|Featured In||Mistborn trilogy|
The Final Empire
In Mistborn: The Final Empire, Vin is described as having an earring given to her by mother. As she is learning about Allomancy, she asks Kelsier if she will have to get rid of her earring, as Allomancers try to limit the amount of metal they carry on their persons. He tells her it is fine to keep it, so long as it stays in her body, as Allomancers cannot affect metal that pierces the skin. It is later revealed in this book that Vin's mother gave Vin the earring after having killed her sister rather "messily." In the finale of the first book, the Lord Ruler Allomantically rips Vin's earring out of her ear. Vin then draws on the power of mists and is able to kill the Lord Ruler. She recovers the earring after the fight is over.
The Well of Ascension
When Vin takes the power of Preservation in The Well of Ascension, her earring pains her. At the time, she does not realize that it is because her earring is actually a hemalurgic spike reacting against Preservation's power, but instead assumes it is because the earring is made of metal. She then proceeds to remove all other sources of metal from her body.
The Hero of Ages
In The Hero of Ages, Vin's earring is revealed to be a hemalurgic spike. Her mother killed her sister (who was a Seeker) and put it in Vin's ear. This explains Vin's ability to penetrate most copperclouds. Because Vin wears the earring, Ruin is able to speak with her directly, and does so throughout this book whenever she is wearing it. During a fight in which Marsh, under Ruin's control, is attempting to kill Vin, he recognizes her earring for what it is, and is able to resist the control of Ruin enough to remove it from her ear, thereby saving Vin's life and enabling her to utilize the Mists.
- Vin's earring was put in her left ear.
| Mistborn Era 1|
The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages
|Characters||Vin · Kelsier · Sazed · Elend Venture · Marsh · Spook · Breeze · Ham · Clubs · Dockson · Straff Venture · Zane · Ashweather Cett · Tindwyl · Allrianne Cett · TenSoon · Yomen · Quellion · The Lord Ruler · Alendi · Kwaan|
|Places||Final Empire · The Dominances · Luthadel · Kredik Shaw · Pits of Hathsin · Kandra Homeland · Urteau · Fadrex City · Tathingdwen|
|Ethnicities and Species||Skaa · Nobles · Terrismen · Inquisitors · Koloss · Kandra · Mistwraiths · Southern Scadrians|
|Organizations||Skaa rebellion · Steel Ministry · Keepers (the Synod) · Worldbringers · Noble Houses|
|Mythology||The Deepness · Terris Prophecies · Well of Ascension · Hero of Ages|
|Era 1 books||Mistborn: The Final Empire · The Well of Ascension · The Hero of Ages · (Mistborn: Secret History · The Eleventh Metal)|
|Era 2 books||The Alloy of Law · Shadows of Self · The Bands of Mourning · The Lost Metal · (Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania)|
|Shards||Preservation · Ruin · Harmony|
|History||Classical Scadrial · Final Empire · Catacendre · Elendel · Southern Scadrian|
|Magic||Metallic Arts (Allomancy, Feruchemy, Hemalurgy) · Metalborn · Mistborn · Misting · Savant · Ferring · Twinborn · Compounding · Atium · Lerasium · Ettmetal|
|Other Media||Mistborn Adventure Game · Mistborn: Birthright · Mistborn film · Mistborn: House War|