If you're planning on getting your girlfriend a gift and want to get her earrings, but think that diamonds are a bit too pricey and maybe a bit too serious for a casual gift, then you have a lot of options to choose from. Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but that doesn't mean she will turn her nose up at other types of earrings. So, here's a few ideas to consider that are more casual and less expensive.
Pearl Stud Earrings
While a classic string of pearl necklace might be a big old fashioned, or a bit too serious, pearl stud earrings are a perfect casual gift. The greatest thing about getting pearl stud earrings is that you can get a really amazing specimen without shelling out tons of money. A really nice necklace made of freshwater pearls will be expensive, but when you get a pair of stud earrings, you are only dealing with two single pearls. You can get nice, shiny pearl studs that will look amazing and really impress her.
Gold Hoop Earrings
Gold hoops are a really cool casual gift. You can get smaller, restrained hoops for your girlfriend if she has an office job, or you might like to get her big "doorknockers" if she likes hitting the club and wants really flashy jewelry. With gold hoop earrings there is a lot of flexibility. As mentioned, you can get a really large hoop or smaller more discrete ones. There are also textured hoops, ala banded or twisted designs, or you could get sleek, smooth hoops.
Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Design
If your girlfriend is a fan of Native American artwork, then a silver and turquoise design is very appropriate. These two materials are ubiquitous in Native jewelry. One very popular style of earring that uses these materials is a teardrop design. The turquoise will feature prominently in the center, providing lots of visual beauty, with natural variations in shade and texture. The setting will be made of a highly polished silver. The two colors work really well and compliment each other.
If you're looking for a really unique earring choice, then you might like to look into aventurine. It's a form of quartz and is most commonly found in shades of green. It can run from an emerald brightness to a deep jade color. These can be found in really bohemian designs, with multi-tiered designs, or you could get a single, sleek aventurine stone set as a stand alone dangler.