We all know that fashion is ever-evolving and accessories play a vital role in expressing personal style. And you may have heard the term ‘Ear Stacks’ — or ‘Ear Party Jewellery’ — bandied about recently. But what is an ear stack?
What is an Ear Stack?
According to piercing maven Astrid & Miyu:
‘The era of the “curated ear” is upon us, with everyone from celebs to jewellery lovers now beginning to create their own personal collections of piercings & styled ear stacks.’
Essentially, an ear stack (or ear party) involves the placement of multiple earrings; studs, hoops — and other ear accessories — in a harmonious composition, that reflects individuality and creativity.
The ‘ear stacking’ trend refers to wearing multiple earrings together. Basically, stacking them along the lobe. This method allows for endless possibilities and opens up a whole world of styling options!
The Rise of Ear Parties
Ear parties have gained immense popularity over the last few years; breaking away from the conventional notion of wearing a single pair of earrings.
The trend allows the wearer to showcase their personality, through curated combinations of various earrings. And in doing so, create a real visual impact.
Inspired by the concept of stacking necklaces, rings or bracelets; ear stacks bring a whole new level of artistry and self-expression to your ears!
So now you know what is an ear stack, let’s explore how you can create your unique ear party.
Crafting Your Ear Party
The beauty of ear parties lies in the limitless possibilities they offer. But how to curate your ear?
To create a stunning ear stack, you can experiment with different earring styles, sizes, materials, and placements.
Start by selecting a focal point — such as a statement piece or a favourite earring — and build around it.
Layer studs, hoops, huggies, climbers, or delicate chains to achieve a balanced and cohesive look.
Don’t be afraid to mix metals, incorporate gemstones, or play with asymmetry. The key is to experiment and find combinations that resonate with your style and personality.
There are no rules, as such, but there are general trends and groupings that are proving particularly popular.
Do You Stack Both Ears?
There is no hard and fast rule for getting the piercing symmetrical on both ears.
It’s totally up to the individual. But regardless of symmetry, go with the cascading rule.
The Cascading Rule
The cascading rule is when your larger, longer earrings at the front or in your lower piercings. Then smaller, huggie or stud jewellery the higher you go up the ear. This gives the effect of an effortless, well balanced stack.
So the next time you’re unsure on how to style your multiple piercings, go with a larger hoop or dangle piece on your firsts and smaller hoop or stud on your seconds and thirds. If you are adding charms, add longer and more bold charms towards the front and smaller charms for your upper lobes and helix.
Where To Buy Ear Party Jewellery
Maria Tash was the originator of the term ‘curated ear’. With piercing studios all around the world – from Miami to Dubai – her ear jewellery is legendary.
Shop online at Maria Tash and get inspired by all the innovative piercing placements.
Sacred Gold is a tattoo and piercing studio in London, showcasing Europe’s largest selection of BVLA fine body jewellery.
Head over to their site for inspiration for your ear stack, on their gallery.
We love this curated ear by s-kin studio.
Ear jewellery stars at £24.95.
Astrid & Miyu were one of the first stores to offer curated ear party jewellery.
The Navette Charm Huggies in Rose Gold can be worn in your first lobes for an everyday look, or stacked in your upper lobes – with a pair of hoops – for going-out.
If you’re struggling to select single pieces of jewellery, why not choose a ready made stack.
The Linear Diamond Ear Stack from Monica Vinader comprises of 4 pieces and costs £187.50.