The Ultimate Guide To Red Earrings

Posted on 28 September 2016

There is no colour quite as evocative as red. Regardless of its countless names and seemingly endless hues (think magenta, scarlet, vermillion, ruby, cardinal, burgundy and cerise to name a few), it has always been the colour of love, passion, power and lust. There has never been a colour that can convey so much with its shades.

Originally expensive to extract, it was limited to those who could afford the luxury. Now things have changed and red is utilised in all facets of fashion. It works well if you want to look good on a budget and also for when you feel like a bit of indulgence.

Red Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

Wear simple red cubic zirconia stud earrings to brighten your day. Available in store.

Before I offer some tips on choosing the right red sterling silver earrings for your next casual or glamorous event, let me run quickly through the different types of red stones used generally for jewellery.

  • Garnet: Considered the birthstone for January, garnet comes in many different colours with red being the most popular.
  • Coral: The beauty of coral is that it’s organic. Coral is formed by living organisms in warm water and ranges in colour from pink to dark red. It is naturally matte but can be polished to become a bold pair of sterling silver earrings.
  • Ruby: The most popular of all red stones, ruby has always represented health, love and wisdom. A birthstone for July, it is a valuable gem with Burma and Thailand being the source of the finest and most sought-after ruby stones.
  • Cubic Zirconia: Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic gem closely resembling diamonds. Popular, since the 70’s, the stone is widely used in jewellery and comes in a variety of shades.
  • Crystal: Crystal forms naturally in the form of molten rock and has been used throughout time to enhance emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. Red crystal stands for a drive, passion, and love.
Boccai Red Stone Stud Drop Earrings

Different types of red stones used for jewellery. Red stone sterling silver earrings available in store.

There is a fabulous array of red earrings available for any occasion, but in general, when matching coloured earrings it is useful to keep a few guidelines in mind.

Let your earrings follow the rule of contrast in that they provide a contrast to the rest of your outfit. If your outfit is made up of more than one colour, establish the dominant colour and match your earrings to that. As a rule of thumb, red usually goes well with shades of green, a look that we very often see on the red carpet. Red also offers a stark contrast to a black outfit. The contrast between the two colours can be seductive and is a good choice if you are after something bold.

Blake Lively Red Earrings Red Carpet

Blake Lively at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony. A great example of perfectly matched red ruby earrings with a fabulous Gucci rich burgundy chiffon gown. Photo credit -

Another thing to be mindful of is that red comes in a variety of hues, so it’s important to keep an eye out for slight variations between your clothing and your accessories. As an example, the hue of your pendant might be slightly different to the rest of your jewellery. This is considered a sin when it comes to accessorising. It’s always better to match coloured jewellery accessories with plain ones rather than having slightly different hues of the same colour.

Jennifer Lopez Red Earring Jackets Fashion

Jennifer Lopez at the Met Gala 2015. Exquisite pair of red earring jackets. Photo credit -

And finally, choose the correct piece for the occasion. It’s important to understand the occasion you are dressing for, never more so than when your accessories are red. Look at your outfit as a whole and ensure that your earrings match the entire look. Red earrings can be used as subtle additions to your outfit or they can be statement pieces which go well with an evening attire.

Red is a sensational colour, a colour that can convey so much. It is associated with passion, love, heat, danger, anger, love and joy. Never has there been a colour so diverse, so meaningful. Red earrings are wonderful in that they can accentuate the perfect outfit, add some colour and flair, and turn an evening into one that is ready for romance.

About Boccai

Stela Handlovska

Boccai is the world’s first dedicated online earring store, created by myself to ensure that there was a place for Australian women to go to source a range of beautiful, quality earrings. Boccai is now the online destination for you to pick from a beautiful assortment of pieces ranging from the classic to the contemporary. It is also a place where I make a very personal promise that I have been involved in selecting every piece available, ensuring that it is of impeccable quality and stunning design. To read more about Boccai click here.

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