Your Guide to Popular Women’s Earring Styles

Woman wearing stylish earrings from Fink's Jewelers

Shopping for women’s earrings can be an exciting event. There are many earring styles to consider, and each style can be worn in multiple scenarios. Choosing the perfect pair can be fun, and having a robust collection of earrings to choose from will help you be prepared for any situation.

Choosing Your New Favorite Earring Styles

Yellow Gold Marquise Diamond Flower Earrings

Women’s earrings come in various styles for every lady, occasion, and style. Because earrings are the ideal jewelry to wear at any time, there is a style for every moment of the day. Change out the dainty stud earrings you wore to the office for dramatic hoop diamond earrings as you transition to an evening event.

Selecting the perfect earring style includes considering your outfit, personal tastes, and the occasion. If you are a classic person who prefers timeless pieces, there is no need to force a loud and colorful pair of earrings into your wardrobe. Conversely, if you like to show off your extravagant taste, you don’t have to hide behind demure earring styles.

Common Metals for Diamond Earrings

Choosing a metal for your diamond earrings is as easy as looking at the rest of your jewelry collection to find a common denominator. Diamond earrings in any of the popular earring styles look stunning in every type of primary jewelry metal, including:

  • Platinum
  • Yellow Gold
  • White Gold
  • Silver 

Women’s earrings must be hypoallergenic, especially for those with sensitive skin. It is well worth investing in high-quality metals so that your earrings do not aggravate your ears.

When it comes to choosing a metal color, consider your skin tones. Because women’s earrings are so close to the face, your skin’s undertones have a lot to do with how the metal will look against your skin. If your face has cooler undertones, white gold or platinum would be flattering. Warmer tones tend to be beautiful next to yellow gold jewelry.

Earring Styles that Complement Your Face Shape

White Gold Alternating Sapphire and Diamond Hoop Earrings

While you are free to choose any earring styles that fit your personal fashion and outfit, some women’s earrings may flatter you more than others. Take time to discover your face shape to know what earrings look best on you. Common face shapes include:

  • Triangle
  • Round
  • Square
  • Oval
  • Diamond
  • Rectangle
  • Heart

A general rule for choosing earring styles that flatter your face shape is to pick a pair of earrings that is the opposite shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face, linear diamond earrings will make your face feel longer and slimmer. Meanwhile, women with square-shaped faces tend to appreciate how stud or hoop earrings soften their sharper angles.

These rules are, of course, optional. Have one or two pairs of women’s earrings that you know flatter your face for quick styling, but do not feel like you must completely exclude all earring styles that don’t fit the mold.

Popular Earring Styles for Women

There are many popular earring styles to fill your jewelry box with something for every outfit and occasion. Pick a couple of staple pairs of women’s earrings to have on hand, and then feel free to get creative as you build your collection.

Hoop Earrings

White Gold Baguette and Round Diamond Hoop Earrings

Every woman needs a standard pair of hoop earrings in her jewelry collection. Hoop earrings are identified by their circular or semi-circular shape designed to pass through a piercing. This design is versatile yet classic, giving it the unique ability to fit any circumstance.

Any woman can find a pair of hoops that she will love. Hoops can vary in size, from the smallest loops that hug your earlobe to large hoops that make a statement. There are also several popular hoop earring shapes, including:

  • Rectangle
  • Pear
  • Oval
  • Triangle
  • Heart

Hoop diamond earrings are an easy pair of earrings to incorporate into almost any outfit. Set in white gold, our Sabel Collection diamond hoop earrings are perfect for running errands or going out on the town. These diamond earrings are timeless, making them a sound investment you will wear for many years and occasions to come.

Stud Earrings

Round Cut Diamond Studs

Whether you want pearl, gold, or diamond earrings, studs are a simple way to make a statement. Stud earrings are the most minimalist of all styles, and they are made with a focal point attached to a post that is kept on the ear with a removable back. These women’s earrings are ideal for a lady who wants to dress up her outfit without pulling attention away from anything else.

Diamond studs are a staple for women everywhere. For the woman who wants diamond earrings but doesn’t want to invest in bejeweled hoops or dangle earrings, studs can be a cost-effective yet stunning option that pairs perfectly with any look.

A simple pair of diamond stud earrings like the ones from our Sabel Collection brings a sense of elegance to any outfit. When heading to a new job or dropping kids off at school, putting on a pair of stud earrings helps you hold your head high with confidence and pride.

Ear Climbers


Sabel Collection White Gold Bezel Set Diamond Climber Earrings
For a daring and modern statement, ear climbers deliver a distinctive look with jewelry that travels up the earlobe without needing multiple piercings. Ear climbers have gained popularity in recent years and can add exciting flair to any outfit, perfect for when you need to stand out.


Ear climbers are one style of earrings you won’t want to hide, so they are great for women with short hair or those who plan to wear their hair up or pulled back that day. They have different shapes than most women’s earrings, with a clear right and left for each pair. With the illusion of more jewelry, ear climbers are great for elevating your look without adding the price of multiple pairs of earrings.

For a sophisticated yet special look, choose white gold bezel set diamond ear climbers. Wow the crowd with the sparkling diamonds ascending your ear in an elegant design that shows you know how to dress to impress.


