Shooting stars

Glamorous stud earrings with 13.99 ct diamonds in platinum, 1950s

Hollywood set the tone. Even in the early 1940s, "The Lake Look" was one of the most desirable hairstyles, long hair worn with a deep side parting, modeled after actress Veronica Lake. Lake was so influential that as the war progressed, the U.S. government asked her to change her hairstyle as a role model: Long hair, she said, was too impractical and unsafe for work in factories where women worked to support the war effort. So Lake was soon seen propagating severely slicked-back hair. Many women followed her lead, and others even cut their hair short. Out of wartime deprivation grew a great fashion for short hairstyles in the 1950s, but they had little to do with practicality. They were often elaborately ondulated and shaped - think, for example, of the legendary short hairstyles of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren or Liz Taylor. As in every chapter of jewellery history, however, hair fashion was also to influence that of earrings. What better way to show off beautiful ear jewellery than with short hair? The earrings adapted to this circumstance, which were popular both in the form of compact clips and long pendants. Which earrings to wear, this was decided not only by personal taste, but also by occasion. For the day, warm yellow gold was popular. For the evening, diamonds in white gold or platinum settings were fashionable. These earrings were also designed for evening events. They have an abstract design, reminiscent of shooting stars. A croissant-shaped, curved semicircle is set with brilliant-cut diamonds, a ring of baguette diamonds separates them from the tails of the shooting stars, which are also set with baguette diamonds in fine qualities. With a total of 13.99 ct of diamonds, no expense or effort has been spared here to make the ear jewellery particularly magnificent. The stones are set in solid platinum, which seems to visually merge with the diamonds. We have had an independent expert opinion on the materials drawn up by the DEGEB, which is supplied with the ear studs. For similar designs, see David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 371.

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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.

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