Ouch! Of Older Ears and Earrings

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Sterling Double Hoop Earrings

Sterling and brass dangle earrings

While checking out artist studios on Durham’s Spring Art Walk last Saturday, Laura and I admired the earrings made by metalsmith J’Nai Willingham of NC Studio 925. See her creations above and below.

Laura asked me to pick out a pair for Mother’s Day. Let’s hear it for grownup daughters!

In  recent years, I’ve found myself taking off dangly earrings  halfway through outings or the work day.  And these aren’t even super dangly pairs.  As we looked through the lovely wares, I heard myself saying, “Only really light pairs.”

Ah ha! My chance to ask an expert.

“Do you hear this a lot,” I said to J’Nai, “from women my age?”

“All the time.”

J’Nai gives us this advice:  If you want to wear heavier earrings, choose designs that have the weight at the top, creating less pull on our poor stretched out earlobes.  Earrings with posts work  better than those on kidney wire or hooks.

Here’s an idea for a  jewelry designer:  A line of funky earrings made to be especially comfortable on menopausal ears. I’m serious!

Along with her studio at Goldenbelt in Durham, J’Nai  has a shop on Esty. She’s also a medical instructor at Durham Technical Community College.  No wonder she knows about older skin losing its elasticity.

Thanks J’Nai for the advice, and thanks to you and Laura for the Mother’s Day earrings, which are waiting for me in a tiny box with a tiny bow.

Mixed Metal Rectangle Necklace

Sterling Silver Hammered Disc Necklace

Large Brass Crater Ring

Big, Bold, and Sassy Sterling Silver Cigar Band Ring

Photos:  The photos of J’Nai’s creations are from her Esty shop site.  Photo of J’Nai courtesy Laura Younger.

And speaking of lovely jewelry, Cathy is the winner of the Friend for the Ride Bead for Life necklace.

7 responses »

  1. Interesting. I find I can’t wear posts- and have lost too many earrings that are posts and prefer wires and hoops that click in the back. I like long- but not so long they’re on my shoulders or weighing down my earlobes. My daughter’s ears are nearly split- it’s really disgusting to see but she refuses to get them repaired. She wears large posts for now. Nice jewelry, will check it out.

  2. Another one of the little irritants that we just deal with and don’t mention! I find I have one ear that needs constant alcohol rub these days, just gets irritated before the end of the day – and heavy, no way. Also tried to wear clip-ons, but my patience with those was even less!!!! I want some drama, want a certain look, but definitely with you, everything (from the ears down) seems to include a comfort element these days! haha

    • Yep and my stuff is even going north as I swear my hair is thinner. Sigh.

      I have no idea how our mother’s wore clip-ons. I remember in the olden days, especially on soap operas, an actress would take off her earring when she picked up the phone. Kind of a ladylike gesture.

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