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10 Earring Curation Themes and Styles To Help You Build The Perfect Stack

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For the past few years, I’ve been trying to expand my ear-piercing collection, finally graduating from my lobe piercings to getting a conch as well as two helix piercings (that I don’t think will ever actually heal, but oh well). But there are so many options out there and so many theme ideas for ear piercings that it’s kind of overwhelming when you just want to do it all at once and don’t know where to start. So, I’ve come up with ten different earring stack ideas to help you along your piercing journey and give you some inspiration for pieces you want to build up over time!

Gold Stack

This is a relatively standard earring curation and one that a lot of people tend to go for when they’re first starting out on building up their piercings. But to make this theme a little more interesting, try looking out for pieces that have some texture to them or add slim gold chains that hang down and create movement.

Silver Stack

Again, this is a type of earring curation that many of us are used to seeing and can be a gateway for some edgier earring stacks later on that include chunky and bold pieces. But you can always stick to more dainty earrings and look for ones that have diamonds or some sleek hoops.

Mixed Metal Stack

Now we’re getting into some funkier styles, where people will actually mix gold, silver, and rose gold earrings within the same ear. To create a more cohesive look, a lot of people like doing a mix of white gold, which is very similar to silver and yellow gold. Try looking for the same piece in both colors and adding them right next to each other to make it look purposeful and have a good balance of both within the stack itself, alternating colors when you can.

Dainty Stack

While I love a good maximalist style when it comes to earrings, a dainty stack is perfect for those looking for a more lowkey type of look. For this style, you’ll want to find pretty small pieces that don’t take up much space. Thin hoops mixed in with tiny gem studs help create contrast and interest in a minimalist ear.

Forest Stack

This one is for all my granola girlies out there. It is so fun to incorporate emeralds and topaz colors into your earring stack while adding cute designs like leaves and mushrooms as well. With fall in full swing now, this could be such a pretty stack to try for the season or rock all year round!

Gemstone Stack

Now, this is my favorite earring stack I have seen, and it is actually what I am trying to achieve over time. Basically, you mix together a bunch of different gemstones in a bunch of different funky and fun shapes and sizes. It makes me think of an eclectic grandma for some reason, and I really vibe with it.

Fantasy Stack

Another ear curation theme that is super cute is a fantasy theme. This is where you include designs like daggers, bows, and arrows, and snakes with fun gemstones and chains. My booktok fantasy girls should give this stack a try for sure.

Rose Gold Stack

Returning to the more simple earring stacks, a rose gold stack is really fun and can be cute when you add in some pearls and diamonds.

Western Theme Stack

I saw this style while scrolling on Pinterest and thought it was adorable. So, basically, you just add in designs like boots, snakes, lassos, turquoise gemstones, and red accents. This is a very specific theme, but if you really love the Western aesthetic, this would be the perfect stack for you.

Celestial Theme

Last but not least, another popular theme I’ve seen is a celestial aesthetic where people add stars, planets, constellations, and moons with lots of dangly chains and hoops with charms on them. You can try adding dreamy gemstones like amethyst to make it even cuter. 

And these are just a few different earring stack ideas to try out as you build up your piercings. What do you think of these themes? Do you have an aesthetic you’re trying to achieve now? Let us know!

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