Since the holiday season is approaching, so are parties that might give you the chance to get all dressed up. I prefer wearing jewelry I've made to such things, and as much as I may love my cute little penguin earrings, they aren't really appropriate for dressy events.
These simple earrings have an intriguing shape, different from the standard triangles and diamonds, but just as simple to make. The shape comes from using different bead counts on the rows, one row with one bead, and the next with two beads that are worked as one unit. So the two bead rows are done the same way a one bead row would be done, except you're adding 2 beads at a time instead of adding just one bead.
Here are 3 patterns to use, use the colors that match what you're wearing. Darker jewel colors in silver lined beads with the metallic Delicas always look very good. The gold with an s/l ruby for example. Silver lined colors are an excellent option for dressy occasions because they are so shiny. I connected the separate pieces of my earrings with a fine silver chain, 3 links to connect the bottom to the top of the earring, and a single link to connect the earring to the earring wire. That provides a lot of swing, and the Delica earrings weigh hardly anything at all. If you're using gold beads, you could use a gold filled chain and gold filled earring wires. In colors for your favorite sports teams or school colors, they are less dressy and show team spirit. They stitch up very quickly as well which makes them a good choice for those last minute things or last minute gifts.
Here's a blank graph you can use to design your own earrings.
You can find my brick stitch tutorial here, and I have a brick stitch earring e-book available in Kindle format here which includes instructions for doing brick stitched earrings.