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20 Tiny Earrings That Sum Up Your 20s

Picture of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
Size doesn’t matter, especially when it comes to tiny earrings that make a grand statement. Now that you’re in your 20s, it’s time to update your jewellery box with sophisticated or whimsical studs to help curate your signature style.

Tiny studs, often times sold individually and meant to be mixed and matched, elevate your earring game. They even tell a story. These choice tiny embellishments sum up what it’s like to be in your 20s, when the thrills and pangs of youth feel all-consuming.

Some of tiny jewels cost a pretty penny, but part of “adulting” means finding investment bling you’ll wear all the time. With emoticon-inspired studs and an update on the classic pearl, these statement stud earrings serve as mementos of that time in your life when you are finding yourself.

Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Courtesy of Matches Fashion

1. All Eyes on You

Keep your eyes on the stars with these sparkly studs.

Delfina Delettrez, Emerald, diamond & yellow-gold earring, £1,130 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Delfina Delettrez, Emerald, diamond & yellow-gold earring, £1,130 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

2. What a Stud

Speaking of studs, every girl in her 20s needs one.

3. Roll the Dice

This is the time for risky business. Just don’t roll the dice when it comes to your sexual health and safety.

Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Dice earrings, £2,740 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Dice earrings, £2,740 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

4. Broken Hearted

Your 20s are filed with heartbreak, but diamond pavé is a most excellent distraction.

Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Broken Heart earring, £440 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Broken Heart earring, £440 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

5. Go Bananas

Get wild. It’s your decade to go a little nuts…

Dolce & Gabbana, Crystal-banana clip-on earrings, on sale at £465 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Dolce & Gabbana, Crystal-banana clip-on earrings, on sale at £465 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

6. Better Safe than Sorry

But just make sure you practice adulting life skills to protect yourself.

Loren Stewart, Yellow-gold earrings, £276 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Loren Stewart, Yellow-gold earrings, £276 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

7. I Heart You

Go ahead, fall in love.

Alison Lou, Enamel & yellow-gold Heart earring, £290 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Enamel & yellow-gold Heart earring, £290 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

8. IDK

If you have no clue what you’re doing with your life, you’re not alone.

Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Question Mark earring, £210 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Question Mark earring, £210 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

9. Bite Me

Learning to stand up for yourself is a fruitful experience.

Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Question Mark earring, £210 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Diamond & yellow-gold Question Mark earring, £210 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

10. Bar None

You’ll feel like you’re living your best life ever, bar none.

Ileana Makri, Diamond & yellow-gold earring, £438 | Courtesy Matches Fashion
Ileana Makri, Diamond & yellow-gold earring, £438 | Courtesy Matches Fashion

11. Star Gazing

Sometimes, though, you’ll need a little celestial inspiration.

Selim Mouzannar, Diamond & pink-gold Istanbul earrings, £1,960 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Selim Mouzannar, Diamond & pink-gold Istanbul earrings, £1,960 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

12. Cuffing Season

You might move in with your significant other and bicker over domestic duties.

Ileana Makri, Sapphire, rodolite & yellow-gold ear cuff, £440 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Ileana Makri, Sapphire, rodolite & yellow-gold ear cuff, £440 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

13. Happy Face

Still, your 20s are filled with smiles, as you come into your own.

Alison Lou, Diamond & gold single Happy Face earring, £415 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Diamond & gold single Happy Face earring, £415 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

14. Hats Off

Nothing beats landing your first dream job. Congrats!

Alison Lou, Yellow-gold Top Hat earring, £380 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Yellow-gold Top Hat earring, £380 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

15. Daisy and Confused

Sure, there will be many 20-something moments filled with angst and confusion.

Alison Lou, Sapphire, enamel & yellow-gold Daisy earring, £425 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Sapphire, enamel & yellow-gold Daisy earring, £425 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

16. Shooting Star

You’ll probably chase some shooting stars…

Diane Kordas, Diamond & rose-gold Cosmos earring, £874 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Diane Kordas, Diamond & rose-gold Cosmos earring, £874 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

17. Go Fly a Kite

But when the love of your life ghosts you, you’ll be able to say, “Go fly a kite,” and move on to the next.

Orit Elhanati, Kite diamond & yellow-gold earring, £1,358 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Orit Elhanati, Kite diamond & yellow-gold earring, £1,358 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

18. One Direction

Your life is starting to feel like you’re making strides in the right direction.

Elise Dray, Diamond & white-gold Piercing Pleureuse earring, £1,447 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Elise Dray, Diamond & white-gold Piercing Pleureuse earring, £1,447 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

19. Get Twisted

Eventually, however, things will get twisted.

Alison Lou, Sapphire, ruby, emerald & gold Twister earrings, £1,280 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Alison Lou, Sapphire, ruby, emerald & gold Twister earrings, £1,280 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion

20. Purple Haze

A question that will play on loop: Am I happy or in misery? Luckily, your 20s don’t demand an immediate answer.

Ileana Makri, Ruby & oxidised white-gold earring, £228 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion
Ileana Makri, Ruby & oxidised white-gold earring, £228 | Courtesy of Matches Fashion