50 Expensive-Looking Earrings Under $50

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Are we living in a golden age of earrings? In the last few years, it’s gotten more and more fun to wear them, as all the rules have been broken: You don’t have to wear matching pairs; you don’t have to get extra piercings to look like you have more than one in each ear (try a “crawler” or a “twirl” hoop); you can wear one earring in two piercings; what hangs from the back of a stud can be just as important, and as beautiful, as the front (see: “jackets”); a hoop doesn’t have to sit like you thought it did. Moreover, you don’t have to look very hard to find earrings that are much less expensive than they look — even the biggest-box clothing brands have seriously stepped up their game (see the Cut’s recent dive into Mango’s wonderful options). And if you don’t want to bother looking at all, we’ve rounded up some of the very best options that you can buy online for under $50, from surprising studs to hoops of all shapes and sizes to big, bold, inspired statement pairs.

Studs

A sweet pair of mismatched, sterling-silver tinies (one featuring a white sapphire) from the jewelry start-up Mejuri.

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Petite Asymmetrical Studs $45, Mejuri

Mejuri sells perfect, teensy, solid 14-karat-gold ball studs, too.

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Sphere Studs $50, Mejuri

A simple, delicate pair of sterling-silver “through” earrings, whose curved posts hook around the underside of your earlobe.

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Sterling Silver Mini Triangle Through Earrings $13, Asos

Lovely gold-plated studs from the Turkish-inspired line Ottoman Hands.

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Ottoman Hands Signs & Symbols Sun Stud Earrings $29, Asos

Jackets inspired by the phases of the moon, from the Mallorcan Etsy designer Lunai.

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Lunai Moon Phase Ear Jackets $20, Etsy

The trapezoidal stud part of these beautiful geometric jackets, handmade in Kenya, are interesting enough to be worn alone; the dangling triangular hoop is an added bonus.

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Made Daisy Knights Triangle Through & Through Earrings $31, Asos

You’ll never guess who makes this surprisingly chic set of mix-and-match studs. Okay, fine, we’ll tell you: It’s Abercrombie & Fitch!

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Abercrombie & Fitch Stud Earring Pack $20, Spring

This pretty little everyday pair is handmade in New York City, with hammered 14-karat-gold plating and creamy glass moonstones.

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Of Mercer Stud Earrings $35, Spring

A clever, unusual design, with sleek brass discs that split around the earlobe.

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Soko Sia Studs $48, Spring

Gold-tone jackets with subtle blue crystals, from Nicole Richie’s ’60s-inspired line House of Harlow.

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House of Harlow 1960 Lyra Earrings $41, Revolve

These little pave clusters from the New York–based brand Shashi are plated in 18-karat gold and come in lots of colors.

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Shashi Noa Studs $38, Spring

A sparkly set of gold-plated pave evil eyes from Rebecca Minkoff.

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Rebecca Minkoff Evil Eye Stud Earrings $28, Spring

You can’t go wrong with a 14-karat-gold-filled initial stud, especially at $15 a pop.

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Jessica Elliott 14K Gold-Filled Initial Stud Earring $15, Spring

Wear it with Catbird’s single, solid-gold “Little Secret” earring, which is like a bar stud but with extra-delicate tapered ends.

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Catbird Little Secret Earring $35, Net-a-Porter

Or you could even pair it with this Marc Jacobs hand-giving-the-peace-sign; there are no rules!

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Marc Jacobs Victory Hand Stud $35, Spring

These dainty Shashi circles come plated in 18-karat yellow or rose gold.

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Shashi Circle Studs $38, Spring

This pair — like much of the jewelry on the Amazon Handmade page of a Korean line called MJLuLu — features a stone called howlite, which, the designer writes, “can be used to release attachments, or cords, linking old emotional pain, from this life or a past life, to the present. Once these attachments are severed, it allows for processing those emotions and bringing peace in those areas.” We’ll take them.

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MJLuLu Tiny White Howlite Circle Coin Marble Stud Earrings $18, Amazon

Love the effect of multiple piercings in one ear, but not ready to commit? Try a pair of crawlers (a.k.a. climbers), like this supercute southwestern-inspired set — made with gold-plated brass and reconstituted turquoise — from BaubleBar.

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Neptune Crawlers $34, BaubleBar

Or these opal ones from the Israeli line Moonli Designs on Amazon Handmade.

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MoonliDesigns Opal Stud Earrings $21, Amazon

Moonli makes a squiggly pair, too.

