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The Medallion Earring
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Since the chandelier held sway, there hasn’t been one dominant earring silhouette. Hoops remain important. Linear and pear-shaped drop earrings have their adherents. Studs and buttons are also going through a revival.

Now fashionable women have an interesting new option, and we’ve dubbed it the medallion earring. This new trend evolved in two ways.

First, it springs from the passion for decorated hoops. All that space in the center has been filled with creative and innovative ideas: gemstones, arabesque shapes, metal with cut outs, openwork designs. And with all that on display, it seems a shame not to turn the hoop forward, so everyone can see it better.

We pay tribute to the second reason for the evolution of the medallion earring in the name we’ve given the style: the popularity of large circular pendants. Medallions and mandalas are popular on long necklaces and short, alone, and layered. Designers with popular medallions began to make matching earrings.

And so a new category of style is born. Designers now make medallion earrings in every possible material, from lightweight gold to diamond pavé. So whether it’s a forward-facing hoop with center detailing or a pendant turned earring, the new medallion earring looks like a fresh new idea for the fall and beyond.


Diamond “Treillage” 18k gold earrings
Diamond “Treillage” 18k gold earrings by Laurie Kaiser at Fragments, suggested retail $2,530, (212) 226-8878.
Earrings in 18k gold
Earrings in 18k gold by Torresan for Gold Expressions, suggested retail $509, available from Bel Oro, (800) 886-7934, and Quality Gold, (800) 354-9833.
Bubble earrings in 14k gold and diamonds
Bubble earrings in 14k gold and diamonds by Nicole Landaw Jewelry, suggested retail $1,650, (917) 940-5724.
“Sunshade” 18k gold earrings by Ronco for Gold Expressions
“Sunshade” 18k gold earrings by Ronco for Gold Expressions, suggested retail $1,141, available from Bel Oro, (800) 886-7934, and Quality Gold, (800) 354-9833.
Earrings in 14k gold
Earrings in 14k gold by Candela, suggested retail $199, (800) 227-7710.
“Mademoiselle” earrings with cultured pearls, diamonds, and mother-of-pearl
“Mademoiselle” earrings with cultured pearls, diamonds, and mother-of-pearl covered by faceted quartz from Manoel Bernardes, suggested retail $1,398, (212) 730-2339.
Earrings in 18k gold and platinum accented with 0.40 carats in diamonds
Earrings in 18k gold and platinum accented with 0.40 carats in diamonds by J.J. Marco, suggested retail $2,180, (212) 744-3202.
Hammered “Dream Catcher” 18k yellow gold earrings with pearl and diamonds
Hammered “Dream Catcher” 18k yellow gold earrings with pearl and diamonds by J. Han at Fragments, suggested retail $3,260, (212) 226-8878.
Earrings in 14k gold
Earrings in 14k gold by Zoë B., suggested retail $298, (866) 594-1345.
Textured round grail 18k gold earrings
Textured round grail 18k gold earrings by Erica Molinari at Fragments, suggested retail $1,900, (212) 226-8878.
Sky blue topaz and 18k gold earrings
Sky blue topaz and 18k gold “Parterre” earrings by Laurie Kaiser at Fragments, suggested retail $1,870, (212) 226-8878.