The unsung heroes of earrings, ear-wires are what most people think of as ‘just hardware’ for their beautiful earrings. Alas,…they are not. At least not in my opinion. And, once you read this article and start noticing earring wires, you might change your mind and quite possibly your ‘ear-wire’ opinion (or form your own).
For starters, although I prefer to start with a positive instead of a negative comment, I’m going to share with you my dislike of ‘store-bought’ (i.e. traditional/manufactured) earring wires.
(Manufactured Earring Wires - Compliments of Pinterest)
They are, to me, the bane of practically all earrings; distracting from the most beautiful designs and, for lack of a better term, ‘trashing’ them.
(Oohhh,….I’m feeling the flack from this sentence already!)
Have you ever seen a pair of the most beautiful earrings with your favorite gemstone or the most unique and intriguing design that stopped you in your tracks only to see them hanging from a pair of sterile, manufactured, cheap-looking earring wires, thus mucking up their astonishing beauty?
Admit it. You've noticed.
They distract from the designer’s beautiful work of art which takes hours of intricate work, skill and education. Not to mention patience – some of these beauties take days or weeks to create, start to finish! And, if you’re the kind who notices, they completely take away from the overall beauty of the finished piece of jewelry.
It’s as if you’re viewing this gorgeous painting in the Louvre and then you happen to notice the frame and it’s some slick, manufactured looking, no character square piece of #*@!$ engulfing this fine work of art.
Yes, I probably should have used my inside voice there, but seriously folks,….I’m calling ‘foul’!!
Here’s a solution:
If you’re a jewelry designer, create your own.
I’d wager to bet that if you are capable of creating beautiful works of jewelry art, a simple earring wire design is going to be a breeze for you. Or, if you feel you don’t have the time for this, as time is money and the most efficient way of doing things saves money, purchase some well-crafted, quality, hand-made earring wires from another designer or someone who does this on a regular basis.
Another thought is to make a few different ear-wire designs on your own, consistent with your style of jewelry / earrings and have them cast in bulk, thus ensuring the same outcome time after time. It’s bound to become a ‘signature’ piece in your designs, just as your clasps or your logo tags may have become and will help set your designs apart from others’ and make your jewelry distinguishable.
Although I make simple, easy to create, ear-wires out of fine silver, sterling silver and 14/20 gold-filled metals, which are nothing special, I have clients who have mentioned how they prefer then over ‘store-bought’ ones as they add a touch of class to the designs and make them unique and special.
I’m quite curious to know how many people really do notice the ear-wires of earrings.
Whether you’re someone who loves wearing earrings, a seasoned jewelry designer, or a retail or boutique establishment, please jump in and leave a comment below telling me what you think.
Who knows,…maybe it’s just me.
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love, Pearls and “Great Earring-Wires”, Baby!!
Michelle Ludlam-Buettner is a freelance writer specializing in jewelry editorial, copy, line and manuscript editing, and copy writing. She is a CPAA Certified Pearl Specialist and holds a Graduate Pearls Diploma from GIA. In her spare time she creates jewelry, snaps macro photos of jewelry and nature, and fawns over pearls. You can follow Shel’s blog at MiShelDesigns.net or see what she’s snapping over on Instagram @pearlgeek. Questions and inquiries welcome at MiShelPearls@gmail.com