Walk through the times

Vintage earrings with old elements, around 1850 resp. 1995

The older a piece of jewellery is, the more likely it is that it has been altered, repaired or rebuilt at some point in the past. At Hofer Antique Jewelry, we like to mark and explain these changes: Because the change is not always bad and should be reversed. We just think that our customers should know what has happened to the piece of jewellery so that they can make an informed decision as to whether they like it as it is or not. The earrings here are such a case, because they consist of elements from different times. The central gold elements, each with a garnet in the middle, were probably originally part of a Biedermeier bracelet from around 1850, whereas the earwires and pendulums attached at the bottom were created much later. Their design corresponds to the so-called archaeological style of the 1870s. Their hallmarking, however, shows that they were made in 1995 according to old designs. All parts make a coherent whole. And so the different times of origin can be easily recognized, not least because the color of the gold of the elements is a little different. Obviously the elements of the bracelet, maybe it was not completely preserved, were combined with the pendulums and earwires in 1995 or shortly after, which resulted in the earrings. A successful combination, we think, which gives the elements of the Amrband a new life.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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.