A visit to a piercing salon was once a milestone event; a rite of passage that opened up endless jewellery options which had previously been inaccessible. Now, with new jewellery trends comes design ingenuinity, and over the last few years jewellers have mastered a multitude of ways in which sleek and sensual earrings can be worn, with or without a piercing. Those of us who haven’t braved the piercing gun used to be resigned to fusty, heavy clip-ons, but today’s options are both comfortable to wear and oh so very chic. Whether they clip on, cuff round or coil seductively over the coils of an ear, earrings for unpierced ears are better than they have ever been.


Gold earring to loop over the ear with hanging pearls

Have fun with Acchitto’s irreverent brand of fashion jewellery, which plays with oversized silhouettes and joyful materials for accessories comfortable and enjoyable to wear. The Mono earcuff traces the curve of the ear, hooking round the back and studding the jaw with a turquoise crystal. From the earlobe falls a vintage-inspired shower of Swarovski cream pearls which move with the wearer, making for a show-stopping statement with none of the fuss.


Melissa Kaye

Melissa Kaye black enamel earring

Melissa Kaye subverts traditional fine jewellery concepts by playing with unexpected colours - vivid bolts of neon are a favourite - and forms. The perfect semi-circle of her ear cuff punctuates a black enamel curve with a single diamond for a cool take on the trend.


Tada & Toy

tada and toy earring

If it’s a quick and fun update to your ear curation you are after, you can’t beat London-based jewellery brand Tada & Toy. Their extensive collection of ear cuffs come in a rainbow of hues - pile them up the ear for maximum impact. It makes an easy update to your everyday look.



Alyona Kiperman of jewellery brand Nomis plays with our concepts of modern jewellery, adding a multi-functionality to all her pieces to ensure it’s easy to switch things up. Each adornment can be an earring, a necklace, a ring or a bracelet and is worn in an unexpected way: these earrings, curving around the back of the ear, are the accessory you didn’t know you needed. 


faris ear cuff

Faris du Graf explores the possibilities of space for her eponymous jewellery brand. Her range of ear cuffs present new ways to adorn the ear, with slender bronze or sterling silver wire either twisting round the top of the ear, pretzel-like, or fully encasing the lobe for a more dramatic statement.

Saskia Diez

saskia diez ear cuff

The Bold collection of earcuffs from Saskia Diez brings together semi-precious stones including rose quartz, clear rock crystal (pictured) and agate in pops of bright yellow and blue. For a more understated choice, the sculptural circles of the gold-plated Bold Wire are an elegant play on the whorls of the ear.

Monies at Dover Street Market

monies earrings

Danish jewellery brand Monies combines a love of unconventional materials with oversized dimensions for jewels that are both fun to wear and affordable. Skimming the jaw, these clip-on earrings in white bone epitomise their playful philosophy.


numbering earrings

By tweaking the classic ear cuff silhouette, Seoul-based jewellery brand Numbering bring something new to the trend. Their gold and silver-plated brass earcuffs, designed to hug the lobe, upsize traditional proportions for bold results.


katkim earring

In a delicate swirl of 18K yellow gold, white gold or rose gold, the Arena Diamond ear cuff from Katkim is an elegant adornment for unpierced ears. Worn to circle round the front and back of the ear, it is punctuated by a single diamond appearing to float under the earlobe.



Clean lines and simple shapes characterise Bonvo’s jewellery, as seen in the Hola Pearl ear cuff which brings together traditional elements. An extra golden hoop and a line of pearls are an optional embellishment, removed or added as the mood takes you.

Prada at Farfetch

prada earrings

More is most definitely more when it comes to Prada’s chunky clip earrings in bold red metal and PVC. With a discreet clip fastening disguised by rhinestones, you would never guess these aren’t the real deal. §