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MoonliDesigns Ear Climber $19, Amazon

And, for anyone who actually has more than one piercing per lobe, a set of very cool double studs, designed to go in two holes.

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MoonliDesigns Double Piercing $19, Amazon

Hoops

Satisfyingly tiny 18-karat-gold-filled hoops with hidden closures.

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Seoul Little X UO 18k Gold Small Hoop Earring $40, Spring

An even thinner, almost-as-tiny pair, made with hammered solid 14-karat gold.

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New England Jewelry Designs 14K Gold Flat Endless Huggie Classic Hoop Earrings $45, Amazon

For a bigger hoop, Catbird makes super-simple, perfectly-sized silver pair with beveled edges.

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Catbird Dream Silver Earrings $50, Net-a-Porter

A sleek, simple pair of “through” hoops, which hang from the ear like a horseshoe, in a rose-gold finish.

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Hoop Through Earrings $10, Asos

Sterling-silver “hug” hoops that end in a tiny ball, from Melissa Joy Manning.

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Melissa Joy Manning Hug Hoops $30, Spring

MJM also makes hug hoops for a double piercing.

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Melissa Joy Manning Silver Bar Double Hug Hoop $50, Spring

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The hoop equivalent of a crawler? A “twirl” hoop like this little Maria Black number, which twists around the lobe to mimic a double piercing. (And is on sale for just a dollar over 50.)

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Maria Black 14 Karat Helix Twirl Earring $51, Fwrd

Hoops with a bonus starburst charm, from & Other Stories.

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Star Charm Hoop Earrings $19, & Other Stories

Who says hoops need to be round? This “soft diamond” pair from Nisolo, made in Kenya from recycled brass, is lovely.

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Nisolo Soft Diamond Hoop $38, Spring

Hoops That Are Actually Studs

Simple, chic brass rounds that look like they’re floating on your earlobe, rather than dangling through it.

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Soko Duara Studs $50, Spring

Wiry, sterling-silver semicircles that offer the same effect.

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Sterling Silver Open Semi Circle Stud Earrings $23, Asos

Gold-tone brass hoops from the British line Wolf & Moon descend from diamond-shaped wooden studs, painted millennial pink.

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Wolf & Moon Diamond Hoop Earrings $38, Asos

A similar concept, on a teeny-tiny scale, in sterling silver.

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Regal Rose Sterling Silver Sienna Stud & Hoop Earrings $22, Asos

These tortoise-patterned numbers, made from resin, would look great with a black top.

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Open Tortoise Circle Earrings $10, Asos

Open-backed hoops from Lunai, ringed with tiny, soldered-on beads.

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Lunai Hoop Stud Earrings $25, Etsy

One earring, two hoops.

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Gold Plated Sterling Silver Curve Hoop Through Earrings $19, Asos

This gold-plated pair by the minimalist line Modern Citizen offer a satisfying unfolded-paper-clip effect.

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Modern Citizen Folded Line Earrings $32, Spring

Statements and Danglers

These are from Ann Taylor, but they sure don’t look it! They’ve got more of a Sophie Buhai vibe.

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Ann Taylor Crystal Bar Earrings $40, Spring

A similar, slightly more “directional” pair from Whistles.

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Circle Stick Statement Earrings $29, Whistles

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These Isabel Marant beauties, made in France and more than half-off, are $54, but worth it.

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Isabel Marant Stones Earrings $54, Fwrd

Slightly insane, convincingly vintage-looking acrylic chandeliers.

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Statement Acrylic Chandelier Earrings $23, Asos

Delicate chains dangle from rose-quartz studs and end in pretty rounded triangles.

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Ottoman Hands Semi Precious Triangle Through & Through Earrings $50, Asos

Super-simple, elegant 18-karat-plated cubic zirconias with just a bit of a dangle.

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Shashi Solitaire Earring $46, Spring

Art Deco fringe that screams New Year’s Eve.

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Ettika Earrings $40, Revolve

Pom-poms are having a real moment.

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Ettika Dahl Multi Pom Pom Earrings $39, Revolve

As are tassels, made with strands of beads, as above …

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Pinata Tassle Drops $36, Bauble Bar

Or thread, as with this alluring Shashi pair.

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Shashi Mia Fan Earrings $35, Revolve

Tassels that are also hoops, from Whistles.

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Tassel Hoop Earring $49, Whistles

Superchic, figurative tear drops from Mango to jazz up the simplest of outfits. (Here are some other Mango earrings we love.)

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Mango Tear Earring $10, Spring

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