Mismatch Maker: Earrings That’ll Make Heads Turn

Perfect proportions are so overrated. Designers are purposely missing the mark with wonderfully wonky necklaces, rings, and—most strikingly—earrings. Think lopsided settings, cockeyed clusters, mixed shapes that form unexpectedly whimsical silhouettes, and sets of visually compatible (but by no means matchy-matchy) pieces. Consider it jewelry’s answer to the asymmetrical neckline.

(Above) Earrings in 14k gold with 1.47 cts. t.w. opals and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds; $950; Harika Ustaoglu, NYC; 212-675-2882, harikanyc.com


Iris asymmetrical cuff earrings in rose gold with diamonds; $10,800; Marli, NYC; 646-370-4982; marlinyc.com


Pavé bolt with drop and mismatched cloud studs in 18k white gold with 0.33 ct. t.w. white diamonds and blue sapphires; $2,285; Finn, NYC; 212-929-9556; finnjewelry.com


Earrings in 18k gold vermeil with enamel, peridot, moonstone, and micromosaic of seed pearls; $1,650; Percossi Papi, Rome; 39-066-880-1466; percossipapi.com


Opal, moonstone, amethyst, prehnite, and diamond earrings in 22k gold; $13,200; Margery Hirschey, Boulder, Colo.; 303-818-6357; margeryhirschey.com