Climber Earrings: What Are They and Why You Need a Pair

Climber Earrings

Climber earrings catch the eye because they give the illusion of multiple piercings but only need one earring hole. They get their name because they’re elongated stud earrings that are turned on your ear to look like they’re “climbing” up your ear. No matter your style, you can find climbers that will elevate your look and catch attention. It’s no surprise that these are trending in the fashion world as they effortlessly add a touch of edginess to any ensemble.

History of Earrings

Earrings have been around for thousands of years. Archeologists discovered Sumerian women's gold hoop earrings that are dated at 2500 B.C.E. Ancient earrings featured twisted wire, beads, and pendants were popular in Aegean, Crete, and Cyprus. Earring designs have evolved over time, and newer trendier styles have emerged, like climber earrings.

Types of Climber Earrings

Climber earrings, also called ear crawlers, ear sweeps, or ear pins, come in a variety of shapes and styles to achieve different looks. And these can suit different occasions and outfits. Some are only made of metal while others are adorned with diamonds, beads and gemstones. They can be simple enough for everyday wear or glamorous and sparkly for a night out.

How to Wear Climber Earrings

While climber earrings look tricky, they’re incredibly simple to wear and style. No matter the look you’re going for, you’ll find a climber that fits perfectly. It’s a versatile piece of jewelry that captures attention. Climber earrings typically come in pairs and are curved so you can tell which ear to wear each one. Here are some additional ideas for styling your earrings:

  • Wear them in your first piercing: For a more subtle look, wear the climber in your first piercing. The edginess of these earrings will elevate your look.
  • Mix it up: A newer trend is wearing different earrings in each ear. If you have a couple pairs of crawlers, try mixing the set and wearing a different climber in each ear. Or wear a crawler in one and another earring style in the other.
  • Try wearing a climber in another piercing: If you have multiple piercings in your ears, or maybe multiple on one ear, try out wearing a climber in another hole. You can also try stacking climbers for a more dramatic look.
  • Show off your ears: To ensure your earrings get noticed, wear your long hair up or tuck your hair behind your ears.
  • Ensure your climbers match your outfit: Make sure your earrings match the vibe of your outfit. If your outfit has a more glamorous feel, then make your climbers have a similar look.
  • Have fun with it: You have endless ways to wear your climber earrings, especially if you have additional ear piercings, such as cartilage piercings, and can mix and match different looks. There are many combinations that you can create. You can also wear ear cuffs for additional edginess.


Why Choose Climber Earrings

Although they’re trendier that most average earrings, they’re here to stay because they’re versatile, durable, and look amazing. Climbers come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find an earring that fits your style. No matter what skin tone, hairstyle, or facial features, climbers flatter the face and draw attention to your ears. Quality climbers will last if you care for them. Just try not to catch them on anything or twist them and compromise the metal.

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The Takeaway

Climber earrings provide an edgy, trendy look in a variety of designs so you can find one that fits your style. If you're a fashion-conscious individual, then consider a pair of climbers (or two). To keep your climbers looking good, it’s important to care for them properly. Clean them with warm soap, water, and a softly-bristled brush to remove debris. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. It’s also important to carefully store your climbers so they don’t get damaged by other pieces of jewelry or get bent by getting tangled in necklaces. Periodically check your crawlers to any damage (bends, cracks, missing stones, broken prongs). Carefully put in your climbers and remove them so that you don’t bend them. Remember to have fun with this playful earring style!


Are ear crawlers and ear climbers the same?

The terms ear climbers and ear crawlers are used interchangeably. They’re earrings that look like a long stud earring that “climb” up the ear and give the illusion that you have multiple piercings. They’re called by these names because it looks like the earring is climbing or crawling up your ear.

Is it easy to put on climber earrings?

Yes, climber earrings are simple to put in. They’re typically an elongated stud that you place in your pierced ear and go from there. The post is typically a long S hook that you insert into your ear piercing. Then you slide the earring to the side so it sits along your ear. Give the earring a gentle squeeze to make sure it fits tightly again the ear.

Do crawler earrings stay in place?

They typically only use one piercing (typically an S hook that goes in your piercing) and you slide the earring into place along your ear. Once you slide it up, press the earring against your ear to make sure it fits tightly and stays in place.