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Best earring sets for stacking

Your one-stop shop to creating a curated ear

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Daisy
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27 September 2022
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hen it comes to my jewellery collection, I live by a more is more approach. For this reason, you’ll rarely spot me with less than four necklaces on at once and in the various piercings that I have collected over the years, I’ll have at least three different earring styles per ear.

Victoria van Holthe, the designer behind Portobello Road-based jewellery brand explains, “The multiple piercing trend has been around for a while and isn’t going anywhere. If you want to have on-trend ears, get pierced so you can stack with the newest earrings. We also love to wear different earrings on different ears - your look doesn’t always have to be symmetrical. Let your ears do all the talking by creating a statement stack”.

I’d like to tell you that I follow this approach is because I adhere to the latest buzz jewellery trends - and stacking your bling is certainly popular - but most of all, it’s because it allows me to wear more of my precious jewels without having to constantly be changing them up. It’s the ultimate lazy girl jewellery hack.

Creating a curated ear may seem daunting at first but by mixing, matching and setting various sizes, stones and metals together, it really gives you the chance to get creative - and if it doesn’t quite look right, there’s no issue in switching it up.

For the jewellery pick n mix, start with studs at the back piercings and get more statement as you work forwards. A huggie in the middle set alongside oversized hoops, drop earrings or cocktail earrings is a versatile aesthetic that will take you from the office to after-work drinks with no changes necessary.

When it comes to curating earrings, hoops will be your best friend. Van Holthe confirm this, “Hoops, hoops and more hoops - stack up all your piercings with different sized hoops to get the perfect relaxed everyday look”. They can shine solo or when layered up, offer an edgy look - even if it’s just with huggies.

Don’t feel stuck to one metal either. Gold may be your signature but the understated tones of silver are ideal for casual occasions, and for greater personalisation, consider birthstones, gemstones or engraved pendants. And don’t be afraid of embellishment: diamond stacks provide pleasing shine and will have your jewellery covered when it comes to more formal occasions.

For those without piercings or with just one or two, you can still get in on the stacking game. Embellish your upper ear with ear cuffs, from the cartilage to the conch, and get all of the effect with none of the needles. Van Holthe also adds you can, “wear a double hooped earring to give the illusion of a piercing, opt for a slider for something more statement or layer up some cuffs.”

Shop the best earring stacks below

Monica Vinader Mini Gem Chain, Teardrop and Mini Gem Ear Stack

Monica Vinader

Inject colour into your jewellery box with this set from Monica Vinader. While it is set with natural green onyx which is the birthstone for December and Leo, it will also work for May birthdays due to the hue resembling an emerald. The gem also represents intelligence and brain power, which will make it a great gift.

The motif is on two sets of studs in a tear drop and circular shape as well as a chain stud. These individual pieces can be worn together or mixed and matched with any combination of huggies and hoops. They are made from 18ct gold plated vermeil that has been responsibly manufactured and created with recycled materials.

Hey Harper Iconic Set

Hey Harper

For hard-working jewellery staples that will stand the test of time, let us be your official introduction to Hey Harper. The brand has a lifetime warranty on its collections and is entirely waterproof so will stay the shimmering gold hue for years to come.

Combining classic and geometric designs, this set will become the foundation of your stacking whether you choose to layer up the twist, square, oval and hexagonal shape together or use it as the statement or second piercing. The composition is 14k gold set on stainless steel.

Missoma Harris Reed Moonlight Pearl Earring Set

Missoma

When it comes to dressing up your ears for all occasions, the combination of pearls and sparkle does wonders - and these two embellishments take a starring role in fashion designer Harris Reed’s collaboration collection with Missoma.

The set includes a moon and star shaped hoop pendant with pearl huggies to boot. They are crafted from 18ct recycled cold on brass and set with pearl and cubic zirconia.

Daisy Jewellery Triple Huggie Earring Stack 18ct Gold Plate

Daisy

This set of huggies play on the classic hoop construction to offer a super-stacked on unique designs. The largest of the three - Meryl - has a dual-hoop aesthetic that will give the appearance of multiple piercings even if you have just one central hole. This is layered up with Aurora that has a hexagonal stamp texture and Dolly that features an intricate ball detailing. All three are made from 18ct gold plating.

