Jewelry designer Ana Khouri aims to put clip-on earrings back on the map.
Khouri — known for her architectural pieces that balance the natural anatomic curves of one’s wrist, neck, fingers and ears — is applying that same ideology to crafting unconventional clip-ons. Rather than lobe-pinching posts, her clip-on designs leverage pressure and weight for balanced stability.
“A lot of people don’t study the ear and the body, and how you can fix things so that they don’t hurt,” said the Brazilian-born Khouri. “Everything [for me] is so anatomic. With earrings, there is pressure inside the ear and pressure outside, by creating a balance with different parts — the earring stays in place.”
The designs — oblong shapes that drape onto the lobe — were first presented at the Paris Haute Joaillerie shows earlier this month. They will be priced from $4,000 for yellow gold to $13,000 for 18-karat white gold, set with pavé diamonds, and will be stocked at retailers including Barneys New York and Moda Operandi beginning in December.
For Khouri, the advantage of the clip-on is largely design-related. “I think it looks great without the post — it looks like it is hugging the ear and leaves space where the piercing would go, it makes the design process much more free,” she said.