Ear weights are a popular type of jewelry for stretched lobes, and come in a wide variety of unique styles! These styles can include hoops, clicker weights, shield and spade weights, keyhole weights, and coils. They also come in a variety of materials, everything from brass and steel, handmade glass, and organic materials like stone and wood.
Weights are largely decorative pieces, and while historically people have used them to stretch, they are not recommended as a means of stretching today. This is because a weight will not stretch your ear evenly, and instead concentrate that stretching towards the bottom of your lobe, causing the skin there to grow thin.
When purchasing weights, consider what style and material is right for you. Clicker weights, shield and spade weights, and keyhole weights offer security and are less likely to fall out, due to their snap closures, or evenly weighted designs. Glass is a beautiful, low reaction material that is good for sensitive skin, but do remember to insert and remove glass jewelry over carpet or a padded surface, in case it’s dropped during the process.
Some jewelry has a more asymmetrical design. These pieces are beautiful, but may be better suited for bare lobes, rather than being worn through eyelets. This way, your lobe can better hug the jewelry and keep it in place.
Also, when purchasing a pair of weights, always be aware of how big your lobes must be to insert the piece. While some weights have an insertion size smaller or equal to the wearable, others - such as spade and shield weights - may have a portion of the jewelry much larger than the wearable that needs to be inserted to be worn.