Europa Ear Weights

November 02, 2015 0 Comments

Three pairs of bronze ear weights with select cuts of "Red Creek Jasper" reminiscent of the surface of Jupiter's moon "Europa"

I've been working on this weight design concept for well over a year now, and I'm thrilled to finally make them available in their full size glory (I previously released several half-sized test pieces). Europa represents the first limited quantity run in a continuing release schedule of unique stones set in these beautiful bronze ear weights. The bronze style itself does not have a name - internally we call it the "display weight" - specifically because it is meant to be a frame, or a display, for carefully chosen natural materials.

Over the course of many years of cutting and carving natural materials of all kinds, I have come to know pattern and line not as the two dimensional planes that we see most frequently in jewelry (plugs, cabochons), but rather patterns and lines that extend through three dimensional space as they curve and weave through a material. This jewelry was a study and experiment in showcasing the beauty of nature in a minimalist manner... essentially this was a lesson in getting out of the way and letting a material take the lead.

I must say before I go any further that this was very much a collaborative effort, and it would be rude of me to dismiss the importance of that. Local artist Andre Shank was instrumental in helping to refine my original rough concept sketches much closer to a finished design. Another local artist, Roberto Rubet, was an enormous aid in meticulously measuring and recreating my hand carved wax into a digital 3D file, so that we could troubleshoot casting issues involved in building an enormous upside down stone setting without me having to carve countless waxes.

As a side note, if you are the kind of person that enjoys seeing progress photos of pieces being made, you'd like my Instagram account, which recently featured several photos and videos of the production of these pieces.

Europa

These three pairs of weights are carved from one block of "Red Creek Jasper," which is not actually a jasper but rather a silificated limestone dolomite. Each pair is unique and one of a kind, despite having been cut from right next to one another. Each has a personality, so to speak. The patterns across each piece within a pair are mirrored to the best of my ability so that when worn, matching interesting features will show on both pieces regardless of whether they are inserted from the front or back. My goal in this design truly is to create wearable specimens that hang, sway, and can be viewed from multiple angles. These pieces have details that you can get lost in, and I have consistently found myself rotating each piece and following the erratic lines and color zoning as they wind around the shape.

Why only three pairs?

It's all the stone was large enough for. I purchased the stone specifically for this project in May 2014, and as I worked with the material, it became clear that it would be much more interesting to limit the quantity and truly make unique pieces using this new style. I do loads of custom work and one-offs - it's kind of my thing. It seems only natural that the next step would be releasing limited quantity pieces to the public.

Enough talk, let's see it...

Tech Specs

Europa is 62mm tall, 26mm wide, and each piece weighs 55 grams. They are wearable at 8mm (0g) and up. The stone inserts are approximately 22mm x 22mm. This is a true hardware setting, no adhesive is used. The materials are lead free silicon bronze and "Red Creek Jasper." They are 100% made in the USA from the initial design and waxes, to the casting, polishing, and the stone carving and setting.

Release Details

All three pairs will go live on the website on the same date and time at the same price. This blog post is to enable you to get familiar with the story behind the pieces and their technical details so that you'll already have an idea of which pair you would like to purchase when the time comes.

Europa goes live Friday, February 13th at 6pm Eastern time. No additional pairs will be created following the "Europa" theme.

If you have questions about these pieces, feel free to contact us. Please don't ask us to hold a pair for you though; this is a strict first-come, first-served sale.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I've enjoyed making them. Please do leave me some feedback and let me know what you think, and keep an eye out for future limited runs of "display weights" using other gorgeous specimen materials.

Jared A. Karnes




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Holiday 2018 Shipping and Closure Info

December 11, 2018 0 Comments

I am currently working hard to get all pending orders for standard made-to-order (non-custom) jewelry that have come in through the website finished and shipped in the days leading up to my holiday closure on Friday 12/21. This includes orders from the Holiday Guaranteed collection on my site placed up until Monday 12/17. 

After 12/17 I can guarantee shipment of orders for in stock and ready to ship jewelry until the afternoon of 12/21 when the last mail shipment goes out. Orders for made-to-order or custom jewelry not included in the "Holiday Guaranteed" section of the website will not begin shipping until after 1/1.

As of today Tuesday 12/11, I strongly suggest Priority or Express mail service to ensure any orders that are gifts or otherwise needed for Christmas to be delivered on time. I guarantee that we'll get it in the mail, but I can't control the shipping time.

My workshop will be closed from 12/21 to Tuesday 1/1 so I can rest my hands and spend time with my family. I may be in the workshop cleaning or prototyping but nothing will ship during this time. Correspondence will happen periodically, just be patient.

I'll be back in the workshop making jewelry and getting on with business as usual the week of 1/1/19. Thanks to you this business is now 16 years old. I appreciate your support. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Jared Karnes, Owner/Jeweler

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Submit your wear photos for $$!

