Your Guide to Clip On Earrings

When many of us think of clip-on earrings, the first thing that comes to mind is the retro styles that we used to try on from our grandmother’s jewelry box. We all loved trying on the fun and funky pieces that littered their vanities, but unfortunately we also remember something else...the pain. Let’s face it, those clip-ons weren’t exactly the picture of comfort, but it’s just because we didn’t know the options.

Clip-on earrings have actually been around since Victorian times where it was actually unladylike to pierce your ears. While we no longer have that stigma, women today still are seeking out non-piercing options. As more and more people make the choice to not pursue piercing their ears, more options are coming to light.

If you are just getting into the clip-on game, then let us be a guide for you on the options that you now have when exploring the world of clip-ons.


Screw-back Clip-ons


We are starting off with the original style of clip-on earrings. The screw-back earrings were the first clip-ons of its kind and were created during the Victorian era and patented in the late 1800s. Unlike the hinge of other clip-ons, these earrings are great because it can be adjusted for your comfort.

With the screw-back earrings you are able to adjust them yourself with little effort. All you need to do is open the hinge of the earring back and fasten it to your ear, then utilize the screw to either tighten or loosen the earring to a comfortable position. Once you’ve done that, you are good to go!

Resin Pad Clip-ons

Resin Pad Clip-ons are the newest and probably the most comfortable type of clip-on earrings for many people. Unlike the traditional clip-on styles, resin pad clipons don't really have a "clip", the way it holds is by adjusting the gap of the clasp, and the tightness of the earrings is fully customizable depending on your earlobe thickness. Resin Pad clipons are ideal for huggies and lightweight earrings because the backing is simple and not as bulky as other styles. Since it provides great comfort and flexibility, keep in mind that these can fall out easily if it's not properly adjusted. 


Here are some tips on how to put them on: 

  1. Adjust the earring clasp thinner than your earlobe.
  2. Then slip the earring in from your upper lobe or thinner part of your ear.
  3. Slide it down to your earlobe.
  4. You can also squeeze the clasp further to make it more secure. 

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Invisible Clip-ons


Invisible earring clip-ons are one of the newer styles that you can find and are great for those who may have metal allergies or experience discomfort when dealing with more traditional clip-on styles. Instead of being made from metals, this style is usually made with either clear acrylic or resin, and because of the material, it can be easily pulled to be adjusted for your comfort. One thing to keep in mind when putting them on is do not open the clip too wide as it will over stretch the clip and it will lose its tension to stay on securely on your earlobe. 


They are made to work with multiple styles of earrings, from dangling pieces to dainty studs, and still hold their shape and hug your ear. All you have to do is slip the clip-on onto your earlobe and it will stay. Many say that it is a very comfortable and lightweight option.


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Ear Cuffs


Ear Cuffs have become a huge trend in recent years as they are a way to get the look of multiple piercings without actually getting piercings. They have been especially popular as many fashionistas and influencers sport stacks of earrings on their lobes.

Ear cuffs are most commonly made from metals and are probably one of the most versatile versions of clip on earrings since they come in a multitude of styles and looks and are easily adjustable. While all ear cuffs usually come in larger sizes to accomodate all ear sizes, you can easily adjust the fit for your ear by pinching the ends together. Once you have your desired fit, just slide the cuff on the thinnest part of your ear lobe and slide until it feels snug. You’ll know that the cuff is secure if you are able to tug on it, and it doesn’t move.

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Mini Clips


Mini clip-ons mimic the form or normal-sized clip-on and have the same wedge-shaped hinge that is kept in place by a tension bar. This particular style is very common with daintier earring styles like teardrops or studs, and also are perfect for smaller lobes.

This style is perfect for lightweight earrings and also young girls who are looking to wear clip-ons. Just keep in mind that this particular clip is not made for heavier earring styles. Also, this particular style is not as easily adjustable as others. But, here at EARA we take the hassle of adjusting this style, and will do a tension adjustment for you before we ship them out.  We want to make sure that your comfort is prioritized and that you have the perfect balance between a secure earring grip and long-lasting wearability.

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Sliding Spring Earrings


Sliding spring earrings have allowed us without pierced ears to participate in the most classic of jewelry styles, hoop earrings. The slide spring earrings appear to look like normal pierced earrings, but you are able to quite literally slide the “back” of the earrings away from the front and fix it to your ear.

This style is perfect for lightweight hoop earrings, and also has the added bonus of being more adjustable than traditional hinge earrings, as the spring allows for all ear shapes. Just keep in mind though that most sliding spring styles are made from metal, so make sure to check the jewelry information in case of any metal sensitivity.

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So whether you are not quite ready for the commitment of piercings, have sensitive ears, or just looking to experiment with your style, there are plenty of clip-on choices to choose from.


Sharon Thomas

I would like to buy the sliding spring i in gold and silver. Please let me know the price. Thank you. Pronto , Thank you

Elaine Homan

Can these alternatives work for replacing my post style hanging solje (norwegian drop earring with little disks?) My ear piercings have closed and I do not have the desire to repierce them. The dangle part of the earrings should be removeable if there is any way that they can be attached to a clip/screw. Thank you for your consideration.

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