Prepare for the party season

Styles over the decades


Victorian rose cut diamond drop earrings berganza hatton garden
Early Victorian rose cut diamond drop earrings, English, circa 1850.
Ref: 22431

Thursday 30th November 2017

The party season is upon us and what better way to dress up an outfit from day to evening, than with a pair of statement earrings.

Earring styles over the decades are a fascinating reflection of the mood of the time documenting  wide ranging influences from rulers in power, politics, emerging technologies, metals and world fortunes all contributing to revolutions in style. In the time period from the 1770s to the 1970s, earrings took centre stage for day and evening wear, complementing changing styles in hair and dress.

Jewellery from the Georgian period is considered extremely rare as it is a survival from a bygone era. Jewellery parures from this time were often reset into Victorian pieces to modernise and change the look for styling purposes, the new open mounts were letting light through to better enhance the natural brilliance of fine gems. Victorian pendant earrings were set with old mine diamonds in open back mounts, hand cut and crafted to come alive under candlelight, often of an intricate design created to freely move with the wearer, catching the light and glittering with every turn of the head.

In the roaring 1920s the fashion for short hairstyles highlighting the face was offset by the indispensable accessory of the time, long pendant earrings with geometric forms, they perfectly complemented the straight low waisted dresses worn as evening wear. Dazzlingly sumptuous designs were popular in the 1950s, earrings were adorned with gem stones whether compact in design or almost touching the shoulders in articulated cascades.

Well chosen earrings can make any outfit more special and at Berganza we offer an extensive array of one off pieces that are as rare as they are outstandingly beautiful. Our specialists will explain the rich history behind each piece, from the exquisite craftsmanship of the Victorian period, to the elegance of Art Deco or for the modernist, the heritage behind some of our signed pieces from the 1970s and 1980s. Visit Berganza today either in store or online for a collection of statement earrings perfect for the party season.

Victorian rose cut diamond drop earrings berganza hatton garden
Victorian rose cut diamond drop earrings, circa 1880.
Ref: 25079
Vintage diamond night day bow clip earringsberganza hatton garden
Vintage diamond night and day bow clip earrings, English, circa 1950.
Ref: 25064
Ruby and diamond tassle earrings berganza hatton garden
Ruby and diamond tassle earrings, circa 1920.
Ref: 24782
cartier ruby diamond sapphire emerald earrings berganza
Cartier vintage ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond earrings, circa 1978.
Ref: 15961
Diamond earrings berganza hatton garden
Diamond earrings, circa 1950.
Ref: 24959
front view Bulgari diamond earrings hatton garden berganza
Bulgari Alveare diamond hoop earrings, Italian, circa 1988.
Ref: 22712
J. E. Caldwell sapphire clip on earrings berganza hatton garden
J. E. Caldwell sapphire cluster clip-on earrings, American, circa 1945.
Ref: 24455
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