OUVERTURE StudioDiamond 0.05 14K Gold, Whitegold or Rosegold Huggie w. Diamonds
OUVERTURE StudioBlack Diamond 0.05 14K Gold, Whitegold or Rosegold Huggie w. Diamonds
Gold earrings are the ultimate ‘go-to’ earrings for every occasion. The alluring glow of this precious metal, in yellow, rose, white or black hues, is simply unmatched. Studded with diamonds and other fine gemstones or crystals, the beauty of a gold earring knows no bounds. A skillfully designed gold earring is always fascinating and elegant and an investment piece all-in-one. This is one of the reasons why gold earrings never go out of fashion and have secured their position as a staple in every woman's jewelry collection. We have curated an impressive selection of exceptional gold earrings, from the most talented independent designers for your online shopping pleasure and here is a comprehensive guide to buying gold earrings.
• Buying real gold earrings
• Should you get earrings in solid gold or gold-plated?
• This season’s most popular gold earrings
Know your gold earring
We have a stunning selection of gold and gold-plated designer earrings and it is useful to be reminded of how this fine metal is primed for jewelry making. You also need to be aware of details like gold hallmarking, plating thickness and gold colours.
What are solid gold earrings?
The purity of gold is expressed in terms of ‘karats’ (K) where 24K hallmarking indicates pure solid gold. The presence of alloys in the gold used is indicated by lower karats. 24K gold is rarely used in jewelry-making because it is too soft and will scratch and dent easily. Other metals are added to pure gold to gold jewelry stronger and more durable.
22 karat and 18 karat gold earrings Gold earrings crafted in 22K or 18K gold are beautiful and valuable. 18K is made of 75% pure gold and 25% copper, silver or other metals. 18K gold is the most preferred setting for diamond or gemstone stud earrings. Yellow gold is usually 22K or 18K.
9 K/ 10K/ 14K gold earrings are the most resilient to scratches and most affordable in the solid gold category. 9K gold is a mix of 37.5% pure gold with other metals, while 14K is 58.3% pure, making them far more durable and ideal for everyday wear.
Are coloured gold earrings real gold?
Yes! Rose gold and white gold are real gold!
Many exquisite designs in gold earrings come in a choice of colours like yellow, rose or white gold. Pure 24K gold has a bright yellow hue. The colour of the metals used to make an alloy renders it a paler yellow, white or rose hue.
Soft and feminine, rose gold in coppery-blush tones is created with a blend of pure gold and red-toned metals such as copper. So when you see the hallmark 18K rose gold it is just that!
Elegant and cool, white gold is silvery-white and created by mixing gold with white metals such as nickel or zinc. To give it a bright finish and protection, white gold is often plated with rhodium (a precious metal like platinum).
Black gold earrings is 18K gold plated with black-dyed rhodium.
Gold-plated earrings are the affordable versions of solid gold earrings. Gold-plated earrings are not crafted from solid gold but have a top-layer coating of less expensive metals like sterling silver (gold vermeil) or brass. The base metal will be coated with a layer of gold plating in 22K or 18K. These are just as stunning as real gold earrings and are an affordable substitute for designer lux jewelry. Gold-plated earrings may also come in yellow, rose or white gold plating.
When you buy gold-plated earrings you should have an idea about quality gold plating. Good quality gold plating is done on a brass or sterling silver base with a top layer of 14K, 18K or 22K gold. The thicker the gold coating, the more premium the jewelry. A range of 1.5 to 3-micron plating thickness is rated as high-grade gold plating and can last for 2-3 years if used with care.
Designer gold earrings for women
Most women prefer to alternate between fashionable gold earrings and timeless, classic gold earring styles. We love all styles and are always on the lookout for new earring designs. Here are a few pointers to consider when buying your next gold earring in solid gold or gold-plated versions.
• Style: classic or trendy?
• Use: everyday wear or special occasion?
• Length and size of earrings
• Solid gold or gold-plated earrings?
• A single gold earring or a pair?
This season’s most popular gold earring styles
Among the many gold earring designs, the most popular this season are gold hoops, studs, gold earring pendants, gold drop earrings and gold chain earrings.
Here you will find gold hoops in every size ranging from extra large, plain thin gold hoops to medium, slightly thicker versions and smaller chunkier ones. All of these come in twisted textures, sleek and glossy or as petite gemstone-encrusted creoles or huggies. A gold hoop can take you as easily from classic and understated to sexy and fun, or from an edgy fashion-forward look to bold and assertive, simply by varying the size and design.
Thick gold hoops are perfect when you need to make an entrance. This style is also called chunky hoops.
Thin gold hoops are what you reach for when you want a look that is stylish yet not overpowering. These are great for all seasons and reasons. And if you have piercings to spare, you could also layer them with other earrings like studs, huggies and chains for a striking effect.
Twisted and faceted gold hoops feature a ribbon-like twist or a gemstone cut in their form which adds depth and sparkle to the basic polished gold hoop style.
Structured gold hoops feature bold contours and unusual textures that result in a powerful attraction to these gorgeous works of wearable art. They often have double, triple or multiple connected hoops.
Gold hoops with gemstones like diamond, pearl or cubic zirconia are vibrant luxury pieces, adding sparkle and lustre to conventional hoop styles.
Gold huggie earrings are mini hoop earrings that ""hug"" the ear. These are tiny ring earrings that can have a plain design, embellished with gemstones, or be adorned with discreet dangling pendants. They are especially cool if you have more than one piercing so that they can be styled with other slightly larger creoles or studs in the same ear.
Gold hoop charms add a playful element and can bring your brand of quirkiness to the simple gold hoop.
Our Hoop Size Guide will tell you more about hoop sizes and measurements
Gold studs and small gold earrings
Gold studs and small gold earrings are the most versatile earring styles loved by everyone. What's more, a stud in solid gold is valuable and affordable at the same time! Plain gold studs have natural themes like a star, a daisy, a lightning bolt or an emotion like a smiley face. Small-sized diamond, pearl, opal and precious stone solitaire studs are ever popular.
Stud earring styles
Not only is an ear stud ideal for office wear, but it also blends perfectly with both a toned-down style, an elegant look or a super-modern and trendy style expression. In addition to being worn alone as a small pretty detail in the ear, small gold studs can be styled together with huggie hoops and chain threaders.
Long gold earrings
Gold danglers are statement earrings. These are usually glamorous and eye-catching—not your everyday pair! They are guaranteed to dial up the style of any outfit and are perfect for gala events and evening out.
Gold chain earrings
Gold chain earrings are designed as singles or pairs in varying lengths from 4.5cm to 10.5cm. A stud with fine long chains or threaders is often adorned with pierced diamonds, baroque pearls, charms, or a rhapsody of pretty blue, pink, purple or myriad coloured gemstones.
If it’s versatility you’re after, get back to basics with a simple gold earring. An everyday-wear plain accessory or dressed up with pavé-set gems like white, pink or blue sapphire, ruby and emerald, a crystal pendant drop, a splash of enamel colour or lustrous pearl, gold earrings are the must-have item in every girl’s jewelry box.
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