So, I have these earrings. Beautiful black hoops dripping with a dense cluster of sky-blue glass beads of differing sizes. I love these earrings. Fell in love with them at Macy’s and had to have them.
Unfortunately, they’re heavier than an elephant standing on a grand piano balanced on a Caterpillar D1. Every time I tried to wear them within a few hours my lobes would be sore, swollen, and larger (torn or stretched). I’d end up taking them out and swearing never to wear them again. I thought about taking them to my jeweler friend and seeing if she could lighten them up — maybe removing some of the beads and making a ring or something out of them to match. But I’m lazy, and so they spent time gathering dust and occasionally tempting me into pain.
So when I was in a store and saw a package of Earlifts (as seen on TV) (caution, EXTREMELY ANNOYING website at the other end of that link) marked down to less than $2, I thought what the hell?
They, too, sat gathering dust for several months until yesterday morning. Yesterday was our church’s annual Water Ceremony, and I was piling on all my wateriest jewelry in honor of the day. And there were my earrings, glistening like so many drops of crystalline water. So I decided to give the earlifts a try.
They seem to be made of oval-shaped pieces of transparent surgical tape. You peel one off a sheet, stick it to the back of your ear behind where your hole is, and the poke the earrings through your ear and through the tape. The earrings poked easily through the tape and I was certain that the tape would either a) be peeling off within the hour, or b) tear more easily than my skin and do absolutely nothing.
I was surprised when, several hours later, I got into my car and remembered that I was still wearing the Heaviest Earrings on Earth. My ears weren’t sore, red, or stretched out! The tape was still stuck and for such a flimsy thing it was actually doing a fantastic job supporting my earrings.
I’m definitely going to be using these again. I’ve got 3 other pairs of heavy earrings and I’m happy to be able to wear them again. At $10 for 60 (+S&H), though, I’m not sure they’re worth the price for an occassional user like me. I think I’ll get a roll of clear surgical tape, first, before shelling out a ten-spot. But if I see them on clearance? Oh hell, yeah, I’d buy them again.