What came first, the hairstyle or the accessory?

Let me explain. The half-tuck hairstyle, that Elfin style that deliberately puts one’s ears on display without defaulting to a ponytail, is the perfect partner to this edgy blossoming accessory trend – the ear cuff. But while ear cuffs (and indeed the half tuck) are really just getting on the mainstream radar, this is an accessory trend years in the making. From Sienna Miller’s earwings of 2009 to some out-there runway versions, we’ve had our eye on the ears for a while.

The great thing about wider spread of the trend is that there are now many more options available. From the easily affordable to the luxurious, here are 5 top picks. And because they’re one-size-fits-all (and most don’t even require ear piercing) they’re the perfect Christmas gift for the accessory-loving girl.

MANIAMANIA Telepathic ear cuff

MANIAMANIA have this type of jewellery nailed. There’s a rawness in the chunky cut quartz, an air of mysticism in the design, an elegance in the simplicity. The ‘Telepathic’ ear cuff comes in two options: sterling silver with chalcedony crystal or gold plated with clear quartz (pictured). This is for the girl who rocks a bohemian edge – but does so with sophistication.

It’s available at Free People.

maniamania crystal ear cuff

Repossi multi-hoop ear cuff

There’s a multitude of low-priced versions on the market, but if you want an ear cuff that stands out for its quality and luxuriousness, it’s hard to go past Repossi’s multi-hoop piece. This one is hinged to make it adjustable, it’s sturdy and finely crafted – made from 18-karat rose gold.

Available at Net-a-porter.com.

Repossi multi-hoop ear cuff

Husam El Odeh for ASOS ear wrap

Husam El Odeh’s cuff has all the elements of classic fine jewellery transposed into a contemporary ear wrap piece. Crafted from polished sterling silver with a crystal diamond detailing, it curves over the ear, following the shape of the body.

Available at Asos.com.

husam el odeh asos ear cuff

Francis Frank tribal ear cuff set

For affordable options scour Etsy; the examples are near endless. Here’s one, a pair of tribal-inspired earrings that are hand crafted with gold-plated chains and turquoise cabochon beads. One earring is stock standard, the other has a chain extending up to an ear cuff. The turquoise mixes up the look, paving the way for outfits that are bohemian and ’70s inspired.

Get it at Etsy.

etsy tribal ear cuff

BJORG ‘The Snake Made Me Do It’ earpiece

Snakes are reoccurring motifs in jewellery for as long as we can remember, but Bjorg’s ‘The snake made me do it’ earpiece is something else entirely. 18 ct gold plated bronze, it’s Ancient with an update: a snake curling around each ear, and a chain that goes right around the back of the head linking the two. It’s best feature is its rough, rustic simplicity. It may make the wearer feel like an ancient queen, but she’s not the kind of queen who wears bling.

Most ear cuffs play to asymmetry, but this pair of ear cuffs with chain has both ears covered for a different look.

Get is from BJORG.

bjorg snake earpiece

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