21 June 2021
The popularity of the ‘curated ear’, where multiple ear piercings are styled by the individual, continues to be popular, especially with the trendy or rebellious at heart! However, many customers want to create the same curated, customised look but don’t want to commit to the permanence of piercing. Enter climbers and ear cuffs which offer the style of a well-dressed ear without traders having to learn the anatomy of the ear and customers having to submit to the needle!
Ear cuffs have a long history, having been worn by women since ancient times, and were used by different cultures to represent rank, marital status or age and were viewed as an art form on the ear. Their great strength in these modern times is their versatility for endless mixing and matching to create styles for the everyday or extraordinary occasions.
Ear climbers are earrings which do require a piercing, but which fix like a regular stud and hug the curve of the ear (auricle) and create a more eye-catching effect than a simple stud.
The great thing for traders is that all these options can be worn in combination to create different looks and styles to appeal to a wide range of consumers.
Let’s start simple
Although multiple piercings may dominate on the red carpet, in reality most consumers perhaps have one or two ear lobe piercings.
Adding a cuff for the ear with a single piercing for glamour.
These fun little numbers are great for adding a little something to the ear adornment wardrobe and offer a light and comfortable alternative to the simple stud.
We find these popular with online buyers.
Simple asymmetric sets – style for one ear or two
Layering ear style
[CZ cuff H4402/Y, Plain cuff H3577/Y, Flower stud H4363/Y, Freshwater pearl drop H4274/Y]
[Pearl double stud H3432/W, Pull through H3236/S, Double beaded cuff H3579/S]
[Drop H3981/S Beaded double cuff H3579/S, CZ and freshwater pearl stud H3226/S]
[Plain cuff H3577/Y, CZ single cuff H4402/S, Heart knot stud H3965/Y, Heart drop H4169/Y]
[Plain cuff x 2 H3577/Y, Beaded cuff x 2 H3576/Y, Pearl push through H3102/Y, Hoop H4250/Y]
[Drop H3980/S, Celestial stud H4020, Cuff x 2 H3578/C]
[Drop H4327/Y, Star stud H4463/Y, Plain cuff H3577/Y, Single CZ cuff H4402/Y]
[Star drop H4416/Y, Plain cuff H3577/Y, CZ star J hoop H3111/Y]
[Star drop H4416/S, CZ and star stud H3115/C, CZ cuff H3578/C]
[Mini strawberry hoop H4468/Y, CZ initial H2999/R, Plain cuff H3577/S, CZ cuff H3578/C]
Go full on
Climbers and crawlers for simple or extravagant embellishment
One piercing – lots of impact
[Climber H1495/C, Plain cuff H3577/S, CZ cuff H3578/C, Double bead-ed cuff H3579/S, Single CZ cuff H4402/S]
[Climbers pull through H2633, Plain cuff H3577/S, CZ cuff H3578/C, Double beaded cuff H3579/S, Single CZ cuff H4402/S]
[Climber H4010/S, Plain cuff H3577/S, CZ cuff H3578/C, Double beaded cuff H3579/S, Single CZ cuff H4402/S]
Add some colour
Questions traders may be asked about ear cuffs
What is an ear cuff?
An ear cuff is a piece of jewellery that is worn around the outer edge of the ear. It simply slips over the cartilage and gives a similar look to that of a helix or snug piercing.
Do I need pierced ears to wear an ear cuff?
The beauty of ear cuffs is that you don’t need to have your ears pierced to wear an ear cuff. They are versatile, require no commitment and, most importantly, there is no pain involved when wearing an ear cuff.
You can change your look as often as you like, and you won’t need to worry about caring for a piercing. Many people also choose to wear ear cuffs alongside their ear piercings so whatever your look, ear cuffs can work for you. Ear cuffs can also be a way for customers to try out cartilage piercings before committing to the needle.
How do I put them on?
It is best to take a little time to make sure that your ear cuff is fitting nicely. If not put on correctly, ear cuffs can be quite uncomfortable or may not be secure enough and could fall off. Avoid this by finding your best fit with this method that works with any ear cuff.
• Begin by standing in front of a mirror and holding the ear cuff parallel to your ear.
• Slip the cuff on the thinnest part of your ear, and then slide it down to adjust.
• The ear cuff should securely hug your ear and feel comfortable.
• You’ll know that it’s the right size when you can gently tug on it, and it doesn’t come off.
Can ear cuffs be adjusted to size?
Silver is a soft metal and can be adjusted gently. Ear cuffs can be carefully pinched between the thumb and forefinger and gently pressed in until the desired size is reached.
They can also be ‘sized up’ slightly using a pair of pliers to expand the space between the two ends – whilst protecting the metal with a soft cloth, just apply equal pressure outward to expand the cuff to keep it balanced.