Make your outfit pop with these colorful earrings

What's one way to spice up a little black dress this time of year or add a level of pop and intrigue to a basic white or chambray top?

Turn up the level of color and boldness when it comes to selecting your jewelry, especially your earrings.

To get you thinking about bright earrings in a kaleidoscope of colors, we offer these eight dazzling selections, which are as diverse as the festive Byzantine Empire-inspired drop-dangle earrings from New York-based Ben-Amun and embellished circular Dolce & Gabbana earrings with red rubies and floral touches. And of course, we couldn't skip showing an array of bold choices ($48 to $20,140) made with moonstones, amethyst, Swarovski crystals, Bakelite and gemstones.

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What you'll notice is that these styles are sophisticated but never understated and easily can make you forget your winter fashion doldrums. They should be a reminder that even the smallest outfit details can make the season's loudest statements. So put away the gold hoops for now and put on your brightest ear candy.

Tom Binns

British designer Tom Binns' De Stijl collection features neon-bright, multicolored Swarovski crystal chandelier earrings in a tasseled fringed drop design with selectively hand-painted, jet-black crystals. $460. Available at


Chicago-based designer Nakamol blends mixed turquoise and colorful magnesite beads in a delicate silver-toned plated brass tear-drop earring. $48. Available at


Designer Isaac Manevitz (son of Egypt's royal court jeweler) was inspired by the Byzantine Empire in his opulent 24-karat gold-plated drop-dangle earrings and peppered with colored Swarovski crystals, sumptuous Czech glass pearls and marbleized glass gems. $520. Available at

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana's flirty gold-plated brass clip drops in laced circles and embellished with vibrant red ruby, emerald and blue Swarovski crystals bottomed and topped with happy enameled floral charms. $1,295. Available at

Judy Geib

New York designer Judy Geib's playful kaleidoscope-patterned, one-of-a-kind, opal, emerald, moonstone, peridot and amethyst earrings set in 18-karat gold and sterling silver. $7,300. Available at

Emily & Ashley

New York City sisters and designers Emily and Ashley Green's delicate two-ring detachable ruffled earrings are edged with circles of sparkling bright, rich multi-colored sapphires with center stones of green and purple amethyst. $20,140. For availability, contact Other selections can be found at

Miu Miu

Miu Miu's luscious clip-backed dropped-dangle earrings set with multi-colored Swarovski crystals on a shiny palladium finish. $495. Set comes in various color palettes. Available at

Mark Davis

Brooklynite designer Mark Davis' oversized Annalisa teardrop earrings are handcrafted in vintage pink, purple and red bBakelite and bordered with round rhodolite garnets in 18-karat gold bezels. $3,220. Available at

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