Professional Jeweler Archive: Close to the Ear

August 2002

Precious Metals/New Products

Close to the Ear

Earrings for the women who dare to be different

Dangles may be the most popular earring design right now, but they’re not everyone’s favorite style. Fortunately, designers and manufacturers offer plenty of options.

On-the-ear styles are particularly popular with women who have short hair, new mothers whose babies reach for anything shiny, women who find them a better complement to professional dress, those who want to hide large holes caused by years of wearing heavy pierced earrings and the klutzes of the world who appreciate that they never get caught on anything.

This style is available predominantly in yellow gold this year, though two-tone styles can be found also.

Highlight your on-the-ear styles on display forms shaped like a woman’s face. The look is dynamic and invites your customers to try them on. Be sure to have mirrors close by for quick inspections.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

“Berries” earrings are 18k gold.

Simon Sobie & Co., New York City; (212) 832-3246, fax (212) 832-3328.

18k gold earrings retail for $449.

Silber’s Inc., Houston, TX; (800) Silbers or (713) 784-6226, fax (888) Silbers.

Tuscan Garden earrings feature 0.80 carat of grape garnets in granulated 22k yellow gold with 18k yellow gold posts and omega clips. Suggested retail, $3,100.

Zaffiro, Portland, OR; (503) 236-6735,

18k gold earrings are set with 0.12 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $995.

Janis Kerman Design, Westmount, Quebec, Canada; (514) 931-3852.

Photo by Larry Turner.

14k yellow gold earrings are shown in three styles.

Quality Gold Inc., Fairfield, OH; (800) 354-9833.

14k “X” design earrings with solid backs are $96-$104 suggested retail.

Stuller Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777 or (337) 262-7700, fax (800) 444-4741 or (337) 981-1655.

14k two-tone earrings are $85-$123 suggested retail.

Carla Corp., East Providence, RI; (800) 556-7092, fax (401) 438-0455.

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