Leverback earrings are a kind of earrings with a hook that fits through a pierced ear and meets with a clasp on the back side of the earlobe. The clasp connects with the hook, partially covering the part of the hook that extends through the pierced hole in the ear and out behind the earlobe. Some people wear leverback earrings because they like the look of these kinds of earrings. Others wear them because they are a kind of hook earring that is well secured on the ear. Most other kinds of hook earrings can slip out of the ear if they are not fixed with a special post, which is uncommon.
The sort of hook that is used to make leverback earrings can be paired with dangle earrings of various lengths. They can also frame small jewelry elements such as glass beads, pearls, semi-precious stones, and precious stones. Leverback earrings, however, cannot be stud earrings. This is because stud earrings must be affixed on posts and are meant to fit right over the pierced hole. With these earrings, the jewels are fitted below this hole or even hang below the earlobe.
Even though there are various ways in which leverback closures can be used in jewelry design, there is one silhouette typically connected with this closure. This silhouette includes a leverback closure from which a single jewel or bauble hanging right below their earlobes. These jewels or ornaments might be pearls, glass beads, faceted semi-precious stones, and faceted precious stones. There are many jewelry companies that sell earrings that follow this classic silhouette. Just as with all kinds of earrings, the cost of leverback earrings varies depending on the quality of metals and stones used to make the earrings.
There are a few variations that have to do with the closures that define leverback earrings. In some cases, the embellishments may be fitted into the front of the leverback closure. In other cases, the closure itself is plain and contains a small loop at the bottom. This loop is positioned to fit just below the earlobe. From this loop, chains, beads and be hung.
Stones that are fitted within settings can also be hung from this loop. This kind of leverback closure is the most common kind that is found in stores that sell jewelry-making supplies. This is because this kind of leverback closure allows for the most design variation.