Earring Hooks/Ear Wire Jewelry Findings
There are many types of earring hooks to use in your earring designs. The four main ones that I like to use are French Style ear wires, Sheppard's Hook ear wires, Leverback ear wires and Kidney Shaped ear wires both short and elongated style kidney shape ear wires.
The most popular is the french/sheppard's hook, for it's ease of wear & look. The lever back earring wire is used for lots of Victorian style earrings and more expensive earring due to them being very secure. The kidney shapped style earring wire is also very secure.
These types of ear wire hooks come in all sorts of colors and metals. I mostly use hypoallergenic ear wires or sterling silver. I like to use antiqued bronze, antiqued gold, antiqued silver, silver plated, sterling silver, goldtone, copper & gunmetal.
When designing a pair of earrings think about the look you want your earrings to display - demure, sexy, fun, classy, gothic, vintage, heirloom, all can be done with the right ear wire hooks.