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26 Stylish and Unique Earrings That Were Made for Sensitive Ears in Mind

Taylor Bell

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If the skin around your ears breaks into a rash every time you wear jewelry or you're experiencing inflammation (and possible infection), you probably need to invest in some hypoallergenic earrings. The truth is, you may have a metal allergy and need to take a step back and examine what's in your jewelry.

Among some of the metals that should be on your radar is nickel. It's a material commonly used in necklaces, watches, belts and a bunch of other types of accessories.  Yet, it can cause a lot of irritation for those who have sensitive skin—in fact, more than 18 million Americans are allergic to it. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid exposure to nickel. If you don't want to upset your skin, it's important to seek out nickel-free and/or hypoallergenic products. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, that means choosing  "earrings made from metals such as surgical-grade stainless steel, 18-, 22-, or 24-karat yellow gold, pure sterling silver, or platinum."

When it comes to gold in particular, it's always better to go with a high karat. "The higher the karat rating the purer [the metal] is," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "While even 14-karat gold is unlikely to cause skin reactions, for people who are sensitive, [we] usually recommend 18-karat to be safe."

From gold chunky hoops to small sliver studs, there is a sea of gorgeous earrings floating around internet up for grabs. But for a curated view of some of the most stylish and best earrings for sensitive ears, keep reading below.

Best hypoallergenic earrings for sensitive ears

Mejuri Small Hoops — $55.00

There’s nothing more classic than hoop earrings, and these Mejuri small hoops are no exception. Crafted with 14-karat solid gold, these little hoops are the basics that every closet should have. They’re small enough to pair with just about any outfit but are unique enough to stand out on their own.

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Crislu Stud Earrings, 7m — $78.00

Shine bright light a diamond in these Crislu Stud Earrings that are a staple look in any wardrobe.

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Baublebar Wynn Link Drop Earrings — $42.00

Specifically marked as hypoallergenic, these gold-pleated chain link earrings are just what you need to punch up your basics. Style these with your fave black jeans and a classic white T-shirt for a very fashion-forward and sleek minimalist’s look.

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Nashelle Spearhead Soul Hoop Earrings — $98.00

Made in the USA and with 14-karat gold, these gorgeous hoop earrings add a bit of elegance and bohemian vibes to your closet thanks to the dangling moonstone.

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Brinker & Eliza Portobello Hoops — $128.00

If you’ve been feeling spunky lately, let these titanium Brinker & Eliza hoops match your energy. Made with a 24-karat gold plate, these mushroom-shaped pendant earrings are a great way to add a touch of color to your wardrobe and show off a bit of your personality.

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Aqua Linear Chain Drop Earrings — $116.00

As one of the few 18-karat earrings on this list, these Aqua chain drop earrings are 2.5 inches long each. They’re the perfect accessory when you want to make a subtle (but lasting) impression.

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Bony Levy 14K Gold Arrow Stud Earring — $75.00

Sometimes one earring is all you to make a statement. Not only is this 14-karat gold stud from Bony Levy serving minimalist vibes, but the modern arrow design helps make you feel like a true fashionista.

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Ellie Vail Liv Large Hoop Earrings — $49.00

Nearly three inches in diameter, these 18-karat gold-plated stainless steel hoops are a great way to cap off any nighttime look. The gold color adds a feeling of luxury while the earrings’ smaller size makes them the perfect accessory to add to your lineup of seasonal uniforms.

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Casa Clara Dawn Hoop Earring — $34.00

Attn: All boho chic lovers, these half-moon-shaped earrings are calling your name. Style them with a flow-y maxi dress or an all-white ensemble to create a stellar fashion moment.

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Blue Nile Bead Ball Stud Earrings — $188.00

Originally $250, now on sale for $187.50 with code: 2021NILE

Ball stud earrings never really go out of style, and these ones from Blue Nile may be a staple in your closet for seasons to come. They’re platinum, versatile, and perfect to wear to work in the morning and and to the bar later that night.

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Baublebar Fantasia 18K Gold Vermeil Earring Set — $41.00

Originally $58, now on sale for $41

If you want to make a small statement with your jewelry, this Baublebar set may just be what you need. Made with 18-karat yellow gold-plated sterling silver, this earring set includes one evil eye and one lightning bolt that you can wear together or separately.

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Zoe Chicco Turquoise Circle Stud Earrings — $184.00

Originally $230, now on sale for $184

If sophistication is what you’re going for, look no further than these turquoise stud earrings to show your friends you’re in the know when it comes to fashion. These 14-karat gold studs can be styled with your fave bohemian-style outfit or a simple white blouse for a subtle fashion moment.

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XBRN Stud Earring Pack — $18.00

Add a little bling to your wardrobe with this diverse set of stud earrings made with cubic zirconia. As you can see, each pair is a different size, so you can easily switch up your style any day of the week.

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Crislu Hoop Earrings — $148.00

No one loves a big hoop more than me, and these platinum–plated sterling silver Crislu earrings are the perfect combo of bling and sophistication. Thanks to their medium size, you can pair them with both your formal looks and everyday ‘fits.

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Brinker & Eliza Psychedelic Hoops — $98.00

If your style is more on the adventurous side, these Psychedelic Hoops need to be on your radar. Their 24-karat gold plate and titanium posts are a great option for anyone looking to take risks with their beauty accessories.

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Casa Clara Pauline Hoops — $52.00

Throw on these nickel-free hoops the next time you want stand out and show out at a party. They’re simple, but bold—perfect to pair with just about any outfit.

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Ettika Linear Spike Chain Drop Earrings — $40.00

Give yourself a little edge with these spike chain earrings made of with cubic zirconia and 18-karat gold.

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Bony Levy Half Moon Stud Earrings — $135.00

Step up your casual Friday attire with these chic Bony Levy moon earrings made of 14-karat gold studs.

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Uno de 50 Alexandria Earrings — $109.00

Made in Spain, these nickel-free earrings include a 14mm pearl in the center along with a flat sliver-coated plated at the end of each earring.

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Jen Lesea Shine On Earrings — $145.00

Made from 22-karat gold and sterling silver, these stunning dangling earrings are a must-have to pull together all your looks, year-round.

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Trudy James Mermaid's Tears Seaglass Earrings — $98.00

Simple and elegant are these Trudy James earrings. And they’re called “Mermaid’s Tears.” The poetry! The drama! Dress them up with a nice floral skirt or pair them down with a pair of denim jeans and flats.

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Ellie Vail Colson Chain Link Hoop Earrings — $59.00

Described as hypoallergenic, this pair of twist gold hoops are perfect to zhuzh up your work outfit and look for your next Friday night date.

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Wimsico Floral Chain Earrings — $37.00

Highlight your keen fashion sense with these handmade floral chain earrings from Wimsico. The cubic zirconia pair help accentuate your face and pair nicely with formal styles.

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Uno de 50 Ohmmm Earrings — $109.00

Switch out your gold hoops for these nickel-free two-inch long earrings from Uno de 50.

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Baublebar Tapa Color Accent Safety Pin Drop Earrings — $54.00

Also available in pink, these safety pin earrings in 18-karat gold-plated sterling silver are not only on brand for any bright occasion, but they also can instantly turn a drab outfit into a fashion forward ensemble.

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Dan-yell Prem Diamond Earrings — $290.00

Crafted by boutique jewelry shop dan-yell, these one-of-a-kind (no, really, they’re made-to-order) 14k gold earrings feature a .07ct diamond stud. You can also choose sterling silver and mix and match with various types of diamonds.

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