Gemstone Jewelry, Tutorials and Questions

How to Change Earring Backs from Fish Hook to Lever Back

I was recently given a beautiful pair of Larimar earrings. I adore them. The only problem was that wearing them was a pain. The fish hook backs kept falling out of my earlobes so I’d put on the tiny little clear plastic backs, which is not easy to do. Then, the ends of the hooks would stab me behind the ears. So, I decided to make a change.

It was actually pretty easy to change out the backs. I wanted leverbacks so I bought a set of .925 sterling silver findings from Amazon along with a set of jewelry pliers. I used jewelry pliers to bend the circular part of the fish hooks so that I could slide the gemstones off. Then I just had to slide the gems onto the lever backs. Easy peasy.

I am SO sorry that the below pictures are a bit blurry. It was difficult to focus on the tiny pieces. Hopefully, you’ll get the idea!

Larimar Earrings with Fish Hook Findings
Larimar earrings and the fish hooks they came with.
Jewelry Tools
The set of jewelry pliers I purchased from Amazon.
Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
Pliers I used to bend the fish hook findings.
The tiny round wire holding the gemstone to the fish hook. This is the part I bent so I could remove the gem.
Sterling Silver Leverback Earring Findings
Sterling silver lever backs I bought on Amazon.
Ta-da! The finished piece which is much more comfortable!

Here are the supplies I purchased from Amazon:

I hope you found this useful and are inspired to bring new life into old jewelry pieces so you can wear them!

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