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Doubtless, one of the most exciting trends in ear climbers this season is how they’ve stepped up in size. Big time. I mean, really, really big.

Lorraine DePasque


Contributing writer for INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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oubtless, one of the most exciting trends in ear climbers this season is how they’ve stepped up in size. Big time. I mean, really, really big.

Just before summer of 2014, I blogged here in an article entitled “No Ear Climbers? Bad Non-Move.” As anticipated, a good number of readers responded to that blog, telling me they thought climbers were ugly—some saying they looked like caterpillars. Well, as time has shown us over this past year-and-a-half–despite the larvae references–many more ear climbers have crawled onto the scene. Like it or not, it’s a real subcategory of earrings.

But now, in these last few months, actual climber pieces seem to have gotten gargantuan. As a creative community often does when given a new concept—aka “a challenge”–designers have run with it. The newest entries typically slither way higher up the ear than the first ones we saw–often to the helix. And now, too, many are wider at the center than jewelry’s initial offerings, extending beyond the ear’s profile. I especially like the latest styles that dribble below the lobe with gems, clusters of stones, and mini motifs like stars and zodiac symbols. More than a few dangles are detachable, so, as a plus, they offer much-needed versatility in what I hope becomes a jewelry wardrobe staple.

Do some still have that caterpillar-like silhouette? Well, with the freshest colossal climbers of graduated-size gems, which go from small to large (or vice versa) up the ear, that’s one way to look at the outline. Still, the reality is that new über-sized climbers are über hot.

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Doubtless, one of the most exciting trends in ear climbers this season is how they’ve stepped up in size. Big time. I mean, really, really big.

Lorraine DePasque


Contributing writer for INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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oubtless, one of the most exciting trends in ear climbers this season is how they’ve stepped up in size. Big time. I mean, really, really big.

Just before summer of 2014, I blogged here in an article entitled “No Ear Climbers? Bad Non-Move.” As anticipated, a good number of readers responded to that blog, telling me they thought climbers were ugly—some saying they looked like caterpillars. Well, as time has shown us over this past year-and-a-half–despite the larvae references–many more ear climbers have crawled onto the scene. Like it or not, it’s a real subcategory of earrings.

But now, in these last few months, actual climber pieces seem to have gotten gargantuan. As a creative community often does when given a new concept—aka “a challenge”–designers have run with it. The newest entries typically slither way higher up the ear than the first ones we saw–often to the helix. And now, too, many are wider at the center than jewelry’s initial offerings, extending beyond the ear’s profile. I especially like the latest styles that dribble below the lobe with gems, clusters of stones, and mini motifs like stars and zodiac symbols. More than a few dangles are detachable, so, as a plus, they offer much-needed versatility in what I hope becomes a jewelry wardrobe staple.

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Do some still have that caterpillar-like silhouette? Well, with the freshest colossal climbers of graduated-size gems, which go from small to large (or vice versa) up the ear, that’s one way to look at the outline. Still, the reality is that new über-sized climbers are über hot.

 

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Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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