(Closed) Earrings on screws

posted 10 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I don’t know anything about diamond switching or anything like that but I have a pair of earings on screws that I wear everyday and they aren’t any bigger than normal earing posts. I would recommend if you are going to get new post to have smaller screw posts put on… they really help in keep the earing safely on your ear.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I second what AliCherri1 said, I would definitely recommend keeping them on screw posts. I lose earrings all the time, but my one pair of screw posts I have had for years. For valuable earrings, screw posts are a real life (or earring) saver. Maybe your jeweler can give you smaller screw posts? Or maybe your ears will get used to them if you wear them a bit. 

Post # 6
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’ve heard of jewelers switching diamonds and other stones on people, unfortunately. Ask some friends for recommendations for a reputable jeweler in your area. Also, are there any identifying characteristics of these specific diamonds that you could use to verify their identity? If you are truly nervous about this, it may be worth having them appraised independently before and after you take them in for work to make sure you get your diamonds back.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Do you normally wear posts?  My FI has given me several pairs of really nice earrings (tanzanite, sapphire, and diamond), and they all have very thick posts (or so it seemed to me).  One pair is on screws, the other two are a notched clip fastener.  Before I had these, I normally wore french wires, which are quite thin, and so I had trouble getting them in.  If you go and buy a nice pair of gold or white gold post earrings or hoops, they will also have a thicker post.  If you wear those daily for several weeks, then you should be able to get your nice earrings in with no problem.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m with Suzanno.  Rather than switching the posts, I would just try wearing them for a while and letting your ear holes adjust. 

I got a really nice pair of earrings, and the post was thick and uncomfortable when I first put them on.  I wore them for a few days in a row and they stopped bothering me. 

With screw posts I think some of the discomfort may also be because the post isn’t smooth and may tug on or irritate your piercing when you put it on.  Try wearing them a few times and see if it gets better- it’ll save you money and worry. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I have some screw back earrings also, and when I wear them I usually dip them in neosporin or vasaline first…it makes them slide right in, and since my ears are sensitive, they don’t get sore.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My diamond earrings are also on screws and when I first wore them, they were uncomfortable, but by the second or third day, I barely notice it. It only becomes an issue when I put them in or take them out. I think it also has to do with the weight of your diamond (which is probably why it is expensive), so I would not recommend taking off the screws.

I have also heard of jewelers switching out diamond. I ask to watch whenever I have any work done on jewelry. This should not be a problem. If they say it is, go somewhere else. Most reputable places will not have to send it out to do work on it. Plus, they all understand when you ask them, so don’t feel like you are crazy to ask 🙂

warning – when i wear mine for a long period of time, I do feel like they stretch out my ear holes and now my thin gold hoops slide straight into my earhole. boo. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think others have said some of these same things, so I apologize if that’s the case.

 I would just wear the earrings for a while to stretch your holes out. After a few days they wouldn’t be so sore.

Screw-posts are good for expensive earrings. But if you’re dead-set on switching to thinner posts, Jared jewelry stores have their repair area open to watching by the public. My mom, who is very nervous about jewelers switching her stones, will go there and watch them repair her jewelry (instead of browsing the jewelry cases while she waits, which is what they encourage you to do). She has also made an appointment with a local jeweler to go in and watch him repair her jewelry — he was happy to allow her to watch (only takes a couple hours at most), but wanted to make an appointment to ensure a set-aside time to do it. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Worry about switching is NOT crazy. One of my clients at my old job had a 4 carat diamond switched from her ring, and she didn’t know when it happened or who did it. What you should do is have the jeweler, in your presence, check the stones with the laser/light thing to see if they are real, both before AND after they do any work. It changes color based on whether it is real or not. If you’re really worried, you can also have a map made of the diamonds that shows every facet and unique characteristic. Any jeweler who balks at this or say they dont offer either of these services should be a red flag not to go.

 

How big are the stones? Most of the time they don’t both with the hassle of switching unless it’s worth their time (like the ~ $35,000, 4 carat diamond). My ring is .8 carat, and that’s not worth their time because they have to find a really close match diamond and make sure the gold doesnt get damaged, etc. But I understand your worry, I was terrified to have my ring resized when I first got it, but it was fine. Hope this helps you feel a little bit better:) 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think others have said some of these same things, so I apologize if that’s the case.

 I would just wear the earrings for a while to stretch your holes out. After a few days they wouldn’t be so sore.

Screw-posts are good for expensive earrings. But if you’re dead-set on switching to thinner posts, Jared jewelry stores have their repair area open to watching by the public. My mom, who is very nervous about jewelers switching her stones, will go there and watch them repair her jewelry (instead of browsing the jewelry cases while she waits, which is what they encourage you to do). She has also made an appointment with a local jeweler to go in and watch him repair her jewelry — he was happy to allow her to watch (only takes a couple hours at most), but wanted to make an appointment to ensure a set-aside time to do it. 

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