Style Snapshot: Jacket Earrings

by Leslie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Here's an earring trend you can really get behind. The backs of stud earrings have typically been viewed as a necessity, not a design opportunity. Jacket earrings are causing a little bit of a role reversal though, bringing attention to the dangly additions on the back of earstuds.

Silver Jacket Earstud With effortless wearability, ear jackets (also seen referred to as a fan studs) hang just behind and below the earlobe, following the curvature of your lobe in a fan-like shape. The dangle is most often seen bent forward slightly so the decoration seems to hug your earlobe. Usually seen with matching pairs, jacket earrings look chic when worn on just one side as well, creating a popular single statement earring or asymmetrical earring look.

Whether you're into alternative, traditional or modern blinged-out styles, jacket earrings are covering the entire designing spectrum from edgy spikes and talons to glittering rhinestones or classic pearls. Gold- and silver-colored metals are frequently seen, but other metal colors such as rose gold, gunmetal and more are caressing fashion-forward earlobes, too.

With earrings being on the forefront of fashionista minds, it's no surprise to see changes to such staple jewelry. Once popular in the ‘80s, throwback styles such as these jacket earrings continue to be on the rise once again. Focusing on dual silhouettes, these front and back earrings also include moveable or freely swinging dangles creating dramatic or eye-catching movement.

Backs of earrings do more than just hold your earrings in these days, adding new dimension. Hang charms or drops with thin loops from long earstuds, dangle rhinestone cupchain or create metallic jackets angled forward hugging earlobes to join in this distinctive trend.

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Gold Jacket Earstud

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