Your guide to earring backs

Earrings are an affordable luxury that will perk up your look if you are in a rut. By wearing earrings people pay more attention to you, which can make you feel more attractive and confident. Whether paired with a matching pendant or stylish mens bracelets, earrings can easily elevate any look.

As the name implies, earring backs are metal or plastic tabs that help secure earrings to your ear. That is all they do: they hold earrings in place. But, there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about earring backs out there, so we wanted to clear some of them up.

Finding the perfect earring backs for you is dependent upon several factors: the size and type of earring, how much physical activity you’ll be engaged in and even your earlobe.

Leverback/snap-back earring closures

Latch back earrings 

Levers are the classic style of earring backs.  A leverback earring, also known as a French earring, is a style of earring that secures from the back of the ear, closing from the back of the ear by snapping shut at the earring post. Consider leverbacks if you’re searching for earrings that are comfy, attractive, and secure. The earring is held in place by curved ear wires. Leverbacks are strong and fashionable earrings that are frequently used with dangling earrings. Earrings made of emeralds, amethysts, and pearls were worn by ancient Greeks as early as 300 BC. Greek earrings looked like leverbacks. They were connected to the earring by a curved wire. Earrings with a key or snap-back closure are also known as key earrings or snap-back earrings.

Omega earring backs

Omega backs (also known as omega clips) are an outgrowth of the famous earclips of the 1940s and 1950s, and are named for their striking similarity to the Greek letter omega. A hinge connects the loop-shaped finding’s ends to an earring. When the hinge is closed, the omega back’s rounded end presses on the ear. The centre of an Omega back is open, allowing the post of a pierced earring to pass through. As a result, the Omega back provides a safe and secure solution to wear pierced earrings without needing to use an ear nut or ear clutch.

Latch back earrings

An earring with a latch back has an embossed groove on the back of the post or hook that latches into the groove. Hoop earrings and dangle earrings with latch backs, as well as diamond earrings and gold earrings with gemstones, are popular choices for earring designs with latch backs. Additionally, since this fastening is almost invisible (hidden behind the earlobe), it is popular with jewellery enthusiasts because it doesn’t affect the shape or design of the earrings.

This is what jewelers call a “French clasp.”

Post backs

Post backs 

When it comes to securing post earrings, what is the best method? A range of post earring closure options can be used, including metal, rubber, discs, and butterfly backs. Post backs are very commonly used on stud earrings and diamond stud earrings, making them one of the more common types of earring backs. The comfort disc can be useful for earrings that are large or heavier, since it serves as a stabilizer. Push back earrings work on earrings with posts, using friction to secure the earrings (hence the name). Sometimes the post also has a notch, so that the back actually snaps in place. Rubber earring backs are very popular and come in a variety of sizes and styles. They are especially helpful as they can eliminate skin irritations for those who are allergic to metal backs. These are also relatively smaller in size, which makes them easier to store in a jewellery box.

In conclusion, finding the right back to secure your earrings is a lot easier than you think. We hope that this post has helped you better understand the different types of earring backs available. The post gives you some great ideas to use on your earrings, as well as how to avoid some common problems. You can use them to make your earrings more comfortable, give them better security, and make them look cooler.