Accessory Report: The Coolest Alternative To Stud Earrings

As red carpet season rolls on, it’s becoming clear there’s one winner across the board: the intricate ear cuff. Adorning the lobes of everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Rita Ora, and ranging from down-right glamorous to edgy cool, the ornamentation is proving to be every bit as statement-making as its chandelier counterparts. And the best part? The earrings are just at home with a fancy ensemble as they are a casual weekend outfit. Keep reading to get the look.

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Before the singer wowed on the Grammy red carpet, she turned heads at the Roc Nation brunch wearing Vita Fede’s Sophia Double Titan with Pearl Earrings ($515, available April).

Amber Heard


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Johnny Depp’s new fiancé also embraced the ear cuff trend at this year’s Golden Globes awards, choosing Graziela Gems’ Wave Ear Cuffs ($360) in Black and White to accompany her navy Versace dress. 

Anna Kendrick


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For the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards last month, Kendrick added edge to her Monique Lhuillier turquoise gown with Graziela Gems’ Wave Ear Cuffs ($360) in Black and White.

Rashida Jones


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Jones landed a spot on our Golden Globes best-dressed list in part due to her gorgeous pearl-adorned Ana Khouri Yellow Gold Pearl Patricia Earrings (price upon request), which she paired with a Fausto Puglisi dress and polished topknot. 

Michelle Dockery


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The Downton Abbey star kept it simple and elegant at the Non Stop premiere in Paris, picking Graziela Gems’ Baby Wave Ear Cuffs ($440).

Kate Bosworth


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A braided updo put Bosworth’s Ana Khouri White Gold White Diamonds Half Arachnid Earrings (price upon request) in the spotlight at the New York Big Sur premiere late last year. Paired with an ornately embellished Christopher Kane dress from the S/S 14 collection, it’s clear the actress didn’t skimp on the glamour. 

Ashley Madekwe


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A bare neckline and fresh face ensured all eyes were on Madekwe’s BaubleBar Winged Ear Cuff ($32), which is part of a collection the actress curated for the online retailer.

Jennifer Lawrence


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A single Ana Khouri White Gold White Diamonds Mirian Ear Cuff (price upon request) lent an extra element of drama to Lawrence’s dark lip and smoky eye at the Paris premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


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At the 2013 British Fashion Awards, our November Guest Editor juxtaposed a striking Antonio Berardi suit with delicate jewellery, specifically Anita Ko earrings and triangle necklaces. 

Linn Lomo

Right Ear Cuff ($365)

You’ll want to pull your hair up or back to show off the three dimensional design of this single cuff. 

Vita Fede

Half Moon Crystal Ear Cuff ($250)

Showcasing an understated elegance, these matching cuffs are subtle enough for everyday wear. 

Left Ear Cuff ($275)

Pair this with a long black dress, and you’ll have people doing double takes all night. 

Fine by Dannijones

Kenya Ear Cuff ($268)

We love the way this minimal two-piece ear cuff—from Rashida Jones’ exclusive collaboration with the brand—allows you to fake a second piercing. 

Jacquie Aiche

Leaf Ear Cuff ($250)

For a style that reads more pretty than edgy, Jacquie Aiche’s Leaf Ear Cuff will do the trick. 

Luv AJ Shark

Tooth Ear Cuffs ($55)

Shark tooth ear cuffs are the very definition of cool.

Nasty Gal

Fan Girl Ear Cuff ($20)

Distressed detailing lends this piece a unique vintage-like look. 

Pamela Love

Feather Gold-Tone Onyx Ear Cuff ($170)

The best part about this ear cuff, you ask? No piercings necessary! The cuff simply sits securely around the curve of your ear. 

River Island

Gold Tone Hoop Bar Ear Cuff ($12)

Why wear one hoop earring when you can wear six? All kidding aside, this punk-inspired silver cuff calls for a sartorial risk-taker. 

Ryan Storer

Oxidized Silver-Plated Swarovski Crystal Ear Cuff ($855)

New designer alert! Sydney-based Ryan Storer’s Swarovski ear cuffs don’t just seek attention, they demand it. We would juxtapose the dramatic design of this full-length version with a t-shirt and jeans combo. 

Sophie Bille Brahe

14K Gold Pearl Ear Cuff ($2850)

It’s all about pearls for spring, so get ahead of the trend with this single ear cuff. 


Crystal Orion Ear Cuff ($28)

A single rhinestone ear cuffs offers your look a hint of unexpected glamour—plus, the price is right, too! 

Vine Ear Cuff ($65)

Emerald stones lend an eye-catching element to this pared-down style.