If you like wearing things that are different and have people asking you "where did you get that? " Then you'll love this, and everything from Gilded in Gypsy! The earring "hooks" right over your ear. So comfortable you forget you have it on, until someone gives you yet another compliment about it! No piercing needed, but go ahead and wear earrings with it, it's never too much when you're Gilded in Gypsy! You can even wear glasses without an issue. The hook is hand soldered ( lead free ) followed up with sanding and polishing for a smooth finish, and then the fun begins with adornments in glittering silver and black chains, silver hoops with assorted purple irridesent beads, silver metal leaf charms and beautiful purple amethyst accented with purple irridesent bugel beads, finished off with a guinea feather black and white spotted w/ brown. Longest length is 10 in... Length dangling from the bottom of ear lobe is about 9 inches long... a definate shoulder duster! It's enough to make you smile when you're Gilded in Gypsy, and you'll catch other people smiling too!