The message today is that anything goes in the ear department, from climbers, cuffs and jackets, to single earrings and mismatched pairs. With so many contemporary jewellery designers putting the cool factor into diamond earrings, we are spoilt for choice this year when it comes to gift ideas.
In our Christmas ear edit, we have compiled a top 10 of the most striking diamond earrings around. And best of all, they’re all available online, so stress-free Christmas shopping is just a click away.
1. Diane Kordas
White diamond and rose gold Pop Art earrings
£1,320 from matchesfashion.com
With a celebrity fan base that includes Madonna and Whitney Port, former fashion designer Diane Kordas creates edgy yet effortlessly stylish jewellery that we want to wear every day. Here, she reinvents the classic hoop earrings with jagged, diamond-embellished semi-circles in rose gold that gently hug the ear lobes.
2. Ileana Makri
Eyelash gold and diamond single ear climber
£660 from Net-a-Porter.com
Embrace the single earring trend with this Ileana Makri climber in yellow gold with diamonds in an oxidised setting. The Greek designer is inspired by the mythology of her home country, often incorporating mystical symbols such as the evil eye into her designs.
3. Jemma Wynne
Yellow gold diamond ear jacket
$3,780 from brokenenglish.com
Established by design duo Jenny Klatt and Stephanie Wynne Lalin in 2008, Jemma Wynne set out to create go-to jewellery that is as luxurious and comfortable as your favourite cashmere sweater. These mismatched yellow gold and black rhodium earrings from the Prive collection feature a baguette-cut diamond stud and a fan shaped ear jacket embellished with pavé diamonds, which peeks out from behind the ear.
4. Lina Fanourakis
Pine Needles earrings in white and yellow gold with diamonds
£2,060 from kultia.com
The rose-cut diamond is something of a signature style for Greek jeweller Lina Fanourakis, whose nature-inspired pieces combine a pared-down, contemporary aesthetic with a sculptural elegance. Here she takes the innocuous pine needle and transforms it into a pair of jaw-droppingly beautiful earrings.
5. Noor Fares
Gold and diamond earrings
£9,750 from Net-a-Porter.com
Mismatched earrings have never looked cooler thanks to Noor Fares geometrical design featuring two yellow gold cube studs and a detachable white gold charm, all covered with diamond pavé. Part of a new breed of jewellery designers embraced by the fashion set, Noor Fares is inspired by her Lebanese heritage and extensive travels.
6. Robinson Pelham
Large orb earrings with diamonds £925
Cloud ear wishes from £798
Heart ear wishes from £935 all from robinsonpelham.com
In the three years since Kate Middleton chose to wear Robinson Pelham earrings on her wedding day, this contemporary British jewellery brand has gone from strength to strength. Its boutique and online store are a magpie’s dream, with each sparkly piece prettier than the next, including these mix-and-match diamond ear wishes and orb earrings.
7. Ruth Tomlinson
Diamond studs with granules
£650 from ruthtomlinson.com
If you’re after a pair of unique diamond earrings that are still elegant enough for daily wear, these sculptural studs by British jeweller Ruth Tomlinson fit the bill. The handcrafted yellow gold earrings have an organic, coral-like shape, while gold granules and white diamonds add texture and sparkle.
8. Shimell & Madden
Half circle symmetry medium ear studs
£1,560 from shimellandmadden.com
Textured yellow gold is embellished with brilliant-cut white diamonds in these pleasingly symmetrical earrings from Shimell & Madden’s Arc collection. Design duo Emma Madden and Luke Shimell bring together their respective backgrounds in conceptual design and goldsmithing to create jewels inspired by science and mathematics, as well as nature and ancient architecture.
9. Sophie Bille Brahe
Flacon de Neige and Flacon Diamant gold and diamond earrings
£2,870 from Net-a-Porter.com
Copenhagen-based Sophie Bille Brahe’s career has been on an upward trajectory ever since she established her eponymous label in 2011. The clean lines and gentle curves of her avant-garde jewels allow the gemstones to take centre stage in designs such as these mismatched diamond earrings.
10. Stephen Webster
Diamond and gold Magnipheasant earrings
£11,650 from matchesfashion.com
Cut-out wings in white gold are decorated with more than 2.00 carats of diamond pavé in these spectacular earrings by British jewellery maestro Stephen Webster. A staunch supporter of burgeoning talent, Stephen flies the flag for London-based designers through the BFC-funded Rock Vault scheme, as well as creating stylish statement pieces for his own eponymous label.
Diane Kordas gives the classic hoop earrings an effortlessly stylish and edgy twist with diamond-embellished jagged semi-circles in rose gold (£1,320 from matchesfashion.com).
Embrace the single earring trend with this Ileana Makri earring in yellow gold with diamonds in an oxidised setting (£660 from Net-a-Porter.com).
Jemma Wynne mismatched yellow gold and black rhodium earrings from the Prive collection, with a two baguette-cut diamond stud and a fan-shaped pavé diamond ear jacket ($3,780 from brokenenglish.com).
Lina Fanourakis takes the innocuous pine needle and transforms it into a pair of jaw-droppingly beautiful earrings (£2,060 from Kultia.com).
Noor Fares mismatched earrings featuring two yellow gold cube studs and a detachable white gold charm, all covered with diamond pavé (£9,750 from Net-a-Porter.com).
Robinson Pelham diamond heart and cloud ear wishes, and orb earrings (£798 - £935 from robinsonpelham.com).
Cut-out wings in white gold are decorated with diamond pavé in these spectacular earrings by British jewellery maestro Stephen Webster (£11,650 from matchesfashion.com).
Contemporary jewellery designers have been putting the cool factor into diamond earrings this year by throwing out the rule book on how to wear them.