While some jewelry trends—say, dainty layered pieces—will always be in style, in 2018 there’s one piece that fashion girls are wearing to adorn their ears and make a very chic statement doing so. We had an inkling last fall this would become a major look, but our predictions were validated when shopping destination Net-a-Porter featured a curated assortment of earrings dubbed “extra-special.” Translation? Earrings that stand apart from the rest—through sculptural shapes inspired by fine art and nature and rendered to embrace their imperfections—have emerged as the biggest jewelry trend of the year.
These standout pieces are best worn as a pair to elevate a low-key look or alone as a single piece for an eclectic take on asymmetry. However you choose to wear the new statement-making pieces, let them take center stage by paring down the rest of your jewelry for the day. From artful curves rendered in bronze to some unadulterated, KiraKira+-ready glam, you'll find the chicest of the season's statement earrings below.
Inspired by the modern canvases of Henri Matisse, this pair is a work of art all its own.
An elevated approach to a whimsical design.
"This pair is a play on balance and movement inspired by Stonehenge," the L.A.-based jewelry designer explains on her site.
These would look great to contrast dark, tailored pieces.
Not your average hoops.
Play up the whimsical nature of this pair by wearing with exaggerated silhouettes like flared sleeves.
Time to upgrade your standard drop earrings.
Mix and match the color of your earrings for a quirky-cool effect.
We'd wear this pair with a chunky knit sweater and jeans.
Rich emerald hues are shaping up to be a major 2018 jewelry trend.
Another set that works so well as single earrings, too.
We've seen so many version of the "filled-in" hoops.
This pair is begging to be worn to a glamorous black-tie affair.
Each of Leigh Miller's unique pieces is inspired by the patterns of ocean whirlpools and carefully handmade to re-create the ripples of water.
No one plays with color and material in jewelry quite like Rachel Comey does.
Just as easily worn together as they are alone.
Ideal for creating a cool single-earring look.
For truly unique pairs, we recommend shopping from independent makers. Your first stop? Etsy.
A cute and simple way to add some color to your looks.
This petite pair packs all the fun into a small size that's simple enough to layer with other gold earrings.