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Untraditional Jewelry for the Ears

Jewelry is finding its way up onto the top portion of the ear—one ear, singly—for a bit of asymmetrical and edgy adornment. This latest style of jewelry for the ears is eye-catching and is getting plenty of lip service.

In a fashion spread entitled “Girls Gone Bad: Step up your street cred with tough essentials and a healthy dose of attitude,” the January 2013 issue of Elle highlights what it terms a “quiet riot”: “The new cuff? It’s for your ear—no extra piercings required.” Pictured are a rose gold ear cuff from Karma el Khalil; a gunmetal ear cuff from Annelise Michelson; and a rose gold and diamond ear cuff from Jill Hoffmeister. The model in the photo top right wears a Rodarte design. Also pictured on the page are an antique silver cuff and a bronze cuff in a pentagram design, both from Pamela Love.

At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards held earlier this month, actress Julianne Hough received plenty of buzz for accessorizing her fairy tale princess Monique Lhuillier gown with a pair of scarab beetle stud earrings and an ear cuff of golden stick bugs by jewelry designer Daniela Villegas.

In the November 2012 issue of InStyle, actress Halle Berry is pictured wearing a diamond and 18k white gold four-row earring from Repossi. She also wears a diamond and 18k white gold bracelet from Cartier with her Monrow cotton tank, Proenza Schouler leather pants, and Hermès fedora.

The October 2012 issue of Town & Country profiles actress Andie MacDowell and her daughters Margaret and Rainey. In the above photo, Margaret wears huge Auden earrings that cover the full length of her ears. Her black silk pants ensemble is from Tom Ford. Her sister Rainey wears her Tom Ford white silk tuxedo unadorned.

Taking an untraditional approach to jewelry for the ears provides exciting new vistas of opportunity for the creative jewelry designer.