Each earring hangs around 1.7 cm (2/3 of an inch) from the bottom of the small sterling hook. These earrings can also be made as sterling silver ear cuffs for $7 more, or on sterling silver post studs for $2 more - please contact me for a revised listing.
They are also available on hypoallergenic surgical steel hooks (for people with metal allergies) at no additional cost - please put your preference in the "Notes to Seller" or contact me directly.
I have quite a few pieces of abalone jewellery & accessories:
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