Earring Backs are such a shame.
A Cheap Shame!
People spend Big Bucks for Diamond Stud Earrings, then 2 weeks later they lose them.
Why? Because of those Cheap Crappy Earring Backs that Jewelers put on them!
You know the kind, the Friction ones that Push on and Pull off? What a waste! See picture! (I’m sure you’ve also had your Earring Backs go on Sideways like the Yellow Gold one shown too!) Cheap things won’t do a bit of good. You might as well toss your Earrings out in the yard right now! Because with those backs, they’re history!
Friction Earring Backs actually come in a variety of Shapes and Sizes. Anywhere from small, which are Cheap and Weak, to Large, which are Heavier and Stronger. The Small Light-Weight Earring Backs should be renamed “Gonna lose me!” The Medium ones “Gonna last 6 months!” And the heavy ones “Gonna try to stick around!”
Normal friction push-on backs are the Cheapest Backs to get. That’s why most Jewelers and Earring vendors push them on you. The Heavy Friction Backs on the other hand, do work better. They actually can last for years. I have a Diamond Earring Stud with a Heavy Push-on Back that I’ve had for 7 years now and I’ve only had to replace the back once!
Why do Earring Backs need to be Replaced?
Because the Metal Posts and Backs wear down over time. They lose their Tension. Soon your Earrings will Droop, Dangle and Drop down the Drain. I would advise getting your Earrings checked regularly at a Jeweler just to make sure they’re Tight and Durable.
Most people will do one thing once they buy a brand new pair of Earrings… Switch the Earring Backs Immediately!
Get Durable ones put on. Especially if they are Expensive Earrings. A lot of people choose Screw Backs. Screw-Back Earrings are like a Nut and Bolt. The Earring Back actually Screws down a Threaded Post. Lot’s of women Swear by these. I would think it would drive me Nuts, because the Earring Backs would Rotate and Loosen by themselves. You’d always have to keep Tightening them again. Plus real Screw-Back Earrings normally have a Thicker Post that doesn’t feel so Comfortable in the Ear. It’s Thicker because it has Threads running down the Post.
And then there’s Partial Screw-Back Earrings!
Screw Back Earrings also come in a Wimpy Version called “Partial Screw Backs!“
These type of Earring Backs look like a normal Earring Back, but work a little Different. The post is a Normal Sized Post, which is thinner than regular Screw Back Earrings. It feels better in the Ear.
The only part of the Post that’s Threaded is the Top 25% of the Post.
How to Work them!
To work Partial Screw Backs, you push the Earring Backs on the Post like you would a Regular Friction Back. Then to get them off, you actually have to un-screw them. These types of Backs work great for some added Protection. They are Easier to operate and the threads tend to keep the Earring Backs in place. I still find that these type of backs always tend to go on sideways like the light-weight friction back in the picture. Not good!
Better Earring Backs!
But there’s a Better Earring Back than all of these. And these are Locking Backs! In my opinion, Locking Backs are the BEST Earrings Backs in the World. No lie! They are the Safest, Strongest and most Secure Earring Backs money can Buy! Locking Backs are made by a bunch of different companies. They name these Locking Backs different things like: La Pousette & Protektor. Some may even call them Ear Nuts! Don’t ask me why! Take a look at the pictures below!
Locking Earring Backs work because of Tension. The first thing you’ll notice about Locking Back Earrings is that the Post has deep Notches or Grooves in it. That way the Earring back will ‘LOCK‘ into place.
Special Features of Locking Earring Backs!
Taking a closer look at Locking Back Earrings, you’ll see that the Earring backs themselves are thin little domed-shaped discs with a hole in it.
On the Disc you’ll see two Ribbed Nubs that stick up. One on either side of the Earring Back.
When they’re pushed in you’ll see the hole in the center of the back open up. Pushing those at the same time Unlocks the Earring Back from the notched Earring Post. Those notches prevent these Backs from sliding off the end. They hold it in place and unless you push both Nubs at the same time, your Earrings won’t come off. That’s Security!
You won’t Lose them!
Plus what’s even better about the Locking Back Earrings is the comfort level.
The Domed Discs Feel Nice and Smooth on the Earlobes. And here’s an even better feature that many wouldn’t ever think about… If you are one of those people who has problems with your Diamond Studs Drooping and Pointing down, then by all means you need these types of Locking Backs. Why? Because you can push the Flat Discs all the way up the Post and rest them against the back of your ears. Doing this holds your Earrings snug on your Ears. It keeps them from Drooping on the Earlobe and pointing down. Your Earrings will always be facing up and forward for everyone to see!
Are Locking Back Earrings Expensive?
Probably not any more than Screw-Back Earrings. But the funny thing is, it’s a new technology that hasn’t been out long, so most people have never heard of them, or even know a better option exists.
Take my advice, if you have Expensive Diamond Stud Earrings and want to Protect them and keep them in your Ears and not in your Vacuum, then Buy Locking Back Earrings! I will say, they’re a little bit harder to hold and put on, it takes a little bit of coordination to grasp Curved Domed Discs, but once you get used to them, you’ll love them and never regret it!
Your Earrings will look better, fit Better and stay in your Ears where they belong! There you have it, the Best Earring Backs to Buy! And that’s a Post that won’t get lost!
If you wish to Purchase Locking Backs for Earrings, go Here!
But… Years after I initially Wrote this Post, guess what?
BETTER EARRINGS BACKS WERE MADE!
Laposette is OUT…