Friday, May 30, 2014

Earrings Take It All

Earrings are the most sculptural jewelry expression with unlimited possibilities for design.  Earrings are often suspended so that they are visible from all sides, as well as from above and below. 

Almost anything can be hung onto or dangled from an ear.  Earrings are not limited by the size of the wearer, as are bracelets and rings.  While most earring forms are specific to the ear, there are always, matching. 

The proximity to the face makes earrings highly visible; one has to look harder to find pendants – which are often covered by shirts or jackets – or rings, which can be small and hard to spot on someone’s hand.

Earrings have unique physical characteristics and requirements that compel designers to ask many questions.  Will the earring hug the ear or dangle?  Will it hang straight with gravity?  Will it be light enough to ear comfortably?  Will it use a conventional post and clutch, or a hook, or neither?  Will it sit up on the earlobe and cover the hole or will be suspended and expose the lobe?  How long will it be: moderate, long, down to the shoulder, down to the waist?  Will it be stationary or moving?  The answers make earrings the most dramatic and playful of all jewelry forms and they often come to life with the wearer’s movements.
Women own and wear far more pairs of earrings than other types of jewelry.  Generally earrings are perceived as “less serious” than necklaces, brooches, or bracelets.  They are less likely to carry the social significance of rings.  Gold and silver earrings are usually lighter, made from less metal, and therefore more affordable than bracelets or necklaces.  Earrings are an essential fashion accessory and are coordinated with apparel more often than other jewelry.  No doubt ladies all agree with!

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