Wire Jewelry Inspiration September 25: Unique Ear Jewelry

By on September 25, 2013
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by Narlene Allen, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration of the Day for
September 25, 2013

Unique Ear Jewelry without Piercings!

Ear Cuff Designs by Alex Simkin

This week our Jewelry Inspiration comes to us from one of our newest friends here at Wire-Sculpture.com; Alex Simkin.


Alex Simkin Jewelry Designer, and inventor of
The Ear Vine!

A Little History about Alex:

Alex first immigrated to America and began making jewelry with his brother to earn a living. Now Alex makes a full time income doing what he loves participating in over 40 Jewelry Shows each year. Alex has created some of the most unique earring designs the world has ever seen and has since trademarked his design: The Ear Vine.

The Ear Vine:

The Ear Vine or Ear Cuffs are an innovative design that allows you to decorate your ear without having any piercings at all. Today, The Ear Vine and Ear Cuff are exclusive trademarked designs, custom made and available only by Alex himself.

A Sneak Peek:

Today I’d like to give you a sneak peek into some of his creations. The images below are all Ear Cuff projects which are featured on our DVD Series. (hint, hint!)




Trple Band Ear Cuff Ear Cuff with Gold Beads Double Spiral Ear Cuff
Project 1: Triple Band Ear Cuff Project 3: Triple Band Cuff With Chain Project 2: Single Bead Design Variation





Trple Band Ear Cuff Ear Cuff with Gold Beads Double Spiral Ear Cuff
Project 2: Double Sided Cuff Variation Project 3: Graduated Bead Ear Cuff Project 3: Graduated Bead Ear Cuff with Top Embellishment

They are absolutely gorgeous!

Ear Cuff Secrets:

Until now, Alex has never shared his secrets, and over the past 30 years he has designed literally hundreds of variations on the technique. He has invented many many new ways to make these unique ear cuffs, vines, and more.

After following Alex for the last 3 yars, he finally agreed to allow us to create a 6 DVD Series showing his trademarked technique, and we are offering this new DVD Series to YOU at an incredible price with a TON of extra bonuses!

One of my favorite parts about this DVD series is it’s extraordinary value! Here are a few of the BONUSES that you’ll get for FREE when you order the entire series:

  • Ear Cuff Designs Bonus DVD 1, 2 & 3 ($104.85 Retail Value) -with addiitonal Ear Cuff projects.
  • Ear Cuff Pliers ($34.95 Retail Value) : Dual Sized Round Nosed Pliers perfecting for making your new Ear Cuff.
  • 50 Feet of practice wire . You get this as an additional Bonus when you order within the first 48 hours (by Midnight MT on Sept 25th), This will include 25 Feet of 21 Gauge Round Full Hard Copper Wire and 25 Feet of 21 Gauge Round Full Hard Red Brass Wire.

Wrapping it up:

Alex is a one-of-a-kind jewelry legend, a simple man with an incredible story. These ear cuffs will be a prized jewel in your collection of personal jewelry.

The techniques you discover in this series will forever change how you create your wire earring designs. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your own set of DVD’s!

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    Xavier Allen

    September 25, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Wow! Even though it is only a ear cuff earrings, it is still look very nice and beautiful and even looks also a real earrings. What a smart idea of Alex Simkin! Thumbs up! GoghJewelryDesign.com

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    September 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Alex’s designs are amazing and beautiful but I am a little concerned by the statement, “The Ear Vine and Ear Cuff are exclusive trademarked designs, custom made and available only by Alex himself”. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of us out here making jewelry like this. Ear cuffs have been worn for generations. I remember my grandmother wearing them 60 years ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark Cheri

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    September 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I found this tip article just a trifle confusing. While I know that a person can copyright a design; I’m not so sure that actual designs can be “trademarked.” The term, “ear vines” can most likely be trademarked for sure as I have not seen or heard it used on jewelry sites before. However, the term “ear cuffs” has been used for a number of years by various jewelry designers. If in fact, it has now been trademarked by Mr. Simkin, does that mean we can no longer use the term when we sell our own designs?

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      Narlene Allen

      September 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Hello Susan,
      A quick clarification on the Ear Vines vs. Ear Cuffs. “Ear Cuffs” has been a general term used by most designers use refer to the style of ear jewelry. Generally, ear cuffs are worn higher on the ear or need a piercing to hold them in. Alex has trademarked the name; The Ear Vine. His style of cuff and technique are unique to him. You can continue to refer to the type of jewelry as ear cuffs, however, just cannot call anything your create “The Ear Vine” – that is what’s trademarked. He is also introducing a new technique in making these particular types of Ear Vines. If you’d like to view some of his jewelry, please visit his website at http://www.eardesigns.com. The DVDs we are producing will be a 6 disc set, each with three projects which will teach you his unique technique and how to create the “Ear Vine.” The reason that you’ve not heard of it is because it has been trademarked by him, and has been a fairly kept technique for a number of years. You’ve probably seen his work, but haven’t known that it was his technique. That’s what makes this so exciting! I hope that helps!

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    September 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I agree with the others I’ve known about ear cuffs it seems forever. I make them for myself and friends and have gone on youtube to see different styles from what I make and there are simply tons of them. A woman I talked to a few years ago in quartzsite made the ear vines and she said she had the exclusive copyright on them. So this seems like a very confusing situation for me and everyone else who make and sell these. The simple design has been around for years and there are all kinds of variations too.

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    Diana Selfridge

    October 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I just checked out you tube. There is a young girl who shows three ear cuffs. Two of the cuffs aren’t at the top they’re like the “ear vine”. It seems like the style has been around although I haven’t seen the ear vine made so it may have different techniques.
    I’ve seen this same issue with wire wrap jewelry. There are tutorial’s showing how to make a design and some are the persons designs but you see them for sale on sites from other’s so I don’t alway’s know who the original artist actually created the design.