Studs: they’re not just the hot men we lust after (or, male horses, as it were). Most of us became acquainted with the delicate ear adornments early in life when we ventured to Claire’s, the doctor’s office, or the local Piercing Pagoda to have your virgin lobes gussied up with a metallic spike. (Or if you’re an employee of Into The Gloss, through an initiation ritual at NY Adorned. I kid, I kid…kind of.) But now that we’re older, we can change our earrings whenever we desire, and with our own incomes to (irresponsibly) spend as we please, perhaps it’s time to add some fresh studly flair.
But before you click "purchase," a little advice from a man who knows a thing or two about jewelry, J. Colby Smith:
And with that, ladies, let's shop:
1. Brvtvs Large Vectis Earring: Break free from the constraints of the traditional small round stud with this delicate bar, a good edgy beginner earring for those not quite comfortable going full-on alternative on their lobes.
2. Lynn Ban Black Silver Cross Earrings: I might be somewhat alone in my appreciation for Billy Idol (I shouldn’t be, but, to each his or her own, I suppose), but we can all take a page out of his ‘80s punk book and invest in these dark diamond cross studs.
3. Erin Considine Arc Studs: Think of these earrings as tiny, minimalist armor—they perfectly follow the curve of your lower ear.
4. Wendy Nichol Black Diamond Stud Earring: Like Colby says, not all studs need to come in pairs. Maybe one ear wants to live a little more dangerously. If so, a small black diamond and a backside spike can take you from safe to a bit risky.
5. Grace Lee Petite Turquoise Crown Bezel Earrings: Maybe you’re not into the dark and ominous earring. Maybe you want to keep things feminine, delicate, and ladylike. Is there any better pairing than gold and turquoise? Well, chocolate and peanut butter, but it's is a close second.