Sure, constellation piercings may appear cool — but what about in practice? In reality, the effortless look involves a lot of needles, heal time, and investments in both the service and the actual jewelry pieces. So, to save ourselves some pain and pennies, we’re turning our attention to ear cuffs.
In addition to being among the top jewelry trends of the year (according to Etsy), cuffs are also the ultimate low-commitment earring for those not yet ready to go the more permanent piercing route. Plus, there are tons of styles at widely varying price points — from the most minimalist to pearl-studded and even auricular accessorizing.
Without further ado, our roundup of the best-of-the-best ear cuffs ahead.
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Argento Vivo Butterfly Ear Cuff
This sterling silver butterfly definitely won’t fly away.
Argento Vivo Butterfly Ear Cuff, $, available at Nordstrom
Stone and Strand Diamonds On Diamonds Ear Cuff
Go big or go home with this 10-karat solid gold option that’s dotted with rows of tiny, ethically sourced diamonds.
Stone & Strand Diamonds On Diamonds Ear Cuff, $, available at Stone & Strand
Mejuri Duet Ear Cuff
This modern ear cuff can be worn on the side or top of the ear for a polished look.
Mejuri Duet Ear Cuff, $, available at Mejuri
The Last Line Perfect Rainbow Ear Cuff
Add some unexpected sparkle to your look with a cuff from The Last Line.
The Last Line 14k Yellow Gold Perfect Rainbow Ear Cuff, $, available at The Last Line
Catbird Jewelry Ear Cuff
It doesn’t get daintier than this single ear cuff — which, at $18, is an affordable gift for the Catbird stan in your life.
Catbird Jewelry Ear Cuff, silver, $, available at Catbird
Zoë Chicco 14k Gold Diamond Stud With Wire Ear Cuff
Okay, this cuff does require one piercing — so skip ahead if you have untouched lobes. That said, the effect is so dainty and pretty that we’d rush out to Studs just for the purposes of wearing this Zoë Chicco stunner.
Zoë Chicco 14k Gold Diamond Stud With Wire Ear Cuff, $, available at Shopbop
Madewell Ear Cuff
This no-brainer pick from Madewell is understated and under $20.
Madewell Ear Cuff, $, available at Madewell
Faris Glaçon Ear Cuff
If your taste skews avant-garde, let this bronze abstract piece complete your look.
Faris Glaçon Ear Cuff, $, available at Nordstrom
Mejuri Beaded Cuff
Upgrade a basic gold cuff with a beaded (or croissant) variation that adds a little something-something to a delicate style.
Mejuri Beaded Cuff, $, available at Mejuri
BaubleBar Centi Ear Cuff
Fancy a little bling? BaubleBar’s wildly popular pave-studded climber instantly adds a glam factor to your jewelry game.
BaubleBar Centi Ear Cuff, $, available at BaubleBar
Argento Vivo Capri Sterling Silver Ear Cuff
A single cuff — like this $34 Argento Vivo pick from Nordy — is an easy way to make a statement if you prefer a clean aesthetic.
Argento Vivo Capri Sterling Silver Ear Cuff, $, available at Nordstrom
Studs Chain Link Cuff
This chain-link cuff has a dainty, delicate vibe, but still makes a bold-in-an-understated-way look.
Studs Chain Link Cuff, $, available at Studs
BaubleBar Haydyn Ear Cuff Set
This ear cuff set is perfectly chunky, glossy, and statement-making.
BaubleBar Haydyn Ear Cuff Set, $, available at BaubleBar
Aurate Lean On Me Gold Ear Cuff
Seeing double has never looked better: Aurate’s dainty cuff hugs the side of your ear with two parallel thin gold lines for a clean, elevated effect.
Aurate Lean On Me Gold Ear Cuff, $, available at Aurate
Shashi Jade Pave Ear Cuff
This affordable Shopbop pick looks way more expensive than it actually is thanks to an accent of sparkly stones set in 18k vermeil.
Shashi Jade Pave Ear Cuff, $, available at Shopbop
Lady Grey Triple-Layered Ear Cuff
This sculptural 14-karat gold-plated bronze ear cuff is a showstopper if we’ve ever seen one.
Lady Grey Triple-Layered Ear Cuff, $, available at Anthropologie
AllSaints Chain Ear Cuffs
Keep it sleek and chic with a delicate gold hoop and itty-bitty chain design.
AllSaints Chain Ear Cuffs, $, available at Nordstrom
Stone and Strand Teeny Tiny 14-karat gold ear cuff
Fake the look of two side-by-side piercings connected by a thin gold chain for a subtle but edgy look.
Stone and Strand Teeny Tiny 14-karat gold ear cuff, $, available at Net-A-Porter
J.Hannah Signet Ear Cuff
Whether it’s a loved one’s initials or your very own (the two aren’t mutually exclusive!), this vintage-inspired signet ear cuff is a keepsake in the making.
J.Hannah Signet Ear Cuff, $, available at J.Hannah
BaubleBar Clasina Pearl Ear Cuff Set
Pearls, anyone? This BaubleBar piece combines two major jewelry trends — ear cuffs and pearls — into one statement-making moment.
BaubleBar Clasina Pearl Ear Cuff Set, $, available at BaubleBar
Mejuri Feature Cuff
Add a hint of sparkle with a cuff that catches the light in all the right places.
Mejuri Feature Cuff, $, available at Mejuri
Anthropologie Minimalist Ear Cuff Set
According to Anthro reviewers, this cuff set might not work for tiny ears (it’s a thing, we promise). That said, you can fit the cuff to the top of your ear instead for the ultimate #stack.
Anthropologie Minimalist Ear Cuff Set, $, available at Anthropologie
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