Tassel Earrings – What Makes Them a Red Carpet Favorite?

Tassel Earrings

At the Emmy Awards this year, singer, actress, and entrepreneur Selena Gomez looked absolutely stunning in a knockout white beaded gown, silver clutch, sleek updo, and the star of her look – emerald green tassel earrings that matched her green manicure to perfection! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know by now that tassel earrings can make or break a look, with their eye-popping length and volume. Gomez isn’t the only celebrity to rock this style statement lately. Lucy Boynton made an appearance at the BAFTAs with white tassel earrings and Ann Russo attended “The Gray Man” premiere in a pair that featured sparkling diamonds and majestic rubies. So, what is it that makes these earrings so popular and high-on-style? Let’s take a look.

What are Tassel Earrings?

The dictionary defines ‘tassels’ as “a tuft of loosely hanging threads or cords knotted at one end and attached for decoration to soft furnishings, clothing or other items.” Tassels have been used worldwide for centuries now – mainly in home décor and fashion. In fact, they are also looked up to as a symbol of achievement and victory in some cultures; coveted universities grant and acknowledge intellectual achievement by felicitating with a tassel brooch. Apply this versatile and free-flowing structure to jewelry, and you get individual dancing strands of glittering gemstones or metal, spliced at the top and hung through the earlobe.

A curtain of 14k gold strands made from delicate links looks absolutely stunning when you’re attending a party or a wedding.

Why Are Tassel Earrings Considered Glamorous?

Let’s start with the basics – tassel earrings are long, voluminous, and dazzling. There’s literally nothing subtle, minimalistic, or conservative about them. Even the most low-key tassel earrings (let’s say, three or four shorter strands) still stand out when compared to studs or hoops. And just imagine the pieces where a dozen gemstone threads glisten against your cheek, brushing onto your shoulder blades! They’re simply irresistible. What’s more, tassel earrings are so light and free-spirited. The structure is overrated as far as they go. The ends keep moving like a shapeshifter, swaying when you walk or turn back your head to laugh or even when a gentle gust of breeze flies past.

Which Look Better – Diamond or Gold Tassel Earrings?

Tassel earrings come in a mind-boggling array of materials, from threads and shells to beads and cloth. When it comes to precious jewelry, gold and diamonds are your go-to. Now which of these you choose depends on varied aspects – your budget,  personality, and the look you’re aiming to achieve. Gold tassel earrings have a more fun and bohemian vibe. They’re ideal for the girl who loves experimenting and wants a happy, no-effort look. On the other hand, Diamond tassel earrings exude glamor and old-world charm for the diva who knows she’s light up the runway as she walks past with panache. They’re both equally unique and beautiful, but the diamond tassel earrings obviously tend to be more expensive.

For the glamorous woman who does not want to conform, these 18k white gold tassel earrings feature asymmetrical strands. A total of 5.10 carats of diamonds cut into different shapes make this piece, an aspirational work of art.

What do you get when teardrops and tassels meet? This luxuriously long pair of 14k yellow gold earrings. Ideal for the woman who wants to make heads turn the minute she enters a room.

What Other Jewelry Pieces Can Be Worn with Tassel Earrings?

When styling your look with earrings, it is best to keep the rest of your jewelry simple. Remember, one statement piece is more than enough. You don’t want to look like a Christmas tree dripping in ornaments. So, team it up with a thin necklace or a couple of bracelets stacked together. Always make sure these complement the tassel earrings and don’t clash horribly. If you’ve got on ruby and diamond tassels, do not randomly decide to wear a bright blue sapphire pendant. Not unless you have Lady Gaga’s flair – and her stylist!

With hoop tassels, you can have the best of both worlds – hoops and these contemporary spike drops! Set in 14k yellow gold, these tassels are perfect for the minimalist.

Which Outfits Look Best with Tassel Earrings?

It depends entirely on the earrings. As a rule, pick an outfit in solid shades or small prints. Wild, huge, busy prints on the clothing will distract from your tassel earrings and look outrageous. Off-shoulder, strapless, or halter tops and dresses show off tassel earrings to their best advantage. If your earrings are brightly-colored, choose a monochrome outfit. Remember Selena Gomez and the white gown that offset her vivid green earrings? Similarly, if you’ve got pale gemstones, choose a brighter dress. Contrast is key when it comes to styling your look, else the whole effect can be quite flat!

Contemporary clean lines and tassels seem so far removed, don’t they? This pair of 14k yellow gold plain drops has managed to ace the pairing beautifully.

We love these drop earrings in 14k yellow gold. They use the ‘less is more’ aesthetic, while retaining the glamor of tassels.

What Hair and Makeup Looks Complement Tassel Earrings the Best?

The amazing part about tassel earrings is that they suit almost every face type. You don’t have to overthink while styling them. Do not let your hair down (pun definitely not intended!), even if you feel like showing off your tresses. It is a waste to wear tassel earrings and have them all covered up. A top bun looks fabulous with tassel earrings. In fact, wear your hair pulled back, whether it is a low ponytail or a high bun. The exception might be Meghan Markle, who rocked her bright orange tassel earrings, despite wearing her hair down. As for makeup, keep it soft. Think corals, pastels, or nudes. If you love all things loud, focus on one feature to highlight – either thick smoky eyes or bright, dark lips. Do not do both. With tassel earrings, the look is just plain scary. You can also take another cue from Selena Gomez and match your nails to the earrings!

How Can I Transition My Tassel Earrings from Day to Night?

That’s the great part about tassel earrings – they elevate any outfit aesthetic and make you look simply stunning. For an impeccable day-to-night transition, swap your work tote for an elegant evening clutch that does not clash with your earrings. Wear a jacket over a halter or off-shoulder outfit to work so that your earrings look amazing when you finally remove them. Do not add fussy stoles or any unnecessary accessories above the torso. If you must accessorize, add a belt. Lastly, don’t forget to pull up your hair into a top-knot or a high ponytail. You’re all set to rock the party effortlessly but in style!

Who says tassels need you to break the bank? These sterling silver beauties feature white sapphires and channel a vintage vibe.

These sterling silver round filigree drop earrings feature white sapphires for an old-world charm. 

Whether you’re looking for tassel earrings in silver, gold or diamonds, Gabriel & Co. has it all, in a multitude of styles. Pick up a pair, and watch your look transform wondrously.

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