Shoulder-grazing, lobe hugging or daringly asymmetric, we share our pick of the most exciting earrings of the season that will elevate any outing into a red carpet occasion. These high-value earrings are by some of the most prestigious names in the world of fine jewellery and have been chosen for their originality, fine workmanship, the quality of the gems and most importantly, their ability to turn heads.
Daring animal-themed earrings
Animals are an eternal theme for jewellery and both Bulgari and Boucheron are not shy of breaking convention. The Bulgari Serpenti (above) finds a new stylised elegance with piercing malachite eyes to keep watch over you. Boucheron, the Place Vendôme jeweller, has long been inspired by the majesty of the peacock and these Plume de Paon earrings capture the rippling movement of the bird’s feathers in this highly-articulated gold and diamond design that are just the thing for strutting out in style.
The loveliest floral earrings
Jewellery designers continue to surprise us with dazzlingly precious blooms that will never fade. Emerald buds peek out from diamond-set leaves in Lorraine Schwartz’s sparkling ear-hugging pair (above). Schwartz is a US jeweller popular with the celebrities who seek out her indie take on glamour. Bina Goenka, the ultra-high end jeweller, brings a contemporary look to traditional Indian jewels as seen in these ruby and emerald flowers. Lightweight titanium is increasingly used to allow earrings to be feather-light yet pack a punch as witnessed in the emerald floral studs by Saboo Fine Jewels.
Classic earrings revisited
Even the best-loved classics can benefit from a revamp as ably demonstrated in Pomellato’s new take on the hoop. The almost melting, organic-shape of the Fantina earrings (above) add a contemporary feel to this staple of the jewellery box. Chandelier-style earrings are one of the most flattering jewels that light up the face when set with copious amounts of top-quality diamonds. David Morris, the Bond Street-based jeweller, offers the dazzling Boreas earrings with close to 13.5 carats of yellow and white diamonds for utter, unabashed opulence. Geneva-based Nadia Morgenthaler plays with the idea of chandelier earrings by quite literally creating miniature light fixtures for the ears. Charming and delicate, Morgenthaler ably fuses old-fashioned jewellery-making skills with a contemporary lightness of touch. And who doesn’t love a pair of lobe-hugging earrings? Lorraine Schwartz managed to set with more than 75 carats of orange and yellow sapphires into a dazzling pair of sunshine bright earrings we couldn't leave out of this line-up.
Best contemporary-style earrings
High value doesn’t have to be old-fashioned and we are witnessing a rise in daring designs from designers who are intimidated by working with high-value gems. Kimberly McDonald explores the strange beauty of the spiky crystals growing inside geodes and surrounds them with an irregular frame of diamonds and sapphires for an organic, otherworldly take on luxury. Breezing in with the confidence of his highly successful fashion career under his belt, fashion designer, Prabal Gurung, is also head of design at Japanese jeweller Tasaki. Gurung brings a fashion-forward, no holds barred philosophy to creating jewels such as the 10 centimetre long white gold and pearl twirling marvels worthy of the catwalk. Since arriving in London from his native land, Fernando Jorge has injected a dose of Brazilian sensuality into his jewel with sinuous curves and enticing volumes. The combination of rocket jade and diamonds (above) gives these revered materials a fresh new look. Lab-grown diamonds are here to stay and edgy designer Sophie Bille Brahe is working with the California-based Diamond Foundry to create a collection for London's uber-hip Dover Street Market.
Choose anyone of these designs and you are sure to have a pair of earrings that will put you in the spotlight. All are available to buy online so get ready to click and dazzle.