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9 Cute Ear Cuff Jewelry to Match Your Style

9 Cute Ear Cuff Jewelry to Match Your Style

Ear cuffs are (kind of) earrings that clip on the cartilage at the edges of your ears. They do not require piercings (most often) because they come with a wire that curves behind the ear to secure the cuff in place (much like a Bluetooth headset).

They have sure enough become the hottest accessory in town. You can see these beautiful innovations on the red carpet, catwalks, and almost everywhere you smell fashion. Ear cuffs come in a plethora of different styles and designs and hence everybody can sport this trend (almost).

Before you decide on getting a few for yourself here’s what you must read:

5 Rules of wearing ear cuffs:

  • You have to dress fashionably. You cannot look stylish at the ear and quite the opposite elsewhere. No brainer this.
  • Keep your makeup simple. Especially if your ear cuffs are chunky and bejewelled. You risk looking loud if you don’t follow this cardinal rule.
  • Keep your other accessories minimum for the same reason as mentioned above.
  • Ear cuffs can be worn on both ears together but an ear cuff looks best sitting on one ear.
  • Keep your hair out of the way. Ideally wear it at the back from the side you sport your ear cuff. You don’t want your hair all tangled on the cuff with that piece of jewelry barely visible.

Here’s a look at the different types of ear cuff jewelry and how you can style them to look perfect:

  1. The earring cuff combo:

    The earring cuff combo

    Source: Amazon

    No it isn’t serious hardware. It usually has a stud that goes on the lobe piercing attached to a chain that holds a bejewelled clamp creating a clever illusion. It looks stylish and dainty. It’s perfect for people who prefer an understated stylish look. Buy here.

How to style it?

Sweep your hair to one side but leave them open. You can choose to add loose curls to your side swept hair for a more elegant feel or just leave it pin straight for a younger look. Either way, make sure that the ear cuff bearing ear is fully exposed.

  1. The multi-chain ear cuff:

    The multi-chain ear cuff

    Source: Amazon

    These have two clamps, one on each end with tiered chain links or flow chains. They look elegant and aesthetic and can go with a variety of different outfits, traditional and modish. Buy here.

How to style it?

Create a deep side part in your hair. Now take 2 inch thick bunch of hair from the side that you are wearing the ear cuff and twist it till it forms a tight roll. Pin the end of the roll to the other side with bobby pins. Combine your cuff with minimalist earrings and you will have created a perfect fusion of classic and current.

  1. The wild ear cuff:

    The wild ear cuff

    Source: Amazon

    These are huge and usually have dragons, lizards, or snakes embossed on them. They cover the whole ear and look fierce and sci–fi-ish (you know what we mean right?). These are edgy and spell style, loud. Buy here.

How to style it?

Create a contrast. That’s the key. Team the cuff with a loose braid, pulled to one side. Accentuate your eyes and keep the rest of the makeup bare minimal. Preferably avoid wearing anything on your neck unless you want to go too bold. DON’T wear them on both the ears together!

  1. The spiked cuff:

    The spiked cuff

    Source: Amazon

    This one certainly is eye catching. The spiked metallic ear cuffs look very ‘game of thrones’ glam. And can do wonders in upping the style quotient of an otherwise boring outfit. Buy here.

How to style it:

These cuffs are best sported with a high chignon bun. Make sure the bun is not a messy one. Use hair spray if you must, to tame any flyways that will ruin the look of your spiked piece. Also, dark outfits and spiked cuffs go oh so well together.

  1. Hugging ear cuffs:

    Hugging ear cuffs

    Source: Amazon

    These are huge (in the truest sense) and spell pizzazz and oomph like nothing else. They wrap the outer edge of your ear and protrude outwards making your ears look elf-ish (in a good way). Buy here

How to style it:

Wear them in just one ear unless you are playing an elf in the school play (kidding). This one is too bold to use on both the ears. Pull your hair towards one side and fish braid it. Gently pull the sides of the braid to make it look broad and messy. Ideally don’t sport any other jewellery (except for a nice bauble on your fingers) with this one.

  1. The band cuff:

The band cuff

Source: Amazon

These are hammered circular clamps that perfectly fit the rim of your ear. These are understated and elegantly chic. It looks very bohemian and can be combined with just about anything. Perched on top of the ear, they can add glam to the face, beautifully. Buy here.

How to style it:

Wear a faux undercut hairstyle and make these pretty cuffs sit on the top of your ear. Paint your lips, a gorgeous burgundy and wear gold rock studs to compliment the cuffs to look a stunner. Alternatively, you can layer the cuffs with a dangly pair of earrings too. There is no limit to how many of these you can wear together. Pile on depending on the look you wish to create.

