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Modern Clip-on Earrings

MODERN STYLE

Rooted in centuries of history of adornment dating back to the ancient world, modern jewelry reimagines traditional techniques, forms and materials for expressive new pieces. As opposed to contemporary jewelry, which responds to the moment in which it was created, modern jewelry often describes designs from the 20th to 21st centuries that reflect movements and trends in visual culture.

Modern jewelry emerged from the 19th-century shift away from jewelry indicating rank or social status. The Industrial Revolution allowed machine-made jewelry using electric gold plating, metal alloys and imitation stones, making beautiful jewelry widely accessible. Although mass production deemphasized the materials of the jewelry, the vision of the designer remained important, something that would be furthered in the 1960s with what’s known as the “critique of preciousness.”

A design fair called the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” brought global attention to the Art Deco style in 1925 and gathered a mix of jewelry artists alongside master jewelers like Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin and Boucheron. Art Deco designs from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels unconventionally mixed gemstones like placing rock crystals next to diamonds while borrowing motifs from eclectic sources including Asian lacquer and Persian carpets. Among Cartier’s foremost design preoccupations at the time were high-contrast color combinations and crisp, geometric forms and patterns. In the early 20th century, modernist jewelers like Margaret De Patta and artists such as Alexander Calder — who is better known for his kinetic sculptures than his provocative jewelry — explored sculptural metalwork in which geometric shapes and lines were preferred over elaborate ornamentation.

Many of the innovations in modern jewelry were propelled by women designers such as Wendy Ramshaw, who used paper to craft her accessories in the 1960s. During the 1970s, Elsa Peretti created day-to-night pieces for Tiffany & Co. while designers like Lea Stein experimented with layering plastic, a material that had been employed in jewelry since the mid-19th century and had expanded into Bakelite, acrylics and other unique materials.

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Style: Modern
Dazzling Diamond and Multi Colored Sapphire Clip On Earrings in 18K White Gold
Located in Houston, TX
Diamond and Multi Colored Sapphire Clip On Earrings in 18K Gold. Earrings create a subtle beauty while showcasing the colors of the natural precious gemstones and illuminating diamon...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Gilded Fish Figural Earrings by Hanae Mori, 1970s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Extremely rare - Each earring measures 1" x 1" - Gold plated - Clip on earring backs - Made in Paris - By Hanae Mori (signed on verso of one earring) - Circa...
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1970s French Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Hobé Vintage Gilded Pearl & Crystal Rhinestone Statement Earrings, Signed, 1950s
Located in McKinney, TX
Gorgeous Hobé clip-on statement earrings, circa 1950s, featuring faux pearl and crystal rhinestone accents and vibrant gold-plating. These chic earrings make an excellent addition to your vintage jewelry collection. ABOUT HOBÉ: Hobé was founded by goldsmith Jacques Hobé in France in 1887. It was originally a fine jewelry line, with a costume jewelry division added in the 1920's by his son, William Hobé...
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1950s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Modern 14k Solid Yellow Gold Pink Enamel Clip-On Huggie Earrings with Diamonds
Located in Houston, TX
Pink Enamel Diamond Huggie Earrings in 14k Gold. A fun, colorful, and personalized addition to your earring stack! Stay on trend by adding these flamboyant enamel pieces and give you...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel, Gold-filled

Angel Skin Coral Button Earrings Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Round Clip On Backings
Located in Torrance, CA
Finely detailed pair of vintage angel skin coral earrings, crafted in 14k yellow gold (circa 1950s to 1960s). Angel skin coral measures 13.5mm each (estimated at 5.50 carats each -...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Coral, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Cabochon Turquoise and Diamond 18K Yellow Gold Clip Earrings
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
A very simple and easy to wear pair of Tiffany & Co. Turquoise and Diamond earrings! The earrings have a cabochon cut center Turquoise bezel set in an 18K yellow gold circular frame...
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1990s American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Turquoise, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

18k White Gold 9.5mm Round Gray Tahitian Pearl Clip On Earrings
Located in Las Vegas, NV
18k White Gold 9.5mm Round Gray Tahitian Pearl Clip On Earrings These classic 9.5 mm pearl stud earrings are available for non-pierced ears in this elegant design. The clip-on settin...
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Early 2000s Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Pearl

Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold Cummings Positive & Negative Earrings
Located in New York, NY
Rare and iconic Positive & Negative pieces created back in the 1974 in New York city at the Tiffany & Co. Atelier. This earrings was crafted in solid yellow gold of 18 karats, with h...
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20th Century American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Black Enamel Diamond Gold Clip Post Earrings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black enamel diamond and gold clip-on and post earrings circa 1970. * ABOUT THIS ITEM: This is an impressive pair of earrings with substance and presence. The bonus of hinged and ...
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1970s Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Enamel

