Solitaire or stud earrings are the most classic earring styles. They usually consist of a single gemstone or diamond held by a precious metal backing They are worn close to the ear and face-up showcase the color and sparkle of the center gemstone. These are the perfect earrings for daily wear, and depending on the size can be beautiful when worn on special occasions. Typically, stud earrings consist of a head, which holds the gemstone attached to a post which goes through the ear piercing. The post is secured to the ear with a backing. The backing can either be push-back or screw-back. Push backings glide onto the post and are held in place by friction. These backing provide an easy to wear, yet secure fastening. Screw backings screw in place onto the post. This provides an added level of security and is the better option for larger earrings. The beauty of a stud earring is that it gives the illusion that the gemstone is floating on the ear. This creates a subtle beauty while showcasing the color of the natural gemstone or the sparkle of the diamond. Studs are easy to wear and smaller than other earring styles. This makes them a perfect choice for girls and women of all ages. Studs are always a safe gifting option as they flatter all types of skin tones and face shapes. When building a personal collection of jewelry, we recommend purchasing a pair of studs first in a favorite gemstone or in diamonds, as they are staples that can be worn with any kind of attire.
Hoops are another versatile earring style that flatter all types of face shapes. Hoops can also be created in a variety of sizes with all metals and gemstones. They can be complex or simple for everyday wear. The hoop style designates a metal and gemstone that come together and in a circular fashion move from the front of the ear towards the back, where the earrings are secured through the ear piercing. Hoops can be large circles or small circles that hug closer to the earlobe. Additionally, they can vary in thickness and weight. Finally, hoops can be set with gemstones or diamonds for extra color and sparkle. More contemporary hoops can also be asymmetrical, or have woven metal elements for a fancier design.
Types of Hoops
Four Mine carries a variety of hoop styles.
J Hoops: These hoops do not meet from end to end, rather there is a gap in the back portion. The hoop is held in place with a screw or push backing against the ear lobe. This minimizes the weight and the appearance of metal. The front portion of the earring is set with gemstones or diamonds.
Huggies: These hoops sit close against the earlobe, minimizing the gap between the lobe and the bottom the earrings. Huggies are perfect for everyday wear are they are comfortable, secure and less likely to get caught on clothing. Huggies can be set with multiple smaller gemstones or a larger single gemstone.
Prong Set Hoops: These are closer to traditional hoop earrings, with a circular shape and a prong clasp that holds the earring in place. These earrings are typically set with gemstones and diamonds. With hoops that sit a little further from the ear, the movement of the wearer allows the sparkle to really come alive.
Halo earrings are a stunning choice, and the perfect complement to a fancy or everyday look. Halo earrings typically contain a single gemstone that is surrounded by a circle of diamonds or another complementary gemstone. The halo adds an artistic design element and also accentuates the size of the center gemstone. When crafting halo earrings, we take care to match the quality of the accent halo gems with the center stone, this ensures a flawless and uniform look. Halo earrings are available with many center stone shapes including round, cushion, oval and princess. Additionally, halo elements can also be combined with other earring styles to create dangle earrings. Halo earrings are a bit fancier than studs but can still be worn everyday.
Drop earrings typically hang below the earlobe and can be secured in a variety of ways. They can also vary in length and shape. In its most classic variation the drop earring is simply a basket that holds the central gemstone and is secured with a lever backing. Other variations include a variety of shapes and sizes that are held in place in the ear with a hook or french wire backing. This backing balances the weight of the earring by having the hook pull through the piercing. This provides a comfortable fit while ensuring that the earring is secure. Drop earrings can also have multiple gems linked to one another and be as long or short as you desire. This earring style is truly versatile and can be worn casually or formally very easily. Because of the variation in styles, it also makes for a unique gift.
Contemporary earring styles incorporate many of the basic elements and build upon them with additional design. Examples of contemporary earrings include clusters, intricate metal designs and incorporation of a variety of gemstone shapes. Clusters are a great choice as they bring together multiple uniform pieces of the same gemstone into one circular or floral shaped design. This gives the illusion of a larger gemstone from a distance. Contemporary earrings also incorporate more metalwork into their designs, for memorable designs. Because they are available in a variety of shapes and backings, contemporary earrings can be a beautiful match for any face type.
14kt White Gold
14kt White gold is a metal that is very commonly used for earrings. It has a silvery white luster and is typically rhodium plated to add an extra sheen. Because 14kt white gold is an alloy comprised of 58.3% pure gold and other metals, it has stability and durability. Therefore, it is an optimal choice for earrings that are going to be worn on a regular basis. 14kt white gold is also lighter compared to other metals like platinum. It is a good choice for those who have smaller and thinner earlobes or for younger girls. The gleam of 14kt white gold looks beautiful paired with any gemstone or diamond as it brings out and reflects the innate sparkle of the gem. 14kt white gold is a durable metal that does not corrode or tarnish. It simply requires regular cleaning to maintain it's luster. With a professional cleaning and polishing, this metal can look beautiful for a lifetime.
14kt Yellow Gold
14kt yellow gold is a warm hue that is an excellent choice for gemstone or diamond jewelry. The soft glow of yellow is a beautiful complement for any skin stone. 14kt yellow gold is an alloy made with gold, copper, and silver. Because it is an alloy, it is sturdy and a great option for everyday wear. Although yellow gold is a great choice to wear with any type of gemstone, we recommend wearing it with hues like green and red for a beautiful complement.
14kt Rose Gold
14kt rose gold is a soft pinkish metal that has romantic appeal. It looks visually appealing against both light and dark skin tones. Rose gold is an alloy of copper and gold, which ensures that it is a sturdy metal, suitable for regular wear. Rose gold looks best with warmer toned gems but can be a great match for all other gemstones and diamonds as well. For those that are looking for an interesting alternative to white or yellow gold, this metal choice is the perfect fit.
Platinum is a durable and valuable metal that can be a great choice when purchasing heirloom earrings. Platinum is hypoallergenic as it contains 95% pure platinum and 5% iridium. Platinum has a resistance to corrosion and scratches and does not need to be coated with rhodium plating. It weighs more than gold and is also more dense, making it a great choice if the earrings are going to be worn regularly. If however, your ear lobes are thinner or cannot support heavy earrings, it is recommended that you avoid platinum. Platinum pairs exceptionally well with diamonds and is a great match as both platinum and diamonds are exceptionally durable and hard substances. Platinum is also a good choice for precious gemstones like emerald, ruby and sapphire.