Much like the Puka shell necklace and the silver ball chain, the single earring has been left in the lurch. The look is now mostly reserved for male ceramicists, striking dads who wear indigo-dyed scarves, and boys that skateboard.
But it’s chic.
A tiny stud or hoop that you never have to take off projects an air of understated cool, and a single large earring is unexpected but not garish.
There’s a lot of punch in the simple act of separating an earring that you already own from its companion—especially a chandelier, which is seldom available as an individual piece.
But in case you feel like shopping, we’ve selected a few earrings that are sold in solitary:
Iam by Ileana Makri safety pin 10-karat gold tsavorite earring, $330 at netaporter.com
Ileana Makri 18k rose gold single ear cuff with blue sapphires, brown and black diamonds, and tsavorites, $2,777 at mytheresa.com
Mara Brenner Mini letter stud earring, $98 at Steven Alan
Jacquie Aiche single beryl and tourmaline stud, $1150 at Broken English
Sorel Maya wooden bead earring, $80 at Opening Ceremony
Sehti Na Jewelry 14k chain and pearl earring, $253 at Tenoversix
Chloe Darcey single earring, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Yvonne Leon 18k gold and diamond fueilletis lobe earring, $2901.17 at farfetch.com
WWAKE classic opal and diamond stud, $265 (or $529 for the pair) at wwake.com
Jennie Kwon ball ear cuff, $420 at jennikwondesigns.com
Delfina Delettrez 9-karat multi stone earring, $660 at delfinadelettrez.com