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Antique Diamond Earrings

Diamond earrings make for a splendid choice, whether as a gift or a timeless addition to your own jewellery collection. They come in various styles, ranging from studs and clips to drop earrings and hoop earrings. Throughout different eras, specific styles and diamond cuts have gained popularity.

In the Victorian era, intricate cluster drop earrings adorned with rose-cut or old-mine diamonds were prevalent. Since platinum had not yet been introduced to jewellery, a combination of yellow gold and silver settings was common. Over time, silver oxidises, creating a captivating darkened appearance that beautifully contrasts with the diamonds. The discovery of new mines and advancements in cutting techniques contributed to the widespread popularity of diamond earrings. Cluster earrings featuring floral designs and classic diamond studs were highly sought after.

Moving into the Edwardian era, diamond earrings incorporated motifs such as bows, tassels, garlands, and laurel wreaths. The diamond stud remained a favourite, acquiring a delicate quality due to the use of recently established platinum. Its strength enabled finely crafted openwork and exquisite millegrain decoration, enhancing these diamond-encrusted delights.

As we transitioned into the Art Deco era, the prevailing fashion trend of shorter haircuts influenced longer earring lengths. Strands of opulent linear-cut diamonds cascading in geometric patterns became the epitome of style, reflecting the 'joie de vivre' of the post-war lifestyle.

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Whilst most styles are extremely durable, due to diamonds being the hardest gemstone, some designs lend themselves to everyday wear more than others. For example, the diamond stud is a versatile style that can be an understated option, whilst also complementing occasion-wear perfectly. Drop earrings that fall just below the earlobe have the same versatility or being both subtle, but impressive.

Depending on the time period, different diamond cuts will be featured. For example, rose cut diamonds were popular in the Georgian era, old mine and old cuts are featured throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and linear cuts such as emerald and step cut diamonds adorn many Art Deco diamond earrings.

On the Mohs scale of hardness, diamonds are a 10, making them the hardest gemstone. Therefore, when cleaning them and bowl of warm water can be used, alongside washing up liquid and a soft toothbrush. Please note, if your diamond earrings feature a closed-back setting, they should not be submerged in water, and a soft, damp cloth should be used.



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