Diamond Earring Backs – Butterfly, Screw and Alpha Backs

Guide to earring backs

A guide to diamond earring backs from the Butterfly to the Screwback.

There are many types of earring back, all suited to securing an expensive pair of diamond earrings. Some are more popular than others. For each different type, there are potential pro’s and con’s. Here you will discover a brief guide covering the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.

The Traditional Butterfly Earring Back

The traditional butterfly attachment is the most popular type of earring back. Most jewellers sell earrings with this type of attachment. Furthermore it comes in different metal options from plated base metals to precious metals. Butterfly backed earrings have two distinctive curls to squeeze against the post. A loose earring back can be carefully re-tensioned. By carefully inserting fine-nosed pliers into each opening, it is possible to tighten the fit of each butterfly.

The popular butterfly back supplied with most earrings

The Screw Earring Back

Many buyers look for screw earring backs with the intention of sourcing a secure solution for their earrings. Owing to the greater complexity and heavier weight, screw backs are more weighty and expensive by comparison to other styles. In addition, few people realise that once damaged, the screw thread renders the earrings unwearable. A damaged thread will typically need replacing by a jeweller. Another disadvantage is the thickness. Many screw backs require a thicker post causing discomfort during wear.

Screw earring backs

The Alpha Earring Back

The Alpha earring back includes a push button action to release small plates gripping the post. The spring mechanism is more complex than the simple butterfly but offers a very different fixing to other styles. It can be found in various metal choices—in precious and non-precious metals. Earrings fitted with Alpha backs can be more expensive owing to the additional weight and complexity of the fitting.

Alpha earring backs

Replacement earring posts

It is possible to replace a damaged earring post. In the event of breakage, wear or damage it may be possible to replace the post itself. Alternatively, the earring may need to be replaced. Using CAD design, we frequently re-make matching earrings. For diamond solitaire earrings, we match the cut, size, colour and clarity and replicate the earring design. As a result, our client receives a complete pair of earrings faithful to the original design. In addition, we can provide an extra pair of secure earring backs.

Replacement butterfly attachments

We can provide a replacement pair of butterfly attachments depending on your choice of precious metal. Contact us for assistance with replacing your butterfly earring backs. It is worth purchasing more than one pair to safeguard against future loss.

Lox Earring Backs for Additional Security

Earring security will be a concern for any person buying an expensive pair of diamond earrings. The ease of replacement and comfort offered by butterfly backs makes this our standard fitting. In addition to the butterfly attachments, we give buyers another type of earring back—the ‘Lox’ earring back. This new type of earring back comes in a choice of white or yellow gold effect. Lox backs provide a very secure mechanism for securing earrings within the ear.

Read more about the Lox earring back in our related post. 

Lox earring backs

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.