As December approaches with lightning speed, it’s high time to start thinking about your Christmas wish list. While the children pen their letters to Father Christmas, we find it’s far more effective to bypass the North Pole and instead leave The Jewellery Editor’s gift guide strategically open on your iPad, zoomed in on diamond earrings.
Christmas is the ideal time to update your jewellery box with these classic diamond jewels, which you know will never go out of style. Instantly visible, earrings are arguably the most important accessory of them all, and the sparkle from a pair of classic diamond earrings will give you a flattering, radiant glow.
The hoop earring is an extremely versatile style that will dress up any casual outfit, but also hold its own when a more glitzy look is called for. While diamond hoop earrings can definitely be worn by women of any age, they are the perfect Christmas gift for a younger woman who is just starting to get serious about her diamond jewellery.
T wire hoop earrings in white gold with round brilliant diamonds
With a thoroughly modern edge, Tiffany T is the first jewellery collection by new design director Francesca Amfitheatrof. The T shape that is woven throughout the collection is repeated on these diamond hoop Tiffany earrings in white gold.
Archi Dior earrings in pink gold and pavé diamonds
The Dior earrings from the new Archi Dior collection also offer a contemporary take on classic hoops, with a twisted ribbon of pink gold decorated with a smattering of white diamonds.
Discreetly elegant, you simply cannot go wrong with a pair of classic diamond stud earrings. If you’re investing in your very first pair, this is the style you should opt for as they will effortlessly take you from day to evening.
3. De Beers
Aura stud earrings in platinum with diamonds
The De Beers earrings from the Aura collection are a lovely variation on the classic solitaire, with a halo of pavé diamonds surrounding a single round diamond set in platinum.
Joséphine Rondes de Nuit earrings in platinum with pear-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds
If your budget allows, these Chaumet earrings are set with two 1.50ct pear-cut diamonds and emit a superlative sparkle thanks to a double halo of 50 brilliant-cut diamonds and 32 baguette-cut diamonds.
The chandelier is the earring style you will reach for as soon as that party invite drops through the letterbox. These diamond earrings will lift up any outfit and work particularly well with an elegant evening gown or a classic black dress that lets the jewels do the talking. It’s no wonder that the diamond chandelier is a firm favourite with celebrities walking the red carpet.
Icon earrings in white gold and diamonds
Inspired by the ornate hair jewels of 18th century Versailles, these Graff Icon earrings combine delicate lines and gentle curves with the intense sparkle of the finest white diamonds.
Thrilliant Tassel earrings in platinum set with two Ashoka-cut diamonds, and round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds
Dazzling cascades of round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds flow from rare Ashoka-cut diamonds in these Boodles earrings from the new Thrilliant collection.
Less flamboyant than the chandelier, drop earrings exude understated elegance while still adding a healthy dose of sparkle. Whether it’s a cocktail party or a romantic dinner date, they will frame your face beautifully and ensure you never feel underdressed.
7. Louis Vuitton
Dentelle de Monogram earrings in white gold set with diamonds
Ever the master of subtle branding, Louis Vuitton cleverly weaves its iconic monogram pattern into these chic drop earrings, which are set with 38 diamonds to illuminate your every movement.
Galanterie de Cartier earrings in white gold and diamonds
With a design that maximises the sparkle from every angle, interlaced curves of diamond pavé surround a brilliant-cut diamond in the Cartier earrings from the new Galanterie de Cartier collection.
Ear cuffs and climbers are bang on trend at the moment and we predict that it won’t be long until this edgy, yet wearable, style joins the realms of timeless classics. Large and elaborate ear cuffs are best worn solo, perhaps matched with a simple solitaire stud in the other lobe.
9. David Morris
Yasmina ear cuff in white gold and diamonds
For pure wow factor, these mismatched David Morris diamond ear cuffs in white gold set with 24.93ct of diamonds are extremely hard to beat.
White gold De Beers Aura diamond stud earrings, set with a central diamond surrounded by a halo of diamonds (£6,450).
Chaumet Joséphine Rondes de Nuit platinum and diamond earrings, with two centrally set pear-shaped diamonds (£178,230).
This pair of Graff Icon diamond earrings combine delicate lines and gentle curves with the intense sparkle of diamonds (£5,900).
Interlaced curves of diamond pavé surround a brilliant-cut diamond in this pair of Cartier diamond earrings from the Galanterie de Cartier collection (£POA).
David Morris diamond ear cuffs in white gold set with 24.93ct of diamonds (£POA).
The new Galanterie de Cartier earrings in white gold and diamonds are a great investment piece that can be worn day and night. Image: Annemarieke van Drimmelen © Cartier