Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pearl Earrings As Cute As a Button

It is a very interesting phrase, Cute as a Button. The original expression I believe was “acute or as clever as a button”...... referring to the shine of bright buttons. Some may say it as making reference to a bird or a flower known as a bachelor’s button. No matter the origin, we now use it to refer to something very lively and bouncy.  How about these very 70s-looking button earrings , purple in a cool and psychedelic way!
Vintage purple button earrings

category – an effervescence that’s evergreen.  The young teenage girl within you have that essence of cuteness. This is not some desperate attempt to claw back the years, but simply that the quintessential girl still resides in us despite the years…and sometimes it’s OK to let her out!


The better way might be to build yourself a pearl collection, and accumulate a range rather than just button pearl earrings. In this way we can choose pieces to wear to match a particular occasion or mood. Browse and explore our collection of high luster pearls. They come in a variety of colors from black to pink. Pink shades favor the younger wearer, while darker hues accentuate sophistication.   Obviously, I've got strong attachments to all things pearl...
Pearl button earrings

The photos show button pearl earrings and a selection of other types.   Button pearls are round when seen from the front, but look slightly flattened from the side.   You are welcome to visit my web pages in search of the perfect match for your cute or acute as a button teen, whichever the case may be.
...chic and substantial!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Many Kinds of Earrings

I thought I knew about earrings, and I took some pride in that.  But after talking to someone at a shop recently while browsing, I was given a short little lesson on just how little I did know. First, a bit of neat naval history.

The Pirates and sea farers wore hoop golden earrings for several reasons:

1.      They hung wax off of them that could be used to plug their ears when firing the cannons that can shatter your ear drums when you fought in one too many battles;

2.      They helped with seasickness (I’m a bit dubious on this one), and they were a badge of honor given when a sailor first passed the equator; and

3.      The earrings were usually made of gold that was meant to compensate for burial if they drowned and their body were washed ashore after a shipwreck.

Throughout the centuries the trend continued amongst men, until tables turned and women began to dominate ear adornment. During 1970’s  piercing  reached  new  heights  as  nurses  began attending  ear  piercing  parties  at  department  stores,  alleviating  the  need  for home piercings using a needle and a prayer that infections wouldn’t occur. Eventually ear piercing guns were invented and improved sterilization techniques promoted further adoption of fashion piercings.

Here are the common ones that everyone's heard of:

These kinds of earrings create the illusion of floating on an earlobe, they are also the first earrings you wear after piercing your ears. Post earrings consist of the post that goes through the piercing and an embellishment that is fused or soldered to the front. Designs can be enhanced with drop rings for dangles. Stud earrings stay in place using a clutch or butterfly backing.


Shepherd Hooks - the most popular of all pierced earrings, hook earwires are inexpensive and easy to make by forming wire. Many variations exist by changing the shape, altering the wire or adding ornaments to the hook itself. The drawback of earwires is that they often push forward out of the ear when the end-user wears certain hairstyles, scarves or turtlenecks. A rubber back stopper can help to secure these earrings in place to avoid losses.  


V-wires or Marquise wires - this is currently a popular variation on the standard hook shape. V-wires are typically larger than standard earwires and can support heavier dangles.


Ear Threads – these long earrings thread through the ear and out the opposite side so dangles appear both in front and behind the lobe for an interesting illusion effect.


Kidney wires – are made from wire shaped like a kidney with a hook that latches the finding together. Kidney wires are inexpensive and more secure since they rarely push out of a piercing. Current variations include larger wires that hang lower from the ear.


Hinged Ear Findings

Leverbacks – are a premium ear finding option. These findings have a hinge backing that securely snap into place behind the ear lobe.


Earharp-- shaped like a harp, these findings consist of a post and hinge backing that snaps in place for a secure hold.


 Wire Hoops – these lightweight and inexpensive hoops are ideal for beading or wirework additions. Wire hoops usually have one end flattened and pierced so the hook end can latch into the hole. Or, they may have a circular loop at one end to receive the bent latch hook. Wire hoops come in all shapes and sizes.

 Hinged Hoops – are a more expensive, premium option. These earrings have a hinge that securely latches it into place. Hinged hoops are often made with hollow tubing or solid castings. The larger surface area on the hoops allows for more ornate patterns, shapes and designs.

Endless Hoops – are primarily made from hollow tubing. The top arch is a finer gauge wire that goes through the lobe and then inserts into the open end of the tubing to create an “endless” loop shape.

 Non-pierced Earrings

 Clip-ons – are the most popular non-pierced earrings. They just snap to the lobe to hold it in place but do tend to slip off fairly easily when dangles are too heavy.

