If you survived the ’80s, then you know what BIG earrings were all about. For me, the bigger the earring the better the outfit. And when I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I just made my own. As a matter of fact, in 1986 (during my college years), my girlfriend Kerry and I started making our own earrings out of wood and custom painting them to match our outfits.
Pretty soon everyone wanted custom earrings and we started our first official business called Felicity Creations. To keep our customers interested, we began making earrings out of broken records and CDs, then we added glitter, puff paint and beads; it was a thrilling time.
Then one Tuesday at 3pm (just like the overalls), big earrings were done! People began moving into organic stones and studs and the simplicity trend took over. A lot of girls I knew had ripped their ear lobes by donning heavy earrings and were looking into plastic surgery to have them fixed. And just for the record (pun intended), our earrings weren’t heavy at all. Blame the heavy styles on Janet Jackson and her one metal-casted key. (Confession time, yep, I wore one key and thought I was hot and “In Control”.)
Up until recently, big earrings haven’t been seen in the spotlight, but as history repeats itself, it’s time to start thinking and wearing big. The first 3 pics are what’s happening now on runways.
The 4th pic is a major culprit of crazy, ’80s style.
The 5th pic is a pair of hand-painted Felicity earrings we made to match a client’s skirt.
The last pic is an ad that my boyfriend at the time Brent Lucy drew for us. He drew the logo and everything by hand. No computer graphics on this one; totally old school. We even took our business cards after they were printed and splattered paint all over them for an added touch. Splattering paint on everything was the norm back then. One time my friend April and I took hot pink paint and splattered her bedroom walls, her lamp shade, her dresser, and everything we could find in her room for an updated look. (Her mom wasn’t too happy, but that’s another story.) My dear grandmother believed in our venture though, she even took me to the Jackson Pollock exhibit while I was visiting her in Omaha, Nebraska so I could get more ideas. I miss her so!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any record earrings left. I had saved a box of them for years and then tossed them during my regretful purge brought on by a de-clutter article that took me by storm.
Advice: Never throw away anything cool!
And this time around, make sure your BIG earrings are light weight so you don’t find your holes splitting. Lastly, cherish the times with your elders.