Coral Diamond Black Onyx Clip On Yellow Gold Drop Earrings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Coral black onyx and diamond yellow gold clip-on drop earrings circa 1970. Clear and concise information you want to know is listed below. Contact us right away if you have additio...
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1970s Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Coral, Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Angel Skin Coral Earrings 14 Karat Gold Round Button Clip-On Jewelry
Located in Torrance, CA
Finely detailed pair of vintage angel skin coral clip earrings (circa 1950s to 1960s), crafted in 14k yellow gold. Cabochon cut angel skin coral measures 15mm each - 9 carats each ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Coral, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

18K Stylish & Tailored Gold & Diamond Encrusted Dome Earrings 7/8 Inch Diameter
Located in Palm Beach, FL
These finely crafted 18K yellow gold dome earrings have diamond encrusted centers surrounded by high polish gold accents and hammered gold edges. This pair would be a delightful addi...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Trifari Vintage Sapphire Turquoise Blue Choker Necklace and Clip on Earring Set
Located in North Miami, FL
This beautifully made vintage costume jewelry set by Trifari is mid century modern. It is a choker necklace with matching clip on earrings. It is a luscious peacock sapphire...
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1950s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

White Enamel Ornate Earrings With Milk Glass Rhinestones, 1950s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Each earring measures 1.1" diameter - Gold tone - White enamel detail - Milk glass rhinestone accents - Clip on earring backs - Circa 1950s - Estate acquired ...
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1950s Unknown Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Enamel

Blue Aurora Borealis Crystal Leaf Earrings By Coro, 1960s
By Coro
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Each earring measures 1.4" x .75" - Silver tone rhodium plating - Peacock blue aurora borealis crystal rhinestones - Clip on earring ...
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1960s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

18K Yellow Gold Tubogas Style Earrings with Ancient Coins
Located in Palm Beach, FL
These lovely vintage 18K yellow gold tubogas style earrings are topped with two authentic ancient bronze coins depicting Constantinus the Great from 324AD. Below the bezel set coins ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Marina B black Mother-of-pearl Gold Earrings
Located in Napoli, Italy
Precious 18 kt yellow gold earrings decorated with carved black mother-of-pearl and topped with a Mabe pearl Clip system for non-pierced ears (thread missing) Signed, numbered, maste...
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1970s Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Red Gripoix Glass Earrings With Smokey Gray Rhinestones By Hattie Carnegie
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the mid-century - Each earring measures 1" x .8" - Gold plated - Gripoix-style bright cranberry red-colored oval glass cab...
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1960s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Medium GUM DROP™ Earrings with Tsavorite and Dark Blue Topaz and Diamonds
Located in New York, NY
Medium 18kt yellow gold GUM DROP™ earrings with faceted Tsavorite (approximately 2.5 cts each), faceted Dark Blue Topaz (approximately 5 cts each), and 4 diamonds weighing ~0.40 cts....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Tsavorite, Topaz, Peridot, Jade, Diamond, Citrine, Amethyst, Yellow Gold...

18K White Gold Diamond Butterfly Earrings
Located in Hong Kong, HK
18K White Gold Diamond Butterfly Earrings 18K White Gold - 9.736 GM 2 Diamonds - 0.210CT 68 Diamond - 1.321 CT These exquisite 18K white gold earrings feature a captivating butter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hong Kong Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, White Gold

25 Carat Diamond Platinum Ear Clips
Located in Bay Harbor Islands, FL
These beautiful diamond earrings are designed as curlers and bombe form set with prongs. Platinum ear clips feature 154 mix cut diamonds with an est...
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Late 20th Century Argentine Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Gold and Green Lucite Geometric Carved Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These elegant carved Lucite or resin clip-on earrings were hand-crafted in the 1980s. The dimensional oval domed shape has a striped design in translucent fern green color and gold p...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

JAR Paris Magenta Aluminum Gold Valerie Clip Earrings
By JAR
Located in Palm Beach, FL
JAR Paris "Valerie" clip earrings, featuring anodized aluminum with a fused bright magenta/lavender finish. 18k yellow gold clip backs. Signed "JAR PARIS" on the underside of one e...
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2010s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Gold

Cilea Resin Dangle Green Leaves Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cilea Paris created these cute, dangling resin clip-on earrings. They feature carved and dimensional leaves in chartreuse green and brown colors. One earring is signed on the undersi...
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Early 2000s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

JAR Paris Green Aluminum Gold Valerie Clip Earrings
By JAR
Located in Palm Beach, FL
JAR Paris "Valerie" clip earrings, in anodized aluminum with a fused green finish, a specialty of the JAR Paris workshop. 18k yellow gold clip backs. Signed "JAR PARIS" on the unde...
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2010s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gold

