|There is nothing more exciting than finding a piece of jewelry that completely melds with your sensibility. The jewelry of Melissa Joy Manning is just that kind of collection, you can trust her pieces are made by hand in her studio in California and NYC using sustainable and recycled materials, locally sourced stones and socially and environmentally responsible practices. These are sterling silver w/freeform turquoise in a claw setting hug earrings. Melissa has developed these 'hug' earrings which go in your hole, thread all the way through to the back so the stone sits close to the front of your ear, and then back curves around the bottom. These hugs are super comfortable and easy to wear. If you are going to wear them for a long period of time you can even bend them together for better security. They come with a silicone back to help. The turquoise stone is approx. .7 to .8cm. and are slightly pear in shape. I have more photos of these if you would like to see more before your purchase feel free to email me.