We all know someone that has this horrible affliction. Some are our nearest and dearest friends, while other beloved sufferers may even share our DNA. What in the world am I talking about . . . droopy ear lobes!
As a jewelry designer, I have had soooo many conversations with my customers about the perils of our youthful indiscretions - wearing fashionable, but heavy earrings. Yes, we Baby Boomers have fessed up to a lifetime of large and heavy loops during the 70’s and enormous earrings that rivaled the size of our shoulder pads during the 80’s. Clearly, this has taken a toll on our once dainty ear lobes.
It was reported by the British Medical Journal that yes indeed, Missy - those ear lobes do grow as we age. We also loose collagen and they begin to flatten, thus appearing like a deflated party balloon. Droopy ear lobes are one of the dead giveaways when you meet an old friend that looks just a little too “rested”.
There are remedies for this sad and droopy situation such as ear lobe reduction (Yikes!), radio frequency to tighten up the delicate skin, a few drops of facial filler and even something called Blingdots (placed behind the ear lobe). For those of us that prefer to ignore our deflating youth - there is yet another option - post style earrings.
I am asked almost daily if some of my earring designs can be converted to a post style for “women of a certain age”. The right post style earring can help to hide the elongation of the piercings and the drooping of the lobe behind a pretty decorative post. With enough sparkle and shine dangling below the post - (as my dear Mother used to say) “No one will notice on a galloping horse”.
For all of you Boomer Babes, with holiday soirees on your calendar in the next few weeks - here are some gorgeous post-style earring solutions.
|Sylvia Earrings - Pink & Yellow Sapphires w/ White Topaz|
|Eileen Earrings - Green Onyx & White Topaz|
|Scarlett Earrings - Burmese Rubies & White Topaz|
|Storm Earrings - "Blue Flash" Labradorite & White Topaz|