My friend Julie used to rock dangly chandelier earrings and hot door knocker hoops -- you know, the kind so big that they brush your shoulders. Now that she's got two little kids, though, she's always on the lookout for stud earrings that make a statement, but aren't long enough for little hands to grab and tug.
What's left? Grandma's pearl studs? BO-ring. Cutesy fruit-shaped or plastic animal earrings? Let's face it, you don't want to be caught wearing the same earrings as the toddler in your kid's playgroup. Here's Etsy to the rescue with some seriously sexy studs. At these prices, you might even be able to give a gift to yourself this year.
Remember, lots of Etsy items are one-of-a-kind, so if the piece you like goes out-of-stock, click on the seller's name to find similar cool stuff in their shop.
I have a thing for different-but-related earring pairs, and Etsy seller Joannarutter's Bird and Branch Silver Hoop Studs ($60.00) fit the bill. The hammered silver edges add just the right amount of sparkle.
I've been obsessed with finding the perfect vintage cabochon flower stud earrings since I saw some on silent film femme fatale Anna May Wong. Etsy sellers dangsworld and BijouxByAllison have two perfect pairs in these vintage Japanese cabochon yellow mums ($9.00) and gorgeous cream rose studs ($9.00). (I've already snatched up some of dangsworld's white mums for myself.)
Want something festive but not Santa-Claus-sweater-loud for the holidays? Try these delicate North Star earrings ($26.00) from Etsy seller ANORIGINAL JEWELRY. They'll be fun to wear year round, and the shape reminds me of those dainty 60s Bewitched graphics. (What girl couldn't use a little Samantha the Witch magic in her life?)