Oh my goodness, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? There was the Valentine’s Day rush, which was great. Guys are so cute when they are shopping for a little something special for their sweeties! I’ve also been trying to reorganize my studio, which is a job and a half. My soldering, metalsmithing and shipping stations are nice and neat – next are the enamel and beading stations. We’ll leave my favorite – the paperwork and files – for last.
Several weeks ago I mentioned a new ear wire design that I was excited about. Then I realized I should probably test it before saying anything. So I looked at both form and function. I brought it to my SCWBEC meeting and asked the members which style they preferred. Results were mixed, half preferred the traditional French wire and half preferred the oval leverback. Let me walk you through the differences and you can tell me what you like best.
Here are photos of the two styles, with the leverback closed and open:
The French wire on the left is simple, with no moving parts to break. However, I have heard of women who sometimes lose an earring because the ear wires are not secure. One can use an ear nut to secure the French wire, but there is some fumbling involved. The oval leverback closes securely – however, as true for all leverbacks, one must be gentle when opening or closing the lever. The oval hangs a bit lower than the French ear wire and looks a bit more contemporary. In wearing it, I noticed the traditional ear wire restricts the motion of the earring, while the oval leverback allowed a nice swing of the earring.
The design possibilities are the really exciting thing about the oval leverback. Take the following textured silver and enamel earrings:
The one on the right is traditional French ear wire, with the oval on the left, again. They look pretty comparable, don’t they? But look at this:
The traditional French earwire does not have room for any other design elements. But look at the oval! Can’t you just imagine the swing of the silver diamond and the turquoise bead dangle on this earring? The “look” of the earring can be changed in a jiffy, by sliding different color dangles on – in this case coral, pearl or turquoise. Of course, this is just one design option. I can omit the silver diamond piece and hang several dangles on the oval. I can work with chains hanging from the oval – lots of possibilities!
Please leave me a comment and let me know if you have a preference – traditional or oval leverback? Thanks for your help!