Fashion Piercings by JColbySmith

Rather than buying clothes the last few months, I’ve been preoccupied with finding the teeniest tiniest earrings possible to accessorize my ears. I like to cruise piercer JColbySmith on Instagram to see what his lucky customers are wearing in their ears and then hunt them down. You may have seen him featured on IntoTheGloss or TheCoveteur. He works out of New York Adorned and next time I’m in New York I’m 90% sure I’m going to go get a piercing from him. Until then, I’ll just have to take pictures of his Instagram in to shops and get as close as I can! By the way, I go to Shaman Modifications here in Austin and they are excellent. I had a keloid for a few months and went in every now to get it checked out, they were extremely helpful and knowledgable.

Generally, the pieces in his photos are out of my budget and many of them even charge per earring rather than for the pair. We’re looking at hundreds of dollars to recreate the ear compositions in these photos (yes, I’ve seen them referred to as ear compositions). Brands like brvtvs for tiny bars and pull through chains, Line and Jo for interesting earcuffs, and 108 for the chain backing you see in a lot of these photos.

After a lot of focused online shopping I have however found a few budget options that are all $15 and below, so I wanted to share!




THE LOBE 1. 3 ball cluster / /2. stick chain stud

THE TRAGUS 1. trinity ball flower //2 gold ring

THE ROOK 1. staple bar //2. triangle studs

THE CONCH 1. eye studs //2. circle studs //3 drop studs

Right now in my ears I’ve been wearing gold triangles and bars that look very similar to the ones pictured above, you can find them at Urban Outfitters for just $6. Unfortunately I can’t find them online to link to but they always have them in little bowls at the cashier and you can’t beat the price.

I’ve also been searching for very thin hoops, and was disappointed by the selection in stores (all stores, believe me I’ve looked everywhere) so I turned to Etsy and found wire thin gold earrings by AAprill who hand crafts tiny hoop earrings for $6 each ($12 for a pair). You could make these yourself with wire from a craft store, I just wasn’t in the mood to DIY.

Typically my ears get irritated by earrings so I end up taking them out partway through the day, but I’ve had these hoops in since the day I got them and have even slept in them every night without any of the usual itchiness and redness. I also purchased a fake nose hoop from her to test out as I’m considering getting my nose pierced and want to be absolutely sure before I do!

Another Etsy find was VirginiaWynne who makes thin bar or “staple” earrings like those pictured in every single one of the ears above, and a pair is just $8.50! Or you can buy a set of long and short bars for $15. I just ordered the set and can’t wait to try them out.

Every now and then Asos has edgy studs too, although generally they’re not as small as what I’m looking for.

Hope these budget finds help you on your quest to a JColbySmith-worthy ear composition!


Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.