14K Yellow Gold Round Huggie Hoop Earrings

Huggies are low-profile women’s earrings that are dainty yet trendy. A classic wardrobe staple, huggie earrings are the smallest hoops that hug the earlobe. This style of women’s earrings ranges between 5-10mm in diameter in order to fit snugly to the ear.

Huggie earrings draw attention to your face and go with everything, making them a classic option for multipurpose earrings. Like several other earring styles, huggies can transition from day to night well, especially if your overall style is clean and elegant. Many people prefer huggie earrings because they are lightweight and stylish.

Find a classic pair of huggies to keep on hand for easy accessorizing, no matter what your day looks like. Something as simple as everyday huggie hoop earrings can give you a finished look.

Jacket Earrings

Woman wearing 18K White Gold Bezel Stud and Wrap Earring Jacket Earrings

No, jacket earrings probably won’t keep your ears warm, but they definitely look cool. Jacket earrings are one of the newly popular styles that have taken the fashion world by storm. A jacket earring consists of two detachable parts — the stud that sits on the front of the earlobe and the decorative piece that slides on the post behind the ear, securing the stud and providing an extra visual element.

For example, a pair of white gold bezel stud and wrap jacket earrings feature a typical stud in the middle of the earlobe with five more gems curving up from behind the lower part of the ear, creating a wrap around the earlobe. This is a simple way to add an extra level of brilliance to your earrings in a new and fashionable way.

Dangle Earrings

Yellow Gold Diamond Wavy Dangle Earrings

When you want to draw a little more attention to your look than studs or hoops bring, dangle earrings are the way to go. They hang down from the earlobe with a hook or stud, keeping the earring on the ear, often with a decorative element swinging below. There are several styles of dangle earrings to choose from, making this a versatile and exciting variety of women’s earrings.

This is one of the several earring styles that draw attention when the wearer moves her head, and they are often used to visually elongate a woman’s neck for an elegant look. 

When you have gold and diamond dangle earrings, the sparkle is sure to draw all eyes to you. Wear them confidently and for special occasions or on a typical day when you want to add some bold shimmer to your routine.

Drop Earrings

Roberto Coin Tiny Treasures White Gold Diamond Bezel Euro Earrings

Drop earrings fall just below the earlobe. Most are simple pieces, like a classic pair of pearl drops.

Drop diamond earrings can be beautiful and secure earrings to showcase a little class and sophistication in your ensemble. Having a pair at the ready will elevate an outfit with simple sophistication. 

Dangle vs. Drop Earring Styles

Within women’s earrings, there are some styles that are similar to each other. Drop earrings and dangle earrings are related, but the drop style encompasses more looks than the dangle variety.

When earrings get longer and sway or have movement when you shake your head from side to side, they can be considered dangle earrings. At the end of the day, dangles can be considered a variation of drop earrings, but drop earrings typically refer to simpler and shorter earring styles.

Diamond Earrings as Gifts

It’s no secret that women’s earrings make great gifts, and diamond earrings are an easy way to tell someone you love them or that you are proud of them. Whether finding the right gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or an anniversary, diamond earrings let you pick from several earring styles while presenting a classic gemstone set.

Before shopping for the perfect pair of diamond earrings, familiarize yourself with the 4Cs of diamond quality. That way, you will know the value of the diamond earrings by their cut, clarity, color, and carat.

Matching Jewelry Sets with Women’s Earrings

Yellow Gold Round Diamond Bezel Set Tennis Bracelet

Women’s earrings do not have to be a stand-alone accessory. In fact, it is easy to incorporate several earring styles into matching jewelry sets to give you a complete look. Whether you are matching diamond earrings with a diamond tennis bracelet or you have a set of pearls that include drop earrings and a necklace, wearing cohesive jewelry sets provides a put-together look that is easy for you to match while showing the world you took time on your appearance.

This is especially easy to do when shopping within a specific designer’s collection. David Yurman, for example, has beautiful diamond earrings with matching necklaces, rings, and bracelets that will wow anyone who sees them.

The simpler women’s earrings are easy to match. A good pair of gold studs or silver hoops can always be partnered with similar pendants for an effortless look.

Storing and Maintaining Women’s Earrings

When you invest in women’s earrings, it is important to maintain and store them in a way that ensures they will last for years to come. Because women’s earrings are so small, they can be hard to keep clean. Make sure you put your earrings on as a last step to getting ready so that you avoid spraying hairspray or makeup products on them.

Rose Gold Garnet and Diamond Dangle Earrings

Take care when cleaning earrings by using a bowl of water instead of cleaning them in the sink, which risks you losing your earrings down the drain. Research the best ways to clean specific gems. For example, diamond earrings must be handled with care, and a soft toothbrush with mild soap should be sufficient for regular maintenance of diamond earrings.

Store your earrings in a designated spot where they won’t get lost. Organizing by earring styles can be helpful when looking for a specific pair to wear, and your jewelry organizer may have specific locations for hanging earrings.

Choosing the perfect women’s earrings for you or a loved one is a fun task that includes shopping for popular earring styles, gems, and metals. Come with ideas, ask your jeweler for advice, and find the perfect pair of earrings for everyday wear or an elegant event.