  1. The wave cuff:

The wave cuff

Source: Amazon

This one’s for the minimalists who want a bauble they can wear no matter the occasion. The wave cuffs (much like its name) hug the front portion of your lobe and cartilage in a wave shape. It looks stunning yet simple. Buy here.

How to style it?

Play it subtle. Take the understated approach and wear something that spells feminine. Leave your hair open with just the sides pinned up at the centre and you are done.

  1. The feathery cuff:

The feathery cuff

Source: Amazon

The feathery cuff is just that. A cuff in the shape of a feather. It perfectly sticks to the ear in a C shape from the lobe to the upper edge and looks feminine and sexy. Buy here.

How to style it?

Go the nude makeup look with this one. If you absolutely must apply makeup, wear a thick eyeliner and a hint of gloss. Tie your hair in a high ponytail or opt for a messy chignon.

  1. Long chain ear cuffs:

Long chain ear cuffs

Source: Amazon

These usually have a stud that goes in the pierced hole and then a dangling long chain that has a cuff that can be perched on the ear rim or the hair. This one has been around in India since a long long time and the west is waking up to it more feverishly than ever. To say it looks beautiful would be an understatement. Buy here.

How to style it:

Wear a ponytail with side bangs and a little curl thrown it at the side. Pair the look with a dainty neck piece and you’re set. Like always don’t wear the makeup too loud.

There you go!

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This trend is totally rocking and it’s going to stay here for a while. Experiment and see what suits you best, and then go buy that bauble. You will thank us later.

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9 Really Cool Ear Piercings for Men

9 really cool ear piercings for men

Men sporting earrings in not a new trend mind you.  They have been having pierced ears since 3000BC (What!)  Although the reasons for having ear piercings have changed over time (believe it or not, earrings actually were worn to denote rank in society, as a mark of honor, and even as an amulet!) and moved towards aesthetics, they still remain among the most fashionable things men can do.

If you are planning to join the ear piercing bandwagon anytime soon.

Here are the 5 things you MUST keep in mind for Ear Piercing:

  • Ear piercings hurt. Yes they do. And depending on where exactly you get your piercing done, the pain can range from bad to ugly. But like they say no pains no gains. Is the pain worth it? Totally!
  • You can have piercings done even if your ear lobes are very thick. You can always opt for styles that have a long post.
  • Choose to use only hypoallergenic metals such as gold, medical grade stainless steel, titanium or platinum. If you have a nickel allergy, titanium is your best choice.
  • Invest time in choosing a place that has well trained staff and use safe ear piercing systems. You don’t want to risk a thing.
  • The average healing time of an ear piercing is close to 6 weeks. Make sure that during this time, you follow the aftercare instructions carefully or you may risk an infection or invite more pain.

But what Ear piercings to choose? See Ear Piercings for Men:

There are at least 9 different places on the ear you guys can have piercings on. You read that right. Let’s take you through each of them suggest what kind of pieces of bling will suit the piercing:

  1. Lobe piercing:

    Lobo Piercing for men
    This one’s the most common of them all. If you are going for piercing for the very first time, this could be the wisest option. Since your earlobe does not have any cartilage, it is the least painful to get a piercing here. Usually it shouldn’t take more than 3 weeks to completely heal but it might take you longer if you live in a warmer weather or are prone to allergies.

What to wear?

A nice barbell like the bundle monster titanium ones would be a good option. Even a simple stud like a zirconia gem stainless steel one will do a great job in upping your style quotient.

  1. Helix Piercing:

    This one is done with a sterile needle as against a piercing gun. A helix piercing is done in the upper cartilage of the ear. Although it hurts more than a lobe piercing, it takes as much time to heal completely. A helix piercing looks very country style and is very popular.

What to wear?

Little hoops such as the simple surgical steel segment hoop one from Kinzie fashion make for a good option. Alternatively, you can even try cuffs such as the fashion punk rock metal cuffs cuffs to adorn your helix.

  1. Tragus Piercing:

    Tragus Piercing for men

    Source: Flickr

    This one’s the most painful of the lot (almost). It is certainly not for people who have to show up to black coat business meetings every other day and it most surely isn’t for the faint hearted. It takes the longest time to heal (and long it seems). The tragus piercing is done on the cartilage flap of the ear and looks stunning to say the least.

What to wear?

Captive bead earrings such as the 14G gold captive bead rings are the most perfect bling option for this. If captive beads are not your thing, then wear cartilage studs that don’t look very feminine such as the Novpeak stainless steel ones.

