The Chandelier of Lost Earrings

Installing the chandelier
Installing the chandelier

This striking sculpture by Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell is made from over 3,000 single earrings donated by owners who have lost the other half of the pair. The women who contributed items to the project also shared, via letters, the stories attached to them and these have become part of the artwork’s legacy. It’s on display at Glasgow Women’s Library until the end of the year. I love it!

Do you end up with a collection of lost earrings, and what do you do with them if so? I know I do – but never enough to create my own sculpture. I have discovered, however, that some charities collect odd earrings and pieces of broken jewellery and can make money recycling them. If you’re in the UK, here are two:

Alzheimer’s Society

Friends of the Earth

Right – I’m off to have a rummage in my jewellery box!

59 thoughts on “The Chandelier of Lost Earrings

  1. Ariel Hudnall October 17, 2016 / 00:01

    That’s so awesome! I have about four half-pairs that I could donate, too, haha. It’s quite pretty!

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  2. clicksclan October 2, 2016 / 18:21

    That’s really pretty.

    As for odd earrings, I wear odd socks so I don’t see why you can’t wear mismatched earrings. You’d have to make sure they were about the same weight so you didn’t end up feeling lopsided though. 😉


    • Anabel Marsh October 2, 2016 / 19:10

      That’s true! The only times I’ve done it have been by accident though – similar shapes and colours. Easily done!


  3. Eunice September 29, 2016 / 14:48

    Love the chandelier, it looks beautiful, and what a brilliant way to use unwanted single earrings. I’ve never had my ears pierced and never want to, so I don’t wear earrings, although back in the 70s I used to wear big dangly clip-on ones.

    My washing machine eats socks but as all the ones I have are black it doesn’t really matter, I can pair up the odd one with another the same


    • Anabel Marsh September 29, 2016 / 15:15

      That’s very practical! I can do that with some socks but mine mostly have patterns, though I have seen socks on sale in odd pairs so maybe I should join in!


  4. RuthsArc September 29, 2016 / 12:25

    What a great idea. Love it. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) September 28, 2016 / 13:42

    That is one cool chandelier! I don’t really have any missing earrings because I am gross and never change my earrings, even though I have three piercings per lobe, because my grandma bought me the sets of hoops I wear in my top two holes, and I’d be heartbroken if I ever lost one. But it’s nice to know that there’s a good use for all the oddments of jewellery out there!


    • Anabel Marsh September 28, 2016 / 14:03

      Certainly is – earrings are one of the few adornments I like wearing so I have a fine collection – but possibly only large enough for a small bedside lamp, if that!


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