So many modern earrings reflect the styles of antique jewellery. This is apart from the contnuing use of ear fittings such as shepherd hooks and French hooks. If you look at the gorgeous amethyst earrings below, they reflect the girandole style of earrings from the early 1800s but on a much smaller scale, of course.

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Vintage amethyst girandole drop earrings (in Navette on Ruby Lane)

The geometric designs of the art deco period, together with the use of white gold (though platinum would more likely have been used then, with 18ct white gold only being introduced in 1917) and the channel set diamonds, are represented in these beautiful diamond and sapphire earrings.

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Art Deco style diamond and sapphire earrings

The coral and gold earrings below are difficult to date at all. Probably antique but they can just as easily be vintage. Simple but elegant drop earrings with gold leaf tops from which lovely coral drops hang.

Vintage 18ct gold and coral drop earrings (in Navette on Ruby Lane)

And these gorgeous moonstone and diamond earrings. The large moonstones have the most beautiful adularescent sheen, and the diamond haloes conjure up the image of a moon surrounded with stars. Moonstones were very popular with jewellers and designers during the Art Nouveau and arts and crafts movement at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. There was a move away from machine made jewellery to focus instead on the work of the craftsman. These earrings are modern but could just as easily have been crafted 120 years ago.

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Large moonstone cabochon earrings with a diamond halo.

Earrings are the one item of jewellery I won’t leave home without. I wear them to garden in, to work in, to shop in. There is always a place for earrings.