Do you know the difference between ear cuffs and ear climbers? I must admit I was not sure when I started researching this post. Ear cuffs, as their name implies, cuff the outer edge of the ear. Their styles tend to be, well, edgy. Ear climbers – sometimes called vines – are smaller and tend to be somewhat more conservative. Both styles are trending in 2014.
According to nationaljeweler.com editor Hannah Connorton, “Ear cuffs typically feature a design that covers the entire ear, beginning with an anchor at the lobe and extending upward to hook over the top of the ear, ‘cuffing’ its way up. Ear climbers generally are smaller, still anchoring at the lobe but extending about halfway up the ear.”
Nationaljeweler.com named ear cuffs and ear climbers among the top three trends at the May/June Couture jewelry trade show in Las Vegas. So it looks like both styles are here to stay.
Popular since 2013, ear cuffs have caught on throughout the jewelry industry, with designers creating styles at every price point. What was originally an “ethnic jewelry” look from India has been embraced by all cultures – including Hollywood royalty. Inspired by the Disney film “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie, the single Dragon Ear Cuff by Crow’s Nest is among the genre’s most over-the-top styles.
Vine-like designs in precious metals and gemstones started climbing up the popularity chart earlier this year. They’ve been spotted on film and TV stars including Halle Berry and Anna Gunn during this year’s awards season.
Look for more fine jewelry examples of cuffs and climbers on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards on August 25. And tell us which earring style gets your award – is it the edgier ear cuffs or the more conservative ear climbers?
At OBJ, we’re all ears!