If you’ve lost an earring and you’re not sure what to do with the remaining one, we have a few solutions for you! Whether it’s converting it into another piece of jewelry or replicating it to make a full pair again, you have options that don’t involve throwing the earring back into the jewelry box. Read on to learn about what to do with only one earring.
Wearing One Earring by Itself
This clearly seems to be the most straightforward solution…but it’ll look a little odd especially if your other earring is nowhere close to its aesthetic. While large statement single earrings are commonly seen on the runway, it takes a very specific type of design to pull that look off, and chances are your missing earring doesn’t fall into that category. Here are some practical solutions for what to do with your lone earring.
Convert Your Earring Into Another Form of Jewelry
The best thing about earrings is how versatile they can be for a jewelry conversion project. When a jeweler receives a single earring, they can easily snip off the earring posts or wire, separating the design from the excess material. New metal components can then be added to the earring to make it into a ring, necklace, bracelet, or even a brooch!
For a ring conversion, the jeweler cuts off the backing and solders a shank, or ring band, to the back of the design. The shank is adjusted to your preferred ring size during assembly and the whole piece is given a good polish to remove any signs of work.
For necklace and bracelet conversions, the jeweler removes the earring component and solders either a bail or jump ring to the top/sides of the design depending on your desired orientation. The bail allows for the newly created pendant to dangle on a chain. The jeweler can offer different styles and lengths of chain as required to get that perfect design just right.
An earring-to-brooch conversion is slightly more complicated. The jeweler cleans off the back of the earring, and then supplies a pin and clasp fastener that need to be soldered to the back of the design in order for it to function properly. An alternative method is to transform the design into a stickpin, which only requires soldering the earring design to the top of a pin. This leaves the pointy part free for insertion into a hat or scarf.
Replicate Your Earring to Wear a Full Pair Again
If you’re really not a fan of wearing the earring as any other type of jewelry, then it’s time to consider earring replication. The jeweler takes your remaining earring and thoroughly examines it to assess the design. Then they create a 3D design file that will be used to print a wax mold for production. After the design is finalized and approved, the new earring is cast and finished to restore your pair of earrings!
Cost and Turnaround Time
For jewelry conversion, the price starts at $75 for a gold pendant conversion without chain and $175 for a ring shank. Prices will go up accordingly if a chain is required, based on the length, width, design, and material. The turnaround time is usually 1 to 4 days.
Earring replication is a custom creation project, and the minimum cost starts at $250. The price increases based on materials and labor required to make the new earring. The turnaround time ranges from 3 to 5 weeks.
Now you’re all set on what to do with only one earring! Whether it’s converting the earring into a cool ring or making a new set, you can choose either option with a skilled jeweler. To get started on working with your remaining earring today, comment below and we can help you out.