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Who We Are

The Ear Curl, inspired by the current fashion of multiple piercings, is a single earring that appears to require several piercings, but needs only one. Each of our products stems from this original design.

About Us

Shirley Searle

Piercings can be a pain, especially today when it’s fashionable to sport several earrings in each ear. The more earrings you want to flaunt, the more piercings you’ll need. Enter Ear Curls; a single earring giving you the appearance of wearing multiple earrings, through one piercing.

Hi. My name is Shirley Searle and I am the owner and founder of Ear Curls. I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada working in my family’s lapidary and silversmithing business, centered around cutting and polishing gemstones. I always joke that I was “raised with a pair of pliers in my hand”.

I left the family business, and entered a career in computer software design and accounting. My passion for creating jewellery never ceased. In addition to my jewellery work, I love to do beaded embroidery, dressmaking, watercolour painting and playing the piano and other instruments. I now live on beautiful Pender Island, a community of around 2000 people, in BC’s Southern Gulf Islands.

I launched my business in 1999 with the original Ear Curls. Over the years this design has become popular in the jewellery industry and variations have been marketed under various names including “Ear Climbers” and “Ear Crawlers.

My ever-increasing product line now includes many other designs. I work primarily in Sterling Silver, but also in 14K Gold-Filled as well as other mediums, with a variety of beads including crystal and gemstones.

I have handcrafted and sold my designs at craft shows and markets across Canada for more than 20 years.