I would like to ask a question to the jewelers who sell at fine art
or contemporary craft shows. Do you get many requests for non-pierced
(i.e. clip on) earrings? What percentage of your earring stock is
clip ons versus pierced? I don’t want to disregard a market that
might be out there, but on the other hand I don’t want to be stuck
with a lot of something that there’s no demand for.
I get maybe 1% of customers asking for non-pierced earrings. I offer
to switch dangle earrings to a clip-on or screw-on for dangles, or to
make custom clip-ons for them. I do not think it is worth much case
space to display them for such a small audience. Sorry, unpierced
Evelyn - I get very few requests for non-pierced earrings. I take
tools and some non-pierced findings with me, and if they want non-
pierced for a small fee I am able to change the findings on most
earrings to non-pierced. There are findings on the market that
substitute for ear wires, and others that will let you put a post in
and bend it to hold a post earring in a non-pierced ear finding. I
think Rio and Fire Mountain both sell these.
Hi Evelyn. I do think there’s some demand, and I talked about it with
several potential customers again at a show this weekend. So, I’m
going to make a few. BUT, I’m wondering about the wisdom of screw
backs vs. clip backs. Any opinions on that choice would be
BUT, I'm wondering about the wisdom of screw backs vs. clip backs.
Any opinions on that choice would be appreciated.
Clip vs. screw is very much a question of personal taste. Clip-backs
seem to be a bit more secure, but in my experience, the “price” for
that is in comfort – they’re tight. (Or maybe even my earlobes are
Here’s a way to make earrings that can be both clip and post. This
works with designs that have a base that is at least 13-14 mm
Solder the post in place near the top edge - NOT in the middle. Put
omega backs or solid clip backs (with a large opening in the end) in
position so that the post passes through the opening when the clip
For the clip-wearer, simply cut off the post and do a quick file and
smooth on site. Be sure to take sharp wire cutters and the necessary
files to the show. A battery-powered Dremel with a fine abrasive
cone works well to smooth.
This does add a few bucks to the total cost for materials, so you
might want to be selective and only put them on your more expensive
Judy in Kansas, who has had a good visit in CT. Brimfield is a lot
like the Tucson experience, but with antiques! Saw some gorgeous
estate jewelry, and didn’t even begin to cover the whole thing…
just like Tucson
I do think there's some demand, and I talked about it with several
potential customers again at a show this weekend. So, I'm going to
make a few. BUT, I'm wondering about the wisdom of screw backs vs.
clip backs. Any opinions on that choice would be appreciated.
Thanks, Allan. Yes, I’d like to know that, too. A jeweler that I
sell to pointed out that there is also some market for pierced
“button” style earrings on a post. Some do not like to have dangling
earrings. So that’s another thing to think about.-Evelyn
Clip-backs seem to be a bit more secure, but in my experience, the
"price" for that is in comfort -- they're tight.
I have not used (bought) any in years, but there at least used to be
“screw-clips” that have a clip with a screw in it, allowing
adjustment of the clip. This seems like a good solution to me,
though I have never worn them. I bought them from either Rio or maybe
Indian Jewelry, and they might not have been sterling, which could be