Re: Hi everyone/ need some help
, 11:58 PM
Hi Mince, and welcome to DT!
With stud earrings there are basically 2 things to consider - the "basket" (what the stone sits in) and the post / back assembly it is attached to.
If the screw backs aren't working for you, then I'd consider either a heavy pushback or what is known as a LaPoussette or tension back. The LaPousette has a squeeze mechanism that allows it to attach more securely to the post itself, as I am told.
However, as with anything, people are etitiled to opinions - and others have said that the squeeze mechanism is awkward and that heavy, well constructed push backs are just as secure and easier to operate. The tension / LaPousettes are also more expensive.
Another thing to consider if you are thinking of a remount is the "droop factor" (obviously more of a problem with bigger, heavier stones) - 4 or 6 prong baskets that hold the stone away from the ear tend to droop. A newer hot option right now is the 3-prong martini setting - just like it sounds, the setting looks like a martini glass, with the stone resting deeper into the ear itself with little to no drooping, but the construction still allows for great light performance from the stones.
This is a pic of the 3-prong martini from Barry's site (Excel Diamonds) -
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