That earrings form a pair is a special source of strength for this form of jewellery. Whether symmetrical or asymmetrical by design: Earrings, studs and clips frame the face and are as such always in the view of the wearer’s opposite. No matter if the view comes from the side or from the front: There’s hardly any other form of jewellery that maintains the presence of a beautiful pair of earrings.
Nadar: Portrait of Sarah Bernard (1864), Getty Museum, Los Angeles, detail. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content