A Guide to the Most Popular Earring Styles

A Guide to the Most Popular Earring Styles

Finding the right earrings to match your fashion aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget is no joke. But, when there are so many different trends and styles to choose from, how can you narrow down the search? Once you know about all the most popular earring types, you’ll be acing the accessory game.

How to Choose an Earring Style

What jewelry tends to catch your eye; do you love big diamond earrings, or are you more of a simple stud fan? Since any piece of designer jewelry is a significant investment, you want to make sure you’re going to adore them for years to come.

Another critical thing to consider is the jeweler you are purchasing from. You want to make sure the diamond earrings in your collection are high-quality and durable, so it’s essential to check that your jeweler is reputable. Start by looking at customer reviews, asking questions, and checking out their jewelry insurance policy before making your purchase 

When you shop at Fink’s, you can trust the dedication that goes into all of our jewelry. We have always stood by our traditional values of quality jewelry making and ethical diamond mining since the beginning of our company in 1930.

We continue to work hard to ensure that we provide some of the industry’s most beloved and sought-after brands. Today, Fink’s is one of the top fifty jewelers in America.

Most Popular Earring Styles

Undecided about what earrings to add to your jewelry box? Everyone has a different purpose for each piece of jewelry, so make sure the earrings you pick have all the qualities you’re looking for.

Our most popular earring types are:

Sabel Diamond Drop Earrings
  • studs
  • hoops
  • dangles and drops
  • climbers

Stunning Stud Earrings

If you like to keep it simple with your accessories, consider adding some studs to your collection. Studs are smaller and typically feature a center stone or gem. The size of a stud can vary, but they stay within the perimeter of the earlobe. Studs are perfect for every day, formal events, and adding a pop of color to your favorite basic outfit. 

Best Studs for Everyday Wear

Sabel Collection Bezel Set Diamond Stud Earrings

Simple stud earrings are the little black dress of your jewelry collection. They add an absolutely gorgeous touch, whether you’re accessorizing for work or a casual dinner. If you’re looking for studs that will work for every outfit and occasion, you should check out diamond stud earrings.

A popular option is the Fink’s Sabel Collection diamond studs. These diamond studs are available in white or yellow gold. You can also guarantee the quality of the diamonds due to the Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee. 

Studs for Formal Events

When you pair some beautiful studs with your favorite dress or a statement necklace, they will bring the whole look together.

Mikimoto 6mm Akoya Pearl and Diamond Yellow Gold Stud Earrings

Some of our favorite statement studs are the Mikimoto pearl and diamond earrings. They add a classy and elegant touch without being over the top. The combination of pearls and diamonds will be stunning for weddings, dinner parties, work events, or any other formal event on your calendar. 

Colorful Stud Earrings

Sabel Collection Birthstone and Diamond Halo Earrings

If you’re craving some color in your neutral wardrobe, colorful studs are a great option. We’re all guilty of buying one too many black clothing items, so amp up your outfits with your earrings. Birthstone earrings will not only add color to your collection but will also represent a part of you.

The Sabel Collection birthstone and diamond earrings are a wonderful birthstone stud option. Studs for each birth month are available online at Fink’s. Just keep in mind that the birthstone diamond earrings are special orders and might take longer to ship, so plan the purchase accordingly if you’re buying them for a specific event or a loved one. 

Hoop Style Earrings

One of the most popular and trending earring styles right now is hoops. Since they’re a perfect circle, they have represented infinity, unity, and wholeness throughout history. They were even a standard part of Kings’ and Queens’ wardrobes to signify their social status.

Hoops are an ever-evolving trend that we don’t see going out of style any time soon. They are so versatile that there’s a perfect pair for everyone’s wardrobe.

Some of our favorite ways to wear hoop earrings are: 

  • elevating a casual outfit
  • dressing up for a night out
  • adding a classy touch to your work pants and dress shirt. 
Casual Hoop Earrings
Roberto Coin Perfect Gold Hoops Small Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings

Turning jeans and a t-shirt into a runway look is simple when you have a classic pair of hoops. They’re a staple everyone needs since a plain pair of gold or silver hoops match literally everything, from baggy jeans to bodycon dresses.

An attractive option for every day is the Roberto Coin perfect gold hoops. They’re just the right size; bold enough to make a statement but small enough to stay out of your way during daily tasks. Plus, you can guarantee they’ll last in your collection for a long time since they’re made with 18k gold.

Hoop Earrings for a Night Out
Roberto Coin Perfect Diamond Hoops Small Diamond Hoop Earrings

A night out on the town is just the right time to show off some statement jewelry. When you have a fun pair of hoops, you don’t have to worry about finding a fancy necklace and rings to add (unless you want to, of course) because they add enough to an outfit on their own. Instead, go for a bigger size hoop, a unique shape, or diamond earrings to spice up your night-out look. 

A popular option at Fink’s is the Roberto Coin perfect diamond hoops. They’re small, so they won’t get in the way of your drinks or while dancing, but will sparkle and shine all night. Owning this pair of diamond hoops will be worth the investment because they’re so versatile.

Hoop Earrings for Work

Perhaps you love the look of hoops but still need something simple enough to wear at work. A tiny pair with a solid metal is sure to fit almost any dress code. Even if you have a laborious job, you can still look stylish while doing it with small hoops.

Clients love the Sabel Everyday Collection gold hoops. They will add that little extra something to your accessory game without being distracting or gaudy. Plus, you can guarantee their quality since they’re made with 14k white gold.

