DON'T PANIC! These earrings will not irritate your ears. All of our pieces are made of quality materials, (some sterling silver but most 14k-24k gold plated) meaning they are all water-resistant, hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Each piece is designed to be stacked making them extremely versatile. Go wild and stack as many as you would like for a Carrie Bradshaw look or 1-2 for a more simplistic vibe.