Doubling Down: Pointed Dangly Earrings

Along with the Y-shape necklaces of which I recently wrote, earrings are also giving viewers reasons to let their gaze wander downward. The effect can be caused by any number of design details, such as a row of fringe or spikes, the placement of marquis- or diamond-shape stones, graduated design elements getting heavier toward the bottom, or a series of staggered points. All these effects act as an arrow pointing downward toward the wearer’s neck and shoulders. These earrings add a stunning bit of emphasis to a long, lovely neck and are appearing with everything from evening wear to casual styles.

The August 2012 issue of Elle styles a tweed dress for fall by Stella McCartney with downward pointing “painted pearl earrings” from Tom Binns Design. The model also wears Shourouk Swarovski crystal bracelets in her hair and a fanny pack from Moschino.

The heads of snakes create the downward design in gold Serpenti earrings from Bulgari studded with peridot, moon quartz and pavé diamonds, featured along with a pair of bracelets and necklace from that line in the August 2012 issue of Elle.

Actress Blake Lively is profiled in the July 2012 issue of Marie Claire. In the “Shop the Cover Shoot” feature are pictured jagged, pointed drop earrings from Deborah Pagani. Also featured is a twisted metal cuff from David Yurman and a wristwatch from Chanel Fine Jewelry. In the photo above, Lively wears Lorraine Schwartz jewelry with a dress from Antonio Berardi.

In the July 2012 issue of Elle, waterfall-style gold and silver earrings with blue topaz, sapphires and moonstones from John Hardy accessorize an ensemble from Fendi. The goat fur scarf is by Marc Jacobs.

The July 2012 issue of Glamour features actress-singer-dancer Julianne Hough wearing spiky long dangling earrings from Fallon with a bodysuit from Dolce & Gabbana and rings from Loree Rodkin and Jacqueline Nerguizian, structured bangles from Lynn Ban, and a bracelet from Jessie Lane.

In the July 2012 issue of Allure, models wear earrings that emphasize their beautiful long necks. To the left, drop circles of graduated sizes from House of Lavande along with bracelets from Marni accent an ensemble of jeans by Tommy Hilfiger and top and sandals by Proenza Schouler. The bag is from Tom Ford. The model to the right wears long drop earrings plus bracelets from Marni. Her jacket is by True Religion, worn with a bra by Diesel, skirt by Prada and sandals by Burberry Prorsum.

Monique Pean earrings of a downward-pointing design are featured with Army-inspired military styles in the June/July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.  The watch is from Timex for J. Crew; the chunky cuff is from Dries Van Noten.

Celebrity designer Nicole Richie appears in the June 2012 issue of Glamour wearing earrings from her own line House of Harlow with triple drop detail. Her wears a blouse from Rag & Bone with an Agnes B bikini top and hat from Yestadt Millinery.

In the same issue, Glamour shows its readers how to obtain similar dangling earrings looks for under $100, featuring earrings from Zad, Freedom at Topshop, and R.J. Graziano.

Downward pointing earrings of silver and rock crystal by Efva Attling are featured in the June 2012 issue of Elle. The magazine also features peacock and duck feather-accented Ultimate Adornment Timepieces from Harry Winston, and a variety of Grisogono cocktail rings from the Melody of Color line.

Extreme downward emphasis is created with brass and rosewood earrings by Herve Van Der Straeten pictured in the June 2012 issue of Allure.

Also pictured in the June issue of Allure are onyx, crystal, and agate earrings by Ranjana Khan, pictured with a corset by peter Pilotto. Allure opines: “There’s something irresistibly Bond girl about a pair of sexy, chunky metal-and-stone earrings worn with an athletic top. It’s a look that says you could steal the nuclear codes from a Russian submarine—and make it back in time for cocktail hour on your yacht. Just keep the rest of your accessories to a minimum.”

The June 2012 issue of InStyle takes the downward trend to the max, featuring a selection of shoulder-duster earrings. The citrine, amethyst, peridot, topaz, garnet and 18kt gold earrings are from Marco Bicego; the Akoya pearl and 22kt gold earrings are from Donna Distefano; the sapphire, keshi pearl and 18kt white gold earrings are from Loree Rodkin, and the rutilated quartz and 24kt rose gold vermeil earrings are from Vanessa Leu. Marion Fasel writes: “You won’t need a necklace with danglers like this! Elegant and edgy, these dramatic drops glimmer through lustrous locks or add serious sparkle with an updo on a night out.”


Even the Duchess of Cambridge, the British royal family’s new fashion icon, wears downward-pointing long diamond drop earrings with her Roland Mouret dress and Jimmy Choo sandals in this photo from the August 2012 issue of InStyle.

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