Leather earrings are becoming more fashionable, especially for women, and are becoming popular with the public in their native Australia.
In the US, leather earring prices are on the rise, with brands like Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs Boutique, which makes earrings, selling the most expensive earrings at $300.
Leather earring enthusiasts often travel to the United States to purchase their favourite styles of earrings.
“I’m here to tell you that the leather earpiece is a thing of beauty and it can be a wonderful luxury item,” said Alissa Turetsky, who lives in Los Angeles and blogs about the world of fashion.
“The earrings have been around for a long time and we’re very proud of it.”
Turetty, who works in the fashion industry, said she was particularly excited about the upcoming Leather Earrings Expo in LA in December.
She’s been a huge fan of the brand since she was a child.
“She has been one of the pioneers of leather fashion,” she said.
“They are so elegant and feminine.
She really knows her stuff and she is an expert.”
For Turetz, the Leather Earring Expo has been a dream come true.
“It’s going to be a huge celebration and a great way to showcase the range of the brands that make these amazing earrings,” she added.
But she was also worried about the price tag.
“People are looking at a lot of different styles,” she explained.
Turingtsky’s fears were confirmed by a survey of women who purchased earrings from brands like JCPenney and Louis Vuitton, which was published in the US in January. “
If I’m spending $300 on one, then I am worried about how I am going to find another pair.”
Turingtsky’s fears were confirmed by a survey of women who purchased earrings from brands like JCPenney and Louis Vuitton, which was published in the US in January.
While the prices for these earrings varied, there were some that were significantly cheaper than the ones she was looking at online.
For Turedtz, buying an earring online was “like walking into a store”.
“I am worried that they are going to sell out at the last minute,” she warned.
“There’s not a lot you can do about that.”
The US earring market is booming, with online sales topping $US2.7 billion last year.
But many of the cheaper styles of the leather are still considered to be luxury items, and some are sold at a higher price.
Turettts fears are not unfounded.
According to the website Luxury Leather, prices for “real leather ear” earrings can run as high as $US7,000, compared to the $US200-$250 price tag for other brands.
According for the American Leather and Metal Association, the average price of a real leather ear is $US1,200.
“For those who want to buy genuine leather ear earrings and are in the market for a good pair, they’re going to have to spend a lot more money to get them,” Turets mum said.
The Australian Leather Ear Piercing Association says it’s important to understand the difference between real leather and fake leather.
“A fake leather ear piercing is not an authentic piece of jewelry,” a spokesperson said.
For real leather, there are some key differences between real and fake pieces.
In terms of comfort and protection, fake leather is generally considered to offer the best protection,” the spokesperson said, adding that fake earpets are “generally considered to provide a more natural look and feel”.