The glorious ear cuff has decorated female ears for thousands of years, from ancient ornate kaffas to feminine mid-20th century Earrites, which were worn by stars such as Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. Today’s ear cuffs, worn by Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus and others, lend a bold, modern and somewhat edgy flavor to a look, whether they are worn as a cuff, an ear crawler swirling up the ear or as a hook over the top of the ear. And they don’t necessarily require ear piercing.
Here are some holiday-ready designer takes on the modern ear cuff.
British designer Maria Francesca Pepe’s multi-colored gold ear cuff is made in Italy of 23-karat plated gold, with Swarovski crystals and faux pearls. It’s sold as a single ear cuff to hook over the top lobe. $271 at SophiesCloset.com.
Norwegian designer Bjorg’s feathery Blu Knight ear cuffs are made of black rhodium-plated brass and ivory horsehair fringe. Sold as a pair for $349 at Luisaviaroma.com.
Haridra New York’s delicate black with white diamond Evanae ear cuff by designer Atin Jain is made of 2.2 carats, which swirl along the ear. It’s crafted in sterling silver and 14K gold. $1,580 a pair at MaxandChloe.com.
Angeleno designer Rosanne Karmes’ Sydney Evan 14-karat gold ear cuff is edged with a black rhodium-plated and pave diamond starburst. $340 for a single cuff at NeimanMarcus.com
Erickson Beamon’s eccentric Duchess of Fabulous gold-plated ear cuffs are indeed quite fabulous. Made in New York of Swarovski crystals and sold as a pair, $543 at SophiesCloset.com.
Jade Jagger, daughter of rock icon Mick Jagger, designed the Frangipani Flower Ear Cuff handmade of gold-plated sterling silver. Sold as pair, $656 at Luisaviaroma.com.
Greek jewelry designer Ileana Makri’s graceful multi-shaped branch ear cuff is made of 18-karat gold set with round yellow sapphire, square rhodolite and oval chrome diopside with pear-shaped orange sapphire. Sold as a solo cuff. $1,185 at Barneys.com.