Dangles and Studs

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Update: We picked a winner for the iTunes card, and it was comment #1—Casey Clifford!  Congrats, Casey, I’ll be in touch about sending you your prize!

Spring is finally in the air in Florida—I swear, it was colder in March than in January here this year!  But with warmer temperatures, I start reviewing the wardrobe to figure out what needs to go and what I may need to purchase. And this led me to today’s topic—one near and dear to many a woman’s heart.

No, not men.  Earrings.  Are you an earring lover?  Take a look at Pinterest and see some of the great images people have pinned:  http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=earrings

Some women like shoes (raising hand), and some like frills. Some women maintain exotic manicures (I always destroy nail polish within 5 minutes of leaving a salon, so I don’t even bother anymore).  But a vast majority of the women I meet wear earrings.  And they accumulate.  Unlike socks, which tend to disappear, earrings seem to multiply in my jewelry box.  Maybe it’s because they make great stocking stuffer gifts.  Maybe it’s because it can be fairly inexpensive to make sure I have the right earrings for any outfit.

For everyday wear, I’m a stud girl.  You can’t beat the convenience and subtle flash of cubic zirconia in 14K gold.  But I also have pearl studs, lapis set in silver, midnight sapphire in a gold knot, and tiger’s eye in braided silver. I’m not much on hoops, but I do have one pair of diamond hoops (small, elegant, a hand-me-down), and a great Zuni silver hoop inset with slivers of many different stones.  And, believe it or not, a search of my jewelry box reveals I still have some of my massive, heavy, dangly earrings from the 80’s.  Come on, ladies, you remember—big teased hair and giant earrings?

Image 1One of my favorite pairs is a sterling silver Zuni war shield with totem animal charms that dangle from the bottom of the shield.  They were a gift from a treasured friend, and even though I don’t wear a lot of things that call for those earrings, I’ll never part with them.

I grew up with a father who believed that only “loose women” pierced their ears.  While my friends were getting their ears pierced in middle or even elementary school, Dad forbade it.  My sister, five years older, braved his wrath by having a girlfriend pierce her ears with a needle. Note: not recommended. I remember watching: there was a cork, a lemon, a box of matches, rubbing alcohol, and ice cubes.  And lots of “ouches” and a few choice curse words my ten-year-old ears had never before heard!

Me? I got my ears pierced on a college trip to the U.K. I was in Oxford and it was my 20th birthday. I truly memorable way to celebrate.  I love having pierced ears.  And my dad eventually forgave both my sister and me for our wayward ways.  He even bought me a pair of earrings one year.

How about you?  Are you an earring maven? Pierced or clip-on? Stud or dangle? Silver or gold? Share a special story of how you got your ears pierced or that special of earrings.  I’ll give one lucky U.S. commenter a $10 iTunes card via email. (Sorry, iTunes says it only works on the U.S. store!)

Leave comments by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 3rd. I’ll pick a winner Thursday and post the name at the top of the blog.  Thanks!

About Amy Atwell

Amy Atwell is a storyteller at heart. After fifteen years in professional theater, she turned from the stage to the page to write contemporary capers and historical tales that combine romance and adventure. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When not writing, she runs the online author communities WritingGIAM and Author E.M.S.
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11 Responses to Dangles and Studs

  1. Amy,

    I got my ears pierced (dad was like yours) for my 30th birthday as a gift and a celebration for making it to the age of 30. Place: a mall kiosk with a lovely pair of studs to wear once the ones from the gun that pierced my ears did their job. 😉

    I still have lovely studs she gave me because she has since died in a tragic accident. When I wear then, I think of her.

    Earrings and rings are my favorite and most worn pieces of jewelry these days. I love both silver and gold. The choice depends on my moods.

    Great topic.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Happy Easter

    • Amy Atwell says:

      So glad you have treasured memories of getting your ears pierced. Like you, I forego most bracelets and necklaces, but I try to wear rings and earrings every day. It’s not the same now that I work out of the home, but it does make me feel more completely dressed.

