Stud earrings, materialsOur stud earrings are available in many different materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Here's a brief summary to help you make a great choice. Feel free to search for your preferred material using the menus at the top of the page.
Acrylic glassAcrylic glass is a hard, clear plastic often better known by its brand name Plexiglas. This type of plastic is renowned for its flexibility and strength. The main advantages of an acrylic stud earring are its lightweight and durability.
Surgical steelAlso known as 316L stainless steel, this material gives earrings a superb silver-like look that far outshines any acrylic. It's important to point out, though, that surgical steel is a metal alloy made from a mixture of chromium, manganese, titanium, carbon, silicon, nitrogen and nickel. Although the exact combination of these metals varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, all steel contains some nickel. Our steel earrings comply with the EU standard stipulating that they must release less than 0.5 micrograms of nickel per cm2 a week. If you're highly sensitive to nickel, it'd be wise to consider a different material for earrings.
925 Sterling SilverPerfect for those who enjoy high-quality silver products and great if you're sensitive to nickel. Sterling silver is well known for its beautiful appearance. After all, it contains 92.5% pure silver with a mere 7.5% copper, which is necessary to give sterling silver enough rigidity to make fine jewelry with it. Sterling silver is ideal for its lack of nickel content and pure, simple beauty.
Stud earring sizes.
By their nature, stud earrings are usually smaller than other earrings. Here's how they look when compared to the size of a credit card.
As mentioned previously, all of our stud earrings for men are tested for nickel, meaning they release less than 0.5 micrograms of nickel per cm2 a week. Wood and sterling silver are good alternatives to steel if you suffer allergic reactions to even the smallest amounts of nickel.