Too often do I stand in front of my jewellery box (that isn't so much a box, as an ornate thing which I hang my jewellery from), and mull over which earrings to wear for work. I often plump for the simple stud because it is work-appropriate. The stud also connotes a level of professionalism, of which the larger, drop earring doesn't.
Instead of spending those precious five minutes every morning torn between your favourite dangling pair of earrings; then why not try a brighter, more daring pair of studs? Here a round of up of my top five, which come in at reasonable prices too.
London-based Laura Gravestock has been making her jewellery since 2009. Her work, pre-made and commission-based, combines silver and gold with semi-precious and precious gemstones. These are available in sterling silver or 18ct gold-plated silver, with 10 gems to choose from. Majestic gem-set stud earrings, from £149, Laura Gravestock.
These silver woven earrings are by jewellery designer Rachel Galley, who splits her time between London and the Lake District. The studs are 1.1cm in diameter, and the circle has a 3mm width. They are part of a wider Allegro collection, which includes bracelets, rings and necklaces. Allegro silver stud earrings, £49, Rachel Galley.
From British jewellery brand Astley Clarke (named after founder Bec Astley Clarke), the faceted amethysts in these earrings are set into 18ct gold-plated sterling silver. Thereís a matching amethyst necklace and ring, plus similar jewellery styles with different gemstones. Sonatina amethyst earrings, £75, Astley Clarke
Good news: New Zealandís Meadowlark now ships to the UK. Founded by Auckland-based couple Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont, the brand takes dark ideas (fangs, daggers and skulls) and softens them by using colourful stones and dainty designs. Shipping takes three days. Crossed nails stud earrings, sterling silver, £38.47, Meadowlark.
Orelia is a Brighton-based jewellery and accessories brand led by Louisa Belcher and Collette Flood. Inspired by their travels to countries such as India, Morocco and Thailand; their products are bohemian with lots of bright tones, glasswork and beading. These glass and acrylic studs also come in yellow. Neon flower earrings, £12, Orelia.