the-ear accessories that usually feature a single ornamental stone. You can have precious studs, such as diamond studs, stud earrings made of semi-precious stones. You can also have simple studs made of gold, silver, or other materials. Usually, studs are easy to match and can be worn on any occasion. Sophisticated and active women prefer stud stone earrings because of their refined look and versatility. Just like the little black dress is a classic item which will never be out of fashion, stud earrings are a safe and elegant choice.

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Hoop earrings

Hoops are usually round earrings made of various metals (such as gold, silver, platinum, etc.) which can feature ornamental semi-precious or precious stones. Gold hoops have made a major comeback in the last year and they are very fashionable at the moment. Unconventional women who like to stand out prefer hoops. Hoop earrings for women are also pretty easy to match and, depending on their size, can be worn on multiple occasions. You can choose a classic pair of 90’s simple gold hoops or you can diversify your options. Ever since hoops have become fashionable again, jewelry designers have created stunning versions of this simple and beautiful jewelry piece.

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Drop earrings

Drop earrings fall below the ear and are very elegant. You can have dangle drop earrings, teardrop earrings, chandelier ones or tassel earrings. Ball drop earrings are also very hot at the moment. Usually, drop earrings are very classy and are ideal on formal occasions. Elegant and refined women love dangling earrings due to their discreet and feminine shine. Tassel earrings, this summer’s hottest fashion jewelry, are also part of this category. They are less formal than chandelier earrings, for example, but still elegant and precious. If you want to try something more unique, why not try out some feather earrings? They are extremely light weight and add a nature-inspired vibe to your ensemble.

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Cartilage earrings

Ear cuffs or cartilage earrings come in various styles and sizes. They can be elegant, ideal to wear on a formal occasion or hipster-inspired. Cartilage ear cuffs are usually the favorites of rebellious women who are not afraid to make a statement. One of the best parts of cartilage earrings is that you can wear more than one pair of earrings at the same time. You can style those trendy cuffs with just about anything!

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When it comes to the metals and materials, earrings for women come in very different styles. You can buy a pair of gold earrings, either yellow, white or rose gold. The karat type also matters, as gold ranges from 10k to 22k, which is the alloy that contains the most gold. Besides solid gold, earrings can also be gold filled or gold plated, depending on the thickness of gold in the plating. There are also other jewelry materials besides gold. Sterling silver earrings are fashionable, while stainless steel studs are versatile and comfortable to wear. Platinum earrings are elegant and usually feature diamonds while brass earrings are bohemian. Of course, earrings can also be plastic, wood or even textile.

How to style earrings for women

Earrings for women have certain matching rules depending on your hairstyle, face shape and clothes.

When it comes to your face shape, there are a couple of types: round, oval, square, rectangle (or oblong), diamond and heart shape. Hoop earrings, for example, don’t compliment a round face, while linear drop earrings look better with a heart shape face type than an oblong one. Read this article to determine the shape of your face and what types of earrings you need to wear with your face type.

In general, studs look great with short hair or up-dos. Hoop earrings can look gorgeous with long hair or half-up, half-down hairstyles. Drop earrings are ideal for medium hair length and also up-dos. Of course, the hair color also matters, so if you want to find out more about it, read our dedicated article and learn how to match different types of earrings with your hairstyle.

Last, but not least, it’s important to understand that certain earrings match certain outfits, while others don’t. To help you achieve a glamorous style, we have prepared a series of styling articles for you, depending on your favorite type of earrings. Read the following articles to understand how to match earrings for women with your clothes depending on the occasion and outfit you are wearing.

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How to clean earrings for women

Depending on the lock mechanism, the materials and whether they have gemstones or not, there are different methods you can use to clean earrings for women. For example, gemstone earrings should be cleaned carefully because some substances may ruin certain gemstones. You want to keep those babies sparkling clean!

Gold plated earrings need a little bit of extra care, while silver earrings can tarnish and you need to find out how to remove tarnish from silver earrings. If you want to find out how to clean earrings, read this article. We have prepared all the information you need to understand how to clean different types of earrings so that your jewelry can always look fantastic.

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Ruxandra
Ruxandra is a fashion blogger who teaches fashion stumped twenty to thirty somethings how to shop their jewelry boxes for polished new ensembles. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fashionista, Nylon, and Refinery29.