Collect antique earrings: the different styles are available

If you want to start a jewelry collection, the earrings can be the perfect place to start. They can be relatively inexpensive, even for vintage or antiques.

If you are unfamiliar with the various earrings offered, below you will find a guide to help you identify them so you know what you are buying when you buy your first pair of antique earrings.


The earrings are a well-known favorite and have been for hundreds of years, with the simplified style that also makes them affordable. You can have ordinary studs without gemstones or choose diamonds, rubies, sapphires or emeralds. You can get a pair of antique earrings with ease by going to your local antique store or shopping one of the many online stores that have a large selection for sale.

Button Earrings

Button earrings are also a simple design, and as the name suggests, they resemble a button you will find on clothing. They can vary in their complexity, and these first became the height of fashion in the 1930s.

Girandole earrings

Girandol earrings became popular in the 18th century, and they have a distinct style, with three stones suspended from the bottom of the earrings, and the center stone usually lower than the other two. The stones can be in any shape and need not be the same size. There are many different variants of the garandola earrings you can choose from.

Chandelier earrings

Other distinctive style what is also usually a formal is the chandelier earrings, with the name being similar to ornate chandeliers that are usually seen in large houses. These detailed drop earrings can also be more simplified in modern design, but antique and vintage are usually ornate and beautiful.

Pendeloque earrings

Pendeloque earrings are another style that saw the height of popularity in the 18th century and are delicate and very beautiful. They will usually consist of a round top and have a bow made of metalwork, connecting a drop that matches the earrings above. Most antique earrings in this style will consist of high-quality precious metals, as well as beautiful gemstones, and have remained a popular style since they first became modern.

Top & Drop Earring

Top and drop earrings have either round or oval pieces that are connected, usually with a small chain, and are sometimes removable. When the bottom and upper parts of the earrings can be loosened, they are sometimes called earrings from day to night. This style of earrings also became popular during the 18th century, given their most popular era in the Georgian era.

Drop Earrings

The drop earrings can refer to all the earrings that fall off the ear, so it's a bit of a catchy name. They will usually be an ornate earring style, and the connection can be either through a small chain or a solid piece of metal attached to the upper earrings.

These are some of the different styles of earrings that you can find when shopping for antique jewelry. You may also want to learn about the different periods such as Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian.

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