Antique Earrings

Antique Earrings

Earrings are an integral part of any woman’s wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for delicate earrings to frame your face or a statement piece to complete your look, our collection has the perfect antique earrings for you.

Earrings were a popular fashion accessory throughout history. From the innovations of the Renaissance to the subtle purple almandines of 19th century England, our selection has a pair of antique earrings for every style and occasion.

Early Evidence of Earrings

Earrings have long been a popular form of jewelry, both for women and men. Some archeological discoveries suggest that earrings were used in Mesopotamia as early as 2500 BCE, including a pair of gold hoops found in Queen Puabi’s royal tomb in modern-day Iraq.

By the 1700s, earrings were an integral part of a put-together look for most fashionable women, especially in Europe. One of the most fashionable styles was a large and heavy earring with multiple pendants called a girandole or pendeloque (like this beautiful pair from ca. 1830).

While their use declined during the Middle Ages, likely due to religious influences that deemed them too extravagant, they returned with a bang during the Renaissance with elaborate styles adorned with gemstones and precious metals. In fact, many of the antique earrings we have for sale today are based on styles that were developed during this time.

Victorian Earrings

The Victorian era, encompassing Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 until her death in 1901, saw enormous changes in industry, culture and, of course, jewelry. The early Victorian or Romantic period reflected religion and romance, while later styles, like mourning jewellery for the loss of Prince Albert, reached their peak.

Earring designs became asymmetrical, with elements that were balanced to flatter the wearer. They also featured a shepard’s hook, a curved post that went through the ear and hung down to counterbalance the weight of an earring in front. This style of earring remains a popular choice today for women and men alike. Inspired by archeological discoveries, Gothic and medieval motifs became more popular. The engagement ring that Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria featured a snake with an emerald set in its head, becoming a popular symbol of infinity and everlasting love.

Art Deco Earrings

After World War I, a new decorative style took hold – Art Deco. An intoxicating whirlwind of fringe-flapping, cocktail-sipping flappers, jazz, and giant leaps in innovation blew in, lifting everybody’s spirits. This dramatic and bold decorative style embraced right angles and sleek geometric forms, punctuated with striking bursts of colour.

Jewellery of this period reflects the dynamic zeitgeist, with undulating rock crystal and slabs of green jade framing diamonds. Exciting archeological discoveries of Egyptian treasure trove, primarily King Tut’s tomb, had huge influence on Art Deco design motifs including lotus blossoms, scarabs, pyramids and the eye of Horus. The introduction of new advances in celluloid and bakelite allowed designers to play with a spectrum of fashionable colours. Earrings were often long styles that complemented shorter hairstyles.

Creole Earrings

Creole earrings have a distinct shape and feature a textured pattern. They are quite similar to hoop earrings but they are generally larger in size. They also have a unique design which makes them stand out from the rest. They were originally worn by pirates and fishermen to identify themselves. The word Creole comes from a language that combines Latin, African and French which makes it a truly multicultural style.

If you’re looking for an elegant pair of antique earrings, choose a gold creole earring. However, if you’re looking for something more casual, consider a silver pair. They can go with any outfit and add a touch of class to your look. They are also great to gift to the sociable Libra who loves to make friends.

Savoyard Earrings

Earrings are a jewelry staple that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your look, try a pair of vintage Edwardian earrings.

During this era, the dangle earring was the popular style and a common form of mourning jewelry. They were often crafted from gold and featured seed pearls that symbolized sorrow.

An elegant pair of Savoyard creoles (also known as tarines) in 18k yellow and white gold. They feature fine chiseled floral decorations and an illegible trace of the maker’s hallmark. These regional French pieces date from the end of the 19th and early 20th century.

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