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Shop the Trend: Sculptural Earrings

Sep 15, 2015

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

We’ve been feeling a shift in earring trends lately, and steadily clearing space on our jewelry stands for a growing collection of statement-making ear cuffs, spiky jackets, and oversized ’80s throwbacks. It’s enough to challenge our deepest notions of what our minimalist-stud-accustomed earlobes can handle! So, naturally, we were jazzed to see the parade of high-drama danglers coming down the runways during New York Fashion Week (once again) — presented in both abstract and figural shapes and worn in big, bold pairs, in mismatched sets, or swinging around solo. The fact that designers showed these beauties for both fall 2015 and spring 2016 means you’ll be seeing them everywhere for the next year — all the more reason to stock up now. Here are a few of our favorites (new and vintage alike) from ahead-of-the-curve Etsy sellers, presented with a handy size guide so you can see just how much (bling) bang you’re getting for your buck.

Tell us: Are you on board for the big-earring trend?

Vintage horse head earrings, $30; CatApolinarVintage

Size: BIG (approximately 1 1/4″ from nose to neck)

1950s modernist earrings, $180; fifisfinds

Size: BIGGER (1″ wide x 2 1/4″ long)

Gold-filled oval hoops, $70; nicolembills

Size: BIG ENOUGH (1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/4″ long)

Red Sea ear cuff, $52; Sanktoleonojewelry

Size: JUST YOUR SIZE (they’re custom-made to fit your ear)

Gold leather hand earrings, $35; BenuMade

Size: PINKY-LENGTH (about 2 1/4″ long)

Mixed-media earrings, $27; Elyseeart

Size: SHOULDER DUSTERS (1 1/2″ wide x nearly 3″ long)

Vintage matte gold and carnelian earrings, $85; Lucky Patina

Size: LONG AND LEAN (about 3/8″ wide x 3 3/8″ long)

Hand-forged bronze earrings, $45; ArtandPlayJewelry

Size: DOUBLES AS A HAND MIRROR (2 1/2″ long)

Vintage oversized flower earrings, $40; CatApolinarVintage

Size: IN FULL BLOOM (roughly 2″ wide x  4 1/2” long)

Moon and star earrings, $58; Sanktoleonojewelry

Size: THEY’LL SEE THESE COMING (nearly 3 1/2″ long)

Distressed gold hoops, $130; nicolembills

Size: BORDERING ON BANGLES (2″ x 2 1/4″)

Spotted-hide earrings, $29; Elyseeart

Size: HOLY COW (2″ wide x 5 3/4″long)

Sterling silver earrings, $74; Jewellietta

Size: FOLDED TO FIT (can be custom-made in a range of lengths; as shown, roughly 2 1/2″ long)

Vintage marbled resin hoops, $95; LuckyPatina

Size: DOUBLE AS DOOR KNOCKERS (about 3 3/8″ long)

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Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.


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