By Julie Livingston
Few fashion accessories make as much of an impact as earrings. One of the
earliest forms of jewelry, earrings were first designed by ancient cultures.
Impressive examples of gold hoops and other more elaborate earring styles were
found in the Egyptian king Tutankhamun's gold encrusted tomb. To this day,
earrings remain in the forefront of fashion.
Like lipstick, earrings are a beauty basic that make you feel pulled together
and "dressed," even when accenting the most casual attire. Because of their
close proximity to the face, earrings can light up a woman's complexion, draw
attention to her eyes or change the tone of an outfit almost single-handedly.
Although the design options are literally endless, there are several core styles
that are "workhorse pieces": the ones that take a woman from day to evening and
are appropriate for a variety of outfits and occasions.
1. Diamond or Pearl Stud:
these fashion basics can be worn with other jewelry--a strand of pearls, diamond
solitaire necklace, even a gold chain--or on their own. If you lean toward the
classic, look for round diamond studs of a quarter carat or more. Updated shape
and style variations include square princess cut diamonds, pearl studs with
diamond accents or delicate diamond flowers and stars.
hoop size and style, you can look sexy--think: Jennifer Lopez--or sophisticated
and stylish. Either way, today's hoops are definitely more glam than ever and
include bold gemstone accents, such as narrow gold wires dotted with diamonds or
white gold with diamond heart-shaped flat hoops that contour the ear. Also,
check out the new crop of reversible hug-style designs, which change from yellow
to white gold or platinum. Sometimes adorned with jewels or embellished with
rich texture, huggies, like all hoops, dress up or down.
Dainty drops add a subtle romantic accent to any outfit.
Petite Eurowires bedecked with diamonds graze the tip of the ear lobe with their
antique look and feel while longer, more dramatic styles--a multistrand drop
that dangles in front and behind the ear-- are made for dressier occasions.
4. Colored Gemstones:
earrings add a vibrant burst of color to a woman's jewelry wardrobe. Check out
gemstone favorites, including blue topaz, pink or green tourmaline, citrine and
amethyst which offer radiant color without a hefty price tag. When purchasing
gemstone jewelry, it's wise to consider your favorite color, opting for hues
that flatter your complexion and eyes.