Despite the staying power of jewelry box mainstays—the gold hoops and dainty, stackable rings we wear over a thousand times—there's one jewelry trend that's making us forget about the rest of our staples: statement earrings. As far as jewelry trends are concerned, summer 2018 is quickly shaping up to be the season of statement earrings, so naturally, we jumped at the chance to bring you our complete guide to the trend. Whether it's the subtler statement of artsy baroque pearls or attention-grabbing XL crystal earrings that speaks to you most, there's an earring trend for everyone.
The F/W 18 runways were filled with delightfully quirky adornments. Prepare to channel your grade school days with earrings that can only be inspired by arts and crafts projects. Or manifest a beach vacation via whimsical seashells. The statement earrings of the season have arrived, and we don't think you'll be disappointed by the fresh options that await below.
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Unlike the perfectly spherical shapes found in pieces of mainstream pearl jewelry, it's the organic, fresh-from-the-sea shapes of baroque pearls that couldn't be farther from their precious counterparts (no offense to regular pearls). It's their imperfect shapes that feel modern and unique.
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Admit it, the 6-year-old in you just got excited about this art class–inspired earring trend. It's the quirky-cool mashup of contrasting colors and geometric shapes on shoulder-grazing drop earrings that are just offbeat enough to be interesting. It seems that the season's biggest accessories trends (scrunchies! barrettes!) are perfectly nostalgic, and these crafty statement earrings are certainly no exception.
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Even if you have zero plans to enjoy a beach vacation in the near future, embrace the seashore via whimsical shell earrings. With an entire wave of seashell jewelry to be had this season (pun very much intended), you'll find us quickly jumping at the chance to embrace the subtler statement of seashell earrings.
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What's a statement earring if it's not making, well, a big statement? This blinged-out trend is completely "extra" but in the best way possible.
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Okay, now for a statement earring trend that we swear you can wear every single day. Look for psychedelic swirling patterns in rich jewel tones like midnight blue and kelly green.
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While it's classic gold hoops that are fashion's forever favorite when it comes to jewelry staples, this season's statement hoops are taking the classic up a notch. Creative shapes and negative-space hoops are the standout details to look out for.
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This earring trend is one that's been subtly gaining ground over the past few seasons, but now we're excited to report that the trend has finally broke. Minimally designed drop earrings with sculptural shapes are both elegant and whimsical at the same time.
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