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Hi, my question is it possible to turn cufflinks like the ones in the photo into earrings and how?

Danielle, it is possible but not easy.  The back must be removed generally by sawing it away followed with smoothing that area. Likely, the base metal will be exposed and depending on what that metal is, tarnish could present a problem.

The best approach is to make the links into dangle earrings, keeping the back of the discs away from the ear directly.  A skilled jeweler will then drill a small hole through the rim of the disc,at an angle  to avoid the colored area.  A metal loop will  go through the hole and a dangle earring attachment goes to that.   If the colored area is a plastic epoxy type of material, it may be necessary to drill the hole through the top of the red area to allow a larger hole and a sturdier loop to the disc.

There are also sterling ear posts with a flat disc on one end which may be cemented to the back of the disc. Whether a glue on back will work depends in part on the weight of the disc from the cuff link.

None of these arrangements are ideal but the construction of the disc and the colored filler material will likely be destroyed by soldering on an ear post or loop for a dangle.

I have seen this star symbol before but do not recall exactly where.

Best wishes with the conversion. I suggest you see a reputable local jeweler to have the work done.

God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.  

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