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A Guide to Antique Earrings

It’s true what they say – fashions come and go, but style endures.

Many of the vintage diamond earrings we sell at Gatsby Jewellery were designed around 100 years ago and these beautiful accessories can still be worn to achieve a variety of looks.

Vintage earrings are desirable because of the glamour they can evoke from bygone eras. Paired with a simple, modern outfit and hairstyle, they’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

Antique drop earrings

Drop earrings are earrings that hang slightly below the earlobe. They typically incorporate a gemstone or diamond at the base or bottom of the earring and are attached to the ear with either a stud, a hook, or a clasp.

Regardless of their design, drop earrings have an elegant and feminine appearance. They’re especially suited to formal occasions and prestigious ceremonies, which is why you’ll often see them worn by attendees of awards shows and exclusive formal parties.

Drop earrings have been popular throughout the years, but they were especially prominent in the first half of the 20th century when it was in vogue to wear hair on top of the head or beneath a hat. Their length helped women with concealed or minimised hair achieve an elongated effect to the neck.

These, retro jade and diamond drop earrings and Art Deco half-moon ruby drop earrings are perfect for styling with simple evening wear or suits. They have a timeless design and incorporate green and pink stones, that, respectively, will complement any outfit.


antique drop earring

Art Deco Half Moon Ruby Drop Earrings

Antique chandelier earrings

Chandelier, or girondelle, earrings are long and elaborate earrings that often have small gemstones or diamonds on their strands and larger diamonds on the stud from which they hang.

They tend to have a hook or stud base with a slight drop. Strands of metal fall from the shoulders of the earrings, and diamonds or gemstones descend from there.

Unlike more rigid types of drop earrings, chandelier earring designs allow for more movement. Chandelier earrings that have diamonds or precious gemstones in their strands sparkle in a unique way, and like the drop earrings are the perfect complement to a special occasion.

Weddings are one such occasion, and paired with hair pulled back or piled high, these Victorian diamond and silver chandelier earrings are the perfect choice of vintage bridal jewellery.

Victorian DIamond and Silver Chandelier Earrings

Vintage stud earrings

Stud earrings sit on the earlobe of the wearer, and often feature a single diamond, gemstone, or pearl, or sometimes even multiple stones in a small cluster. Vintage diamond stud earrings are versatile look equally good worn every day or on special occasions.

These particular diamond cluster earrings demonstrate how studs can be suited to special occasions. They’re bold enough to make an impression and would make a wonderful pair of vintage bridal earrings, beautifully complementing a traditionally feminine wedding dress.

Diamond Cluster Earrings