1. What exactly are stud earrings?
Stud earrings are worn on your earlobes only. The only way you put them on is by piercing. Normally the stud earring stay within your earlobe area, and the point of attachment can not be seen, hence the name ‘stud’.
In the fine jewelry world, diamonds are your first choice on studs. Fashion jewelry makers, somehow, are allowed to get more creative when designing a pair of stud earrings.
2. What components are there?
The construction of a stud earring is simply of three parts: stud, post and back.
The stud can be gemstone, metal, pearl, plastic, etc. To match with different fashion style, your studs come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, while they all have their backside flattened against the earlobe.
The post is for piercing through the earlobe, and you would invariably avoid one made of or plated with nickle, to which people commonly have allergic reaction. Sterling silver or gold plated post is the safest.
The back is for keeping your stud from falling off. Among the three types - butterfly back, friction back (metal or rubber), screw back - you will find the screwed-on one the most secure, albeit the most troublesome to put on. Given the light weight and much lower value of fashion jewelry, stud earrings in this category are fastened by friction backs.
3. How to begin wearing your own stud earrings?
The first step of putting on your stud earring, of course, is to have your earlobes pierced, always and only, by a piercing professional.
The piercing professional would begin with the smallest hole, sterilize the insignificant wound, and then give you a pair of starter studs, all parts made of surgical steel, silver, sometimes gold. The starter studs keep your piercing from healing and closing up, while preventing infection on your earlobes.
Your piercing expert would advise you to keep your starter studs on for six to eight weeks. Then your may change into the stud earring that you really fancy, but always go for the thinner posts at first.
Here are the detailed steps to put on your stud earrings when your piercing is ready:
Soak a swab cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, use it to clean all parts of your stud, and the pierced area of your earlobes, including area around the hole. Let the earrings dry up.
Clutch the backs of your stud earrings within the alcohol soaked cotton, wait for one minute for it to be completely sterilized.
Gently thread the post through your piercing, while carefully twisting it to ‘clear the path’.
When the post is all the way through, put the back on the post, making sure the back gets to the middle of the post.
Check again to see if the post and back are securely placed.
4. How do you cope with difficulties wearing stud earrings?
Some of you might find it tricky sometimes to put on your stud earrings. It’s because the pierced holes heal and are closing up, usually before the starter studs are ready to be taken off. If that happens, when you try to push the post through, there would be resistance, and likely pain.
How do the experienced jewelry lovers deal with this?
There are usually three solutions:
Rub some alcohol on your earlobes so as to clean and soften the tissue healing in the holes, and try pushing the post through afterwards.
Try inserting the post from the back of your earlobe. If it gets through half way or all the way, you shouldn't have a hard time putting it on from the front.
When the size and visibility of the hole becomes a problem, try pulling and stretching your earlobe, this way the hole can be enlarged and easier to go through.
In any scenario, use both hands, so that the post won’t go in the wrong direction causing more pain. And if none of the homemade solutions work, ask your piercing professional to fix it.
The bottom line: always keep the starter studs on before the holes are 100% ready. If sports or dress code demands them to be off, find your piercing expert to do it for you, or use medical tape that covers your studs and protects your earlobes against infection. You also want to sterilize the stud by rubbing alcohol on it, or soaking it in saline solution.
5. How do you choose the right stud earrings?
When you think about the choices of stud earrings, take into account your face and ear shape, hair and eye color. If you are wearing fashion jewelry, possibilities are vast, so be sure your stud earrings suit you well.
Ladies with round and chubby faces should be matched with delicate and petit studs, preferably shiny ones made of crystal, zircon or cubic zirconia. This way the beholders’ concentration falls in the central line of your face, which seems slimmer.
Larger stud earrings are recommended for ladies with long rectangular face. Fancy designs like flower or heart shapes can better accent your nature features. Your may also want to venture with different colors of gemstones.
Pointy chins are best balanced by geometric shapes that are wider on the bottom, such as teardrop, triangle. Don’t be afraid to wear studs with exaggerated shapes and sizes.
Ladies of oval shaped faces are the most blessed. They look great wearing all types of earrings. So with stud earrings, there is only one criterion for them: their hearts’ desire.
What are the common materials used to make your stud earrings?
No matter what the stud earring is made of, always find out what material is used in the post and the back, for if the wrong metal is used, you may suffer dermatitis.
Crystal, cubic zirconia and zircon: these shiny objects are the number one choices for most female. Their captivating quality is most valued in formal occasions such as job interviews, formal parties. In fashion jewelry, a lot of them come in different shapes and colors, so your choices can be more creative.
Pearl: studs of pearl sends out a amicable air. When you are seen with a pair of pearl studs and necklace, people find you dreamy and endearing. The best garment type that pearls can accompany is, agreed by many, knitwear.
Sterling silver, copper, stainless steel: they have more of a modern edge. When you choose metal studs, pay special attention to the shapes. Geometric and classic styles are what ladies usually go for. Some designs include elements of enamel or paint, which takes high level of crafts to achieve a classy effect, so be careful when considering those.
Seashell: it gives you another vibe, naturalistic or tropical. The unique and unpredictable shades and sheen make them another kind of fascinating. Seashell earrings are perfect match to a long, floral Bohemian dress.
Plastic: for the versatility of this material, you have limitless choices, from a rein deer’s head to your own name spelled out. Just be sure when trying to stand out you don’t freak anyone out. The secret is always about matching your face shape.
It is advisable to wear a set of earrings and necklace, especially when it’s fashion jewelry. Sets are more elegant and better compliment your clothings.
Now that you have learned everything about stud earrings, I trust that you will be more confident in your future shopping for them. Remember, always compare your facial features with the model’s picture, so you will be able to make better matching decisions.