Things that are multi-functional are favorites with me. Never found myself in adoration with one trick ponies.
Many moons ago I worked as a sales-rep for Sarah Coventry. Sarah Coventry was an in-home distributor of unique jewelry, following the same principles as Tupperware's infamous home parties.
One thing that captured my attention with Sarah Coventry jewelry was that most of their pieces were multi-functional. Brooches could be used as necklace pendants, long necklaces could be worn doubled up or even as a belt, necklaces had matching bracelets that one could couple together to form a longer necklace, clip-on-earrings could be used as shoe clips or clipped to a chain and worn as a pendant.
Come to think of it all of Coventry's earrings were clip-ons, not many women back then had pierced ears - unlike today where just about anything and everything is pierced - guess we were all very timid back then or it just was not the vogue thing to do.
Occasionally I try to create multi-functional pieces, pieces that can be worn different ways, switched around. Recently I came up with these "Change About" earrings for my etsy shop, Almost Precious . The sterling silver earring hooks are my own handcrafted earrings to which I've attached a tiny little sterling silver lobster clasp.
This clasp allows one to change my two sided earring dangle around to display a different side.
Both dangles feature a beaded bead, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver jumprings.
I can also imagine someone using the basic earring hooks to hang a favorite charm from, or another cute little drop or dangle.
My own handmade sterling ear-wires with Swarovski White Opal crystal and teeny little sterling silver lobster claw clasp ... can you see this with a cute charm dangling from it?
Photos above and below show earring with charms (starfish and sand-dollar)
Hope people can see the possibilities of this versatile piece of jewelry. What do you think? Is it practical or is it just plain dumb?