The Origin of Clip-On Earrings
Advantages of Clip-On Earrings
Ear piercing can present problems for some women in the form of irritation or a dermatitis type of infection, while others just do not want their lobes pierced. Hence clip-ons are a very practical alternative. They can also be a good choice for young girls. Another advantage is for heavy chandelier style earrings when wearing them frequently it can cause the ear piercing or even earlobe to stretch. For women with pierced ears who wear earrings infrequently there is a risk the hole in the lobe will heal. Many women who have their ears pierced will still wear clip on earrings occasionally because they are so versatile. Strong positive clips that do not hurt and are comfortable are the critical component of clip on earrings. They need to be firm enough to hold the weight of the earring without causing discomfort.
Types of Clip-On Earrings
All clip-on earrings rely on some type of clasp or clip that attaches to the earlobe. Here are the most common clip-on earring types.
Traditional Paddle Back Clip — Paddle-shaped with a hinge at the bottom, most suitable for heavier earrings.
Simple Clip — Smaller curved paddle, works better for lighter or smaller earrings.
Pierced Look Clip — Narrow spring clip for small and thin earrings, simulates the look of pierced earrings and is often used for clip on dangle earrings.
Mini Clip — Small clip used for children’s earrings or smaller styles. Simple Screwback Clip — Does not include a hinge, must be screwed and unscrewed to wear and remove, common in vintage earrings.
Hinged Screwback Clip — Includes hinge and screw, offers dual adjusting for comfort and security. Magnet Back — Opposing magnets are set into the front and back of the earring to hold it onto the earlobe through magnetic force.