There's nothing worse than choosing a pair of earrings, only to discover that they make you ears sore and red. Sometimes allergies will even form over time, and as you get older, your ears react to different metals. If you notice any discomfort when wearing certain jewellery, it's best to opt for hypoallergenic earrings instead.
Hypoallergenic earrings are those that have been made from hypoallergenic materials, such as titanium, stainless steel or nickel-free silver. These metals reduce or prevent an allergic reaction from occurring. In this article, we share the 10 best hypoallergenic earrings in the UK, with tips on how to choose!
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of hypoallergenic earrings available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The Jewellery Store London
E. W. Adams
4 Pairs Hypoallergenic Earrings Set
Hinged Segment Ring Hoop Earrings
925 Sterling Silver Huggie Hinged Earrings
18ct Gold Knot Earrings
Hoop Earrings With Bolt Charms
8ct White Gold Aquamarine and Diamond Drop Earrings
Plastic Earrings for Sensitive Ears
Long Tassel Crystal Pearl Earrings
Surgical Steel Hoops
Pack of Four Surgical Steel Stud Earrings
Titanium Hoops for Multiple Piercings
Add a Touch of Sparkle With Platinum Plated Hoop Earrings
Timeless 18ct Gold Knot Earrings From an Ethical Brand
Fashionable Drop Earrings in Nickel-Free Silver
Luxurious 18ct White Gold Earrings for Very Special Occasions
12-Pack of Surgical Plastic Studs for Sensitive Ears
Extra Long Dangly Earrings With Pearls and Cubic Zirconia
Affordable Gold Hoops That Won’t Hurt Your Ears
Mix and Match Surgical Steel Hoop Earrings
|Material||Stainless steel||Titanium||Sterling silver||18ct Gold||Sterling silver||18ct White Gold||Surgical Plastic||925 Nickel Free Silver||Gold Plated sterling silver||Surgical steel|
|Plated||No||No||Yes - Platinum coated||No||No||Rhodium Plated||No||Yes - 14K silver||Yes - gold plated||No|
|Style||Studs||Hoops||Huggie hoops||Studs||Dangly hoops||Formal, Dangle Earrings||Studs||Long dangly earrings||Hoops||Hoops|
|Weight||10g for the set - approximately 2.5 g each pair||2.5 g each||15 g each||Unspecified||6 g each||Unspecified||lightweight but exact weight unspecified||5 g each||Unspecified||20g for whole set|
|Best for||Everyday wear, children, adults||Everyday||Every day, occasion wear, adults, children||Every Day||Everyday, adults, older children||Special occasion, adults||Children, everyday wear||Occasion wear, adults||Everyday, everyone||Occasion wear|
There are so many different types of earrings available, in so many different materials, it can feel overwhelming choosing a pair that's right for your ears and won't cause any irritation. If you're wondering where to begin, here are our recommendations for hypoallergenic materials.
Remember that hypoallergenic metals do not totally eliminate potential allergic reactions, even though they do greatly reduce the risk. You should still do a skin test if you are known to suffer from serious allergic reactions, before you commit to ear piercing. Approach your doctor or dermatologist for more information on allergy testing for jewellery.
As previously mentioned, nickel in jewellery generally causes the most allergic reactions. However, there are other materials to also look out for such as cobalt and chromates. When buying hypoallergenic earrings, look for those made from pure metal, rather than plated jewellery to avoid accidental exposure to potential irritants.
Gold and silver plated jewellery is extremely common, but over time the plating will wear off exposing your ears to the base metal underneath, which may cause an extreme reaction. Plating can often be reapplied, so if you do own plated jewellery, make sure to have it re-plated regularly.
Once you have decided on which material will suit your ears best, it's time for the fun part! Try to think about the occasion when choosing a pair of earrings. Stud earrings are practical and best suited to everyday wear. They rarely get in the way and can be worn during sports such as swimming or at the gym. Dangly earrings are more eye catching, but are best suited to evening and occasion wear to avoid them getting caught.
Hoop earrings are a good in-between if you find stud earrings a little boring, but want something that won't get in the way. Hoops offer a bit of fun and can be styled for all occasions. Opt for smaller, simple styles for workwear, or go for full out, enormous hoops to make a real statement.
It is good to consider the weight of the earrings too, as very heavy earrings can become uncomfortable over the course of the day. In particular, it's advised that children wear lightweight earrings as they can also pull and stretch your earlobes, which can lead to your lobes changing shape.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
Pack of 4
|Weight||10g for the set - approximately 2.5 g each pair|
|Best for||Everyday wear, children, adults|
|Weight||2.5 g each|
|Plated||Yes - Platinum coated|
|Weight||15 g each|
|Best for||Every day, occasion wear, adults, children|
|Best for||Every Day|
|Weight||6 g each|
|Best for||Everyday, adults, older children|
|Material||18ct White Gold|
|Style||Formal, Dangle Earrings|
|Best for||Special occasion, adults|
Pack of 12
|Weight||lightweight but exact weight unspecified|
|Best for||Children, everyday wear|
|Material||925 Nickel Free Silver|
|Plated||Yes - 14K silver|
|Style||Long dangly earrings|
|Weight||5 g each|
|Best for||Occasion wear, adults|
|Material||Gold Plated sterling silver|
|Plated||Yes - gold plated|
|Best for||Everyday, everyone|
Pack of 6
|Weight||20g for whole set|
|Best for||Occasion wear|
Written and researched by Sarah Jarman
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