+1 to that, LKP over CE any timeI still laugh at people that uses CE over LKP.
LKP vs SSE, self-preference. Do you want an multi-purpose earing or just an earing that gives you extra 10 AC?
Personally I had 2x LKP + 1 and SSE + 1. I ended up using LKP + 1 because there were so many mages on Girakon, and resist is extremely hard to come by for a complete mage. A level 80 fire mage would hit me 1k + easily, thats why I picked resistence over AC. (Along with Elemental Necklace / Fire, Ice, Light Belt / to switch whenever there is a mage party). 20 AC is overrated especially when you have Iron Set. Damage reduced per AC is insignificant when Iron Set + Defense armors are used. However, 20-40 resist significantly reduces elemental damage, although it is mainly because elemental damage fluxuates as well.
Furthermore, LKP is an multi-purpose earing that can be used PVE and PVP. I believe most solo-farming mages will agree that even 5 MP difference is a lot against PVE, thus the reason why they uses MP set to farm, so it is useful against bosses / farming.
Compounding a LKP is also far more beneficial because you gain AC / HP / MP / Resists at the same time. A LKP + 3 is definitely better than a SSE + 3 for a mage.
As for HP lost, you won't notice the difference, mages dont gain enough HP per Health points anyways, I have tested myself already.
Therefore, I prefer LKP over SSE
PS: I npc Cleric Earings, that shit blows except for poor BP[/b]