Although I love antique jewellery, that doesn’t mean that I ignore vintage and modern pieces. They can be just as well crafted and designed, and strongly feature gemstones. I thought I would highlight a few examples.

These are a beautiful pair of coral earrings made by Donatella Pellini of Milan. She uses a lot of gemstones in her work as well as resins and crystals.

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Beautiful handmade coral earrings by Donatella Pellini of Milan.

Anita Crowther, from Melbourne, who works a lot with gemstones, cut, polished and designed these ‘prehistoric’ earrings. The top section are ammonite fossils from the¬†Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and are coiled shells in the shape of rams’ horns. The bottom sections are polished pieces of agate from Queensland.

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Fossil ammonite and agate earrings by Anita Crowther

Vicki Mason, also from Melbourne, designed these lovely gold earrings inspired by a solar eclipse of the sun. When the moon crosses in front of the sun, it results in a corona of irregular shaped gold around the dark moon.

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Gold and black hand-dyed cotton drop earrings by Vicki Mason of Melbourne, Australia

Another pair of earrings from Anita Crowther, with a large free-form pearl set with tiny blue, pink and yellow sapphires.

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Earrings of baroque pearls set with sapphires by Anita Crowther, Melbourne jeweller