Ear cuffs are back, and this time, with bling


  • Style
  • Saturday, 05 Dec 2015

Wah Chan has a new ear cuff collection. Photos: Wah Chan

Ear cuffs are back in fashion, and they are bigger and more glam than ever!

Wait, what do you mean “back”, you’re probably asking.

Well, it seems this trend first made its appearance back in the 1990s and was quite the in-thing as far as accessories were concerned. But history buffs can trace this fashion trend much further back – a few centuries ago – to various ancient cultures which knew them by different names then.

Known as “kaffa” or “kaan phool in Greecian, Indian and South-East Asian cultures, these unique ear ornaments were also sometimes worn by classical dancers (www.gemselect.com). Unlike how they are clipped on today, ear cuffs then were usually hung around the ear lobe with a hook which bore most of the weight so the designs could be much more elaborate.

In the 1950s, wealthy European socialites revived the trend and of late, ear cuffs have been seen adorning the ears of celebrities the likes of Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson.

The modern ear cuff emerged on fashion runways again early this year, and most of the accessories seen here so far have been costume jewellery.

In conjunction with the Christmas season, jeweller Wah Chan introduces its first-ever diamond ear cuffs, bringing up the fashion trend quite a few notches up.

A selection of ear cuffs from Wah Chan. Photos: Wah Chan
Another gorgeous looking ear cuff.

“In the beginning of the year, we came up with palm cuffs which was a fashion forward accessory that did quite well. This was followed up hand bracelets – rings that extended into bracelets – and now, we’re leading the pack with our ear cuffs.

“It took about six months from design stage to having the ear cuffs out in the market, and well worth the wait as we have really attractive floral designs that will appeal to most women,” says Wah Chan’s Marketing Communications and Business Development senior manager Joyce Tan.

Joyce Tan showing off one of the ear cuffs in Wah Chan's new collection.
Joyce Tan showing off one of the ear cuffs in Wah Chan's new collection.

The unconventional earring is put on by wrapping it around the ear cartilage, either with or without any ear piercing. Having evolved from how traditional jewellery on ears are perceived, the added bling brings attention to the face (and ear) immediately, especially when women put up their hair.

You can opt for a simple clean design which modestly wraps half the ear or go for a more dramatic look by wearing the more heavily embellished ear cuffs.

Wah Chan’s collection offers diamond ear cuffs that come in single piece, but you can add a stud or even intentionally mismatch a pair for a more stylised look.

Offering 10 art deco designs, the trendy fashion accessory can be suited for the right occasion, ranging from a casual day of shopping or a formal night out.

The exclusive collection resonates well with Christmas, offering delicate jewellery with craftsmanship, intricately cut in white or rose gold, and hemmed with little diamonds and/or fancy coloured yellow and pink sapphires, subtly gleaming along the curve of the ear.

Fans of the trend will also get a chance to win a pair for themselves when they post a selfie with the Wah Chan ear cuffs on Facebook with the hashtags #lendmeyourear and ##wahchanjewellery.

The ear cuff collection is sold exclusively at selected Wah Chan showrooms in the Klang Valley and Penang until Dec 27; price starts from RM2,500.

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