Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Glamorous vintage earclips with 1,99 ct brilliants in white gold, around 1950

Never before had women had so much freedom to wear their hair as in the 1950s: Short hairstyles, elaborately wavy open hair, elaborate updos, anything was possible. Earrings were also in line with this, popular in the form of both compact clips and long dangles. Which earrings one wore was decided on the one hand by hairstyle and personal taste, and on the other by the occasion. While warm yellow gold was popular for the day, it was diamonds in white gold or platinum settings that determined the jewellery fashion of the evening. These ear clips were also intended for evening events and elegant updos. A total of 36 diamonds totaling approximately 1.99 ct set the white luminous surface. Delicate millegriffes framing show that the goldsmith who made them had probably learned his trade before the war. The diamonds, some in older cuts and some in cuts that were highly modern for their time, also show that the ear jewellery dates from the early post-war years - roughly the time between the Broadway performance of the musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 1949 and the Hollywood film version with Marilyn Monroe from 1953, from which we are still familiar with the hit "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend". With their fanned-out, dynamic-looking white gold curves, the ear clips are in keeping with the fashion of their time. Because of their lively shapes, fan-like drapes of fabric, feathers and leaves were often the inspiration for jewellery designs whose charm lay precisely in their deliberate, previously unknown asymmetry. Here it is acanthus leaves, a traditional motif of art history, which appear as a pair in the glamorous garb of the years around 1950. For the dating and comparable ear jewellery from the period between 1945 and 1955, see David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 370f.

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