Summer is the perfect time to experiment with your everyday jewelry. And statement earrings are an easy way to exercise a little fun. This season, trends are drifting toward architectural shapes and sculptural, natural-form designs, as well as playfully mismatched pairs and single earrings. The best way to ensure your lobes stand out in a crowd of huggies and cuffs is by shopping under-the-radar brands—can’t beat the feeling of owning a piece from a label no one else has heard of.
Don’t save your boldest earrings just for special occasions, either. “Statement earrings have become such a staple,” says Gurki Basra, senior buyer of jewelry and watches at Barneys New York. She says designers like Judy Geib make architectural shapes that are interesting yet wearable for every day, recommending unique shapes in yellow gold as an effortless pairing with summer staples like a linen dress. “Vibrant yellow gold looks amazing in spring and summer with almost anything.”
Don’t save your boldest earrings just for special occasions.
Modernize feminine styles like pearls and crystals by wearing them as an accent to casual outfits. “They’re more interesting when paired with an edgier look—think tight, high pony and a bodysuit with distressed jeans,” says Basra. Or show your individuality by only wearing one earring—as long as it has wow factor. “Singles are a great way to mix and match and make your own statement earring combo,” Basra explains. “Even better if you have multiple ear piercings!”
From sleek and architectural to colorful with spirit, here are 18 statement earrings to shop now from under-the-radar jewelry designers.
Agmes Viviane Earrings, $610
Organic shaped ovals are standouts, yet sophisticated enough for work.
Hannah Bronfman makes the case for statement earrings being the one jewelry accessory you take to the gym. Her favorite style? Hoops, like these on-trend clear pairs that are perfect for summer.
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