Stylish Dangle and Drop Earrings

John Hardy Classic Chain Sterling Silver and 18K Yellow Gold Hammered Drop Earrings

Jewelry is supposed to be a unique way to represent your personality, so we understand not always wanting to wear a plain hoop or stud. Dangle and drop earrings will add a lively touch to your cluster of jewelry. With a colorful dangle, you won’t need to spend forty-five minutes finding the perfect outfit.

What’s the difference between a drop or dangle earring? Think of it this way: dangle earrings move with you; drops don’t. Drop earrings typically have a stationary gem or stone that hangs from the earlobe, while dangles tend to fall farther below the ear.

When’s the best occasion to bring out the dangles and drops? Just like any accessory, it’s all about catering to your own style. However, some of the best events for wearing dangles and drops are formal events, parties, or dressing down on a casual day.

Dangle Earrings for a Formal Event

Mikimoto 7.5mm Akoya Pearl and Diamond Dangle Earrings

You might love bold and colorful dangly earrings, but everyone needs a classic pair for a put-together look. Having elegant jewelry like diamond earrings will make you feel like the fanciest person at every event. The best options for fancy events are drop earrings with pearls, diamonds, or stunning gemstones.

Looking graceful and gorgeous has never been more effortless with the Mikimoto pearl and diamond dangle earrings. These diamond earrings are great for weddings, work events, and everything in between. Plus, their small size won’t distract from your gorgeous dress or pantsuit.

Perfect Dangles for a Party

Marco Bicego Lunaria 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Engraved Stud Dangle Earrings

Parties are a time to express your style and go bold with jewelry. Buying a bold accessory over a patterned dress is a smart choice since you can mix and match it with any outfit.

Some of our favorite fun dangles are the Marco Bicego hand-engraved stud dangles. These gold earrings offer a distinctive texture that you can’t find in other jewelry. All the pieces from this Marco Bicego collection were cut and detailed using the Bulino technique. 

Dressing Drop Earrings Down

IPPOLITA Rock Candy® Sterling Silver Small Gemstone Teardrop Earrings

As fun as it is to get dressed up for a fancy occasion, everyone needs earrings that will work for casual days, too. When you want to wear a colorful jewelry piece like some gemstone drop earrings, keep it simple with the rest of your outfit. Throw on a plain white tee and jeans to match your favorite statement pair.

One of our favorite pairs for a casual look is the IPPOLITA gemstone teardrop earrings. They come in a variety of stones, such as clear quartz, celeste, turquoise, and more. The vast color choice means finding one for your aesthetic will be tremendously easy.

Gorgeous Climber Earrings

Climbers are some of the most attractive accessories on the market right now. They’re a rising jewelry trend that’s bound to become a timeless staple. They’re worn simply as an elongated stud, so they’re lovely for people who love bold earrings but hate the hassle of wearing them.

The versatility and unique style of these earrings make them a perfect touch for every outfit. Choose a diamond earring for something more classy or a fun design to show your style.  

Formal Climbers

Sabel Climber Diamond Earring

As mentioned before, a pair of diamond earrings is a must for any formal event. If studs just don’t cut it, but hoops are too big and flashy, climbers are just right for you. Even if they took you thirty seconds to throw on, you’ll have everyone at the party convinced you took hours to get ready.

The Sabel Collection diamond climbers are lovely for anyone who loves the convenience of studs, but not the simplicity. The 1.22cttw stones in these diamond earrings will have you sparkling and shining from a distance.

The Sabel Collection “S” climbers are another gorgeous option. You can get them in a variety of sizes, with both flashy or more toned-down diamonds. The diamonds within these earrings are G-H in color and SI2 in clarity, so you can trust their quality.

Fun Climber Earrings

Sabel Collection 18K White Gold Floral Diamond Climber Earrings

As crucial as it is to have a classic, staple accessory, you need to have ones that set you apart from everyone else. What makes climbers so extraordinary is that they allow you to be self-expressive without wearing something that will weigh you down or distract you. Look for a pair with a unique diamond pattern or colorful gems.

Some of our favorites are the Sabel Collection floral diamond climbers from Fink’s. The floral jewelry design is fun and fresh, and the white gold adds a refined touch. These earrings will look best paired with a casual sweater or your favorite sundress.

Earring Care

Now that you’ve gotten a clear idea of what style you’re looking for, how do you keep them beautiful for longer? You might throw your $10 hoops right in your purse during a night out, but what should you do when you make a more significant jewelry investment?

Jewelry such as necklaces and earrings hanging from black jewelry stand

We recommend getting all your designer jewelry professionally cleaned about once a year. Then, keep them shining bright in-between with weekly jewelry cleaning at home. We also recommend that you ask your jewelry professional for advice on how to polish them safely and effectively on your own at home.

While your nightstand or bathroom counter might seem like an appropriate place to store your jewelry, that isn’t the best way. If you can, you should keep the original box the earrings came in and put them away after each wear.

If your collection is a bit too large for all those jewelry boxes, there are many fantastic storage methods for lots of diamond earrings at once. The only thing to keep in mind is that earrings can collect dust more quickly when they are out in the open and exposed to the air, so plan your cleanings accordingly.

Another crucial part of jewelry care is making sure your jewelry is insured. For example, some of our earrings with a single center diamond are backed by the Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee. Aside from the store’s guarantee, other ways to insure jewelry are through a jewelry insurance company, like Jewelers Mutual, or purchasing an extension on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

So, whether you’re a diamond earring lover or a solid hoop fan, Fink's has the perfect pair for you.