  1. Anti-Tragus Piercing:

    anti-tragus-piercing-and-lobe-piercing-for-men

    Source: Piercingtime.com

    This one’s far less intimidating than tragus painting. It is done on the inner cartilage of the ear and therefore it hurts way less than a tragus piercing. The healing time for a tragus piercing can range from anywhere between 4-6 weeks.

What to wear?

Ball closure rings such as the mixed ball closure ring from Verjoy look amazing. Alternatively you can wear a bead stud such as the Bling jewellery sterling silver stud.

  1. Conch Piercing:

    men-ear-conch-piercing

    Source: Piercingtime.com

    Conch piercings spell style. They look uber cool but only few guys can carry it off without looking a certain stereotype. You can have piercings either in the inner or outer conch. This piercing needs care and a quick cleaning every day to heal quickly else it might take a while to go pain free.

What to wear?

Ball closure rings like the surgical steel ones or barbells, such as the horseshoe circular barbells make for a wise choice for this kind of piercing.

  1. Industrial piercing:

    new-industrial-piercing-and-neck-tattoo-for-men

    Source: Piercingtime.com

    This one’s not so popular owing to the pain, healing time, and the care needed. It looks rock star cool though. Certainly not for the timid, this one’s a winner in terms of getting attention. An industrial piercing is done in the upper cartilage of the ear and a single piercing is passed through two holes. It can take almost as much as 6 months to a year for an industrial piercing to heal.

What to wear?

Industrial barbells such as the funky stainless steel one by body candy is your perfect piece of jewellery. You can even try ones with chains and danglers if you are feeling too experimental.

  1. Rook Piercing:

    rook-piercing-for-men

    Source: Piercingtime.com

    This piercing is done, right on the thick portion of cartilage between the inner conch and the outer conch of the ear. This one too, much like the industrial piercing can take almost a year to heal completely. Needless to say, this piercing can be very painful but totally worth it.

What to wear?

The most sought after bijouterie for this type of piercing is the captive bead earrings such as the funky tribal captive bead earrings from Playful Piercings. Simple Barbells such as the stainless steel lip bar labret also make for a cool option.

  1. Daith Piercing:

    This one is the sassiest and the most complicated piercings of all. This type of piercing is done in the outer rim of the ear cartilage that lies closest to the head.

What to wear?

Your choice of jewelry can be anything, but captive bead earrings such as the modish looking ones from body jewelry with a spiky ball attached, suit this kind of piercing, best.

    1. Gauging:

Also known as flesh tunnels, gauging is putting plugs in the earlobe. Plugs are solid cylinders that fit into the piercing in the ear lobe and stays put due to the flares on the sides of the cylinder. Men typically get their piercings increased gradually by a couple of millimetres till it reaches their desired size. Plugs, also called flesh tunnels are strictly for the bold.

What to wear?

To start with opt for silicon ones (they are more comfortable and less painful) such as the black flexible silicon ones on amazon. You can later experiment with bigger metal ones such as the sandpaper ones.

There you go!

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Consider your lifestyle and workplace though, before taking the final call. What is socially acceptable for a bar tender might not be for a professor or what suits a musician might not suit a CEO. Go make the perfect choice and flaunt your piercing with élan.

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Top 11 Cute Ear Piercing Ideas to make you Look Cool

Top 11 Cute ear piercing ideas

Ear piercing has been a trend since time immemorial (almost 5000 years!).

The oldest form of body modification, ear piercings have come a long way. They were used to show a husband’s wealth, mark prostitution, and (believe it or not!) prevent demons from entering the brain.

The 1960s saw the resurgence of ear piercings as a fashion trend and from then on there was no looking back. Almost every little nook and cranny of the ear is now seen as a potential place to wear a sexy piece of jewelry.

What are the types of piercings?

  • Lobe piercing

Lobe is the most common style of piercing. This is one we all are familiar with. It’s just one or probably two piercings in the frontal lobe of the ear. Since the lobe is the loose skin hanging from the ear (does not have cartilage), this type of piercing is the least painful and the most resilient to heavy jewellery.

  • Helix

Helix is the most popular type of ear piercing. It represents wearing piercings in the upper ear, close to the rim. Some people do as many as 10 helix piercings in an ear! Helix piercings look beautiful without looking over the top. Studs and rings, both suit this type of piercing well.

  • The anti-helix or the snug piercing

Anti-helix is another type that is gaining popularity. When the piercing is attached to the ear cartilage inside the rim, it’s called a snug piercing. This style is usually combined with lobe and helix piercings (though not always).

