There are different types of earring backs available to wear to secure your earrings, made with different materials. To decide what type of earring back you want there are few things you must take into consideration. Your personal style, the type and size of the earring you want to wear, and even the size of your earlobes can all affect exactly which type of earrings back you should wear.
Push Backs Push backs are the most common type of earring back. Suited for stud earrings, the push back is a simple ball or piece with a hole in which slides the bar. There is no screwing or clipping with push backs, which are also known as butterfly back. Friction prevents the bar from sliding out and keeps the earring in place.
Screw Backs Screw backs are very similar to push backs. They are balls or ends that instead of being pushed onto the bar, need screwing in. This makes the earring more secure and less likely to fall out. Screw backs can be a bit fiddlier than push backs though and take longer to put on.
They are most suitable for children to keep their earrings in place and stay long.
These are earrings that you use if you do not have pierced ears. Clip-on earrings latch onto your ears and stay in a place like a clip-on once attached. These types of earring clips are popular with costume jewellery which can sometimes be too heavy for your ear and would stretch a pierced earlobe under other circumstances.
La Pousette Back
The La Pousette back is finely tooled and it’s a creatively designed mechanical back. It includes a spring assembled system that is pressure activated. You squeeze both sides of the tabs thereby retracting little connections inside the back that contact the post. Releasing them draws in the connection which holds the back close to the post. The post also has a safety indent close to the end. In the event that the back was able to slide down the tab would catch the notch without falling off. La Pousette back earring designs are pricey because of their manufacturing complexity but offer simple, straightforward operation and easy to use as friction backs.
Latch Backs Latch backs are a more complex style of earring back. A wire is threaded through the ear and to hold it into place, it fits into a latch that opens and closes. Typically used for huggies or hoop style earrings, the latch back is a very secure type of earring back.
Jumbo Earring Backs
Jumbo earring backs are oversized friction backs or butterfly back, they are flat, like discs, they flatten the earlobe when you attach them to your earrings. They are easier to use and provide a larger flat plane that supports the earrings. These earring backs are helpful in keeping larger stud earrings in place.
Fishhook Fish hook are so named because they resemble the hooks used to catch fish. A long and curved piece of metal threads through the piercing to hold the earring and the shapes keeps the earring from falling out. Fish hooks are generally used for pieces that dangle below the ear such as drops or dangle
Lever back Lever back are similar to fish hooks. A thing piece of metal that is bent and threaded through the piercing to keep the earring in place, but as added security a lever backing clips in to create a full loop, similar to a keyring.
I hope this information has taken some confusion out on the subject of Earring Backs and you are clear on what to replace a lost earring back with next time it happens. Please let me know your experience with different earring backs or if you have any questions about them.