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Studs vs huggie hoops | Which is best for your ear stack?

Earrings are the ideal finishing touch for any outfit. There are many different types of earrings to pick from, but studs and hoops are two essentials in any earring collection. But which one should you choose? It all boils down to a combination of three key factors: your own taste, the event, and your ear stacking style. 


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1.1 Standard studs

Small stud earrings that rest flat on the earlobe. These earrings come in a variety of styles, designs, and colours, with the diamond stud being the most popular. Studs, particularly sterling silver studs set with cubic zirconia, colourful stones, or diamonds, are the ideal present because of their timeless elegance. 925 Sterling silver is always a fantastic choice because it ensures that the wearer will not have any allergic reactions to the earrings.

smoothie london crystal studs

1.2 Barbell studs

Barbell earrings are made out of a straight bar that goes through the piercing and a ball or bead at each end that secures the earring.
This is one of the most traditional body-piercing jewellery styles. Our barbell earring collection is suitable for nearly all ear piercings and is designed for healed piercings.

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2. Huggie Hoops

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2.1 Leverback Huggies

Huggies are a type of little hoop earrings that encircle the earlobe and hug it. They're usually a little thicker than a typical hoop and have a lever back, which means the curved back of the earring clicks into place. Huggies from Smoothie London come in a variety of styles. These earrings look great worn alone or as part of a stack, whether they're simple silver or gold, or more intricately designed with stones, gems, or small dangling charms.

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What piercings can I use a huggie for?

Because of the huggie’s small diameter, they tend to be used for lobe piercings, however can be used for other piercings such as the helix (cartilage at the top of the ear), forward helix (top, front of the ear) and the tragus (in front of the ear canal). 

2.2 Micro Huggie Hoops

Also known as 'clicker' hoops these are perfect for cartilage piercings.  Slightly smaller than huggies, our cartilage hoops are safe for all kinds of ear piercings including lobes, tragus, rook, helix, forward helix and the auricle. 

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3. Mix and Match

If you love the look of both hoops and studs, you don;t have to stick to just one. The ear curation trend is seeing people wera all kind of earrings for the perfectly styled ear. If you want a cohesive look with a mix of studs and huggies, check out our ear party sets. 

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