I Found the Best Statement Earrings for Every Budget—You're Welcome

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@harperandharley

Is it just us, or is Instagram full of arty flat lays featuring an array of tempting earrings lately? If your lobes are feeling a bit lonely, we've got good news—the kind of not-so-simple jumbo earrings you need are everywhere, and at every price. No need to shell out for a whole new outfit: Just one addition to your wardrobe (if you have the self-control to limit yourself to just one pair, of course) can make all the difference.

An XXL pair can breathe new life into last season’s dresses like no other accessory. You may have tried tassels and considered crystals, but for this season, earrings are appearing even bigger and bolder. Nothing is considered OTT in a bad way, with oversized styles reigning supreme—the search term "larger than life earrings" is currently trending on Pinterest, with a rise of 945% in saves year over year.

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@thestreetpie

Unusal textures are key to the new selection on offer—this wave is quite different from glitzier statement styles we've seen in previous seasons. Think hammered metals, folded 3-D effects, chunky wood, resin, tortoiseshell and marble—almost anything goes, so long as it's not classic.

Hold the rose gold for now, as it seems yellow gold and silver rule when it comes to metallics, with a handful of colourful numbers worthy of must-buy status as well. Extra points if your earrings are slightly abstract and rendered in imperfect shapes—picture something you might find in an art gallery shop, only attached to your ear.

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@darjabarannik

Fashion editor Darja wearing earrings by All Blues Official

May we suggest searching the feeds of Rena Sala, Marina London, Ellipsee and The Undone for the best (literal) gems around right now—some of which we've included in our edit below. Independent designers like Annie Costello Brown, Holly Ryan and Fay Andrada are all upping the ante in terms of contemporary luxury jewellery too.

The trend is here to stay, so if you do want to spend a little more, consider these an investment piece. Wearing statement earrings with your favourite dress and a red lip will always ensure eveningwear is sorted with minimal effort. Think of these as your new It bag.

For some serious drama from the shoulders up, we've edited the best earrings to wear right now.