Sexy, Swingy Tassel Earrings for the Bead Generation

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman

We were thrilled to see Portman—not typically a statement jewelry wearer—jazz up a little Dior black dress with ruby tassels at an L.A. Dance Project gala (she was a co-chair). The kicky Van Cleef & Arpels drops were a natural choice: VCA is a supporter of LADP, which was founded by Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied; he’s a former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, which premiered the Balanchine piece Jewels, inspired by the legendary gems of—you guessed it!—Van Cleef & Arpels.

(Above) Soleil d’Orient earrings with sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, spinels, and pearls in 18k white and rose gold; price on request; Van Cleef & Arpels; 877-VAN-CLEEF;

Amrapali ruby diamond pearl tassel earringsUNDER $10,000
Jharna earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, pearls, and ruby tassel; $7,360; Amrapali; 800-210-6773;

Lizzie Fortunato silk thread tassel earrings with onyxUNDER $500
Modern Craft earrings in cinnamon with silk cord beads and onyx stone tops; $195; Lizzie Fortunato;;


Katharine McPheeKatharine McPhee

At a recent SAG-AFTRA Foundation awards event in Los Angeles, McPhee rocked a cape-style tuxedo jacket, a lace-trimmed Maria Lucia Hohan gown, and Wonder Woman–worthy stacks of mixed metal and diamond bracelets on both arms. But it was the actress-singer’s gorgeous green Gilan shoulder dusters—which provided a much-needed pop to her otherwise all-black ensemble—that really made our jaws drop. (Well, the earrings and her picture-perfect smoky eye makeup.) Color us emerald with envy.

Gilan emerald tassel earringsON MCPHEE
18k white gold earrings with emeralds, black and white diamonds, and 71.34 cts. t.w. emerald beads; $17,675; Gilan; 917-213-0349;

Anabela Chan green agate tassel earringsUNDER $2,500
Tassel earrings in 18k yellow and black gold vermeil with green agate beads and lab-grown white diamonds; £1,295 ($1,708); Anabela Chan;;

Latelita London green onyx tassel earringsUNDER $1,000
Green onyx tassel ball earrings with micro-pavé emerald zircons in 22k gold vermeil; £495 ($653); Látelita London;;

(Portman: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty; McPhee: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty)

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