Those of us who love vintage earrings are often frustrated to find that a newly-acquired pair is unbearably uncomfortable because of its screw-back or clip-back fitting. If this were an occasional issue it wouldn’t be a big deal; however for the first three-quarters of the 20th century pierced earrings were out of fashion in many parts of the world. For me, this time period encompasses many of my favorite styles of earrings: long, elegant Art Deco earrings; Mexican silver hoops and enameled earrings; sculptural Modernist earrings; and dangling 60’s mod earrings. While a jeweler can convert almost any pair of earrings to pierced, the cost runs at least $20-50 and sometimes higher. While this is worth doing on some earrings, it can get prohibitively expensive.