Francoise Montague Paris Gilded Resin Donut Dangle Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These stunning oversized Francoise Montague Paris resin clip-on earrings were designed in the 1980s. They feature a massive dangle shape with gilt metal coating resin donut ornate wi...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Italian Orange and Beige Lucite Geometric Dangle Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These fabulous Italian designer studio Lucite dangling clip-on earrings boast a chandelier shape with a geometric elongated donut design in beige champagne and neon orange colors wit...
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Cinnabar on Black Lucite Disc Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a pair of cinnabar on black lucite clip-on disc earrings. The carved flower motif cinnabar is set on black lucite discs and creates a striking color combination. A great 80s ...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Clip-on Earrings

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Gilded Metal Crocodile Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Paris designed these elegant clip-on earrings in the 1980s. The pieces feature a dimensional geometric shape with gilt metal, all textured with a crocodile emb...
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1980s French Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

Pearl and Diamond Earrings
Located in Darnestown, MD
Elegant pearl earrings, each with a 1 carat round brilliant diamond. One diamond is GIA rated as F color and VS2 quality. The other is E color and SI 1 quality. The GIA certification...
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Late 20th Century Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold

Bulgari Certified Monete Gold Rare Ancient Coin Earrings
Located in Napoli, Italy
Beautiful 18k yellow gold earrings, crafted by Bulgari for Monete collection, one of the most popular and valuable collection of the famous brand present also in their museum in Rome...
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1990s Italian Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Gold

Yvel Baroque Pearl Diamond Clip Earrings
By Yvel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Yvel clip earrings, featuring natural baroque freshwater pearls accented by champagne-colored brilliant-cut diamonds pave-set in 18 karat yellow gold. Four natural freshwater baroqu...
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2010s Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

1980s Vintage Chanel Gold Tone CC Logo Round Clip On Earrings
Located in Vilnius, LT
This is a classic pair of CC logo round clip on earrings. The piece is designed by Chanel in 1980s. It is crafted in base metal and is gold plated. Signed: “© Chanel ® Made in Fr...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Clip-on Earrings

Earrings set with onyx and mother-of-pearl 14k yellow gold
Located in The Hague, ZH
14k yellow gold clip-on earrings set with onyx and mother-of-pearl Detailed description: the diameter of the earrings is 1.7 cm wide Total weight 11.3 grams set with - 32 x 2.4 ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Onyx, Other, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Earring with sapphire and diamond 14k yellow gold
Located in The Hague, ZH
14k yellow gold earrings set with sapphire and brilliant cut diamond up to 0.25ct - F/G – VS/SI Detailed description: the size of the earrings is 8.5 mm wide and 1.4 cm high Total...
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2010s Dutch Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Heart Drops
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Note: Production time for this product is 4 weeks Earring Information Gold Weight: 14k White Gold 8.51gm Stone Type : Diamonds Carat Weight : DIA-3.18 ttcw  Serial # : ER-9551 Thes...
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2010s American Modern Clip-on Earrings

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14k Gold, White Gold

Heart Drops
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Earrings set with quartz and brilliant cut diamonds up to 0.50ct 18k white gold
Located in The Hague, ZH
18k white gold earrings set with quartz and brilliant cut diamonds. 0.50ct - F/G - VS/SI detailed description: the size of the ear clip is 2.4 cm long by 1.4 cm wide weight 17.4 ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Quartz, 18k Gold, White Gold

Elizabeth Locke 19k Yellow Gold Aquamarine Earrings
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Elizabeth Locke aquamarine 'Cab Quadriga' earrings in 19 karat yellow gold. Polished curved border design. Each earring bezel set with central 10mm round cabochon cut, natural aquam...
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2010s Thai Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Aquamarine, Gold

Vintage 18K Yellow Gold, Platinum, Semi-Baroque Pearl & Diamond Earrings by Trio
By Trio
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This unique pair of Trio, Mid-20th Century, 18k yellow gold, platinum, semi-baroque pearl and diamond foliate motif earrings has a natural, organic feel. Two 16mm semi-baroque, silve...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Platinum, Yellow Gold

Gold Statement Earrings With Emerald Glass Cabochons By Paolo Gucci, 1980s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the '80s - Each earring measures 1.25" x 1.1" - Gold plated - Emerald green-colored glass cabochon accents - Clip on earr...
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1980s Unknown Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Naimah Pomme Bouche Apple Lips Earrings
Located in Istanbul, 34
Introducing our stunning Pomme Bouche (Apple Mouth) Earrings , a masterpiece of chic, feminine and surrealistic design. Inspired by Claude Lalanne's Pomme Bouche sculpture, these ear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Turkish Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Zircon, 18k Gold, Gold Plate, Vermeil, Sterling Silver

