Choosing The Right Earring Fittings

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Choosing The Right Earring Fittings

Many people have their ears pierced because:

  • they can’t find earrings with unpierced fittings
  • they find clip or screw fittings uncomfortable
  • they find pierced earrings more secure.
  • they prefer the way it looks.

For most, this works reasonably. Some people wear sleepers (when not wearing earrings) to keep the holes open.

However, some can’t manage with piercings, either:

  • because the holes heal amazingly quickly, or
  • allergies mean that they have a reaction/infection when they are in intimate contact with various metals/finishes
  • cannot manage with most pierced fittings as they find them
  • don’t like pierced ears

Looking at earring fittings

There are an amazing number of ear fittings about, some you see everywhere, some very common in particular areas, some are around but aren’t always easy to find and some are about as rare as hens’ teeth!

Options for pierced ears

Very common:

  • Fish Hook This is, is made in one piece with a loop at the front with coil and ball, then curves over in a ‘u’ shape and the long curved tail behind the ear. There are modified versions: Shepherds Crook without the ball or coil, or Balian Hook (wonderful to dance in) which has a longer back wire. These are comfortable so long as the wire is not too thin and the drop is not too heavy. Some versions have a Biofit Reviews flattened area above the coil. These can be uncomfortable because of the weight is distributed at the top point of the curve, or insecure (badly designed weight-wise) – and need a butterfly/scroll/earnut to secure them.
  • Ear Posts which come with a butterfly/scroll. These are a straight bar with a ball at the front and usually a loop hanging below the ball. They are considered by their devotees to be more comfortable because they are thicker wire and the weight is evenly distributed across the inside of the ear lobe, and secure because they come with the butterfly.
  • Kidney Safety wires come with a loop at the front and a hook that wraps around the straight back wire. Very secure, but still have the pressure point from the weight at the top of the wire.
  • Earhoops (which thread through the ear) – these are much favoured by many, but can be difficult or painful to thread if the end of the narrower wire is sharp. With the earhoops, particularly the larger ones, as with all ‘big’ earrings, there is the danger of clothing catching in them, and the earlobes getting ripped.

Less common:

  • The Lever Back has a loop at the front with a lever behind it. The whole makes a fat oval shape the back coming down to fit inside the lever behind the ear – Not a quick job to put them in – very fiddly – but a very secure fitting and more comfortable than a fish hook.
  • The Creole is a smaller heavier hoop with a thin top loop with a hinge at one side and a groove or hollow to fit into at the other side. A fiddly design to put on, not as comfortable as a Shepherds Crook, but secure when on.
  • The Ear chains or Ear threads, which are either: a fine chain, or a chain with a u’ shaped wire attached to the middle of the chain, or a u’ shaped wire attached to one end of the chain. All have a straight wire thread attached to one end and a loop to the other end . These thread from the straight end and rest with the ‘u’ wire, or chain, in the ear, and any drops on the loop. The threading wire can also go through multiple piercings with a bead hung from each piece of looped chain. For balance the drops or beads have to be light, hence the ear chain is comfortable, but a bit of a performance to insert.

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