The Crazy-Big Earrings of the 1950s

These would be so on trend today as well.

There is something so beautiful about vintage jewelry. Even costume jewelry from the era has a certain elegance to it. In the 1950s most women didn’t have their ears pierced but that didn’t stop them from wearing big, beautiful earrings on the regular. Many women went for small and simple earrings like a small cluster of rhinestones or a single pearl. And, this is how many people remember the era. But, there was also a trend for fabulously large earrings that were real show stoppers.

1950s jewelry shop in London
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Along with some of the more refined jewelry of the era, there was also a fad for representational earrings. The daisy earrings below look like they could be sold today in any fashionable retailer with no problems.

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A basket of flowers, a cuckoo clock, and an ice bucket with a champagne bottle in it are just some of the other interesting creations that were sold at a European shop in Soho, London, back in 1955.

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And how about a lady’s hand dangling from your earlobe? This one strikes me as being sort of in the style of designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. But, it’s also reminiscent of those vases shaped like ladies’ hands that were also popular during the 1950s.

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It’s wonderful to see all these whimsical designs, but that poor model’s ears were turning red by the end! Such are the dangers of trying on so many pairs clip-on earrings all in one go!

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See more of these fun earrings in the video below.