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Palm Levers

3.55 Carat "Kentia Palm" Diamond Earrings in Black Rhodium Over White Gold
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
These meticulously hand-set, one-of-a-kind earrings are based on the graceful fronds of Australia's kentia palms. The designer, Eytan Brandes, made a conscious decision to cast the ...

2010s American Contemporary Lever-Back Earrings


White Diamond, Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Rhodium

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Palm Leaf Yellow Gold Earrings with Florentine Finish
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Stunning earrings featuring a Florentine finish on an open palm leaf design. They are made of 14k yellow gold which is marked on the earrings backs. The back has a post with a French...

20th Century Lever-Back Earrings


14k Gold

Finding the Right Lever-Back Earrings for You

Ear piercing is very popular everywhere in today’s world. As a result, it is difficult to overstate how much everyone pines for a dependable pair of earrings. Modernist drop earrings, glamorous Victorian hoops, geometrically complex chandelier earrings — you can’t go wrong with this must-have accessory. For hundreds of years, lever-back earrings have been a part of this category of alluring jewelry.

The ancient Greeks fashioned earrings from gold that had a similar snapping mechanism to modern-day lever-back earrings. Lever-back earrings, as we know them, have come in and out of fashion over the decades, such as in the Georgian era. The lever back used on earrings in Europe eventually made its way across the Atlantic to jewelry design in the United States.

These accessories are typically thought of as the most reliable and safest way to wear earrings, so they are perfect for larger pieces with multiple stones. Famous jewelers such as Natkina and Tiffany & Co. have crafted gorgeous lever-back earrings for their collections over the years.

Vintage lever-back earrings range in style and appearance and are a charming addition to any wardrobe. Who doesn’t love the finishing touch that earrings can provide for one’s ensemble? A good pair of lever-back earrings can be more eye-catching than a bracelet: Even the most beautiful bangle can be overlooked on the wrist, while earrings, worn on either side of your face, are almost guaranteed to be noticed.

Find a variety of contemporary and antique lever-back earrings designed in styles to match any jewelry collection on 1stDibs.