In the countless centuries since humanity began adorning their ears with jewellery earrings have been crafted in a plethora of different forms. Successive generations of jewellers have worked precious metals and gemstones into everything from simple hooks to elaborate, multi-drop chandeliers of resplendent colour. Entire books have been written on the development of the earring through the ages.
With such an array to choose from it’s understandable to feel a little overwhelmed when choosing a pair of earrings, so we thought that we would share some advice to help make sure that you get exactly the right pair.
The simplest form of earring, studs are nonetheless miniature works of art. Whether they employ only gold, a cluster of precious stones, or a pair of large gems they are the most practical of types – suitable for daily wear as well as special occasions. Like all jewellery studs respond to the movement of the wearer, turning as the head moves to create interesting plays of light.
Diamond studs are perhaps the best example of this. These clear stones exhibit a phenomenon known as scintillation. When light pours through the stone it is refracted by the facets which have been cut into the surface of the stone creating the sparkle for which they are so famous. As the wearer moves the diamond more of its beauty is revealed.
Studs convey an aura of command and professionalism. They imply that the wearer is active, forward facing and pragmatic, but still style conscious and in possession of refined tastes.
Drop earrings hang below the ear, connected to the hook section by an articulated link that allows a great deal more movement. Whilst this makes them unsuitable for any robust physical activity it allows the gleam of the precious metals and gemstones to be magnified considerably. Because they are able to move freely they are ideally suited to showcase the attributes of more subtly beautiful stones.
Because they are not pressed against the ear open galleries can allow light to flow into the stones from both sides, bringing out the character of rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Gemstones which exhibit unique and interesting colour changes with the direction of the light, such as opals and the truly magnificent star sapphire, are allowed to reach their fullest potential.
Drop earrings can be extravagant, but their extravagance is tempered by prudence. They convey that you have made an effort to shine, but that this has been a careful decision worthy of lengthy consideration. Larger arrangements mean there are more options, so drop earrings allow you to display more of yourself in your choice of style.
Dangle earrings are not subtle, nor do they try to be. A single pair may contain dozens of individual sections which interlock to form the whole. They hang in cascades of shimmering gold and silver, bedecked with arrays of different sizes and types of gemstones. They are magnificent, opulent and commandingly beautiful.
While the larger dangle earrings may allow the wearer some freedom of movement they eschew practicality almost entirely. Most are not suitable for moving with any haste, but a woman wearing a glimmering waterfall of diamonds on each ear does not hurry for anyone. They are also some of the most varied earrings available, allowing for a greater variety of looks.
Dangle earrings are a statement, broadcasting luxury, class and confidence. They demand attention, and convey that the power of the woman who wears them is not to be underestimated.
At Laurelle Antique Jewellery we have spent many years seeking out the very finest antique earrings for our customers. Whichever style, setting or material you are looking for we have hundreds of breath-taking pieces to choose from. You can view all of our earrings here, or check out our extensive selection of other antique jewellery pieces here.