|I know this is an ethnic preference but this does look painful to me. Although I have to say the ones below don't look any less painful to wear for an evening, let alone a lifetime.|
I've been working with glass, stones, ceramic, and recycled components for my new earrings. I've also taken to adding tin to them. I love recycling the tin. It was a design decision based on weight and color. I wanted to have more volume in my earrings - maybe a couple of royally large "statement pieces". I could create a very large hollow glass bead and that would definitely give me the volume but glass still has a weight to it. If it's hung on a pendelem (such as a chain) it will "feel" heavier than if it were on a short head pin. It's the nature of the science.
Since I have to weigh out materials for casting I happen to have a very dependable scale on hand. So, I googled earring topics (earring weight) to see what I'd come up with. I love having potential info at my finger tips.
A lot depends on the kind of earring attachment you are using - obviously a post with a wide clutch on the back is going to help distribute more weight than a standard earring nut - and, of course, common sense dictates they are going to better handle weight than a wire. Even the gauge of earring wire is helpful. But after reading quite a bit of material it seems like there is mostly agreement among the designers.
Judith Ripka, award winning designer, feels that 4 grams per earring is a good weight to stay under. Some say a total of 10 grams for "art" earrings is reasonable, others stay to 7 grams per pair - max. So, it looks like maybe a design limit of 3.5 grams per earring is reasonable (give or take your choice - wire/post/style and science).
Without a scale how much is a gram? Well, 3.5 grams = 1/8 oz. (the average size tea bag). Other weights to help guide you (me) on my quest for earring perfection:
Paperclip - 1 gram
Penny - 2.5 grams
Quarter - 6 grams
Reese's PB Cup - 9 grams
2 Nickels - 10 grams
Average Egg - 50 grams
Dove Soap Bar - 100 grams
Average Apple - 150 grams
Trust me - I'm unlikely to make anything as large (heavy) for my ears as the last three items on that list !