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Earrings can totally transform an outfit, making it more formal, casual, classic, or unique. And while a lot of people find inspiration for the jewelry they wear in Marilyn Monroe’s famous saying that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, there is a whole other world of gemstones out there that deserves your attention. And they're just as sparkly and pretty as diamonds. But the best thing about it is that it adds a pop of color.
Nature has created gemstones in pretty much any shade that you can imagine. Green emeralds and blue sapphires, for example, can look just as formal and exclusive as diamonds while turquoise, jade, and onyx ooze a more casual, boho vibe. Of course, design matters, too. Even fine-jewelry brands such as Tiffany&Co. have fully embraced colored gems creating exquisite pieces by encrusting them in white or yellow gold for a high-end finish.
Scroll down to see some of the most eye-catching statement pairs of earrings that will add a luxurious pop of color to any outfit.
Roxanne Assoulin ‘Hip-Hop But Not’ Mismatched Gold-tone Drop Earrings
Mismatched Swarovski crystals in shades of blue and green make this pair of drop earrings the ideal statement accessory especially if you pair them with a more classic outfit such as a little black dress.
To buy: $180, modaoperandi.com
Sophie Monet Half Moon Gold-plated Wood And Jade Earrings
This gorgeous pair of drop earrings, inspired by nature, is made from pine and Shedua wood pieces as well as green jade stones.
To buy: $170, modaoperandi.com
Svnr Antigua Earring
One of the most talked about jewelry labels right now, Svnr, creates pieces from re-used natural materials. Each of its earrings is unique and meant to be mixed and matched with other jewelry. The Antigua earring is made with agate, aventurine, lapis lazuli, quartz, and porcelain and has 14 karat gold-filled posts.
To buy: $125/single, svnrshop.com
Jemma Wynne Stud Earrings
Jemma Wynne’s unique take on classic stud earrings is crafted with diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds for a bold and bright look.
To buy: $2,310, mytheresa.com
'Sanjay Kasliwal 18K White Gold, Coral, Emerald And Diamond Earrings
These drop earrings are total stunners. Meticulously crafted with 18-karat white gold, they feature diamonds, emeralds, and corals.
To buy: $27,000, modaoperandi.com
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Earrings
Another creative take on stud earrings, this time from Elsa Peretti in collaboration with Tiffany&Co. The designer crafted her bean-shaped earrings from green jade and 18 karat gold.
To buy: $675, tiffany.com
Margot McKinney Jewelry Carnivale Denim Blue Topaz Earrings with Diamonds
Australian designer Margot McKinney sure knows a thing or two about color. Her Carnivale Collection is a celebration of bold hues and these gorgeous drop earrings are the proof. Denim blue topaz, multicolored sapphires, diamonds, and white and yellow gold make this one-of-a-kind pair a true work of art.
To buy: $26,500, neimanmarcus.com
Paola Vilas Laurens Gold-Plated Amazonite Earrings
Brazilian designer Paola Vilas creates “wearable sculptures inspired by feminine forms.” All of her pieces are locally sourced and created in Rio de Janeiro. The Laurens earrings are handmade with rosé-hued amazonite and gold-plated silver.
To buy: $645, net-a-porter.com
Ippolita Polished Rock Candy Earrings
Italian fine jewelry brand Ippolita is all about embracing color. These unique earrings are crafted from 18-karat gold and turquoise—a classy and eye-catching combination.
To buy: $1,995, ippolita.com
Begum Khan Lady Beetle Party Earrings
Talking about making a statement! As if their beetle shape is not striking enough, Begum Khan’s one-of-a-kind earrings are adorned with orange, white, and green crystals for an even bolder look.
To buy: $1,200, modaoperandi.com
Ada Horn Multi-stone Gold-tone Earrings
These beautiful drop earrings feature orange tourmaline, turquoise, and blue lapis encrusted in re-purposed horn. All of the materials are sourced from East Africa and the earrings are made in Kenya.
To buy: $995, modaoperandi.com