Let it Swing!

Glamorous earrings with diamonds in platinum & rose gold, late 1940s

Throughout the history of jewellery, earring fashions have always gone hand in hand with hair fashion. While in the 1920s people still favoured long hanging earrings, which accentuated the new, short bob hairstyles, the ideal changed by the 1940s. People now wore their hair at least shoulder-length, ondulated in elaborate waves and never strictly gathered together, but at most tucked behind the ears - and the ear jewellery picked up on this plasticity of the hairstyles and did not distract by breaking with style, because the deliberately cool, sometimes eccentric ideal of beauty of the early Art Deco had been replaced by a softer ideal concerned with harmony. One of the most popular motifs of the decade, primarily in the form of earrings and brooches, were voluminous sweeps and fanned waves - much as in the pair here. The beautiful variation of sculpted waves and billows are combined with individually set diamonds that sparkle alternately in gold and platinum. This creates a charming contrast between the warm, textured shape of the earrings and the cool, sparkling white of the gemstones. Two pendulums, each with torpedo-shaped tips, are suspended from the earrings in a moveable fashion. They give the pair a beautiful movement when worn and underline their extravagant character. The design of the earrings is common for their time, as platinum and precious stones had become scarce with the onset of war. Jewels were created which, because of their three-dimensionality, found all sorts of ways to make larger gold surfaces interesting without the need for gemstones. Platinum and smaller diamonds, usually taken from older pieces of jewellery, were now mostly used as accents rather than as protagonists. The executing goldsmith, however, did not only consider the elegance of the front here, but at the same time also the wearing comfort. Thus, larger clips hold against the ear studs from behind to prevent the leaves from tilting at the earlobe.

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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.