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Amy,

    See my earrings are like my socks, one is always taking off to never be seen again! I have a box of mismatched earrings. I’m ready to give up. I’m currently wearing silver hoops that can stay in all the time. I never seem to remember to take jewellery off any more so love the ones I can wear all the time. I have super sensitive skin and can only wear good quality silver and gold (too bad, huh :)) and so does my daughter.

    I’ll share that I wanted a girl so bad, that when she arrived after 3 older brothers, they all pitched in their allowances and we had her ears pierced and tiny emeralds put in when she was a month old. Sigh. She’s been on a roll ever since! 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …And a whole new beginning!

    • Amy Atwell says:

      LOL on piercing your daughter’s ears so young. It is a major rite of passage, isn’t it? And I’m heartless about mis-matched earrings. I pitch them. Well, except for the backs. You can never have too many earring backs!

  3. Misty Evans says:

    I have waaay too many earrings, and I’ve parted with tons of them over the years. They do seem to accumulate when I’m not looking. I also many pins – mostly from the 80s – that I’ll never part with.

    My father also forbade me from getting my ears pierced, so on a trip to California with one of my aunts when I was 14, I got it done anyway. Incurred some wrath, but not as bad as expected. Probably because my mother intervened! I went on to get a few more holes in my ears and one in my belly button. Bring on the bling. 🙂

    • Amy Atwell says:

      Oh, Misty, you rebel you! LOL Dad also forbade my sister and I from coloring our hair. I think I waited until I was 30 (and I lived about 6 states away) before I colored my hair. I like to tell people I’m naturally blonde, I’m just not naturally this blonde anymore.

  4. Liz Kreger says:

    Love, love, love Earrings. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a total jewelry hound … although I have nothing on my MIL. When she was placed in a nursing home, my SIL and I went through her jewelry and I swear, we were both absolutely stunned by the amount she’d collected over her 70 plus years. We’re literally talking thousands of pairs of earrings, thousands of necklaces and bracelets. Hell, I’m still sorting through it all … and have absolutely no idea what to do with it all.

    When it comes to losing earrings, I find it difficult to part with the remaining one. I usually buy earrings and necklaces to match, so if I lose an earring, the whole set is messed up unless I find another pair to match the necklace. We’re talking near tragedy here. 😯

  5. Barbara Elness says:

    I love earrings and I mostly wear studs or very small dangles because I have short hair and I’m an older woman. 😀 I got my ears pierced at 15 when my mother took me to the doctor and had him pierce them. She’d had a do it yourself job when she was younger and didn’t want me to go through that. Later, when I was in my early 40’s and she was in her 60’s, we went together to the mall and had a second hole pierced in our ears via one of those piercing guns. I usually wear matching silver studs in each ear, one smaller than the other, but occasionally I’ll switch it up with one stud and one dangle in each ear. After having all my gold jewelry stolen in a burglary, I only wear silver these days. It’s cheaper to replace. 😀

  6. Oh, Amy!
    Yes, I *love* earrings — dangles, dangles all the way ;). I have far too many pairs, but they’re my favorite kind of jewelry, hands down.
    And I loved your ear-piercing story! What a memorable day that must have been!!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …A Visit with Samantha Wilde

  7. Edie Ramer says:

    I hated needles when I was young, so never got my ears pierced. Now I don’t hate them as much, but I figured I’ve saved myself hundreds of dollars, so why start now? Every once in a while, I would try a clip-on, but they always pinched my earlobe, so I stopped that, too.

  8. Amy R says:

    Hi Amy! I love having pierced ears. I don’t have a ton of earrings, but do like to wear some every day to.

    When I was around 10 my mom let me pierce my ears. I remember that it was only a couple of weeks after that I was in a clothing store, threw a hanger full of clothes over my shoulder and then accidentally yanked out the earring in one ear. You would have thought my ear fell off the way I was carried on. Luckily, no damage happened – just the earring came out. I learned that day to be more careful.

    One of the coolest swag things I received from an author was a pair of earrings – bullet shell casings as she is a rom suspense author. They are very cool! 🙂
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review, Interview, and Giveaway: An Affair in April by Clarice Wynter

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