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Hinged or not hinged?
Hinged hoops are often thicker and can be opened wider without bending the hoops. The hinge can be at the end of the pin post which will go through the ear piercing or in the middle which divides earrings into halves. Small thin or close endless, continuous hoops are often not hinged. click photo to view product
How to open small continuous hoops without distortion?
Gently twist and split the ends to open instead of pulling two ends apart.
Insert at the front or back?
The majority of the hoops can be worn by inserting at the front of your piercings.
Smaller hoops less than 10mm are harder to close at the back. It's easier to put them in backwards and use a mirror to help you close the clasps.
Faux double piercing wire hoops can be worn both from the front and back.
insert from the front:
insert from the back:
Some are designed to be worn from the back:
6 Different closure types
1. Spring closure - a common closure for thin tube hoops. The wire or post is inserted into the opposite tube creating a continuous circle.
2. Snap closure - a popular fastening often used for small hinged hoops. The earring pin post has a groove at the top end and clicks into the opening
3. Leverback - a hinged closed finish with spring at the top is often used for drop dangly earrings
4. Latch Back - an almost invisible fastening supports the earring drop the same way as stud earrings and is more secure. The groove of the pin is underneath and clips on to the hole on the other half of the hoop to be fastened
5. French Lock - an easy fastening in which the pin post clips into the fork-shaped groove on the other side of the hoop
6. Omega clip - a traditional and secure fastening mechanism for heavier earrings
Huggie Hoop - small hoops hug the earlobe
Creole Hoop- hoops that are not the same thickness the whole way around or are broader at the bottom of the hoop than they are at the top
Most hoops - gently pull the pin part up to ensure a tight fit or push down to loose the closure
Latch back - gently push the pin part down to ensure a tight closure
French lock - split open or squeeze the fork shaped catch to adjust the closure