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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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    Pair Of Hobe Clip Earrings
    Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
    Pair Of Hobe Clip Earrings
    by Berner's Auction Gallery
    Est: $10- $1,000
    $87 Bids
    VERDURA 18K Gold and Citrine Earclips
    May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
    VERDURA 18K Gold and Citrine Earclips
    by Grogan & Company
    Est: $3,000- $5,000
    $1,8004 Bids
    CAROLYN TYLER 22K YELLOW GOLD AND ORANGE CHALCEDONY EARRINGS
    Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
    CAROLYN TYLER 22K YELLOW GOLD AND ORANGE CHALCEDONY EARRINGS
    by Potomack Company
    Est: $1,000- $1,500
    $8004 Bids
    Pomellato Sabbia 4.00ctw Brown Diamond 18K Ear Clips
    Apr 27, 7:00 AM PDT
    Pomellato Sabbia 4.00ctw Brown Diamond 18K Ear Clips
    by GWS Auctions
    Est: $0- $0
    $1,0002 Bids
    14K Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Earclips
    May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
    14K Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Earclips
    by Grogan & Company
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $5002 Bids
    18K Gold, Onyx, and Diamond Earclips
    May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
    18K Gold, Onyx, and Diamond Earclips
    by Grogan & Company
    Est: $1,500- $2,000
    $8002 Bids
    ELIZABETH LOCKE 18K YELLOW GOLD AND CARVED VENETIAN GLASS EARRINGS
    Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
    ELIZABETH LOCKE 18K YELLOW GOLD AND CARVED VENETIAN GLASS EARRINGS
    by Potomack Company
    Est: $1,000- $2,000
    $5502 Bids
    Pair of 14K Yellow Gold Ear Clips having Onyx and Diamond X, length 1 1/2 inches, total weight 8.6 grams,
    Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
    Pair of 14K Yellow Gold Ear Clips having Onyx and Diamond X, length 1 1/2 inches, total weight 8.6 grams,
    by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
    Est: $300- $500
    $1501 Bid
    CHRISTIAN DIOR DIAMOND EARRINGS
    Apr 26, 12:00 PM EDT
    CHRISTIAN DIOR DIAMOND EARRINGS
    by Dennis Auction Service
    Est: $100- $200
    $101 Bid
    Platinum and Diamond Earclips
    May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
    Platinum and Diamond Earclips
    by Grogan & Company
    Est: $2,000- $4,000
    $1,0001 Bid
    18K YELLOW GOLD AND ONYX EARRINGS
    Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
    18K YELLOW GOLD AND ONYX EARRINGS
    by Potomack Company
    Est: $600- $800
    $3001 Bid
    14k Gold Black Enamel Seed Pearl Cameo Earrings
    May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
    14k Gold Black Enamel Seed Pearl Cameo Earrings
    by Taylor & Harris
    Est: $200- $300
    $1801 Bid
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    18KYG 14.2/21.7MM PEARL CLIP-ON EARRINGS W/BOX
    Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
    18KYG 14.2/21.7MM PEARL CLIP-ON EARRINGS W/BOX
    by Gallery 63
    Est: $800- $1,200
    $1001 Bid
    18K Gold Earclips
    May 05, 11:00 AM EDT
    18K Gold Earclips
    by Grogan & Company
    Est: $1,000- $1,500
    $5001 Bid
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    18K YELLOW GOLD 7.74CTTW CITRINE FLORAL EARRINGS
    May 19, 9:00 AM MST
    18K YELLOW GOLD 7.74CTTW CITRINE FLORAL EARRINGS
    by Bradford's
    Est: $0- $0
    $51 Bid
    MAZ MAJOOBI SHELL, SAPPHIRE & 14K GOLD EARRINGS
    Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
    MAZ MAJOOBI SHELL, SAPPHIRE & 14K GOLD EARRINGS
    by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
    Est: $300- $600
    $1501 Bid
    Fluted 18K Yellow Gold Black Onyx Diamond Earrings
    May 05, 12:00 PM EDT
    Fluted 18K Yellow Gold Black Onyx Diamond Earrings
    by Auctions at Showplace
    Est: $1,500- $2,500
    $7501 Bid
    Paar Ohrclips mit roten Steinen
    Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
    Paar Ohrclips mit roten Steinen
    by Auktionshaus Schwab
    Est: €20- €40
    €200 Bids
    A Pair of Victorian 9 Carat Gold Clip-on Earrings set with Pearls and Jade. London Import Mark for
    Apr 24, 10:00 AM BST
    A Pair of Victorian 9 Carat Gold Clip-on Earrings set with Pearls and Jade. London Import Mark for
    by Hannam's Auctioneers
    Est: £80- £120
    £600 Bids
    Deanna Hamro pair of ear clips Deanna Hamro 耳夾一對
    Apr 28, 2:30 PM CST
    Deanna Hamro pair of ear clips Deanna Hamro 耳夾一對
    by Johhan Auction
    Est: NT$0- NT$0
    NT$1,0000 Bids

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