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Going solo

Men and women alike are rocking the single-earring trend on the red carpet.

By Rachael Taylor

Joan Holloway’s habit of unclipping one earring before taking a phone call in Mad Men was one of the defining jewelry moments of the stylish TV show. Little did producers know they were presaging one of jewelry’s most striking trends.

The solo earring’s latest iteration first surfaced a few years ago, leading to much tongue-in-cheek tabloid speculation as to whether various A-list starlets had “forgotten to put in the other earring.” Snigger, snigger. For those brave enough to battle through such sarcastic comments, this lopsided style is enjoying a revival. Prabal Gurung’s A/W 2020 collection for Tasaki Atelier favored enormous, shoulder-grazing solo earrings decorated with pearls. At Valentino, the scale was similar, but the motifs edged toward the surreal.

This drama-inducing trend, it should be noted, is not limited to women — at least, not on the red carpet. Pop star Harry Styles caused a stir on the arm of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele at the Met Gala last year when he wore a single pearl drop earring, and other high-profile men have followed suit. Male stars seeking to bring a subversive edge to black tie with spectacular solo ear jewelry have included Lil Nas X of “Old Town Road” fame, and pop idol Adam Lambert, who wore a swirling diamond ear cuff to the Oscars.

At least for men — who were, in fact, the originators of the solo earring style — there is less chance of having to bat off questions about the fate of the other earring.

Star earcuff in 9-karat blackened gold with black diamonds.

Huggie hoops with removable word charms in 14-karat yellow gold with white diamonds, sold separately.

Diamond-set titanium Mariana single hoop with faceted emerald, designed in collaboration with entrepreneur Mariana Wehbe.

Lola double ear cuff in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds and neon-pink enamel.

Swinging ear jewel in 18-karat rose gold with a diamond and a tourmaline.

Malachite, diamond and pink sapphire Pietra earring in 18-karat yellow gold.

Origami Silhouette earring in 18-karat white gold with diamonds.

Chakras Piercing in 18-karat yellow gold with amethyst.

Adjustable Jagged solo earring with diamonds and yellow sapphire baguettes in 18-karat white gold.

Paillette ear climber in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds.

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