Bezel Set Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Earrings By Nolan Miller, 1980s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the '80s - Each earring measures .75" x .5" - Gold plated - Emerald cut Sapphire blue-colored Swarovski crystals - Clear ...
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1980s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

Silver Brutalist Sunburst Earrings By Crown Trifari, 1960s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the mid-century - Each earring measures 1" in diameter - Silver "Trifarium" plating - Polished and textured finishes - C...
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1960s American Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

JAR Paris Red Aluminum Gold Voiles Clip Earrings
By JAR
Located in Palm Beach, FL
JAR Paris "Voiles" clip earrings in red anodized aluminum with 18k gold clip backs. Folded cone design with a lightly textured finish. Measuring just under 2 1/2 inches in length a...
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2010s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Gold

Pavé Frog on Gilded Lily Pad Statement Earrings By Kirks Folly, 1990s
Located in McKinney, TX
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the '90s - Each earring measures 2.25" x 1.5" - Gold plated with faux marcasite style rhinestone - Clip on earring backs ...
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1990s American Modern Clip-on Earrings

0.73 cts of Yellow Sapphire Clip-on-earrings
Located in New York, NY
Introducing our exquisite Clip-On Earrings, a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. Crafted in luxurious 18K yellow gold, each earring weighs a lightweight 1.67 grams, ensuring c...
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2010s Indian Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

0.82 cts of Blue Sapphire Clip-on-earrings
Located in New York, NY
Introducing our exquisite Clip-On Earrings, a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. Crafted in luxurious 18K white gold, each earring weighs a lightweight 1.63 grams, ensuring co...
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2010s Indian Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

0.50 cts of Emerald Clip-on-earrings
Located in New York, NY
Introducing our exquisite Clip-On Earrings, a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. Crafted in luxurious 18K white gold, each earring weighs a lightweight 1.68 grams, ensuring co...
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2010s Indian Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Gold Earring with Pearls and Diamond
Located in Darnestown, MD
Criss cross 18 karat gold earrings with an 8 mm pearl on top and below. The bottom pearl hangs from a tiny loop with a diamond that is approximately .2 carats. The diamonds are G col...
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1980s Vintage Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

4.14 Carat Natural Earth Mined Diamond Studs
Located in Rome, IT
This gorgeous 4.14 carat pair of round brilliant cut natural diamonds offer fantastic size, bright white color, and a lively play of light! Measuring 8.1mm in diameter, the diamonds ...
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2010s Italian Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

1990s Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier Enamel Massive Dangling Clip On Earrings
Located in Vilnius, LT
This is a vintage pair of massive dangling clip on earrings designed by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1990’s. The piece is crafted in silver tone and is adorned with enamel. Heavy, but firm...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Clip-on Earrings

Earrings set with brilliant cut diamonds up to 0.50ct 18k yellow gold
Located in The Hague, ZH
18k yellow gold ear clips set with brilliant cut diamonds. 0.50ct - F/G - VS/SI detailed description: The front of the ear clip is 1.8 cm by 1.1 cm wide weight 13.1 grams occupie...
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2010s Dutch Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Angela Caputi Italy Black and Tortoiseshell Resin Dangle Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Angela Caputi, Italy, designed those elegant resin clip-on earrings. The pieces boast a dangling shape with black resin geometric links contrasted with large geometric hoops in a tor...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Clip-on Earrings

0.97 Carat Pave Diamond Butterfly Ear Cuff 14 Karat in Stock
Located in Boca Raton, FL
14k White Gold 0.97ctw Pave Diamond Butterfly Ear Cuff Material: 14k White Gold Diamond Details: Diamonds are approximately 0.97ctw of Pave Set, Round Brilliant cut Diamonds. There a...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

18k yellow gold ear clips set with pink quartz - size 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm
Located in The Hague, ZH
18k yellow gold ear clips set with pink quartz - size 1.8 cm x 1.8 cm detailed description the size of the ear clip is 1.8 cm long by 1.8 cm wide weight 17.5 grams occupied with ...
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2010s Dutch Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Quartz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Sonia Rykiel Paris Black and Pink Resin Dangle Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These chic French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel Paris dangling clip-on earrings feature a geometric shape with a black acrylic resin disk complemented with dimensional triangle resin...
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Early 2000s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Paris Jeweled Hoop Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
These adorable Yves Saint Laurent YSL Paris clip-on earrings feature a dimensional half-hoop shape with shiny gilt metal all carved and ornate with clear crystal rhinestones. The "YS...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Clip-on Earrings

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Gilt Metal

Cilea Paris Dangle White and Silver Glitter Resin Clip Earrings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cilea Paris designed these charming dimensional dangling hand-made clip-on earrings. They feature baroque-inspired artisanal geometric elements with textured patterns built together ...
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Early 2000s French Modern Clip-on Earrings

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