If you have sensitive ears, you know that finding a pair of earrings that are cute and that you can wear all day long is an uphill battle. Though those trendy Zara earrings all of your friends are wearing at the moment will just never be for you (because green skin and sore ears just aren’t worth it, no matter how gorgeous they are), we’ve put in the research to track down pairs you’ll be able to wear all season—and all year—long.
The key here is to carefully read up on what that pair of hoops you are lusting after is made of before you pull the trigger. The most common irritator for sensitive ears is nickel, which is unfortunately used to make most of the affordable earrings out on the market and is often used to make piercing guns. (This is just one more reason why it’s worth going to an experienced piercer the next time you want to up your ear game.) So if you’re planning to pick a pair up from an affordable store, you’ll likely want to steer clear unless the packaging specifies a pair is nickel-free or is made of one of the five metals outlined below.
The following 29 pairs made of pure gold, sterling sliver, and more should all be safe for sensitive ears, so read on to shop earrings you’ll be able to mix and match to Instagrammable perfection.