EDGE of EMBER Rainbow Huggies Stacking Set

EDGE of EMBER

This is one for the minimalists looking to branch out from the traditional. The set is made up of two hoops, one is simple and timeless in a huggie design and made to suit all types of stacking, while the other is embellished with a rainbow of multi-coloured gemstones that will bring a subtle addition of colour when your wardrobe is leaning towards the all-black variety. To round things off, there’s a 14k solid gold star for a playful detail.

Tada & Toy The Saturn Set

Tada & Toy

You can’t ever go wrong with sparkles and stars and this set from Tada & Toy combines them both. The jewellery label has set crystal adorned star-shaped huggies with gold studs and an ear cuff that requires no additional piercing.

Astrid & Miyu Iridescent Stacking Set in Gold

Astrid & Miyu

Pearl jewellery has the miraculous ability to add sophistication to any ensemble and it forms a statement design when set on a gold hoop as it is here in this set from Astrid & Miyu. Making this a jewellery box no-brainer, it comes alongside a mini huggie and is available with silver or gold plating.

Cartilage Cartel Bolts Ear Stacking Set

Cartilage Cartel

A delicate set that has a statement punch, this combination of glitzy hoops have the seemingly miraculous ability to be both striking yet subtle. For all dress codes, from smart to casual, pair the lightning bolt-adorned hoops with the huggies to match and you have killer combo. The earrings are made from 18 carat gold plated sterling silver and set with clear cubic zirconia stones.

Alighieri The Starry Night set of three gold-plated earrings

Alighieri

London-based jewellery label Alighieri is a favourite among the fashion set for the brand’s unique take on medallion styles. Celebrating perfect imperfection, this set has a hammered aesthetic that is uneven and textured and comes with three different pieces; a larger hoop, a huggie and a bar - all of which are made from gold-plated bronze.

It is worth noting that these are made for one ear and so embrace the current trend and take an asymmetric approach to your styling or double up on the purchase to replicate the look on the other ear.

Orelia Lightning & Star Ear Party in Gold

Orelia

Orelia is taking your on a celestial journey with this stack that combines three delicate designs; a lightning bold stud, a cubic zirconia-sparkled huggie and a gold hoop that has the dainty detail of a gold star. You can add to the set further with more hoops and an ear cuff but make sure to add two to basket if you want to create a matching style on both ears.

Ottoman Hands Oko Gold Ear Cuffs Set

Ottoman Hands

Whether you are not ready to commit to creating multiple holes or want to build further on your already substantial piercings, ear cuffs bring an edgy look.

This set of three gives you options (who doesn’t love options!) with your personalisable ear stacking, giving variations on twist and braided designs. They are made from 21ct gold-plated recycled brass.

Rebel Mixed Stud & Hoop Silver Earring Set Pack of Six

Oliver Bonas

If silver is your signature metal, this cost-friendly earring set from Oliver Bonas packs six designs that include three studs, a set of classic hoops and a bar design that can be mixed and matched with ease.

If you traditionally go for gold, forget all preconceived notions that you have to stick to a single metal and incorporate into your collection.

Daisy Jewellery Silver Flow Chain

Daisy

Chain earrings will take your curated ear designs up a few notches, especially when paired with organic shapes like this unique take on a hoop. The drop earring design is created with a dainty box chain that connects to the butterfly at the back, while the twisted, wave shape will have everyone staring for the right reasons.

Missoma Mini Hoop Trio Earring Set

Missoma

In this stackable trio, you get three of Missoma’s most popular styles that have endless styling potential. The largest Ancien hoop has a modern heirloom feel that is infinetly wearable and is paired with classic pave huggies that are delicate, dainty and look far more expensive than they truly are.

To round off the set, the chubby huggies work well for second and third piercings or can even take centre stage when you’re going for a more pared-back look.

EDGE of EMBER The Bridal Piercing Stack

EDGE of EMBER

While EDGE of EMBER has deemed this the Bridal Piercing Stack, we feel that this set has far more wear potential beyond just nuptials. Both the modern bride and jewellery lover can take the unique designs included and run with it, getting creative with pairings.

There’s the flower diamond, white sapphire marquise and Sun Ray in stud form as well as two variations of huggies. One of the latter is a classic diamond hoop that can be styled in the helix, tragus or lobes, while the other has an opal centre that is best worn in the helix or daith.