I have been designing earrings, mostly hollow-formed that
customers find very attractive but when they try them on the weight
makes them droop.
Grace, have you ever thought of using a loop (wire) that goes up
around behind the ear and just over its top (right next to the
skull), so that you need not use the hole in the ear at all.
Another type I've seen uses a heavier wire (attached to the earring)
which arches like "C" and just fits into the lower hollow of the ear
itself, again, bypassing the pierced part of the ear altogether. It
doesn't sound terribly stable, but at least one person whom I saw
wearing them said they are great and do not fall off.
I keep meaning to try making some of these myself (because I also
make heavier earring) but have never gotten around to it. Does
anyone out there have any patterns or comments on these type of