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Secure, Stylish, and Comfortable: Steven Singer Jewelers' Guide to Choosing the Perfect Earring Backings

We at Steven Singer Jewelers know that choosing the perfect pair of earrings is a big decision. With so many styles, sizes, and materials to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Once you pick the perfect duo don't forget to consider the importance of earring backings. The right earring back can make all the difference in comfort, security, and style. How do you pick the right backings?

Two pear shaped earrings featuring two different types of backings.

Friction Backs 

The most common earring back is the friction back. Friction backings apply pressure to the earring post, holding it in place to provide a secure fit. This type of backing is ideal for everyday wear, and it is a classic choice that works with most earring styles. 

Lever Backs 

Lever backs are perfect for those who prefer a more elegant and sophisticated look. They work by using a hinged closure that snaps shut, ensuring that the earring stays in place. This type of backing is ideal for formal occasions, but it can also be worn every day for a touch of glamour. This type of backing appears most on simple gold hoops to elaborate diamond drop earrings.  

A white gold diamond stud featuring lever backs.

Screw Backs 

Screwback earrings use a threaded post that rivets onto the earring that stays in place. This type of backing is ideal for everyday earrings that are left in the ear for an extra level of security and peace of mind. Our Diamond Stud Earrings are a classic and timeless choice, that can be worn every day, making them a perfect candidate for screwback conversion.

Note: screwbacks, when taken on and off over time the gold can start wearing down giving them a false sense of security. If they do loosen up, you may need to get the entire post replaced. If a backing I lost, you might need to get it professionally fitted because not all screw backs are the same, and the backing needs to fit perfectly with the screw post.

A white gold diamond stud featuring screw backs.


Silicone Safety Backs 

While metal earring backs are the most common type of backing, they can sometimes be prone to bending or shifting when worn regularly. This can result in a less secure fit, increasing the risk of losing an earring. That's where our silicone earring backs come in. Our silicone earring backs have a metal type center surrounded by grippy silicone to provide a secure fit that is snug against the earlobe and to prevent the earring from slipping out. Unlike metal earring backs alone, our silicone backs are flexible and won't bend or become distorted with regular wear, ensuring a long-lasting, comfortable fit. 

Comfort is just as important as security when it comes to earrings and silicone safety backs also make a lovely alternative to the screwback. The soft silicone provides a snug fit to prevent the earring from falling out and is comfortable behind the ear. They are also hypoallergenic, making them an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.  

We pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of earrings with different backings to suit any preference and style. Whether you're looking for a classic stud or a statement hoop, we have something for everyone. If you have any questions, want different backings on earrings we offer, or need help selecting the perfect pair, our experts are here to help. We have personalized consultations to help you find the perfect pair of earrings that fit your style, budget, and needs. 

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