Threader Earrings for Staying Home (and—Eventually—Going Out)

Earring styles of all kinds seem favorable at the moment, but one that is particularly prevalent is the threader. You know the kind—the one with an exaggerated hook that threads, as the name implies, through the lobe, hanging (typically) symmetrically with the dangler in front of the ear.

It’s a style that’s been around for quite a long time, but as a micro trend—if it had been a bug it would have jumped up and bit me—I completely missed the ship. It wasn’t until last week, when I posed the a question about what the future holds for current jewelry trends, that I received both comments and emails from retailers telling me the style has been popular. And I can understand why—they offer a bit of spunk in an otherwise low-maintenance style, lending that fun feeing of wearing a dangler (don’t you love the way long earrings feel when you toss your head back and forth?) without being heavy or too delicate to warrant removing them before a shower and so on.

JS Noor threader earrings
Threader earrings in 18k yellow gold with blue topaz, price on request; JS Noor x Donna Dutta
Zaremski gold drop earrings
Earrings in gold-plated sterling silver, $230; Zaremski

I’ve noticed quite a few designers lending their takes on the style recently, so why it didn’t occur to me to recognize some sort of pattern is beyond me. But if shoppers are into this particular fashion right now, they’ve got some splendid options to choose from.

Alina Abegg Cosmic Escape threader
Alien thread earring in 9k yellow gold with enamel, €390 ($430); Alina Abegg
Todd Reed threader earrings
Threader earrings in 18k yellow gold with turquoise, price on request; Todd Reed

Some have a bit more structure, with a sculptural, more static wire—sort of an extension of the already-in-use french hook. They won’t exhibit as much movement as the styles that rely on a looser, stringier chain style, but they’ve got more volume and, in turn, feel a little less casual. Either is a fine choice and well-suited to our current penchant for living room loungewear.

Lafia Jewellery french hook earrings
French hook earrings in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $1,280; Lafia Jewellery
Facet Barcelona threader earrings
Earrings in 14k white gold with 0.95 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,199; Facet Barcelona

And to answer my own question, yes, this current trend seems very sustainable, because it’s so versatile and available in a good variety (various styles would even do well worn together).

Top: Personalized pull-through earring in 14k yellow gold, $300; Jennifer Zeuner

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