But of course, even the most unconventional relationships have rules. Click through to learn from style-setters like Diane Kruger and Gwyneth Paltrow how to pull off this slightly tricky—but totally worth it—trend.
The actress hit the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of Iron Man 3 sporting a diamond stud and an Eliane Fattal for S.J. Phillips diamond “On the Grape Vine” earring . Rule number one when it comes to mix and matching earrings: choose similar metals or stones. There has to be some logic to the pairing. Otherwise, you’re likely to look more schizophrenic than chic.
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Mamet went a little bit Park Avenue princess, a little bit downtown cool girl at the Rachel Comey S/S 14 fashion show in New York with this vintage pearl stud/In God We Trust gold dagger combo. We like the ironic dialogue between the two. Witty fashion is always a breath of fresh air.
If you choose an elaborate piece for one ear—as Halle Berry did with this Repossi multi-hoop 18-karat gold and diamond Ear Cuff ($13,781) at The Call screening in Miami—keep the other ear simple (note Berry’s minimalist stud) to add both restraint and proportion.
The pop star took advantage of the trend’s inherent punk rock potential, pairing a Jennifer Fisher Mini Safety Pin Earring ($400) with a cartilage cuff at the Myspace event at the El Rey Theatre in L.A. An updo or a short crop, like Cyrus’s platinum pompadour, helps to showcase the earrings.
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Leaving one ear bare is also an option as The Bridge actress chose to do when she donned this Chanel star stud while promoting her film Der Nachste Bitte! in Berlin. Just follow Kruger’s lead and sweep your hair to the opposite side of the ear with hardware to balance out the look.
Of course, the trend is hardly confined to Hollywood. Designer Raf Simons sent his models marching down the fall runway in unapologetic asymmetric designs, including the brand's Nail Earrings ($440), as seen here.
Luxury Fashion Cross Earring Pair ($113)