Earrings for July 4 Festivities and Beyond

Do you ever just feel so hot that you can’t bear the thought of wearing clothes, much less jewelry? This is how I define the Fourth of July.

There have been a few exceptions, but most often for me, this holiday is spent in a location where it’s at least 90 degrees if not hotter, and it’s almost always spent outside. You drink sugary cocktails and eat sodium-enriched sausages because apparently the collective goal for the day is to see whose fingers can swell the most. Tradition!

Which brings me to the topic of the day: rings. I can’t even begin to think about them and Independence Day in the same breath. I love the idea of a big old sapphire, ruby, and diamond three-stone ring glinting in the sun, making other guests at the party stare in appreciation at the gemstone trifecta. In reality, though, I’ll strip my hands of all adornment, even leaving my wedding set in the house. Between plastering on sunscreen and throwing beanbags or whatever outdoor beer-in-hand game our hosts have provided us, I just feel that my fingers are not to be fussed with (this is probably the only day of the year that I feel this way, mind you).

Which brings me another item of jewelry, which, come to think of it, this is the topic of the day: earrings!

Fremada two-tone earrings
Graduated oval earrings in 14k white and yellow gold, $515; Fremada
Lauren K aquamarine earrings
Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 10.26 cts. t.w. aquamarines and 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Lauren K
Moritz Glik paraiba Shaker earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1 ct. t.w. paraiba tourmalines and 1.84 cts. t.w. opals in white sapphire Kaleidoscope shakers, price on request; Moritz Glik

Really, what item of jewelry has a better way of making you look more put together than earrings? Even with a pool-soaked ponytail, blotchy white sunscreened skin, and a mouth full of potato chips (me, at any party), add a dashing pair of earrings and people will think, “Wow, she really is an elegant woman.” Or at least, that’s how they make you feel on the inside. And that’s what really counts, right?

I. Reiss gold oval earrings
Oval earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,440; I. Reiss
Le Vian Blueberry Sapphire earrings
Earrings in 14k Vanilla Gold with 1 ct. t.w. Blueberry Sapphires and 0.25 ct. t.w. Vanilla Diamonds, price on request; Le Vian
Nada G Power of Light mini earrings
Power of Light mini earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.85 ct. t.w. gray diamonds, $1,340; Nada G

Earrings always fit. You can eat more hot dogs than a Nathan’s Hot Dog contestant, and your ears won’t swell. Earrings can frame your face, bring color to match your eyes, and convey your style. From fun to sophisticated to right on theme (surely those sapphires, rubies, and diamonds can mix it up in earring form, too), there is an earring for every ear—and for every occasion.

KR Diamonds drop earrings
Earrings in platinum with 1.18 cts. t.w. oval and 1.04 cts. t.w. round diamonds, $13,950; KR Diamonds
M Spalten Mini Starburst hoop earrings
Mini Starburst hoop earrings in 14k rose gold with rhodolite garnet and diamonds, $2,250; M. Spalten
Nina Runsdorf Artist enamel earrings
Artist collection earrings in 18k yellow gold and red enamel, $2,700; Nina Runsdorf

So if your customers are feeling the hustle for a last-minute Independence Day treat, send them out the door with a fresh pair of ear jewels and permission to enjoy this festive holiday to the fullest. Happy Fourth of July, everyone.

Top: Cluster earrings in platinum with 4.6 cts. t.w. diamonds and 4.5 cts. t.w. sapphires, price on request; Joshua J.

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