Glamorous vintage earclips with diamonds & pearls, 1960s
Do you know the photographs of Slim Aarons? Ladies with wide-brimmed hats on spacious terraces, turquoise blue pools and whitewashed columns - then again interiors in the "Hollywood Regency" style, elegant boudoirs and the powdery colors of the Technicolor palette. The American photographer staged these scenes of the international jet set of the midcentury era like no other, and the ear clips here also seem to stem from this world. Made of high-carat gold, diamonds and large cultured pearls, the earrings combine everything that no luxurious 1960s jewellery box could be without. A total of around 2.79 carats of diamonds are set in white gold, set off in colour by yellow gold cords. Towards the bottom, the double leaf motifs flow into large pearls with a creamy luster. The shape of the clips is quite typical of the 1960s and represents one of the characteristic types of jewellery of the time. Whether in the form of feathers, leaf motifs as here or entirely abstract, people loved dynamically curved, sculptural-looking ear jewellery made of textured gold that followed the natural shape of the pinna. Designs very similar to this were in demand throughout Europe and the USA and were launched by houses such as David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels. Our clips are not signed, but their hallmarks indicate that they were probably made in Germany. They are in excellent condition. The perfect complement (not only) to the Chanel costume, which conquered the hearts of the ladies of the international jet set at that time!
"Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before" - Graham Hughes, then secretary of the historic Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the English professional association of goldsmiths, wrote this as early as 1963 (Hughes, Modern Jewelry, London 1963). Texture was a major theme of jewelry in the 1960s and early 1970s. No longer were purely shiny, polished gold surfaces in demand, but those that played with light and shadow through their surfaces and thus exhausted all facets of the gold colors: surfaces like grains of sand were sometimes seen, sometimes reminiscent of the veining of leaves or other natural structures, sometimes completely abstract. These were designs the likes of which had never been seen before, in any epoch of jewellery history.
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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.