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The 15 type of earrings and earring styles every Indian woman must know

10 Jun 2021

Ear piercing began as a ritual, but today it is an aesthetic decision. It is the oldest kind of body piercing traced back to 2,500 B.C. Baby ear piercing is common in India. Today many Indian women (even a few men) have their ears pierced at a young age. This ear piercing gives birth to wearing – earrings. Earrings instantly draw attention to the face. In the era of the curated ear, where styled ear stacks are gaining popularity, it is good to know the earring styles and different type of earrings. Once you know the basic earring types and how to choose earrings for your face shape, you can play with different metals, colors, textures, and sizes to create your statement style or stack up style.

The different Earring types and Earring styles

Let’s begin by understanding the different types of earrings and earring styles. The shape, structure, how they sit on your lobes, and the types of earring backs influence the earring style. Here are the names of different types of earrings you should be familiar with before you step into a store to shop or buy earrings online.

1.Stud Earrings

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, diamond studs are her must-have jewelry box staple. Diamond stud earrings are one of the most popular styles of earrings. In a stud earring, the metal or stone sits right on the earlobe. Behind it is a narrow bar that pierces through the earlobe and holds the earring securely with either a push-back or screw-on mechanism. Stud earrings are small and lay flat on the earlobe without dropping downward, looping backward, or climbing upward.

2. Cluster Earrings

Cluster earrings are types of earrings that have several gemstones grouped. These earrings sit on the earlobe. If not gemstones, they may have balls of precious metal placed together to resemble a cluster. Diamond cluster earrings are a cheaper alternative to solitaires as they provide the same OTT sparkle in your life but at a lesser price. The style is popular in Navratan earrings too.

3. Drop Earrings

In this style, the earring extends or drops slightly below the earlobe but is stationary. It does not move when you walk or shake your head. The drop earrings add length to the earlobe jewel piece. These earrings come in several patterns in precious metal or stones and are perfect for day-to-day wear.

4. Dangle Earrings

Dangle earrings extend below the earlobe and are more flexible and have better movement. Dangle earrings hang from a stud-like piece or on a wire through the earlobe. They are full-bodied and come in linear drop designs to rounded bottom to suit different face shapes. Dangling earrings vary in length – from just below the earlobe to touching the shoulder.

5. Chandeliers

Chandelier earrings are the most trending earrings that emulate the ornate chandelier. They can be made entirely of precious metal, a metal wire (filigree), or full of gemstones. They have a long tiered effect and branches of dangling segments that come together at a low angle. So, now that you know what is a chandelier earring book a pair today?

6. Hoop Earrings


The first hoop earrings originated around 2500 B.C.E. in Nubia, Sudan. But in the 1900s, they became a part of Native American and Latino culture to symbolize strength, unity, power, infinity, and wholeness.Traditionally it is a circle that loops from the front of the earlobe to the back but has now evolved to other shapes like ovals, triangles, squares, and ranges in size from small to large. Find the best hoop earrings in plain metal or studded, smooth or patterned, big or small.

7. Cartilage Hoop Earrings

Cartilage hoops or clickers are small hoop-style earrings designed for the stack-up ear style. Since they are even smaller than Huggies, the cartilage hoops are safe for all kinds of ear piercings. You can wear them on the lobes (bottom part of the ear), helix (cartilage at the top of the ear), forward helix (top, front of the ear), tragus (in front of the ear canal), rook (inner edge of the uppermost ridge in your ear), and the auricle (located between the helix and the lobe piercings). Clickers are available in a range of metals, colors, and designs.

8. Huggie Earrings

Do you know what are Huggie earrings? They are simply a type of earring that sits close and hugs the earlobe. They are mini hoops that are thicker than standard hoops, with a lever back for earrings to click into place without the risk of them catching or snagging. Also, because the Huggies have a small diameter, they are often used for stack-ups and lobe piercings.

9. Jacket Earrings

Jacket earrings consist of a stud or stone in the front and an extra designed piece that goes on your earring post behind the ear lobe. Held with a clasp or butterfly, they offer a unique look. You can mix and match your earring jacket sets with different studs for an evening look.

10. Ear Climbers and Crawlers

Ear climbers climb up the ear when worn. They look like elongated stud earrings that follow the curve of your ear from the earlobe rising to the edge of the ear. A crawler or climber earring can be innovatively worn with a plain stud in the other ear to achieve the trending mismatch earring style.

11. Ear cuffs

Ear cuffs are small thick rings pressed onto the side of the ear. It is designed in a curved shape to fit snugly around the folds of the outer ear. They come in metals like titanium, silver, and gold. Plain, designer, or diamond studded, one can wear ear cuffs without a piercing.

12. Jhumka

Among the different types of earrings in India, the jhumka is a favorite. There is nothing as traditional as a pair of lovely bell-shaped jhumkas in precious metal, diamonds, or kundan. In 2021 earring styles, the tiered jhumkas are trending.

13. Chand Balis

Chand means moon, and Bali means earrings. This Indian chand bali is a crescent moon-shaped earring set with gemstones and fringed with tiny pearls. The earrings can be short, medium, long, oversized, double- layered, or Sahara (with a chain to attach to the hair).

14. Dejhoor Earrings

The dejihoor is a dangler earring. It has one pair of danglers on the earlobe and the other touching the shoulder attached by a chain. It is a symbol of marriage for Kashmiri women

15. Passa Earrings


Jhoomar or Passa is a traditional bridal ornament worn by Punjabi brides. The earrings have 9-14 beaded strings that form a fan-like structure of pure pearls. The earlobe and connecting pieces have diamonds, rubies, and emerald.

There are also Non-pierce Earrings. You can get clip-on earrings, magnetic earrings, spring hoop earrings, and even stick-on earrings until you decide to pierce your ears. While earring trends 2021 include Big Hoops, Drop earrings, Chandelier Earrings, Mismatched Earrings, choose one that matches your features, dress, and the occasion. Whatever be your earring style, it is sure to add balance and beauty to your face.

Rukshana is a freelance content and communication strategist based out of Mumbai, India. She mingles her expertise in PR with comprehensive domain knowledge and creative writing skills to assist and propagate business, worldwide. Being a quick learner, she utilizes her diversified digital expertise to provide copywriting and content writing services to create highly profitable brands, products, and services.