Suddenly Everywhere: Button Earrings



Whether your reference point is the ’80s or the ’60s, these face-framing, post-style earrings are back. I personally associate them with vintage The Young and the Restless and other soap operas. As in:

JILL
(removes earring, then picks up phone)
You can’t keep calling me here!

More than a statement stud, they’re bigger and bolder, and typically round or floral in shape, but as my edit below proves, modern iterations take many forms. Ranging in size from gumdrop to gobstopper, designs like Naomi Sarna’s maple leaves (winner of the AGTA’s Best Use of Color category), Mastoloni’s contemporary take on the classic oversized pearl stud, and Elizabeth Garvin’s chunks of green amethyst are giving danglers a run for their money.

Maple Leaf Earrings with diamonds sapphires and garnets

Maple Leaf Earrings with multicolored diamonds, sapphires and garnets in 18k and 24k yellow gold and 18k white gold, price upon request; Naomi Sarna

Rose-cut black diamond earrings

Rose-cut black diamond earrings with diamond accents in 18k white gold, $8,140; Sethi Couture

Eden Presley quad princess studs

Quad Princess Studs with pink tourmaline, rubies, and diamonds in 14k gold, $1,200; Eden Presley

Elizabeth Garvin Facets Earring

Facets Earring with hand-cut faceted chunks of green amethyst in oxidized sterling silver and 18k gold, $2,050; Elizabeth Garvin

Organique Collection Earrings

Organique Collection Earrings with custom-faceted chrysoprase, Ethiopian opal, and diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $1,350; Loriann Jewelry

Rectangular Puzzle Earrings

 

Rectangular Puzzle Earrings with .18 cts. tw. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $2,660; K. Mita (Also at top)

Princess Flower diamond studs

Princess Flower diamond studs in 18Kk white gold, $8,800; Roberto Coin

Floral pink sapphire and diamond earrings

Floral earrings with 9.28 cts. tw. cushion-cut pink sapphires and 3.18 cts. tw. oval diamonds set in platinum, $125,000; Oscar Heyman

Pure Life Collection earrings

Pure Life Collection earrings with 7.8 cts. tw. citrine accented by pink sapphires and diamonds in 18k gold, $11,990; Yoki

Burst earrings yellow gold and blackened silver

Burst earrings in 18k yellow gold and blackened silver, price upon request; Emanuela Duca

Fireball Stud Earrings with freshwater pearls Fireball Stud Earrings featuring 15–20 mm baroque freshwater pearls with diamond accents in 14k gold, $1,320; Mastoloni

Boulder opal earrings

Boulder opal earrings with .25 cts. tw. diamonds in 22k gold and oxidized silver, $2,145; Margery Hirschey

Starburst with pink sapphires and marquise opals

Starburst with pink sapphires and marquise opals in 18k gold, $2,175; Kimberlin Brown

Open Lily Earrings in 18k rose gold

 Open Lily Earrings in 18k rose gold, 18k yellow gold, and diamonds, $3,225; Dana Bronfman

Geometric earrings yellow gold

Geometric earrings in 14k yellow gold, $231; Stuller 

 

 

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  • Chelsea McCoy

    The Starburst with pink sapphires and marquise opals by Kimberlin Brown are stunning. Wow. What a beautiful, contemporary take on a classic style.