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Dangles & Chandelier Earrings

Designed to accentuate the length of one’s neck, dangle, and chandelier earrings are statement pieces whose presence can be traced back to ancient cultures.

The earliest dangle earrings were the hammered gold pendant earrings that appeared among the cultures of ancient Egypt and the Near East. The ancient Romans adopted this style and added luxurious inlaid gemstones, such as rough-cut diamonds and pearls that were often hanging free from the pendant’s perimeter.

At this point in history, pearls were a rare luxury, so the subtle clinking of pearl against gemstone would have been a gentle reminder to all around the wearer that this was a lady of status.

In many respects, today’s chandelier earrings serve a similar function to these ancient Roman prototypes. An elaboration of the dangle, the chandelier earing is so named because it typically incorporates a tiered, and sometimes staggered, configuration similar to the elegant lighting fixture. The premise behind its design is that it is intended to move with the wearer and thus sparkle more brilliantly.


Quick Facts

  • Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Vermeer immortalized the beauty of the dangle earring by making it a centerpiece of his iconic “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (1665)
  • One of Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite set of earrings were antique chandeliers that she purchased in Paris in 1957. She adored them so much that she wore them to the Academy Awards twice: first in 1959 and then again in 1992
  • Taking dangle earrings to an extreme, the world record for the longest dangle earring was set in 2011 by jewelry designer Adrian Haiduc, whose final creation measured over 1500 feet long

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A Pair of 9ct Yellow Gold Blue Topaz Drop Earrings, Prouds Box
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A Pair of 9ct Yellow Gold Blue Topaz Drop Earrings, Prouds Box
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Large White baroque earrings with stainless steel French hooks L:4cm, new.
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
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Est: AUD50- AUD70
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A PAIR OF 18CT GOLD SOUTH SEA PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
Mar 07, 3:30 PM AEDT
A PAIR OF 18CT GOLD SOUTH SEA PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
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24ct Gold vermeil over brass all handmade with genuine pearl inlay. L:85mm, new.
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
24ct Gold vermeil over brass all handmade with genuine pearl inlay. L:85mm, new.
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Est: AUD50- AUD70
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Est: AUD30- AUD50
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Madre Perla Mother of Pearl and Swarovski clear stones. No losses like new. L:4.5cm
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Madre Perla Mother of Pearl and Swarovski clear stones. No losses like new. L:4.5cm
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Est: AUD50- AUD70
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Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Leo Feeney Southwest Anglo Artist Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Earrings
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Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Genuine Semi-precious stones set in Brass drop earrings with 18ct gold vermeil L:6cm
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Est: AUD50- AUD70
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A PAIR OF 18CT GOLD TAHITIAN PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
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Est: AUD400- AUD600
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Est: AUD0- AUD0
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Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
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Est: AUD60- AUD80
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Joseff of Hollywood Asian Style Earrings with Glass Cabochons. 4 1/8"H x 1 1/4"W
Mar 11, 3:00 PM EDT
Joseff of Hollywood Asian Style Earrings with Glass Cabochons. 4 1/8"H x 1 1/4"W
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Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEST
14K White Gold and Heliodor, Drop Earrings
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Est: AUD490- AUD0
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Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Single Crystal drop 24ct gold vermeil over brass hook Earrings L:3.7cm
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Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD254 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dangles & Chandelier Earrings


Rose's Antiques

Rose's Antiques

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer