Everything You Need to Know About Flatback Studs

So, what exactly are flatback studs and how are they different from butterfly backs?

Everything You Need to Know About Flatback Studs

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What Is a Flatback Stud?

Why Do We Love Flatbacks?

Post Lengths

General Size Guide

Post Thickness

Flatback Stud Anatomy

How To Insert Flatback Studs

PRO TIPS

WHAT IS A FLATBACK STUD?

Flatback studs are stud earrings with a flat backing vs. a standard stud earring with a butterfly back where the post sticks out (see image below).

NOTE: The flatback studs sold on our site are for fully healed piercings only!

WHY DO WE LOVE FLATBACKS?

Because of their flat backing, they’re extra comfortable to wear all around your ear, (especially in advanced piercing placements like the conch, tragus, and helix), because they don’t poke behind your ear. They’re comfy enough to sleep in and durable for everyday wear, making them a great option for those who prefer not to switch out their earrings on a daily basis!

WHY DIFFERENT POST LENGTHS?

Every ear is different! The flatback post length that best fits your ear will depend on your unique ear anatomy (ear thickness) and the angle of your piercing. We offer flatback posts in 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm. 


The shortest length will fit snuggest on your ear. 10mm is approximately the height of one skittle!

P.S. The posts on our butterfly back styles are NOT compatible with flatback posts!

GENERAL SIZE GUIDE*

Here’s a general guide on which post lengths may fit best in certain piercings.

*REMEMBER: everyone’s ear is unique and these suggestions may not be your best fit! We suggest consulting a professional piercer if you’re unsure which length is best for you.

P.S. FLATBACK POSTS ARE THICKER

Our flatback posts are 16 (16g) or 18 (18g) gauge and thicker than butterfly back posts (which are 20g). The smaller the number, the thicker the post!

Check the 'DETAILS & MATERIALS' section to confirm the gauge of the style.

Due to the thickness, you may need help from a professional piercer to insert a flatback stud. We offer jewelry change services to safely swap out/insert your earrings. Book a jewelry change at a location near you.

FLATBACK STUD ANATOMY

All of our flatback studs come with a pre-bent top. This creates spring tension to secure the top into place inside the post!

PRE-BENT

EARRING TOP

SEPARATE

FLATBACK POST

ASSEMBLED
FLATBACK EARRING

Here is the half section view of a flatback stud where you can see how the bent top sits inside of the post:

HOW TO INSERT FLATBACK STUDS

  1. Push the flatback post through the BACK of your piercing

  2. Once the post is peeking through the front of your piercing, carefully take the top and insert the pre-bent part into the post’s opening

  3. Firmly push both ends together with your finger, then gently tug both ends to make sure it’s secure

Check out our video instructions here:

PRO TIPS

  1. Don’t insert your flatback studs over a sink in case you drop a piece!

  2. Having trouble? Book a jewelry change appointment at one of our Studs Studios.

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