On Tuesday, we declared this the season of the messy updo. If loosely tousled, seriously textured hair makes you nervous, it’s time to invest in an ear cuff.
The now ubiquitous piece of jewelry began its comeback two years ago when Italian jeweler Gaia Repossi launched her Berbere collection. Since then, everyone from Diane Kruger to Rihanna has sported something sparkling along the length of their ear. So what better way to turn that windblown topknot party ready than a serious piece of jewelry? From silver feathers to ladylike pearls, there’s something for everyone, above.
Diane Kruger repeatedly wears her pave Repossi cuff on the red carpet, seen here at the Berlin premiere of Les Adieux De La Reine.
Thank you Genevieve Jones for including three different colors in your Pave Ear Cuff ($900) so that we really can wear it with everything.
Keep one of Vita Fede’s classically pretty cuffs—like the Half Moon Crystal Ear Cuff ($250)—for yourself and gift the other to a preppy friend who wants to try something new.
Estee Lauder model Constance Jablonski showed off the most sparkly ear cuff we’ve ever seen at an event in New York.
For similar bling, pick up Material Girl’s Crystal Ear Cuff ($7)
If precious isn’t your thing, go for Pamela Love’s Silver Feather Ear Cuff ($160). The silver and black agate cuff easily bends to find around any ear and features two feathers, one at either end.
We didn’t say your hair had to be messy to sport a sparkly cuff. Emma Watson pulls off polish just fine at the Cannes Film Festival.
It might not be the most subtle on our list, but Manish Arora’s Metal Gold Plated Ear Cuff ($591) is our favorite. It features green grapes, pink beads, and art deco-like feathers. It’s like a party for your ear.
Repossi's 18-karat yellow gold Gold Two Ring Berbere Ear Cuff ($2,595) is the one you see most often on your favorite celebrities—and the one that launched the ear cuff craze in the first place.
This image is from Dries Van Noten’s AW/13 show, but a range of brands from Rodarte to Chloe have used them to decorate their runway models.
Think Urban Outfitters' Golden Eagle Cuff Earring ($16) as starter jewelry. If you like it, you can invest in something more serious.
Speaking of investing, if you’d like an ear cuff that you can pass down to your daughter (and she can pass down to hers), may we recommend Sophie Bille Brahe’s ($2,850) beautiful freshwater pearl version?
Cop this editorial by wearing two matching cuffs on the same ear.