Five new ways to wear fine earrings
Fine jewellery has evolved. No longer is it reserved solely for events-dressing and special occasions, where a piece may see the light of day once or twice a year; now it’s a reflection of personal style, designed for wearing every day. And nowhere is that more true than in fine earrings, where jewellers are applying artisanal touches to fashion-led pieces that are as fit for styling with a T-shirt and denim as they are an evening gown. From minimalist yellow, rose and white-gold huggies – with and without pearls – from Otiumberg, to diamond studs from Astley Clarke and mixed-metal and sterling-silver hoops from Maria Black and Georg Jensen, here are five earring styles to consider now.
Small but packed with interesting details, huggie hoops are perfect for wearing every day. Designed to sit snugly around the ear with minimal space between the earring and lobe, the miniature hoop is great for wearing multiple ones at once. British demi-fine brand Otiumberg creates sets of three mix-and-match huggies that can be worn as a trio in one ear or mismatched in either, while LA-based jeweller Andrea Fohrman translates her signature rainbow of sapphires into the huggie form with a single drop-down row. It’s worth taking note of Dana Rebecca’s diamond-star single-station style, too – an easy-to-wear piece that promises to add a point of interest to even the simplest of looks.
Mixing lengths when layering styles to create a tiered effect – the longest in your lobe, and shorter as you go further up the ear – is something to consider. At the lobe, look to streamlined linear shapes that flatter all face shapes and hair lengths, such as Mattia Cielo’s revolutionising super light hoops and AS29’s linear diamonds designs. Side note to this: look for larger or hinged-lever ear backs to lighten the strain on your ear for heavier statement earrings. Going further up the ear, Lizzie Mandler’s baguette-diamond design or Anapsara’s tiered Empire State gold earring, which tapers down the ear, lend themselves to layering. For more piercings further up the ear, look to playful stud styles such as Delfina Delettrez’s diamond or gemstone mix, and the exclusive Gemfields x The Alkemistry ruby and diamond or emerald and diamond studs.
Designed to sit comfortably between your ear lobe and helix (the bit just before the curved top), the ear cuff needs no piercing. Anita Ko, Astley Clarke and Maria Black are creating some of the most sculptural variations of the look with cuffs that are finished with twirls, bars and gemstones. And for contemporary reworkings of classic precious stones, look to Yvonne Leon’s pearl cuffs and Shay’s rose-gold baguette-diamond version.
Ignore the rule about mixing sterling silver and gold: increasing numbers of jewellers are taking to clashing colours and textured finishes. Maria Black’s abstract shapes and Georg Jensen’s Scandinavia-inspired renditions are notable examples. And as for playful mixed metals, Carolina Bucci, Delfina Delettrez and John Hardy incorporate colour, embellishment and statement shapes.
So simple they’ll go with anything, miniature studs are a versatile and lo-fi option. When embellished with gemstones, however, they’re anything but bland. If you’re looking for colour, check out Jacquie Aiche’s lilac oval-shaped tanzanite and dark-pink tourmaline baguette studs or Alison Lou’s teardrop, diamond-framed pieces. For more classic mini studs, look to Yoko London’s mini pearls and De Beers and Wouters & Hendrix’s classic 18kt white-gold diamond designs.