On runways, in fashion magazines and on the streets—a loaded ear, sparkling from lobe to upper helix—is the latest jewelry craze, and has everyone wanting more earrings. The current rage for brick and mortar jewelry stores has been hosting “piercing parties” where a professional piercer arrives with a slew of women waiting to get punctured, all in the name of a new earring. There are parts of ears that never knew the sight of an earring until recently: tragus, rook, snug, forward helix, orbital, transverse lobe…all names of different types of piercings in very particular spots on the ear. If you thought a typical lobe piercing was daring, you haven’t seen this photo that maps out the unique areas and names of each. The look is stunning, with equally matched edginess to it, but it does take some guts.
Jewelry designers have taken note to the earring trend and have designed some amazing earrings and even some unique pieces that weren’t around 20-30 years ago. Don’t have the nerve to get multiple piercings? Luckily there’s options out there now that don’t require piercings to get the look.
If you want that perfectly “curated ear,” you’ll first obviously need some piercings (at least 2-3), but next come the earrings. From studs, to hoops, to ear climbers, we’ve put together a list of key earring terms and we’ll leave it to you to acquire and style them to get the ear stack of your dreams.
Any jewel that is soldered to a post with push-on, pull-off backs. These come in SO many possibilities from a single gemstone to a small, intricate design. Studs are easy to stack and can be worn 24/7.
An earring that is generally circular in shape and encircles the ear. The size variation of hoops makes them fun, as you can really make a statement as you gradually increase the size. Hoops continue to be popular and can often be said to be a staple in a jewelry wardrobe. Very small hoops are called “huggies.”
Any earring that hangs below the earlobe itself. These can come in many forms and styles, like chandelier earrings, waterfall style, and fringe earrings. They usually have movement to them and are bolder than a typical stud earring.
A piece of jewelry for the upper portion of one’s ear. It is usually shaped like a ring, with a portion of it open to fit your ear into it without needing a piercing. These are great because they can be positioned anywhere on your ear and can even be stacked for a major look.
An earring that is elongated so when positioned on your ear, creates the illusion that it is “climbing” up your ear. Designers have created all kinds of styles of varying sizes; some are subtle and feature a single wisp of diamonds climbing up the ear, and some are extravagant and cover the entire ear. These usually require one hole, but look as though you have several.
Threader Earrings + Ear Hangers
Delicate gold chain you thread through your ear holes—creates an elegant yet trendy look. Several photos on Instagram have gone viral featuring a threader earring weaved through several holes in one lobe!
Ear hangers have been described as the bluetooth ear piece, but done in gold and sometimes diamonds! This piece of jewelry tucks behind your ear and swoops under and upward. Surprisingly comfortable and an easy addition, with no holes required! Take note: you may have to have a jeweler bend for a perfect fit, as ears come in many shapes and sizes, with most jewelers making one size fits all.