It started, as most of these things do, with the fash-pack, who over the last few years have gone crazy-bonkers for multiple ear piercings. And when we say fash-pack, we’re talking magazine editors and stylists in their 30s, 40s and 50s – not whippersnapper 20-somethings as who the hell knows what they’re piercing these days. Then, it trickled down to grown-up instagrammers and bloggers, people like the gorgeous @chloelovestoshop, whose new Maria Tash piercings inspired me to leap on the bandwagon (only a couple of years after it started – just call me a trendsetter) and up my ear count. Are you tempted?
Now, these ‘fashion’ piercings aren’t the grungy holes of your youth (there’s no way I’m re’doing my teen cartilage or tummy piercings – couldn’t find that one for starters) – these are high-end holes dotted with diamonds or other equally covetable, more affordable earrings. And whilst you could do your tragus or your upper ear, I’m just sticking to my lobes. Cool, stylish and not at all painful, it’s basically a rather chic two fingers up to being a grown-up, doing the washing up and picking the kids up. Whether you simply want one hole per ear (and nothing wrong with that) or 8 in both, there are some seriously beautiful earrings out there to adorn them with. Here are some of my (small) favourites – my Pat Butcher-inspired edit is coming soon!…
Missoma is a London-based brand that makes beautiful, contemporary jewellery. Acknowledging the fact that people often want single studs, they have a range of great one-offs including this gorgeous and very useful single pave round stud (£29). Love the moon and the stars? This pair is very sweet as is this ‘x’ ‘o’ pair. Love monogramming? Then this initial and pearl set from Anthropologie will be for you. Z for Accessorize is one of our favourite high-street lines. Great designs at great prices. This set of 12 studs and this too is a winner in anyone’s book, whilst this pair of sparkling solitaires could fool most people into thinking they’re real. Love Bumblebees? – these will have you covered. And whilst you can take the girl off the horse, you can never take the horse out of the girl – which is probably why I love these diamond-studded horseshoes from Powderhill.
New York-based Maria Tash is the most fashionable piercer on the planet (she recently set up a permanent piercing parlour at Liberty in London). Ergo her earrings are super-desirable. These mini pearl hoops are divine. Although what I’d really love are these tiny diamond hoops or these hoops with a spike. Will have to wait for a really good work month before I could dream of those. At £35, perhaps these Lilli & Koe Swarovski crystal hoops would be a good alternative? Or these Thomas Sabo ones?
Up-and-coming designer Theodorra Warre is making a name for herself with her contemporary cool designs. I really like these mother of pearl and diamond tooth earrings. Her prices are high-end high-street and are bound to rise as her star does. I also like Olly M’s series of hoop earrings. These feathers, seahorses and stars are all on my lust list. I have admired Marte Frisnes’ designs for a while. While I own a couple of her bracelets, I do rather like these spiky hoops and these arrowheads from Schield. And these pom pom hoops (whilst currently out of stock) are really fun.
An ear crawler sounds as appealing as a Bushtucker Trial, but believe me, they’re a lot more covetable than that – and you only need one piercing to wear one. This pave star set from Missoma (above) is beautiful. Although this star crawler from Accessorize and this constellation crawler from Anthropologie is a very affordable alternative. As is this gold-plated snake with diamond eyes from Theodorra Warre (£85).
I’ve always rather liked ear jackets having picked up a pearl and crystal pair from Accessorize a year or so ago. And it’s Accessorize who I tend to go to for this type of thing. This crystal and turquoise pair is lovely. I also like these from Anthropologie.