I don't see why you couldn't modify them. It is metalwork that doesn't look like it will affect the earring at all. And having been around antiques my whole life (not jewlery specifically) I do not think it would detract from the antique value of these. They are TDF and it would pain me to not wear them! What is the carat weight?
Thanks! They are 1.5 cts each (7mm).
Thanks for your input everyone. Perhaps I'll email Erica or Grace tonight, and see if they can offer suggestions, since they are familiar with the settings. If they can be safely modified, I'll save that job for later this year, since we're moving to the US. Saves the duty, and the shipping will be a little less expensive I believe.
Morning Glory - Thanks for helping me figure out a little more analytically what I need to do. I'm too emotionally attached to these things, and THIS is why I finally brought the dilemma to the boards. Everyone's reasons for what they would do with them helps me put my priorities into perspective.
I'll email a few vendors and see what can be done with them and take it from there.
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your input.