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Earring Basics


All you need to know about basic earring styles.

Shop Diamond hoop earrings from Kay Jewelers


Hoop earrings circle the ear from the front of the earlobe to the back. Hoops can be dainty and simple, just gleaming metal, totally covered in diamonds or somewhere in between. Super-versatile, hoops are a classic style that can be worn at the office or out on the weekends. Fortunately, hoops work for every shaped face, but they are especially flattering on those with square shaped faces.

Shop Pearl stud earrings from Kay Jewelers


Stud earrings are the most basic and perhaps most adored style of earring out there. Classic stud earrings feature a single diamond or gemstone. Stud earrings may also feature tiny clusters of gemstones or may simply be gold or sterling silver in petite shapes, such as balls, hearts or knots. Studs will generally be on the small side and lay snugly on top of the earlobe.

Shop Diamond drop earrings from KAY Jewelers


Drop earrings are the perfect eye-catching accessory that adds a touch of elegance to any look. Also known as dangle earrings, drop earrings are appropriate for any occasion; they can be worn as casual or as fancy as you prefer. Our wide selection of beautifully crafted drop earrings is sure to add the "wow" factor to any outfit. 

Shop Gold climber earrings from Kay Jewelers


Climber earrings begin at the earlobe and elegantly move up the ear. A wire hugs the back of the ear to keep the earring in place and help to create the climbing effect. A delicate trail of gems or simple, shining metal traces the shape of the ear for a flattering and undeniably cool look. Climber earrings are a trend that has remained popular and may even be considered a classic someday.

Shop Diamond jackets from KAY


Change your look from day to night in the blink of an eye with earring jackets! Turn stud or solitaire earrings into dangle earrings whenever you're ready for a new look. Earring jackets add an extra piece to your stud or solitaire earrings by clipping onto the post of an earring from behind the earlobe. Choose from popular metal types such as yellow gold, rose gold and white gold as well as favorite stones such as diamonds and sapphires to find the perfect earring jackets that are right for you.

Shop Diamond Solitaires


Classic and sophisticated, yet effortlessly modern. There’s a reason why solitaire earrings are a wardrobe essential. The simplicity of sparkling diamonds set in shining metal makes these earrings a lovely complement to any look. Solitaire earrings are distinct because they consist of only one diamond in the earring. These can still be classified as studs, but not all studs can be classified as solitaires as they contain more than one diamond.

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