Maura Tierney in Fred Leighton. Photo courtesy ofRobLatour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Last night while live tweeting about the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards’ jewelry, I realized that in many ways I am similar to my colleagues. I want to see celebrities wearing jewelry that is equal in personality to their gowns and pieces that make a statement. I was happy when necklaces finally made a comeback during the 2016 Golden Globes and Oscars and jewels were worn in the hair, on the waist or back of a gown. I am a proponent of piling bracelets up the arm and layering pendants, mixing periods and metals. I am all for color on the red carpet. But when it comes to earrings, I tend to stray from the pack.

Early on during the red carpet arrivals, it was apparent that large, bold, long, geometric and sculptural earrings were the major trend of the evening. And, although I can appreciate an outsized earring for an awards presentation and even get in on the giddy happiness about seeing a number of these proportions while tweeting— I tend to prefer those that you won’t want to take off, say, around a half hour after you put them on.

Of course if you are a celebrity and borrowing these large-scale styles for one special night—it make sense to stand out even if it might weigh heavy on your lobes. The 100-carat emerald Lorraine Schwartz stunners that Tina Fey wore or those equally glamorous but weighty looking floral styles, also by Lorraine Schwartz on Sarah Hyland got raves from the jewelry community. In this vein we can’t leave out Sarah Paulson’s Wilfredo Rosado’s elongated rectangular styles, which popped with her Prada gown or Tracee Ellis-Ross’s De Grisogono epic sized swirly circular diamond numbers that were the ultimate in elegant sophistication with her white Ralph Lauren. These are some of the styles that you will see on blogs, online magazines and in the news.

But there were also some extremely wearable looks during the ear-centric Emmy’s that offer inspiration. For women who want to add one or a few new pairs of earrings to their fall and holiday wardrobes, these are perfectly sized, lighter in weight, and won’t drag or pull on your lobes. And, you can wear more than one time.

For those influential style setting yet enduring styles, here are our picks for the winning styles:

Maura Tierney was one of my personal favorites when it came to the old Hollywood glamour she projected in a pair of Fred Leighton’s close to the ear 1930s diamond and aquamarine earrings. With the more trendy ear climbers, it didn’t take long for both antique and modern ear clips to be a wardrobe changer. These are more appropriate for evening but you don’t need an awards event to wear a similar look. Photo above: Maura Tierney in Fred Leighton. Photo courtesy ofRobLatour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Emily Ratajkowski’s H. Stern’s long swingy and lightweight earrings were show stoppers, without being ‘in your face’. They had just enough going for them for impact and are my choice for the style that women will want to imitate most.


Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (5899238dn) Emily Ratajkowski


Emilia Clarke in Jack Vartarian. Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

Emilia Clarke’s mismatched Jack Vartarian earrings offer a look that is fun and can be considered wear anywhere and anytime styles. The also defy demographics.


Kristen Bell in Harry Winston Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

Kristen Bell’s looked perfect from head-to-toe. Her Harry Winston earrings might have more diamond weight than the rest of the earrings we are showing but they still are of a size that women will feel more comfortable wearing Even if they aren’t wearing Harry Winston but a similar look at a more accessible price.


Michelle Dockery in Harry Winston. Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock

Michelle Dockery also wore Harry Winston. These are close to the ear diamond clusters that are perfect in their silhouette and proportion. Dockery always looks subtly glamorous and pulled together and this time was no exception.


 Photo by Karl Walter/Deadline/REX/Shutterstock Tatiana Maslany in Forevermark 

Tatiana Maslany thin linear diamond earring threads from Forevermark were another winner of the evening.

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