Like most people with holes in their ears, I've lost a lot of earrings over the years, the most notable of which was one in a pair of gold ball studs. Totally unremarkable, but it was one of the only pairs of earrings that I wore with any regularity (so minimalist! Easy!). I didn't wear earrings for months after that, less out of mourning than laziness and a general dislike of overly flashy accessories.
Until one day it dawned on me to find that stud a new buddy. And so began a new era of wearing one pearl earring and one gold stud. Which turned into sometimes wearing a little peridot stud (whatup Leos!) with the gold or pearl stud.
Other people have said it before, but it's true: Mismatched earrings are fun and playful and where it's at in general. I have a few cartilage piercings on my right ear, all gold, so I like to do the pearl on that side and the gold on the other. They complement each other nicely and the pairing dilutes the pearl's prep factor.
So go take those earring lemons and make some earring lemonade.
Majorica pearl earrings, $55, Nordstrom. Peridot earrings, $60, Macy's. Marc by Marc Jacobs heart stud earrings, $42, Shopbop. Gold stud earrings, $29.99, Kay Jewelers. Gorjana Peace & Heart studs, $31, Shopbop.
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