  • Daith Piercing

Daith Piercing

There is the daith piercing which is quite like snug piercing but a little above the ear canal opening.

  • Rock Piercing

Snug piercing

The rook piercing, wherein the piercing is in the folding cartilage of the ear separating the inner conch and the outer conch. This one is certainly the most complicated and the most painful type of piercing.

  • Tragus Piercings

Tragus Piercing

Tragus is the thick part located at the opening of your ear. Piercings on this part are called tragus piercings. These are also quite painful but look great nevertheless.

  • Anti-Tragus Piercing

Antitragus piercing

A piercing right opposite the tragus is called an anti-tragus piercing (that was an easy guess).

  • Conch Piercing

conch piercing

Piercings on the inner and outer cartilage of the ears are called conch piercings.

Phew! Feeling adventurous already? Need a little inspiration?

Here goes:

  • Ear studs

Ear Studs are arguably the most common and popular style of earrings owing to the large variety of them that can suit any age, colour, whim, or occasion. Different studs can be combined and worn on helix piercings to create a desired look. Wear stones when you feel fancy, toons when you feel young, wear skulls when you feel bold, and wear large ones if you want to grab eye balls. Either way, they make for a good and safe choice.

  • Ball closure earrings

Ball closure earrings are as versatile as they are pretty. They are also known as captive beads. In this type of earring, the bead/ball is slightly larger than the ring’s end points and have indentations that correspond to these ends. Owing to its closed shape and rounded edges, these rings don’t snag on clothing and hair, making it a desired choice for piercings that aren’t fully healed.

  • Barbell earrings

Barbell earrings gets their name from their similarity in looks to the barbells we use for weightlifting. This kind of jewellery has a straight bar with a bead on each end. The beads on both the ends are unscrew-able and hence you can change the beads to go with your look or color of your dress. Some barbells have one bead fixed with an epoxy while the other open-able. Barbell earrings come in various types such as internally threaded, externally threaded, curved, circular, and surfaced. These type of earrings much like ball closure ones, are suited to people whose piercings haven’t healed completely.

  • Huggies(I know what that reminds you of)

Huggies have got their names because they literally hug the portion you put the piercing on. They come in different shapes from rectangles to hearts and look oh so adorable. Most huggies have channel set stones in them which adds sparkle and beauty to your ears.

  • The slave earrings

Slave earrings are quite in trend now. These earrings have one piercing that fits into the ear lobe and there is a chain and a clip-on attached to the piercing which goes on the ear rim. They look funky, cool, and out of the ordinary. These catch attention and how!

  • Labret studs

Labret studs although originally designed for lip piercings, make for wonderful ear piercing jewellery.  One side of the labret is usually a stone or a designed metal piece while the other end has a flat plate that sits neatly against the back of your ear. Labret studs are comfortable even for sleeping in. These are versatile and can be worn both on the lobe and the cartilage.

  • Spiral cartilage earrings

Spiral cartilage give a look of multiple helix piercings but in reality you can totally wear them even if you just have one cartilage piercing. These look prepossessing and dainty. If you aren’t the adventurous type who can endure a lot of pain, these kinds are for you.

  • Ear cuffs

Ear Cuffs are making quite a wave. They are large pieces of jewellery that are designed to hug the upper portion of the ear. You usually need 2-3 helix piercings for the cuff to fit your ear perfectly. They come in a variety of different metals and designs to suit personal styles and that they look snazzy, is just an understatement.

  • Earring jackets

Earring jackets spell classy. These kind of earrings have a small piece of stone encrusted jewellery with a hole in the centre, through which the post of a stud earring is inserted. The ‘jacket’ can be worn with different studs and hence these make for a must have. These earrings can be worn on the lobe and the rim.

  • Infinite Tusk earrings are classic

They can be worn down or flipped up. They can go on the cartilage or the lobe or the tragus and look perfect. These no fuss earrings are a must have if piercing is on your mid in the near future.

  • Ear pins

Ear pins are easy to wear and alluring at the same time. These earrings are generally big but they don’t pull down your ear as they rise along your earlobe. There are a host of options with the ear pin if you are creative enough to experiment. For wearing them, you just put them in the pierced hole like French wire earrings are pierced, and then you flip them over and slide them on your ear like a bobby pin (yes!).

The options are endless and the designs are multitudinous. Try different ones and show your jewellery layering prowess.

What are you waiting for?

Just grab a mirror and decide on where your next piece of gorgeous jewellery will go. Remember though, that it’s important to know the healing time and the risks involved in a particular piercing before you opt for it.

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All the best!