'American Idol' Feather in the Ear Means Money in the Bank

4/15/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"American Idol" hopeful Elise Testone gave judge Steven Tyler the gift of a feather earring on the show this week -- but the real gift was all the publicity she gave the jewelry designer who made it. 

Testone gave the Aerosmith singer a feather earring made by Sarah Poe, a designer from her home state of South Carolina. Sarah and Elise are friends and customers had always thought Tyler would love her stuff, given his penchant for feathered accessories, so Sarah gave one to Elise to pass on.

Ever since the show aired, Poe tells TMZ her phone lines, Facebook page and email have all been blowing up with business. All the pieces are handmade and one-of-a-kind and range between $65-$145, with Tyler's piece costing around $125.

A small price to pay for all that publicity.