I’d like to officially thank whomever invented the ear cuff–THANK YOU. These little, half-circle pieces of metal often outfitted with gems or sometimes shaped geometrically, have redefined the jewelry game. With the introduction of these often lower cost jewelry items into the industry, fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere began to search for the perfect “Ear Stack.” In my eyes, this was amazing because let’s be honest, how many rings can I fit on my ten fingers before looking to other body parts to do the same! The ear cuff is also an ideal invention for someone like me who has three piercings in my earlobes but cringes at the thought of getting others anywhere above said lobe. In fact, I actually used to have the very top of my ear pierced–what is that called, a helix piercing?! Anyway, it hurt like hell and I was having a tough time sleeping because anytime I rolled onto that ear which had the piercing, I would wake up immediately and in pain! It didn’t help that a few weeks after it was done, I was performing on my school’s dance orchesis team and backstage during a quick wardrobe change it got caught on my shirt. Needless to say, as I ran out on stage to do my final Will Smith, “Wild, Wild West” routine, and blood was slowly dripping down the side of my face, I took that piercing out once and for all that night! I haven’t been more satisfied with a rash decision than that incident and couldn’t be happier it closed up quickly.
Ear cuffs are the perfect alternative for someone like me–a little sketched out by getting pierced but also not really sure if you’re going to want that hole in your ear 10 years from now. Ear cuffs easily “squish on and squish off,” as I like to put it. Luckily, all the cuffs I’ve tried on have some flexibility to them where you can adjust the comfort level once on. Everyone’s ears are different, just like fingers, with rings coming in different sizes, ear cuffs usually come one size fits most. Make sure you play around with the ear cuff and begin to feel comfortable with it. I own a few (as shown above) and my Paige Novick double diamond ear cuff is so comfortable I forget I’m wearing it sometimes.
I personally own one from Paige Novick, two from Antoanetta Jewelry, and one from Vada Jewelry featuring grey pearls which is really cool and edgy. The two tiny huggie earrings worn in the photo are pairs of earrings I’ve never taken off since receiving them last month–by Stacy Nolan Jewelry, they fit my ear so well. And the long dangle earrings are by Shaesby, my newest summer obsession. These are my fun, summertime earrings.
I saw some really great ear cuffs while at Couture as well as searching online. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here, with clickable links for you to purchase and see details! Enjoy!
>> And be sure to send me your ear stack photos once you’ve added some cuffs to your look. Just tag me and hashtag #GemGossipEarStack
14k yellow gold Cuffling® with pearls by Marla Aaron, Price: $525
18k yellow gold black or white diamond cuff by Maria Nilsdotter, Price: $629.20 or $972.40
10k yellow gold safety pin ear cuff by Ileana Makri from Stone & Strand, Price: $150
14k yellow gold pearl ear cuff (white or grey pearl) by Vada Jewelry, Price: $220
14k yellow gold wide/skinny ear cuff by Alexa Leigh, Price: $500
14k yellow gold and diamond triangle cuff by Kismet by Milka from Stone & Strand, Price: $400
14k yellow gold Morse three-row Ear Cuff by Jade Trau, Price: $1,225
18k yellow gold French Lace ear cuff by Sara Weinstock, Price: $1,610
14k yellow gold double row diamond ear cuff by Paige Novick (as seen on me), Price: $620
14k rose gold Stardust ear cuff set with rustic diamond by Xiao Wang at TWIST, Price: $660
18k yellow gold black and white diamond 5-row Izzy ear cuff by Melissa Kaye Jewelry, Price: $1,980
14k yellow gold aquamarine bezel ear cuff by Jacquie Aiche, Price: $1,075
14k yellow gold double bar and diamond ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $225
14k yellow gold single, plain ear cuff by Antoanetta Jewelry (as seen on me), Price: $95
18k yellow gold trio (plain, Montana sapphire, diamonds) of ear cuffs all handmade by Katharine Walker, Price: $500, $800, $1,500 respectively