Earrings -- small, delicate and pricey in some cases -- require special packing considerations to get them intact to the gift recipient. Size matters when it comes to the packing materials you use to ship earrings. You don't want the earrings swimming in a box, but you don't want materials too skimpy to be able to withstand the rough and tumble ride to their destination.
Cut a piece of card stock into a square measuring slightly larger than the earrings. Punch two holes near the top edge of the card with a small hole punch or a pin. Punch the holes at the middle of the card to ship a pair of studs.
Slide the earring hooks into the holes. Secure a pair of studs by sliding the earring through the front of the card and securing the clutch on the back. Put a piece of transparent tape across the back of the hooks to secure the earrings.
Place the earring card in a jewelry box that provides a snug fit. Most boxes come with cushioning for placement underneath and on top of the jewelry. Cut a piece of tissue paper and place it on top of the earrings before placing the top cushioning if it might stick to delicate earring components. Secure the box and lid with a rubber band.
Pack the earrings in the shipping box. Fill the box halfway with packing material such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap or shredded paper. Place the jewelry container in the box and continue filling it to the brim with packing material. Add a little extra material after the box is full for a snug fit. Tape the box closed.
You can buy jewelry boxes in various sizes in craft stores and online.
You may wrap delicate earrings in bubble wrap before placing them in the jewelry box.
The shipping box should be big enough to accommodate a generous amount of packing material.
You can buy insurance for earrings to cover the value if they are lost or damaged in shipping before they reach their destination.
Avoid shipping earrings in padded envelopes. There's a chance the envelope could rip, which may result in the earrings being lost or damaged.
Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.