Ear cuff designs are available in a wide range of different materials, some better than others. You can find a pair of nice ear cuffs in a never-ending list of options from posh platinum to 60s-inspired resin, from faux rhinestones to VVS diamonds and everything in between.
First, it's important to always look for the highest-quality materials that your budget allows for because this typically determines how long your earring cuffs will last.
Also, it's best to consider allergies and skin sensitivities before buying ear cuffs. For example, if you have sensitive skin, it's best to look for hypoallergenic ear cuffs. Otherwise, you'll irritate your skin, which is quite painful. Hypoallergenic ear cuffs usually come in metals such as platinum, rhodium, 24k gold, etc.
A good rule of thumb is to look for sterling silver ear cuffs. Most sterling silver jewelry is hypoallergenic. This means it should be fine, even for people with super sensitive skin. Sterling silver ear cuffs are affordable and widely available, and they will last you a long time if well cared for.
Another good material option is gold-filled. Gold-filled ear cuffs consist of a base metal core coated with heavy layers of 18k or 14k gold via pressure bonding. This process allows manufacturers to create a gold layer that is much thicker than the standard plating option. In addition, gold-filled ear cuffs are typically more affordable and last as long as solid gold pieces, but they do not suffer from the same issues associated with lower-quality plating methods.
Opt for ear cuffs that are either rhodium-plated or have a thick gold plating at least 14k-18k in karat weight. Rhodium plating is hypoallergenic and will prevent the ear cuff's color from changing. Likewise, 14k-18k gold plated ear cuffs are a great option for those who want the look of gold but don't want to break the bank.