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Earring Buying Guide

The perfect gift and accessory, earrings are always the right fit and ideal for any occasion. This versatile piece of jewelry can add symmetry and elegance to compliment any outfit or style. From understated classical designs, to loud and vibrant modern takes on this timeless classic, earrings are as unique as your imagination. From large dramatic hooped or drops, to delicate diamond studs, each design offers a range of options suitable for everything from casual outings to black tie formal events. This guide will help you explore some of the most popular styles to help you find the perfect match for your next big event or to accentuate that new outfit.

Stud Earrings

stud earrings

Stud earrings represent the least complex of earring designs. These (typically) small earrings are comprised of a gemstone, diamond or metal ball that is visually positioned on the front center of the earlobe. This classic and timeless design is highly versatile and goes well with everything from a t-shirt and jeans, to evening cocktail dresses which is one of the reasons they such a popular type of earring.

Diamond Stud Earrings

Expertly cut diamonds add brilliance and sparkle that grabs the eye. The beauty of this design is in its simplicity, with a central and singular focus on a single stud diamond in each ear. Diamonds should be graded at least SI2 in clarity and I-J in color for the best visual results.

Gemstone Studs

Gemstone studs represent a modern take on the classical diamond version. Gemstones allow the wearer to highlight their individualized personality, style and flair, adding a vibrant element of color to their earring. From romantic rubies, to elegant emeralds or energetic aquamarines, there is something suitable for any taste. Gemstone studs often make exceptional gifts for anniversaries or as birthday gifts (birthstone).

Pearl Studs

Elegant, classy and timeless, pearl studs are available in a wide range of sizes and colors. Freshwater and Akova pearls are the most common varieties on the market, with some styles accentuated with a small diamond to draw attention.

Metal Studs

Inexpensive, modern, and industrial, this version of studs is casual and easily maintained.

Drop Earrings

Women's Drop Earrings

Feminine, regal and elegant, drop earnings are represented by those designs that “dangle” below their setting. Drop earrings come in a myriad of styles and designs with pieces featuring gemstones, diamonds, and/or combinations of metals to create a truly unique look.


Few earrings are as breathtaking as a well-designed chandelier. As the name aptly implies, this style of earring features a combination of metals and precious stones that resemble the silhouette of a chandelier. They dangle gently from your ear, swaying and catching the light, giving off an enchanting allure and complementing your favorite dress or outfit.

Metal Fashion

Platinum, silver and gold are the often-utilized metals of choice to fabricate these unique and trendy designs available in a broad range of styles. Often employing the use of abstract curves, circular links, shapes and symmetrical designs with textured finishes, these earrings are perfect for the modern contemporary woman.

Diamond or Gemstone Drop

Diamond adorned drop earrings often feature a curved or square metallic shape encrusted with small diamonds or gemstones, giving it a sparkling dazzle and enticing sheen. In another version, the “Journey” earing utilizes diamonds or gemstones that increase in size along the curved piece.

Hoop Earrings

hoop earrings

As the name implies, these hoop earrings are easily identifiable by the hoop shape. They may come in platinum, silver or gold and are available as single or multiple hoops of varying sizes. Some designs may pair them with diamonds or other adornments that dangle in concert with the hoops. Considered a retro earring, this design has made a trendy comeback with larger hoops giving off a youthful, energetic appeal, while smaller hoops are more understated and elegant.

How to Choose an Earring Set as a Gift

Earrings make wonderful gifts that are both stunning and memorable. A thoughtful purchase that speaks from the heart can make that special someone in your life feel loved and appreciated. Due to their versatility, earrings can make a great gift for any number of occasions, from birthdays, to graduations and anniversaries. For couples not yet ready to get engaged or for those in new blossoming relationships they symbolize loyalty and love without the stress of a serious commitment. We already explored styles, but what about color?

Color Options to Consider

Birthstone – a personalized gift that is sure to put a smile on their face Skin Undertone – consider a color that uniquely compliments her (or his) skin tone Favorite Color – this thoughtful touch will let them know you took the time to make sure the gift was special for them Eye Color – the right gemstone can accentuate, complement and really make the wearer’s eyes “pop” in just the right way

Other Gift Considerations

The shape of their face – For example, consider avoiding hoops and circles for rounded faces and instead choose those designs that elongate facial features. Find out what they already like – A little reconnaissance goes a long way to make sure you’ll choose a gift they will love. Take a look at the styles of earrings they already wear to get some laser-targeted inspiration. Lifestyle and Social Life – Does the recipient go out a lot? Do they dress up? Or are they sporty and casual? These considerations can help you choose the right earrings that fit their lifestyle and will get the most use. Purpose – Are the earrings for “special occasions” or “everyday wear”? Interests and Personality – With a little extra legwork you can often find earrings to match the recipient’s style, energy, personality and/or interests. Age – A contemporary bold and overstated set of earrings might be great for someone in their 20’s or 30’s, but a mature professional may prefer an understated or more elegant look

Shop for the Perfect Set of Earrings Today

At Windsor Fine Jewelers we can help you find the perfect women's earrings for that special someone in your life. We have a broad selection of the finest jewelry at fair prices that ensure you get incredible value and a gift that is both memorable and heartwarming. Shop online today and let us know how we can assist. Our team is standing by and ready to make sure your experience with us is one you remember for all the right reasons.