Everything You Need to Know About Men’s Earring Design

Gone are the days when men had to scour for a couple of decent earrings in women’s catalogs. Today, men’s earrings are available in an abundance of designs and styles. Finding earrings that let you showcase your individuality shouldn’t be a problem. However, you may face a different issue called the embarrassment of riches. We can’t help narrow down the selection of earrings but we can tell you more about their designs. In particular, we’d like to focus on earring constructions and their benefits.

Magnetic Earrings

Magnetic earrings use magnets to stay where they are supposed to stay. Therefore, they do not require piercing. These magnets are designed to be strong enough to hold an earring in place on either side of the earlobe. At the same time, the magnets are not too powerful to prevent pain or discomfort during wearing. Such men’s earrings are a perfect choice for the first experience.

Clip Earrings

As their name suggests, you just clip them on the earlobe and you’re ready to go. Clip earrings are the ideal solution to find out whether you like yourself with earrings or not without piercing your earlobe.


Studs are the safest choice for beginners as they are easy to wear. If you’d like to rock your earrings almost discreetly, you can rely on this style. Silver men’s earrings featuring stud design are the most versatile option for everyday accessorizing.


It is absolutely OK to wear large hoops but you must do it in the right way. The most common hoops are rather thin and have a reasonable size. With a lenient dress code, you can confidently wear hoops at work. The smallest hoop rings are called huggies – they snugly fit against the lobe. But if you have a pair of hoop earrings that go below the level of your chin, it’s better to leave it for thematic parties and special occasions.

Tunnel and Plug Earrings

Love them or hate them, but tunnels never leave deprived of attention. These cylindrical earrings require a really wide opening in the earlobe. It normally takes from two to six months to get your earlobes ready for flesh tunnels. Once you reach your goal, there is no way back – your earlobe won’t shrink back to the original size, you can only further increase it.

Plugs and tunnels feature two popular designs:

  1. With flared-out ends.
  2. With o-rings

Plus, there are combinations of both designs. Regardless of the style you choose, it is unlikely that your boss approves your jewelry style. So, before you go through this transformation, you should think twice.

Barbell Earrings

This type of jewelry is common for body piercing. Barbells that are used for ear piercing have a straight shape with a ball on either end. Most common, barbells are utilized for ‘connecting’ two cartilage holes, although you may thread one of the ends through the lobe.

Pearl and Stone Earrings

Pearls and gemstones are hard to resist. However, there is a chance that they may divert attention from your face. If you’re not ready to take this risk, opt for discreet diamond ear studs instead.

Danglers or Drop Earrings

One of the much-loved styles of women’s earrings is designed for the sterner sex, too. Drop earrings consist of two parts – a stud or other design that is threaded through the lobe and the drop detailing. The length and style of this part are what make danglers so appealing. Legendary George Michael picked crosses for his drop earrings, Harry Styles enjoys pearl teardrop earrings, and you can choose from a myriad of styles and looks available on the market. It takes some boldness to flaunt this style though.

Fancy Earrings

Fancy earrings are available in a variety of designs – skulls, dragons, crosses, emoticons, and many others. Their look tantalizes the eye but they are unlikely to be allowed in the workplace.

Types of closures

When looking for earrings, you should also consider their fastening type. They provide varying levels of comfort and security, and these are the things you can’t ignore.

Post closures are common for studs. They consist of two pieces: you put a post through your ear and then slide the double prong on the back. Because these prongs feature two circles, many call them butterfly fasteners.

Lever back earrings can be found in fancy and dangler designs. They have a hook that goes through the earlobe and a mechanical clip on the back that secures it. Latch back closures work in a similar way, but instead of hooks, they come with a post featuring a fine notch where it is connected with the movable part.

Spring closures are common for hoop earrings and some models of danglers. Hoop earrings look like a thin hollow tube with a post connected to one of its ends. You just need to insert the post into the hole in the tube and you’re done. You may struggle with this type of fastening if you have a tiny earring and large fingers.