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Solange Azagury-Partridge Ballcrusher,Gold Pearl and Sapphire Earrings: She’s a Maneater

I’ve got to admit: the name “ballcrusher” grabbed my attention. But what I didn’t expect to see was a jewel with such a threatening title – and a pretty awesome one, if you ask me – to be so feminine and pretty!

That’s not to say these earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge aren’t offbeat. Claws are, indeed, crushing these balls. But how often do balls deserving of such a violent fate come in the form of smooth pearls? The enamel-coated grippers are quirky enough to modernize the concept of the pearl, rendering it almost unrecognizable without detracting from its beauty. On dangling fine chains of 18-karat gold, the mood is appropriately tough. But sparkling glory is kept in tact, thanks to studs of sapphires completing these eclectic earrings. On Net-a-Porter for $12,800.

Pair with: Wear these quirky pearls with a wickedly seductive bustier top. All of Tina’s picks would be right on: McQ Alexander McQueen’s wild print ($830), Dolce & Gabbana’s jacquard floral ($725), Topshop’s blooming steal ($60), Rebecca Taylor’s leather peplum ($350), or Dolce & Gabbana’s peppery crop-top ($995).



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