Studs? It’s a “Yes” for Me (Because: Masks)



Mask-wearing has been seriously cramping my jewelry style, and I’ve stopped wearing earrings because of it. Danglers may be good for standing out on a Zoom call or whatever, but when I’m going through the mask-on/mask-off ritual several times a day—on top of bundling up in a scarf, positioning earbuds, and possibly donning a hat that covers my ears—the only jewelry I can entertain as a holiday gift this season, earrings-wise, is a stud. A pair, actually.

Or a bunch of a singles that can be mixed and matched in pursuit of the ultimate #curatedear.

Misahara mini studs
Mini studs in 14k gold and gemstones. First row, from left: Arrow, $100; blue topaz, $100; moon, $115; star, $120; elephant, $120. Second row, from left: Star, $120; evil eye, $110; pink topaz, $100; sun, $120; triangle, $105. Third row, from left: Citrine, $100; moon, $115; infinity, $115; snake, $120; unity, $120. Fourth row, from left: Starburst, $120; garnet, $100; butterfly, $120; petal, $120; peridot, $100. All Misahara.
Aisha Baker stud earrings
Little Promises set, from left: Enamel and diamond heart; emerald-accented fish; diamond-accented diamond shape; Harmony stud with sapphire; enamel and ruby and flower. All in 18k gold, $3,120; Aisha Baker.

I guess it’s fair to say that I’m newly enamored of this category. Just as I am newly enamored of taking a three-mile round-trip walk to the nearest Starbucks in the freezing cold while listening to the You’re Wrong About… podcast as a form of self-care because what else is there to do for fun?

It’s a wassail-free zone this year, brah. So it’s the little things that count.

What tiny treasure fits the bill for you?

Julie Lamb studs
Mini super stud earrings in 18k gold with rock crystal, $950; Julie Lamb
Serena Williams love studs
LO-VE earrings in 14k gold with diamonds, $325; Serena Williams Jewelry
Jouer by Simone pearl studs
Ocean Shell studs in 18k gold with akoya pearls and diamonds, $2,800; Jouer by Simone
Karma el Khalil starburst earrings
Sunburst earrings in 18k gold with diamonds, price on request; Karma El Khalil
Melissa Kaye neon pink Sylvie stud
Sylvie Stud in enamel and 18k rose gold with diamonds, $2,950; Melissa Kaye
Adriatic garnet studs
Shield studs in 14k gold with rhodolite garnet, $300; Adriatic
Ruta Reifen sapphire studs
Clover studs in 14k gold with multicolored sapphires, $250; Ruta Reifen Jewelry
Access 79 emerald studs
Petite emerald flower earrings in 14k white gold with diamonds, $1,090; Access79
Terzihan malachite studs
Cairo studs in 18k gold with malachite and diamonds, $5,070; Terzihan
Nakard heart studs
Small heart earrings in blue rhodium plated sterling silver with green onyx and emerald enamel, $300; Nakard
Sophie dAgon miniflower earrings
Miniflower stud earrings in 18k gold with emeralds and sapphire, $670; Sophie d’Agon
Nam Cho ruby flower studs
Extra small ruby flower studs in 18k white gold with diamonds, $10,400; Nam Cho 
Alison Lou daisy stud
Enamel daisy stud in 14k gold with yellow sapphire, $540; Alison Lou
Emily Kuvin jubilation studs
Jubilation studs in 14k gold with lapis and turquoise, $1,900; Emily Kuvin
Emily Kuvin jubilation studs
Aurora stud earrings in 18k white gold with aquamarine, $1,500; Future Fortune

 

 Top: 3mm birthstone studs in 14k gold, $175 to $425 per pair; Valerie Madison 

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