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Summer Must-Have: The Oversize Stud Earring


I saw an image the other day when browsing through the latest spring fashions on Net-a-Porter that stood out and stuck with me, or at least part of it has.

Mateo Eve earrings
Eve earrings in 14k yellow gold, $4,000; Mateo
Mon Divine Orchid filigree earrings
Orchid filigree earrings in 24k gold–plated brass, $60; Mon Divine

To be honest, I don’t even remember what the model was wearing. But I do remember she had a huge stud earring in her ear—a big black and gold one that was sculptural and gorgeous.

Lydia Courteille earrings
Earrings in 18k gold with enamel and multicolor sapphires, price on request; Lydia Courteille
Nam Cho sapphire earrings
Baguette flower earrings in 18k white gold with sapphire and diamonds, $40,700; Nam Cho
Samantha Tea Aura earrings
Aura earrings in 10k rose gold and black rhodium with lapis lazuli and multicolor sapphires, £1,730 ($2,410); Samantha Tea

It got me to thinking about my beloved collection of tiny studs—which I certainly don’t believe will ever be rendered obsolete—and how the mix and match earring trend may have finally found a proper challenger.

Karma al Khalil earrings
Starburst earrings in 18k rose gold; $2,404; Karma El Khalil
Brent Neale Marianne earrings
Marianne earrings in 18k yellow gold with carved carnelian, amethyst, pink opal, and 0.64 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Brent Neale
Studio Tara Mulino Fan earrings
Mulino fan stud earrings in 18k yellow gold, $2,250; Studio Tara

Because once we’re out of quarantine (the summer sounds rather hopeful, doesn’t it?), you’d better believe we’ll be going big. I’m going to buy myself the prettiest, busiest sundress I can find, and some mega earrings to go with it. Maybe even an obnoxiously large sun hat. Bring on the maximalism—we’re here to make some statements.

Muzo rainbow earrings
Stralle earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.74 cts. t.w. Muzo emeralds, 0.32 ct. t.w. tsavorite, and 0.46 ct. t.w. yellow, 0.48 ct. t.w. orange, 0.9 ct. t.w. pink, 0.75 ct. t.w. blue, and 0.52 ct. t.w. purple sapphire, $38,940; Robinson Pelham x Muzo
Antonia Miletto ebony earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold with ebony, $3,100; Antonia Miletto

Why extra-large stud earrings and not simply super-huge hoops, or extra-dangly chandeliers? Because there’s something more casually elegant about the former, and we’ve done the others more recently, pre-pandemic. This feels fresh, though it’s most certainly recycled, and it feels good.

Amulet by D Hearts Open earrings
Hearts Open earrings in 14k gold and sterling silver with peach moonstone, $165; Amulet by D
Established earrings
Dagger earrings in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, $13,000; Established

One of my favorite scenes from early Hollywood films and television is a common one, but it’s one that plays in my head often for its effortless elegance. A woman goes to answer the phone or make a phone call, but before she does, she seamlessly pulls off her large clip-on earring and puts it in a bowl on the table before bringing the receiver to her ear. I don’t know why this has always stuck with me. Today, we’d probably just pop in our EarPods and our earrings would be none the wiser, with nothing to bump against them or irritate us. But it’s just one of those hallmarks of the women of yesteryear that I continue to idolize more so than our current celebrities, and I’m just feeling like, “I’ve got to get myself a pair of clip-ons, maybe a rotary phone. Just to experience that once.” My obsession with Hollywood nostalgia is far-reaching and undying (though let’s leave its signature misogyny in the past).

Bounkit agate and wood earrings
Earrings in 14k yellow gold–plated brass with white agate and wood, $252; Bounkit
Alison Nagasue flower earring
Flower earring in 14k yellow gold with 6 cts. t.w. pink and yellow sapphires, $16,000; Alison Nagasue

So this summer, hop to it: the bigger the stud earring, the better. Forget, just for a small moment (not forever!), the teensiest studs and such, as we break out of our shells and homes, either to be together once again or, at least, to feel the sun.

Top: Cosmos Atoll earrings with sapphire and paraiba tourmaline, price on request; Vram

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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