In a time of luxurious, uncomplicated neutrals and monochrome glory, the options for polishing off our carefully curated wardrobe with some fresh, minimalistic earrings are seriously lacking.
Now that’s not to say that minimalist jewelry aren’t out there, but after a quick search, we discovered that the perfect earrings are harder to find than they should be. We also found that some of the sources with helpful lists of aforementioned minimal beauties are less helpful than we had hoped and also… not precisely minimal.
There are a ton of earrings covered in gemstones and pearls, tied in knots on top of knots, dangling with tassels, and shaped like hammers (yes, hammers). While we’ve got nothing against these (I’m all for a good tassel at the right time and place, and the hammers had a strange pull), we wanted to sift through and create a quick reference for some appealing yet minimalist jewelry for others in the same boat.
(Important note! Many of the earrings listed here often come in alternative materials or finishes, even if the image shows gold or silver. Click the links to find what suits your fancy.)
Essential minimalism right here. These bar studs are so fresh and so clean.
Mejuri’s studs keep things unique but uncomplicated. (Pictured on the right)
Get yourself a set of two moons, two stars, or a set of both and keep it interesting. Then make a date with your best friend for a soy latte while you talk about your star sign. Heck, get matching sets of studs for both of you.
If you’re looking for something super simple, these tiny ball dot earrings might just be perfect.
All of the studs in this collection have a lovely simple charm, but these donut studs from Bing Bang NYC would be great with your fave white t-shirt and jeans.
Minimal gold-plated cubic zirconia bar studs add some sparkle without taking over.
With New York as a staple in our minimalist guidebook, these NY studs fit the bill. Sold out when posting the article, so get on the list (in true NYC fashion).
These studs are just the right combo of chic and straightforward. Available in sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold.
These have a modern art vibe that we’re here for.
These studs (see center and right earrings) come in two sizes, small and tiny. The option you never knew you needed.
Available as a pair or in a single earring. These tiny stud earrings give a subtle statement.
We love a good simple star.
Why do triangles look so good? Who knows. Maybe it’s an illuminati thing. Regardless, these are fresh and adorable.
Hey Cupid. I need these now. Thanks.
A set of simple, understated hearts. You can’t go wrong.
Taudrey’s square set is what we want for geometrics.
What do we love about this set? They’re sold as singles, so you can opt for two venus, two mars, or one of each. Do you.
Something about a simple, flat square stud just scratches an itch.
The brushed finish of these studs gives a simple dimension.
These studs (top) have rounded edges to smooth out the vibes. We like.
The perfect little sweetie hoop, hugging anywhere you want to put it. Simple and classic is always the best.
As far as simple hoops go, this one is our favorite. There is just something so irresistible about big, simple hoops, and the Bailey set from Young Frankk is no exception.
In a world full of circular hoop earrings, be a … rectangle? Get out of the box (or back in the box?) with a subtle shape change that makes a statement. Minimalist and delicious.
Still rolling with the rectangle theme, but this time checking off the bold box.
If you’re looking for a hoop with a simple, organic feel, look no further. Treat yourself to this set for a bit of minimalist flow.
This cuff set (pictured on the left) can be worn in many ways, including a lip ring. Check the link. You’ll probably find yourself putting it on your lip and staring at your cute self in the mirror.
A small split through the center of these gold hoops adds just the right amount of delicate appeal.
For a slightly lovely contemporary feel, go this route.
Who says minimal has to be thin? We’re loving these chunky little hoops from Scream Pretty for everyday wear.
Gwen Beloti’s hoops are the perfect statement. Boom.
Ah, the classics. A nice big, gold, straight-up hoop. (Not a fully closed hoop, if you’re looking for that, scroll down my friend.)
Here, I got you these closed hoops. You’re welcome.
The Sinai hoops are a perfect option for a mid-size gold hoop. Is it just me, or are they extra shiny?
If you’re in the mood for a hoop that feels a little more organic but still has the structure that we minimalists love, we got you.
Do these count as hoops? We say yes. Catori Life’s Henge earrings have a rustic vibe while staying simple.
This cutie is sold as a single earring. Its extra snug hug is a charming understated detail.
A parallel black hoop adds some statement to the simplicity. Black tee, your best jeans, and your sunglasses to cruise around like the boss you are.
The brushed finish on this set just feels so good.
Thin square hoops keep things tasteful and unique.
The angles here create an edgy elegance that suits any look.
These lightweight buffalo horn hoops look great. The horn is sourced via traditional cultural methods from Vietnamese Water Buffalo. The animals are not harmed in any way to obtain their horn, but an important thing to note. Knowledge is power!
Mejuri gives us what we want with this set. Minimalistic with just the right amount of glam, these are begging for an over-the-shoulder wink.
We’re loving the mid-length drop here. Not too long, not too short. Just right, Goldilocks.
These have just enough character to set them apart while staying simple. Approved. Thanks, Otis Jaxon.
The length can be adjusted if you prefer the chain to show only on the back or on both the back and front, moving the crescent up and down as well.
Minimalists can still love glam.
It’s the structure for me.
There’s something soft yet refined about this set. Cue sunset behind you while you tuck your hair behind your ear to reveal these babes. Coy glance imminent.
Well, these are just tasty.
Not everyone loves the traditional pearl esthetic. These long natural pearl drop earrings bring something new to the table. Now we can feel like mermaids without feeling like we should be vacuuming in a dress and heels.
We love the versatility of these. They can be simple. They can be street. Either way, go get em.
Are they hoops? Are they drops? Why not both! So good with a high pony.
These beauties can be adapted for your mood. Wear the bar stud alone, or add the drop bar for some drama for your mama.
(Bonus: Some don’t require piercing!)
Inspired by single lined drawings, this minimal piece is bound to make a statement. These are definitely some of our favorite out of the bunch.
This cuff (top) adds some creativity to your ear lineup, like a fancy little ear hat.
Available in four different finishes, this feels straight out of a cool futuristic dystopian movie. And honestly, who doesn’t want that in their wardrobe?
This can be worn as a cuff, as well as a drop earring. With the thoughtful design of the bar removed from within the circle, we’re feeling this negative space effect.
The illusion of this cuff is contributing some cool factor to the minimal earring category. We dare you to not be complimented while wearing these.
Back again with the illusion, Otis Jaxon is keeping things artistic here in the house of minimal. Take my money, good sir.
This cuff’s minimal yet industrial vibe is calling my name in its sultry whiskey voice.
How cool are these? White topaz stones allow these ear cuffs to pop while still being understated.
These ear pins can mix it up by adding a little flair to an outfit or a little glitz for a night out.
With its long design, this cuff can be worn in multiple ways. It works well in a simple drop like this photo, but you can also hook it at the top of your ear and connect it through the lobe for a totally different vibe (check the listing for an example).
If you’re looking for something chunky but still simple, these aquamarine earrings are right up your alley. We love the raw texture that adds quiet character.
These simple tiny earrings take center stage with the iridescent white opal stone. Plus, with a name like mermaid tears, I mean, come on.
Natural pearls without any other ornamentations make these a minimalist’s dream.
Inspired by Mayan and Yucatan culture, these minimal geometric earrings with a splash of color are bound to be a hit, especially on a Tuesday. You know why.
A dual design allows you to choose how you want to wear this earring. Want a simple look? Go with the basic triangle stud. Want to add a bit of flair? Add the eye-catching jacket for a little more oomph.
We’d love to know which earrings you love here, which ones you tried, even send over any that we missed! Contact us here, and don’t forget to include how your day is going, because we want to know about that too.