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Judge The Jewels: Janelle Monáe Brings Her Home by Areeayl Earrings to Life

They’re made of clay accented with gold leaf and supported by a brass stud.




The sighting: Singer and actress Janelle Monáe stepped out in a bold, eye-catching ensemble while promoting her new movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery in London. The outfit was sleek, avant-garde, and topped with the perfect pair of earrings.

The jewels: Monáe is wearing the Home by Areeayl “Cling to Me” Angel Earrings. These wonderfully dramatic statement earrings are made of clay accented with gold leaf and supported by a brass stud. They’re a limited-edition style from the designer’s sold out “Icons of Style” collection with Macy’s.

Home by Areeayl’s website lists the “Cling to Me” Angel Earrings for $150, although the item is currently sold out.

The trends: We’ve seen a lot of celebs wearing avant-garde costume jewelry for major events recently. It’s usually either Schiaparelli or big name vintage, like Chanel or Dior, so I am delighted to see a smaller brand represented in this category for a change.

What do we think?

I never imagined an outfit involving these Home by Areeayl earrings that would make them look like an understated accessory, but that’s what’s happening here. The vibe of Monáe’s entire ensemble precisely matches the earrings in stylish intensity, creating a sleek and powerful seamless whole. The actress actually almost looks like the figure in the earrings, with her impeccable poise and perfectly tilted headwear.

These earrings are experiencing their Ultimate Fashion Destiny right here. They could not be worn in a better way.

Judgement: 17/10 for finding the perfect moment for an extraordinary pair of earrings.

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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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