Our Earring Styles < Jewelry Education Stud / Solitaire A stud - also known as a solitaire - is an earring that features only one gem. The head containing the gem is soldered directly to the post, which goes straight through the ear, giving the appearance that the gemstone is 'floating' on the ear. Shop All Stud/Solitaire Earrings Hoop A hoop earring is a continuous piece of metal that goes through the ear and is then held in place, typically by a latch back or friction back. They are not always round and can come in a variety of different shapes - the most common untraditional shape being oval. Shop All Hoop Earrings Drop Also referred to as dangle earrings, this style hangs below the earlobe and can either move or be still. Drop earrings offer the widest variety of fashion styles. They can end just centimeters below the earlobe or can reach all the way down to the shoulder. Shop All Drop Earrings Our Post Types Friction This is the most common type of earring back offered in the jewelry industry, requiring no screwing to put on or take off the earring. Also called a butterfly back, it can be used with any style of earring, whether it is a stud, hoop or drop. Push on/Screw off Push on/screw off earrings are a little quicker to put on than screw on/screw off styles. The wearer can push on the earring back, and then unscrew it to take off the earring. Push on/screw off posts are typically used with studs and drop earrings. Lever Back Lever Backs also have a curved wire hook but are latched behind the ear with a lever that opens and closes. These are only used with drop earrings. French Wire Only used with drop earring, this style has no back to it. It is a curved wire hook that the earring itself can be attached to. Latch Back Used mainly for hoops, there are two styles of latch backs: one has the post on a hinge and clips into a notch on the back of the earring. The second has an immobile post and a lever-style back that has a hole for the post to slide in to. Screw on/Screw off Screw on/screw off fasteners require the wearer to screw the back of the earring onto and off of a post threaded through the ear. This is an older style fastener, which has been replaced by the push on/screw off style, but is available upon request for added security or to repair an older earring with this post type.