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Judge The Jewels: Gabby Barrett Goes for Gorgeous Garnet Earrings

The look is a fun and dramatic take on the classic chandelier.





The sighting: Gabby Barrett led an enthusiastic crowd in a singalong of her megahit, “I Hope,” during Nashville’s Big Bash, a New Year’s Eve party. The country singer was radiant under the lights and so was her jewelry.

The jewels: Barrett showed off some serious NYE bling with the Kendall Earrings by Nickho Rey in soulful garnet. They’re a dramatic style featuring four lines of garnets suspended from a horizontal garnet-encrusted bar topped by garnet triangles. The deep garnet red was the perfect complement to the artist’s iconic song about anger after heartbreak.

Gabby-Barrett-earringsThe earrings are rose gold vermeil and listed on Nickho Rey’s website for $378.

The trends: Celebrities love this kind of extra-wide earring that features a series of cascading drops from a horizontal line. It’s a fun and dramatic take on the classic chandelier and the extra width is still unusual enough that it feels daring.

Barrett herself recently wore gold earrings with a similar silhouette in promo photos for her 2021 CMAs performance, so we know she’s a fan of this trend.

What do we think? I have no nits to pick at all on this one. The look is suitably dramatic for a pop star on NYE with the added bonus of garnet being the perfect color both for a winter event AND for a song with a strong revenge vibe.

Judgement: 10/10 for singing a great song while wearing great earrings.

What do YOU think?


Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.



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