Holiday gift guide: diamond earrings with an elegant edge

A quintessential gift, these diamond earrings - all available to buy online - marry sparkling gems with a striking design.

Diamond earrings from Sylva & Cie

Diamond jewelry is a gift standard, but put aside the connotations of sensible ear studs and inject some excitement into the holiday season with these beautiful sparklers. Whatever her style, you can impress the lady in your life with just one click of the mouse because all of these diamonds earrings are available to buy online.

1. Ara Vartanian

White gold diamond earrings

$22,000 from modaoperandi.com

Designer Ara Vartanian is the ultimate in bejeweled Brazilian glamor. Trawling the world for the rarest, most spectacular gemstones, he creates architectural one-of-a-kind pieces that spread boldly across the hand or up the ear. These elegant geometric earrings are a twist on the classic diamond hoop and literally "hook" over the earlobe, with dazzling white trillions adding sensuality and sharpness to any look.

2. Liseanne Frankfurt
Cognac diamond flower stud earrings
$6,600 from lfrank.com

Liseanne Frankfurt’s store in Venice, California, is a treasure box of the finest organic gemstones and romantic, understated one-of-a-kind jewels. The designer particularly loves rough diamonds, and the irregularly shaped cognac diamonds in these earrings form delicate petals that sparkle beautifully when they catch the light.

3. Mimi So
Wonderland diamond pavé stinger drop earrings
$6,800 from neimanmarcus.com

Mimi So’s big break came when her diverse jewelry range was seen in Sex and the City, worn by everyone from classic Charlotte to sexy Samantha. Her latest collection, Wonderland, is equally varied. Inspired by the natural world with every gem imaginable - think opal bunnies and moonstone owls - these earrings, based on the bee’s stinger, cut through the cuteness with edge.

4. Nam Cho
White gold ice diamond ear studs
$12,990 from Mitchell Stores

New York designer Nam Cho designed these earrings to be worn every day. She loves to play with texture, and the variably sized, rose-cut white diamonds here are reverse-set in her signature random pavé style. These domed studs beg to be played with and embody the “understated chic” that Nam strives for in all her designs.

5. Selim Mouzannar
Triplet diamond ear studs
$7,800 from ylang23.com

Not your average diamond studs, these earrings from one of Lebanon’s leading designers, Selim Mouzannar, are triple the fun. Selim injects romance and timeless style into the ancient Ottoman motifs of the Beirut gold souks where he grew up surrounded by the family jewelry business. These sparklers will work with jeans in the day through to cocktails in the evening.

6. Sidney Garber
White gold and diamond Torchere earrings
$124,000 from modaoperandi.com

New York philanthropist Brooke Garber Neidich grew up working in her father’s high-end Chicago jewelry store. After inheriting the business, she took advantage of her bejeweled education to develop her own elegant designs such as these supremely luxurious statement earrings with almost 22 carats of white diamonds in a torchere design. All profits from Sidney Garber go to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to children’s mental health, education, and the arts.

7. Sylva & Cie
Diamond feather earrings
$26,250 from marissacollections.com

The daughter of a Cartier mastercraftsman, Sylva Yepremian grew up around the jewelry bench. Originally from Lebanon, she has been making jewelry that mixes old-world craftsmanship with modern appeal for more than 20 years from the Los Angeles diamond district. Long but lightweight, these Sylva & Cie earrings add ethereal elegance to any look.

8. Xiao Wang
Asymmetric galaxy earrings
$12,480 from stoneandstrand.com

Xiao Wang is multi-talented. This model and actress also has an eye for jewelry design and creates stunning, delicate pieces that combine organic gems with clean geometric shapes. For a woman with an individual, fashion-forward style, try these mismatched drops with diamonds in a harmonious array of shapes and hues, and white diamond pavé accents.

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