Earrings Gone Wild: Jack Vartanian’s Otherwordly New Ear Pieces

Is there no cap on how much we can adorn an ear? Because whenever I think we’re reached peak ear decoration, new and innovative pieces appear in my inbox that nudge old-fashioned earrings and even 2.0 ear climbers into uncharted (and even oddball) territory.

I credit jewelry brand Katkim’s ubiquitious ear pin—a stickpin-like ear adornment that enters a lobe piercing on one end, while wrapping gently around the top of the ear with a hook on the other—with starting the craze for unusual, outsize ear adornments.

Delicate, totally original, and slightly painful-looking (something about its dagger-like silhouette?), Katkim’s pin works beautifully with assorted stud earrings in ear parties. And its high-drama design entrances jewelry lovers by the droves on Instagram. Naturally, copycats abounded.

Now Brazilian designer Jack Vartanian is taking a stab (ha!) at big, bold, and highly unusual earrings. Just this week, his namesake atelier dropped a series of ear pieces fabricated in 18k gold with diamonds and colored stones that alternately cage and encircle the entire ear.

The pieces are part of the brand’s new Avant Garde collection that’s set to debut at the company’s lower Manhattan flagship Feb. 6.

Let’s take a look:

Jack Vartanian ear circle
Jack Vartanian ear…circle? In 18k white gold with diamonds
Jack Vartanian emerald earring
A spear-like earring with top hook in 18k white gold with white diamonds and an emerald drop
Jack Vartanian diamond pin earring
An 18k white gold pin-style earring with top hook in 18k white gold and rhodium with pavé diamonds
Jack Vartanian earring
A comparatively subdued earring in 18k white gold and rhodium with light brown diamonds—on ring and the trillion-cut center stone

Vartanian’s pieces are beautifully crafted, clearly. But are his—and others’—supersize ear accoutrements too big, too out-there…too much? Likely they will be, for some.

But I’d be thrilled to take the designer’s whole-ear hoops out for a night out on the town—and applaud the atelier’s spirit of playful innovation.

Top: Jack Vartanian 18k white gold earring with diamonds and pink sapphires (all photos courtesy of Jack Vartanian)

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