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Types Of Earring Findings For Jewellery Making

With so many earwires and earring settings available, it's easy to come up with creative and experimental designs using a range of gemstones and wire working techniques.

In this guide, we show you various types of earring findings that you can use for your handmade jewellery designs. Earring findings are beginner friendly, usually requiring little skill and time to create designs. We also share with you our favourite hypoallergenic earwires for those with metal allergies.

Whether you love the simplicity of snaptite earstuds or enjoy creating earring drops with wire-working designs, we've got plenty of inspiration for you.

Find all of the earring findings online with Kernowcraft in a range of sizes and metals.

Types Of Earwires

Earwires are a classic style and one of the most classic designs to choose for your handmade earring designs. Earwires are made using wires and are curved with a loop at the bottom to attach your components such as wire wrapped beads or charms.

Shepherds Crook Earwires

This popular design have an elegant design which has an open loop at the bottom, which you can twist open using snipe nose pliers to add your design to.

Marquise Earwires

Marquise earwires are a great choice if you're after a more contemporary design.

Kidney Earwires

Kidney earwires offer a simply design. They have a hook latch for a secure fitting and your designs can be added to the loop of the earwires.

Lever Back Earwires

Lever back earwires differ slightly to earwires as they have a hinge backing that securely snaps into place behind the ear lobe.

Earstuds For Faceted Stones

Earstuds have posts which go through the lobe and are secured with earring scrolls. Take a look at the options you have with using earstud settings...

Backset Earring Settings

We love how elegant backset settings are for faceted stones. They have an open back to let the light sparkle through and really show off the beauty of your chosen stone. All you need to do is pop your stone into the setting and push the claws over the back of the stone to secure.

Snaptite Earring Settings

Another popular design is snaptite settings as they are so easy to set. The back of the setting is slightly smaller than the size or the stone, which cleverly provides just enough tension on the claws so that they literally 'snap' around the faceted stone when the correct pressure is applied.

Pre-Notched Earring Settings

These earring settings have claws that have notches already cut, which makes setting faceted stones so much easier. Simply put the faceted stone in place and gently push the claws over the stone using a pusher.

Glue-On Earstud Settings

What glue to use? We always recommend using Devcon 5 minute epoxy glue for your jewellery designs. It's available as a syringe or tubes and provides a super fast drying, high strength glue that creates high quality bonds. Great for using with metal, gemstones, glass, ceramic, concrete and wood - a great all-round glue for your crafting needs.

Flat Plate Earstuds

Flat plate earstuds are perfect for gluing on various items from gemstones, sea glass, ceramic or metal clay creations. Anything with a flat back can be glued onto the setting for an instant and fun design.

Petal Edge Earstuds

These petal edge settings add a decorative effect, with scalloped edges which covers your chosen cabochon stone.

Shop Milled Edge Earstud Settings

This is another simple design, with a pretty milled edge which really allows you to show off your favourite cabochon stone.

Earstuds For Half Drilled Beads

Half drilled beads look great using settings! Earstuds for half drilled beads have a little peg in the centre which fits into the hole of a half drilled bead, ensuring they sit securely and centrally in the setting. Simply use glue to set the bead in place.

Earring Hoops

Hoops are so popular and can be used alone or with added components such as adding wire wrapped beads or charms. The image features our popular endless hoops, where the top arch goes through the lobe and then inserts into the end of the hoop tubing for a simple and minimal design.

Threader Earrings

Threader earrings are a popular choice for modern and minimalist designs. They simply thread through the lobe and many designs have loops, which makes it easy to attach wire wrapped designs to.

Earring Findings With Loops

There are many lovely earring settings which have a loop so you can attach your designs to, such as these pretty little poppy earstuds.

Non Pierced Earrings

See below the main alternatives to pierced earrings, including clip ons and screwback earrings.


Earscrews are a popular choice for those with unpierced ears. Earscrews fit comfortably onto your ear - simply screw the part at the back close until they are secured to your ear. This featured design has a loop to attach your designs to. 


Designed for unpierced ears, these earclips simply wrap around the lobe and clip to keep in place. The featured earclips have a loop to attach your designs to.

Hypoallergenic Earwires

Many people have sensitivity or are allergic to certain jewellery which makes it difficult to shop for earrings. Popular hypoallergenic metals include titanium and stainless steel.

Titanium Earwires

Surgical Steel Earwires