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Earrings for Men: Left, Right or Both?

Updated on April 13, 2014

Earrings for men, although not rare, had not exactly been a very common feature until recently. Mostly found in women’s jewel boxes, earrings are making way into the men’s accessory range too. Men’s earrings speak of style and passion, are varied in designs and are normally worn on either left or right ear, but sometimes on both the ears too. Celebrities, rock stars and film personalities have lent a great deal in promoting the earring culture amongst men. The passionate man will go in for engraved or embossed customized earring made to order from his goldsmith.

Shopping for Men’s Earrings:

Made from exquisite precious and semi precious metals and gemstones, earrings rule the men’s jewelry segment. While the fashion and quality conscious men opt for gold, platinum, titanium or silver earrings, teenagers freak out with imitation jewelry. From the ultra cool and extravagant diamond encrusted studs priced upwards of $5000 to the more affordable Swarovski and Zirconium earrings, there is one for everyone. The most common designs are studs, small hoops or long drops.

When shopping for earrings for men, watch out for the phrase “not in pairs”. Though online stores may show you a pair in each design, they are normally sold singly.

Unlike women’s earrings, earrings for men are flush to the ear making a subtle statement. However the size is a matter of personal choice. Do consider the appropriate size of earrings keeping in mind the size of your ear, kind of hairstyle you sport and the clothes you wear.

Hoop Earrings -

Hoop earrings had been a fad with men sometime ago and then it faded gradually, till couturiers revived it last season. Since then it has been fast catching up and is all set to steal the limelight. Earlier men wore it only on one ear, but the new fad is to wear hoop earrings on both ears. These are basically a circular or semi circular design looking more like a ring, made from a metal tube attached with a thin wire that penetrates and supports from the ear.

Stud Earrings -

Stud earrings stand flush against the wall of the earlobe and penetrate the ear holes with a thick metal that is held tight at the other end by a stopper. Most popular ones being diamond studs, this design is most preferred by the upwardly mobile men as it suits casual and formal wear.

Often stud earrings are embellished with gemstones like black onyx, diamonds, Swarovski crystals, red garnet and turquoise set in white gold, sterling silver, titanium or stainless steel and mostly has shiny or matte finish.

About the Classic Question - Left or Right Ear ?

Some supposed rule says earrings worn left ear indicates a straight man while gay men wear the earring on the right ear. The seemingly naïve ones wear it on both ears to indicate bisexuality. Wearing earrings is just a fashion statement, and thus defies all written rules. Most debates, on the net or off it, ends with a singular note that wearing earrings is a personal choice and the individual should have every right to wear on the ear he prefers. Yet you would find most men piercing only their left ears.


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      Yandisa 2 years ago

      I have my left ear pierced because my girlfriend suggested it,and I ended up finding it cute having my ear pierced.

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      tomkil 2 years ago

      I've had an earring in my left ear now for almost year now, started with a small stud, but now exclusively a stud. Thinking it's time for one in my right ear. Thoughts??

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      CC 3 years ago

      I wear 2 small hoops in my left ear becuz I want too and have long hair. doesn't seem to be a problem with the ladies? I also have a good education, cultural background and work in a professional field. I haven't had any bad comments from anyone

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      Peter Pan 4 years ago

      I wear them in both ears, just because that looks much better in my opinion. The left/right straight/gay discussion is obviously nonsence.

      I wear earrings, because they are a good way to make me look nice, since they are beautiful.

      (By-the-way, I'm as straight as can be, and have been married for ages.)

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      Derrick Bennett 5 years ago

      I like to wear my earrings on both ears.

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      hOWIE 5 years ago

      I have both ears pierced, i started with studs as did not want to be too flashy, then I tried hoops and have never turned back.

      The bigger the hoop the better, and also like circular barbells - a guy with earings in my mind is hot, go on give it a try

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      dik 6 years ago

      it has to be the left ear every time. i very rarely see someone with the right one done and when i do i just think its weird.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice stuff in here which is nicely shared.

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      steve 7 years ago

      I have both ears douuble pierced and am a lover of earrings i must have at least 100 pairs. I'm a hairdresser and wear my hair long and curled and love wearing what would most definetly considered womens earrings. I love dressing up and waearing large hoops or pretty dangly ones with lots of color to match my outfits.

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      jewellery channel 7 years ago

      earrings look great on men too...

      great work tomerr...

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      holdon100 7 years ago

      good stuff I like the one with the star

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      Tes 7 years ago

      I'm 37 and haver recently started wearing chunky hoops, though not to work. I get compliments.

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      michelle.dragon99 8 years ago

      Hi...i think man looks cool with earrings...especially with hoop earrings:)

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      pauls_boat 8 years ago

      here in puerto rico most men wear earings in both ears and the style that seams to be the best is large gems diamonds being the inn thing and i have to say this is a very matcho island no one would think of telling a guy that only gays or women wear earings in both ears.

      my ears are pierced twice in both and i like to wear a pair of studs at the top and a pair of dangley ones in the lower ones but not so long that they catch my clothing, there is nothing worce than seing some one out trying to untangle there earing from there clothing.