I haven't got any piercings. I used to want my ears pierced when I was younger and I sometimes entertain fantasies of getting my right eyebrow (I can lift it very slightly on it's own thanks to a few months practice), the top of my left ear (so that the piercings are evenly distributed), and/or my nose pierced. I also have a tattoo design in mind for my right shoulderblade, but it is even less likely that I will get that done. I'm not too keen on needles. I remember that when I had my second-to-last vaccination, the nurse kept having a go at me because I was too tense and she couldn't find where to put the needle in.
Sometimes, people I've known for years have been looking at me one day when they exclaim, mid-conversation: "Your ears aren't pierced!". I usually respond: "Yeah, I know." It's almost as strange as being told that I am tall, or skinny, which happens even more frequently. I have eyes, a mirror, and self-awareness, funnily enough!
So to be unpierced is pretty unusual. At least jewellery designers think so, because there are very few earrings being produced today for unpierced ears. In fact, I would say that finding new earrings that don't require piercings is even harder than finding shoes for big feet!
Options for the Unpierced
Pro: They have been around for longer than any other kind of non-pierced earring, so you are likely to find the oldest vintage earrings if you are looking for clips.
Con: High ouch factor. They squeeze tightly, so they can't be worn for long periods of time unless you are good at resisting pain. I have tried some that have been padded with some sort of plastic foamy cushion, but it often isn't attached securely to the earring, falls off, and to be honest it doesn't make much of a difference to begin with.
Pro: A different look to clip-ons and screw-ons.
Cons: Can have a ouch factor, as they pinch the ear. Also quite difficult to find, although you can make your own out of bendable plastic-coated wire.
Pros: Look like studs for pierced ears, take longer to cause pain than clips.
Cons: Can't hold any weight, fall off really easily (hair often causes the pieces to move), and I find that the pain from these lasts the longest.
Pros: Don't hurt, can look like studs
Cons: They have a cheap, novelty look, and you could be allergic to the adhesive, which also tends to be quite crap - try using eyelash glue to get them to stay on for longer.
Spring Hoop Earrings
Pro: Look almost the same as "real" hoop earrings.
Ear Hook/Hoop Earrings (hooks/hoops over the ear)
Pro: Not painful
Cons: Looks like you just hung something over your whole ear. Unimpressive unless you make a lot of effort to hang lots of pretty things from it. Some have an irritating habit of falling off when you tilt your head to the side and move.
Pros: Quite a lot of vintage earrings around. Can be worn for a long time because they can be adjusted to stay on the ear without pinching tightly.
Con: They loop under the ear and depending on the decoration, this can show and look too much like you're "showing the mechanism", distracting from the prettiness.
Do you have unpierced ears? Or have you worn earrings that don't require piercings before? Which is your favourite kind?
Freeze your debit/credit card, I've got a whole bunch of discoveries to share in Part Two.