Don't get us wrong, we love over-sized statement earrings around here. Nothing transforms an outfit so easily from day to evening like a pair of über-glam shoulder scrapers. However, there are occasions in life when a more subtle earring is required. Enter the unassuming stud. The stud earring is the jewellery equivalent of the Mini Cooper - small, comfortable, practical, yet oh so stylish. The stud has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the entry-level earring of the newly pierced teenage ear. Today, the choices are endless with each designer jewellery collection containing a least one must-have pair.

Here are just some of our favourite jewellery box essentials:

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Earrings shown (top left clock-wise): Daisy Iota Earrings, Kendra Scott Carmella Earrings, Butler & Wilson Heart Earrings, Pomegranate Amethyst Earrings, Gorjana Star Earrings, Lola Rose Susan Teal Quartzite Earrings. Centre: Dogeared Gold Bow Earrings