Screwbacks - literally twist into place, holding the finding securely to the lobe.


Cuffs – wrap around the cartilage in the middle of the ear. They are purchased as a pre-made cuff or many designers create their own using ear cuff blanks. These are often embellished with a charm or a chain is added linking it to another earring located elsewhere on the ear.


Chandeliers – usually hang from an earwire. These resemble a chandelier and create a cluster effect in jewelry designs.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

An Exciting Jewelry Trend: Double-sided Earrings

For many women, choosing their earrings for the day is part of the fun of being feminine. Earrings set the tone for the whole outfit. And a new jewelry trend is like finding a buried treasure. A look you didn’t even know existed until you find the jewelry item can become one of your favorite or go-to pieces.

 How about trying out this very chic new earring trend?

Double-sided, or back-and-forth earrings are interesting, a bit daring, and are ladylike meets fashion forward. Many are pearl-based and are super feminine while mixing classic with totally modern. Double-sided earrings are also all reversible, so it’s up to you which part you put in the front or the back! Some celebrities are even rocking these types of earrings in just one ear, capturing even more attention to that beautiful solo stud.

 Here are some fantastic, affordable options of double-sided earrings. Pick your favorite and teach your friends about this new, awesome trend in ear-wear.

 Alex Earrings - These earrings are a perfect example of mixing fancy and a little punk rock. The Alex Earrings have a front/back design with pearl pendants and gold tusk backings.


PAVÉ PEARL 360 STUDS - This trend-forward earring mixes womanly pearls with a little disco-glam with its combo of pearl and pavé accents. The pavé part looks like a gorgeous disco ball of your ears.


Cut Off Dagger Cuff Earrings - This pair of earrings are amazing. The majority of the pair comes from the back post. It’s gold sunburst design with crystal-encrusted spikes is very chic mixed with the perfect amount of edginess.


Pearl Double-Sided Earrings - These double-sided pearl earrings are a new twist on an old classic.  One smaller pearl serves as a stud earrings while one larger pearl rests behind your earlobe for a cool meets classy look.  These earrings are available in gold or silver colored settings or peach with rose-gold colored setting (pictured below) and they look like the real thing but for an amazing price!


Curbs Front Back Studs, Rebecca Minkoff

These amazing earrings from Rebecca Minkoff feature a silver-tone claw on one side, and an imitation pearl stud. These are another example of the punk meets feminine look that is so trendy, but will never not be in style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Earrings Evolution

Ear piercing is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of body modification.   Earrings have been worn for thousands of years, with finds dating back to around 3000 BC, and have adorned the ears for reasons other than simple decoration.    Ancient Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans believed that earrings would guard against danger and prevent evil spirits entering the body, and in many cultures the size of the earrings demonstrated wealth and social status. Historical Hindu, Buddhist and Chinese sculptures depict certain important royal figures with stretched, elongated earlobes to symbolize their greatness and wisdom.

Aphrodite fresco in Pompeii depicting goddess with earrings

 Greek and Roman inspirations

However, not all heavy earrings were worn through the lobe; they were sometimes worn in the hair or on headdresses, such as the jade ear flares worn in Central American around AD 600-1000.  They were also sometimes worn around the ears and contemporary examples of this method include the beautifully sculptured ear ornaments by Apinya Oo Boonprakob, made in oxidized silver and 24ct gold, which elegantly encircle the ears, and the sculptured ice piece by Naomi Filmer. Kahlo self portrait with ivory earrings
In Western society today the wearing of earrings is increasingly common among men.  In the 1970s the trend was influenced by the punk movement, while the fashion is now upheld by male music performers and professional sportsmen.    However, it is evidently not just a recent craze. Paintings of William Shakespeare show him wearing an earring, and the carved images of soldiers on the palace walls in Persepolis, ancient Persia, are one of the earliest indications of men sporting such adornments.  In the 1920s, earrings were also popular with sailors, who superstitiously believed that the wearing of one from a pair, with the other worn by their sweetheart, would ensure their safe return and reunion.
 Modern punkman earring
Elizabethan man with pearl drop earrings

The ears are vital for our everyday existence: they aid communication and play a critical role in the process of balance and movement. So it is not surprising that we choose to draw attention to them through jewelry, and wish to enhance and adorn them with beautiful pieces.


Contemporary earrings are still worn to signify status and beauty and are most commonly worn to enhance and frame the face.  This positioning makes them highly visible and, if hanging from the lobe, will move with the wearer catching the light and coming to life.  The versatility of the earring allows a broad range of design and scale, from the small to the exaggerated length of pieces which extend beyond the ears...


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