Lesson 4: Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Earrings

Step 1: Introduction to Gemology

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Today, people wear earrings in varied styles and in many different ways. Some opt for one earring per ear, while others like the look of multiple earrings. Some adorn both ears, while others sport earrings on just one ear. Jewelers design earrings to be worn at the bottom as well as around the top of the ear. Gem earrings, naturally, showcase gemstones as set pieces or dangles in styles ranging from simple to elaborate. In this article, we’ll focus on earring types and their parts.

Earring Types

You can affix earrings to an ear in two ways: piercing or pressure. Post earrings are an example of piercing. Clip-ons and ear bands are examples of pressure.

Post Earrings

Post earrings consist of a thin metal rod with a decoration on one end. The metal rod, or post, goes through the pierced …

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