Are piercings becoming passé? I can't help but wonder while swooning over Tokyo-based designer Hirotaka Inoue's collection of diamond and pearl studded ear cuffs. I'm just in awe of the incredibly imaginative ways jewelers are dreaming up ways to embellish the ears - all while fooling us into thinking there's so much more going on than meets the eye. A bit of playful trompe l'oeil, if you will. I dig it. So perhaps now, instead of feeding my earring addiction by getting another slew of piercings, I'll try the super chic, stacked ear cuff look for now . . .