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Clip earrings converted to pierced?

Started 1352589465.12 in Judith Ripka | Last reply 1352736117.263 by 2zbeach
Hello! I am just wondering if any of you have ever taken a pair of clip earrings to a jeweler and had them converted to pierced? I recently purchased the monaco earrings in onyx and all that was available at the time were the clip-ons. I really really wanted to get these since I was luckily enough to get the on time only ring. I wore them today for the first time and one fell off. Thankfully I noticed! I know I have read on these boards that some ladies have had the clips tightened, which I could try but I don't want them to become uncomfortable either. Just wondered if making them into pierced is even possible. Thanks for any and all input! :)

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Desi1352590714.85313979 PostsRegistered 6/9/2007Ma

Go look quick, the pierced are listed! I am fairly certain a jeweler who works in silver could solder a post onto them, but it's 100 times easier and less costly to buy them already made.

Desi

sunnyskies11352591991.853327 PostsRegistered 4/8/2006
Thanks Desi. I agree totally that it would be a lot less costly and easier all the way around to purchase them in pierced. I just looked and the only ones I see available are the mint quartz, I need the onyx, The sad thing is the day I purchased these I had the pierced in my cart and went back and forth on whether to get them or not and of course by the time I decided to the clip were all that was left. I appreciate your response! I guess I will take them to a jeweler and see what they say. I don't think these earrings are ever coming back so I really want to keep them. :)

ForestMaven1352594348.58697 PostsRegistered 5/14/2007

Go to a reputable jeweler!

I had my ears pierced for the first time when I was about 44. Grew up in Phoenix, where only the cheap girls had pierced ears. So, after my piercing, I had clipons that I loved, and I have had about 5 pairs of very good earrings converted to pierced in the last several years. No problems whatsoever.

MickD1352595107.2277070 PostsRegistered 2/6/2008San Clemente, CA.

Sunnyskies ~ Are the earrings heavy?? I have pierced ears, but if an earring is heavy, I like a clip as I feel it sits better on the ear....maybe order in the pierced as another poster suggested and see which looks best...I love those earings by the way - gorgeous!

~ Mick

"When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time." ~ Maya Angelou

sunnyskies11352597445.297327 PostsRegistered 4/8/2006
Thanks Forestmaven! That's so good to know that it can be done successfully. I will definitely go to a reputable jeweler if I decide to have it done. Mick, I don't think that these earrings are heavy at all however the "drooping factor" is definitely something that I have thought about. I have many of Judith's pierced omega backs and most sit fine on my ears but I have had a few that fell forward and I had to return. That is one thing that concerns me, I would hate to pay to convert these to pierced only to have them do that. You have made an excellent suggestion, maybe I will order the mint quartz pierced version and see how they sit on my ears. My luck I'll love those too and end up keeping them ;-) I will also check into maybe just have a jeweler tighten the clip. I know I have read on these boards that that can be done. Thanks again to all of you nice ladies who have taken the time to respond!

CalmInTheH­eart1352597872.087048 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

I've had lots of posts and clips changed to 14k leverbacks. Any reputable jeweler can do that for you. But avoid the chains. Go to an independent jeweler with a good reputation. They do better work and it's not as expensive.

Peace

MickD1352597910.8777070 PostsRegistered 2/6/2008San Clemente, CA.

sunnyskies ~ Let us know how it turns out..good luck~

~ Mick :)

"When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time." ~ Maya Angelou

Desi1352599084.79713979 PostsRegistered 6/9/2007Ma

Sunny, please do post back after you get it all figured out. I'd love to hear if you get them converted to posts, etc.

Desi

judyakm1352607902.014092 PostsRegistered 12/18/2007Wine County CA
On 11/10/2012 ForestMaven said:

Go to a reputable jeweler!

I had my ears pierced for the first time when I was about 44. Grew up in Phoenix, where only the cheap girls had pierced ears. So, after my piercing, I had clipons that I loved, and I have had about 5 pairs of very good earrings converted to pierced in the last several years. No problems whatsoever.

My jeweler has has done this for me on a broken post earring...but you could also do it on a clip IF the earring has enough flat surface...the post has a small disk around it and it can be glued if the surface is right....easy! But the earring you want to convert has to have a flat back surface on which to glue the disk/post....hope this makes sense! A lot of times when only a clip version of an earring is available, I look at it to see if the conversion might be possible!

I have always believed that preening is one of the ways women have cornered solitude and kept ourselves sane in this society....Author Unknown

Desertdi1352610287.05315714 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

You would need to go to a real silversmith......and jewelry repairs are really expensive where I live. There is no reason why you can't wear the clips over your piercing, though.

Desertdi1352610578.30315714 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun
On 11/10/2012 ForestMaven said:

Go to a reputable jeweler!

I had my ears pierced for the first time when I was about 44. Grew up in Phoenix, where only the cheap girls had pierced ears. So, after my piercing, I had clipons that I loved, and I have had about 5 pairs of very good earrings converted to pierced in the last several years. No problems whatsoever.

Who are you calling "cheap"? (I live in Paradise Valley)

sunnyskies11352615578.917327 PostsRegistered 4/8/2006
Thanks ladies! I will let you know how it turns out. I will try and get to a jeweler soon. I adore these earrings and am anxious to see what can be done. :-)

violann1352633231.85312380 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
I've had sterling silver, 14k gold, and platinum earrings converted, in each case with excellent results, in each case because I couldn't enjoy wearing them as they were. I now enjoy wearing all of them. The platinum earrings were the priciest both for the platinum and also for the work that was done.




I didn't come here to argue.- Peg Bracken

colliegirls1352638257.0835976 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012

I have not done that but have turned pierced into clips by removing the post from the omega backs. You can wear clip earrings over your piercing if you love the earring, that should not present a problem, most clips these days are comfortable.

patbz1352646005.683887 PostsRegistered 7/25/2006White Mountains AZ

Another option: check the BAY; they WILL eventually show up there!

Name1352652982.25397 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
Hi Sunnyskies I had a post put on a pair of JR Monaco earrings because every time I wore them as clips one or the other would fell off and I was really worried about loosing them. I went to a jeweler but they said they couldn't do it because they would have to remove the stones to do it. So I went to a quick fix stand at the mall and they did an amazing job you can't even tell they weren't pierced from the beginning. They use a laser to do it so its seamless and won't hurt the stones. It wasn't cheap $50 + tax but really worth it. HTH Last edited on 11/11/2012

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sunnyskies11352698248.993327 PostsRegistered 4/8/2006
Thanks for the info Name! I am glad to know that you had success with adding the posts. That's amazing that a jeweler couldn't do it but a stand at the mall could!

Name1352733883.89397 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
Hi Sunnykies I forgot to mention the earrings I had the post added are the same ones you just purchased in clips but the champagne . The reason why the jeweler couldn't do it was because they didn't have a laser machine to do it, they had to do it the traditional way by heating and soldering the silver which could damage the stones hence the need to remove them also I think it would have been more expensive. Good luck with yours ;-)

2zbeach1352736117.2232205 PostsRegistered 5/2/2005
Yes, clip earrings can have posts added. My jeweler does it for $20. Have had it done a number of times when only clip earrings are left and a great buy.

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