December 07, 2018 0 Comments

Over the years I have made some fantastic ear weights, one at a time for one customer at a time, and promptly sent them off to homes without the ability to show them in their natural environment - being worn by truly unique people!

Some of the pieces I make have unusual insertion methods (Ghost in the Shell) or wearing surfaces that can be difficult to describe (iona) but are easy to show in a photo. I want to gather some beautiful photos of my customers showing off how you incorporate my work into your one of a kind style. As thanks, I would like to offer you $30 in credit toward your next order and a chance to win $100 in credit toward your next set of handmade ear weights.

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Sizing Chart
Size chart includes the sizes we make, and default flare size & wearing lengths.
We are happy to make pieces in odd sizes or with custom flares or wearing lengths.
Jewelry Size Flare Size Wearing Length
1.0mm (18g) 1-1.5mm 9mm
1.3mm (16g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
1.5mm (14g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
2.0mm (12g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
2.5mm (10g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
3.0mm (8g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
4.0mm (6g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
5.0mm (4g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
6.0mm
1-1.5mm
9mm
6.5mm (2g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
7.0mm (1g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
8.0mm (0g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
9.0mm (00g)
1-1.5mm
9mm
10mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
11mm (7/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
12mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
13mm (1/2")
1-1.5mm
10mm
14mm (9/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
15mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
16mm (5/8")
1-1.5mm
10mm
17mm (11/16")
1-1.5mm
10mm
18mm
1-1.5mm
10mm
19mm (3/4")
1-1.5mm
11mm
20mm (13/16")
1-1.5mm
11mm
21mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
22mm (7/8")
1-1.5mm
11mm
23mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
24mm (15/16")
1-1.5mm
11mm
25mm
1-1.5mm
11mm
26mm (1")
1-1.5mm
11mm
27mm (1 1/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
28mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
29mm (1 1/8")
1-1.5mm
12mm
30mm (1 3/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
31mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
32mm (1 1/4")
1-1.5mm
12mm
33mm (1 5/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
34mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
35mm (1 3/8") 
1-1.5mm
12mm
36mm
1-1.5mm
12mm
37mm (1 7/16")
1-1.5mm
12mm
38mm (1 1/2") 1.5-2mm 13mm
39mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
40mm (1 9/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
41mm (1 5/8")
1.5-2mm
13mm
42mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
43mm (1 11/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
44mm (1 3/4")
1.5-2mm
13mm
45mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
46mm (1 13/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
47mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
48mm (1 7/8")
1.5-2mm
13mm
49mm (1 15/16")
1.5-2mm
13mm
50mm
1.5-2mm
13mm
51mm (2")
1.5-2mm
13mm

Wearing length is the area of the jewelry that fits inside your piercing. 

Overall length (sometimes confused with wearing length) is the total measurement of the jewelry from face to face, including any additional flare or face area.

Diagram of jewelry styles with wearing length marked in green and overall length marked in red.

1. Flat face double flared plug. Wearing length is measured from the inside of the flare edges. Overall length is measured from face to face.

2. Convex face double flared plug. Wearing length is measured from the inside of the flare edges. Overal length is measured from face to face.

3. Flat face double flared plug with flat flares. Wearing length is measured from inside the flare edges (the piercing cannot rest on the flat flare areas). Overall length is measured face to face.

4. Trumpet flare style plug. The dotted line denotes where the wearing surface ends on the front, because the larger portion of the slope cannot fit inside the piercing. Wearing surface is measured from inside the rear flare edge to the area on the front flare with the same diameter measurement. Overall length is measured from face to face.

5. Sloped single flare plug. Wearing length is measured from where the slope of the flare ends to the end of the plug. Overall length is measured from face to face.

6. Top-hat style single flare with convex face. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the end of the plug. Overall length is measured from face to face.

7. Top-hat style single flare with curved rear. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the beginning of the curve (the piercing cannot rest on the slope). Overall length is measured from face to face.

8. Top-hat style single flare with groove for an o-ring. Wearing length is measured from the inside flare corner to the groove (the piercing cannot rest on the groove). Overall length is measured from face to face.

9. Labret (round or oval) with a standard concave t-back. Wearing length is measured from where the wearing shaft meets the wing to the end of the flat portion (the piercing cannot rest on the slope).

Overall length is always longer than the wearing surface because it includes other sections of the jewelry that do not rest inside the piercing. If you are ordering a piece of jewerly and you specify an overall length instead of a wearing length, your jewelry will not fit properly. Order using "overall length" at your own risk. Knowing your ideal wearing length, which can change as you stretch your piercings, ensures you're able to order jewelry that will fit well from every vendor, every time.