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Pair of earrings

Pair of earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1920-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chaumet (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum, gold, enamel, and baguette-and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.133:1, 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf D, box 2 []

Long earrings enjoyed great popularity during the 1920s. In September 1925 the Illustrated London News attributed this to changing hairstyles, commenting 'As the fashion for "Eton" cropped heads grows daily, long, decorative ear-rings are becoming increasingly fashionable.' However many jewellers felt that the new short hair was not good for business - as Queen magazine had reported a few months earlier, now 'no ornament is worn in the hair for dances'. For many retailers the fashion for long earrings did not compensate for the decline in demand for the larger jewelled combs, hair ornaments and hair slides.

Physical description

Long earrings with oval pendants of gold, green enamel and diamonds

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1920-1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Chaumet (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum, gold, enamel, and baguette-and brilliant-cut diamonds

Dimensions

Height: 6.3 cm, Width: 1.3 cm, Depth: 1.6 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings of platinum, gold, enamel, and baguette-and brilliant-cut diamonds, Chaumet, Paris, about 1920-1930.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond; Platinum

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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