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Clip On Earrings

While traditional post earrings date back to our planet’s earliest peoples, the clip-on earring is a relatively recent revolution dating to the 19th-century Victorian era. At the time, new en vogue up-dos meant women’s ears were being seen more frequently, and while many women wanted the sparkle of an earring to adorn those lobes, they didn’t want to endure what they thought of as the distasteful procedure of ear piercing.

Clip-on earrings solved this problem and created an entirely new niche for jewelry design. From the elegant diamanté clusters popular during the Jazz Age to the tasteful Chanel gold and pearl logo studs, clip-on earrings had secured their place in jewelry history by the early decades of the 20th century. They continue to dazzle today, with clip-ons appearing from the fashion runway to the federal government.


Quick Facts

  • The earliest clip-on earrings were secured to the lobe by screw mechanism that, while secure, was not the most comfortable. The solution was the use of a hinged spring clip, introduced in the 1930s, which hugs the ear without pinching it

  • Complementing clip-on earrings was the emergence, also in the 1930s, of the lapel clip. Typically bejeweled, these clips were designed to snap on the lower lapels of your shirt’s collar to dress up your outfit using a similar spring fastener
  • Clip-ons are making a comeback on the public stage: famous folks, from actress Jennifer Garner to First Lady Michelle Obama, have been spotted wearing these stylish earrings
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    14K Rose Gold Amethyst Earclips
    Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
    14K Rose Gold Amethyst Earclips
    by Auctions at Showplace
    Est: $300- $500
    $3756 Bids
    Pair of Italian 18 kt. Yellow Gold Earrings
    Feb 21, 11:00 AM CST
    Pair of Italian 18 kt. Yellow Gold Earrings
    by Neal Auction Company
    Est: $200- $300
    $4004 Bids
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    by Brunk Auctions
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $4504 Bids
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    VINTAGE 14K YG PEARL & TURQUOISE EAR CLIPS
    Feb 21, 10:00 AM EST
    VINTAGE 14K YG PEARL & TURQUOISE EAR CLIPS
    by Gallery 63
    Est: $3,000- $4,000
    $2004 Bids
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    by Brunk Auctions
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $6003 Bids
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    18kt. Gold Lalaounis Clip on Earrings
    by Brunk Auctions
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $5503 Bids
    PAIR OF 14KT GOLD DIAMOND OPAL EARRINGS
    Feb 25, 3:00 PM PST
    PAIR OF 14KT GOLD DIAMOND OPAL EARRINGS
    by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
    Est: $200- $300
    $1203 Bids
    CARTIER, DIAMOND, CORAL AND AMETHYST 'DELICES DE GOA' EARRING
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    CARTIER, DIAMOND, CORAL AND AMETHYST 'DELICES DE GOA' EARRING
    by Hindman
    Est: $3,500- $5,500
    $1,8003 Bids
    ASPREY, YELLOW GOLD 'SUNFLOWER' EARCLIPS
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    ASPREY, YELLOW GOLD 'SUNFLOWER' EARCLIPS
    by Hindman
    Est: $1,500- $2,500
    $8503 Bids
    An Italian pair of Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and 18K Gold Ear Clips,gross weight approximately 20 grams
    Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
    An Italian pair of Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and 18K Gold Ear Clips,gross weight approximately 20 grams
    by Andrew Jones Auctions
    Est: $1,500- $2,000
    $8503 Bids
    Barry Kieselstein-Cord Pair of Gold, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
    Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
    Barry Kieselstein-Cord Pair of Gold, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
    by Doyle New York
    Est: $500- $700
    $3753 Bids
    A pair of lady's floral cluster earrings set with pearls in 14kt gold
    Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
    A pair of lady's floral cluster earrings set with pearls in 14kt gold
    by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
    Est: $200- $300
    $1703 Bids
    Pair of Two-Color Gold and Diamond Earclips
    Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
    Pair of Two-Color Gold and Diamond Earclips
    by Doyle New York
    Est: $2,500- $3,500
    $1,3002 Bids
    BICOLOR GOLD, TAHITIAN CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND CLIP EARRINGS
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    BICOLOR GOLD, TAHITIAN CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND CLIP EARRINGS
    by Hindman
    Est: $700- $900
    $3752 Bids
    Darlene de Sedle Pair of Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
    Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
    Darlene de Sedle Pair of Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
    by Doyle New York
    Est: $2,500- $3,500
    $1,3002 Bids
    Judith Ripka Pair of Gold and Diamond Earrings
    Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
    Judith Ripka Pair of Gold and Diamond Earrings
    by Doyle New York
    Est: $500- $700
    $2752 Bids
    A Collection of Silver Plate Ear Clips including Blue Agate & Smokey Quartz
    Feb 29, 11:00 AM AEDT
    A Collection of Silver Plate Ear Clips including Blue Agate & Smokey Quartz
    by Theodore Bruce
    Est: AUD50- AUD100
    AUD302 Bids
    (2) ESTATE 14KT DIAMOND PLUMERIA & ENAMELED PANSY EARRINGS
    Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
    (2) ESTATE 14KT DIAMOND PLUMERIA & ENAMELED PANSY EARRINGS
    by Austin Auction Gallery
    Est: $200- $400
    $2752 Bids
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    18KYG MABE PEARLS CLIP-ON EARRINGS
    Feb 21, 10:00 AM EST
    18KYG MABE PEARLS CLIP-ON EARRINGS
    by Gallery 63
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $1252 Bids
    Sterling Silver Clip Earrings
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    Sterling Silver Clip Earrings
    by Berner's Auction Gallery
    Est: $10- $1,000
    $42 Bids
    A pair of lady's mabe pearl clip back earrings in 14kt yellow gold
    Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
    A pair of lady's mabe pearl clip back earrings in 14kt yellow gold
    by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
    Est: $200- $300
    $1402 Bids
    BICOLOR GOLD AND DIAMOND CLIP EARRINGS
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    BICOLOR GOLD AND DIAMOND CLIP EARRINGS
    by Hindman
    Est: $1,500- $2,500
    $7501 Bid
    TRIFARI CROWN EARRINGS
    Feb 28, 11:00 AM EST
    TRIFARI CROWN EARRINGS
    by Vintage Auctions
    Est: $20- $200
    $101 Bid
    YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL CONVERTIBLE EARCLIPS
    Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
    YELLOW GOLD, DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL CONVERTIBLE EARCLIPS
    by Hindman
    Est: $2,000- $3,000
    $1,0001 Bid

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