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The history of earrings dates back to 2500 B.C. in Africa.
Ear adornments have since appeared throughout history, continuing through today where aficionados seem to be adopting a more-is-more approach with their earring stacks.
The effect is a chicly layered assemblage of accessorized jewelry that’s as unique as the person that wears it.
“As we make our way back to more normal times, people are going out and dressing up again, and ear stacks are the simplest way to showcase your style for any day and any occasion,” Justine Lançon, chief creative officer at the Toronto-headquartered jewelry brand Mejuri, says. “Ear stacks allow you to feel confident and bold as you experiment with different sizes and shapes, and it’s truly a unique way to express your creativity.”
Despite the popularity, creating the perfect ear stack can still seem like a daunting task. Some earrings simply work better together than others. And then there’s the consideration of size and shape, metal tone, gemstones … the list goes on and on.
In order to gather a few top tips for curating the perfect ear stack, we turned to Lançon to glean five top tips for creating an ear-scape that’s a wearable work of art.
Start with a statement
Start your ear stack by choosing one earring to build the rest of the ‘ear moment’ around. The first piercing hole, at the front of the lobe, often sets the tone for the rest of the earrings, making it a good spot to stick the most statement-making earring style. “If you have multiple piercings, the easiest way to stack is to start bigger at the bottom of your lobe and work your way up your ear in descending size,” Lançon confirms.
Play with size
The first earring spot secured, it’s easy to add in earrings that are the same size or smaller in surrounding piercings. Play around with elements such as thickness and length. “Curating your ear stack is also dependent on the shape of your ear and how much space you have,” Lançon advises. “From making a statement to providing a minimal accent, each style and size adds something different.”
Punctuate with a stud
Sure, hoops are super, but don’t underestimate the power of a stud style to elevate an ear stack. Consider adding a stud between two hoop earrings to shake things up. And earn extra style points for opting for a stud earring that boasts a unique shape such as a diamond bar, arrow, crescent moon, or a star. “Mixing studs and hoops is definitely encouraged!” Lançon says. “You can make your own rules when it comes to your statement look, but if you want a formula, go for a few studs and hoops in equal sizes with playful textures. With this foundation, throw in an accent piece like our Pavé Diamond Large Hoops to keep things bold.”
Mix and match
Mixed metals may not be for everyone, but if you are game to try, consider opting for pieces that see yellow gold mixed with white gold or sterling silver added into the mix. The effect can be very eye-catching. “Whether you have a single piercing or a half-dozen, no matter your personal style, you can make it your own by mixing and matching your earrings,” Lançon says.
Add some sparkle
Lastly, a little sparkle is always a good idea. Whether opting for a diamond piece, gemstone or even something crystal, a light-reflecting solitaire or pavé design ensures your ear stack is on point. Or, consider shaking things up by adding a charm to existing hoops. “It also helps with creating the formula for stacking something seamless, something textured and something sparkly,” Lançon says of the adornment additions. “Hoop charms create cohesive looks by adding elements to your ear stack that are also replicated in your necklace, bracelet and ring stacks.”