Earrings can be chosen for everyday wear, or they can be more decorative for special occasions. They can be easily changed to match your outfit, so it's no surprise that earrings are one of the most popular items of jewelry worn by both women and men.
The history of earrings dates back over 7,000 years, and ancient Egyptian men wore earrings as a symbol of wealth, signifying higher social class. Persian soldiers wore earrings as a talisman to keep them safe, but during Roman times, earrings became popular with women. Nowadays, there are many different styles of earrings for men and women to choose from.
Earrings can be made from various kinds of precious metals and may feature gems, but they can also be made from cheaper metals, plastic and fabrics. One reason earrings are so popular is because a new pair of earrings won’t break the bank. It’s possible to update your look with affordable earrings.
You can also choose from a range of styles including studs, screw backs, drop earrings, chandelier earrings and hoops. Earrings are not only a fashion accessory to be matched to your outfit; they also frame and enhance your facial features, so you will want to be sure that you choose the right style.
Long styles such as drop earrings visually elongate the face and neck. Sharp lines can sharpen facial features, so angular or geometric shape earrings can be especially flattering for those with softer or rounder features. Meanwhile, angular faces can be softened by wearing a pair of round earrings. There are no hard and fast rules, and it does depend on what you are wearing, your hairstyle, the occasion, and your personal taste and style.
One type of earring that suits any face shape and can be worn for any occasion is the classic small hoop, such as this Gold Round Hoop style.
However, there is still some variation in hoop earrings as they come in a range of different styles and fastenings. One drawback of the smaller styles of earrings is that they can be a little fiddly to open and close, which can make getting them on and off tricky. Even though they may look similar on the ear, each style has its own clasp or fitting, so it's crucial to understand how to open and close the earrings so you can easily take them off without hurting your ear or damaging the earring itself.
The Push Back Clasp Hoop
Earrings like these 14K Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earrings have a really easy fitting. To take off the earring, clasp the earring lightly and, with the other hand, gently slide the back from the pin.
The Huggie Hoop
Huggies are popular small hoop earrings that hug your earlobe and have a lever fastening, so the earring should simply click into place. To take it off, clasp each side of the huggie, gently pull it apart and remove from the ear.
Place the hoop between your thumb and the index finger of the other hand, keeping the hoop opening in the middle, to open the earring. Bending your right hand up and your left hand down, twist the earring and slide the hoop in your ear. To remove the earrings, gently clasp and pull apart slightly while twisting.
This is one of the most popular styles. Open the hoop by raising up the loop, position the hook in the front of the ear, thread through and place in the loop. To remove, gently clasp the hoop with both hands and raise the loop to open and delicately slide it out of the ear.
Contemporary backless earrings
Styles such as these Contemporary Creative Gold Hoop earrings are really easy to remove; simply slide out of the ear as there is no fastening or clasp.
The trick to remember when taking off small hoop earrings is to get to know the earrings before you put them in. Try them out first, opening and closing them while you can see the mechanism clearly and you can get to know the fastening and make sure the mechanism is smooth. When it does come to removing them from your ear, do it in front of a mirror so you can see. Remember: gently does it! You don’t want to damage or twist the earring, so a delicate touch is required.