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Elegant vintage ear studs with diamonds in gold, 1980s

The 1980s were a time of optimism and abundance: the oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street was flourishing - people sipped cocktails and paid by credit card, everything seemed possible. At the same time, a new image of women emerged. Self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unfamiliar dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of precious gemstones. The present pair of earrings is a typical piece of jewellery from this decade. The plugs shine in the sun-like brilliance of yellow gold. Their surface is ribbed to create a rich play of light and reflections. A frame of sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling around 0.40 ct, finishes off each of the stud earrings on the outside. Typical of the era, the diamonds are set in yellow gold: In earlier decades, diamonds would have been more likely to be set in platinum or white gold settings to accentuate their white light. In the 1980s, however, diamonds were also set in yellow gold, giving the jewellery a more homogeneous, two-dimensional, self-contained character that was desired at the time. The earrings probably originate from France, this is indicated by the high quality gold and the hallmarks on the patent studs. The earrings are very well preserved and a beautiful piece of jewellery, not only on sunny summer days.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.