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At AC Silver, we are delighted to offer a range of antique and vintage earrings. Our fine antique and vintage jewellery collections include precious gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and more. The range of earrings we have to offer are crafted in precious metals including platinum, yellow gold, and white gold.

The vast selection of earrings we have includes popular styles such as Victorian and Art Deco. There are also expansive designs featured, including stud earrings, drop earrings, and clip on earrings.

AC Silver is proud to announce that all purchases from our vintage and antique earring category include international free, fully insured shipping.

antique and vintage earrings

Every jewellery purchase from AC Silver is accompanied with a luxury jewellery cleaning cloth. For regular maintenance, cleaning cloths designed for jewellery are ideal. Gently rub over the item with the cleaning cloth in small circular motions. This is perfect for maintaining a pleasant shine in all jewellery metals and large gemstones.

Earrings that feature fine details such as clustered gemstones or claw settings often require more delicate cleaning. For this, a small cup of warm water, a tiny dash of dish soap, and a children’s toothbrush is all that’s required. It is important to use a children’s toothbrush for the softer bristles. Larger, firmer brushes can lead to damage in vintage and antique earrings.

Dip the head of the toothbrush in the sudsy water and tap away excess water. Begin with gentle pressure, cleaning in a circular motion similar to the cleaning cloth; this motion keeps the pressure even across the earring, and the bristles are able to reach in between delicate settings. Once you’re satisfied with your cleaning, leave the jewellery on some kitchen roll to dry fully before wearing them or returning them to the jewellery box. For the majority of your vintage and antique earrings, this cleaning method will bring up a fantastic sparkle and shine that keeps your jewellery looking stunning.

There are some important exceptions to this, however. Opal and pearl jewellery cannot be cleaned with soapy water as these stones are soft and it makes them vulnerable. Water and chemicals can damage these stones beyond repair, and they are easily scratched. Soft cleaning cloths are the best methods for keeping these jewellery items in good shape.

For luxury jewellery that is regularly worn, it is advised that you get an annual check-up. At AC Silver, we are happy to examine items purchased with us once a year with no charge, as well as provide a professional cleaning. This examination allows us to check the security of the gemstone settings. In antique earrings especially, this is a crucial step to ensuring the long life of the piece. The security of the fastenings of antique and vintage earrings can also be checked at these times.

The innovation of screw back earrings was something of a precursor to the clip-on style we see today. These earrings loop under the bottom of the earlobe and affix with a screw fastening to keep the earring in place without a piercing. The screws can be fiddly, especially with older examples. Remaining patient and performing many small turns of the screw mechanism is usually easier than attempting large turns.

Place the earring so that the front-facing side is sitting where you would like, and then hold it in place to begin screwing. It is important to screw the fastening in until you can feel it is snugly positioned against your lobe. The risk of screw back earrings falling off is small if you have screwed them on tightly enough. It would be best to wear your vintage screw back earrings around the house a couple of times before wearing them out and about. That way, you can assess how tightly they need to be screwed on in order to be both comfortable and secure.

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Clip On EarringsClip On Earrings
Drop EarringsDrop Earrings
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Stud EarringsStud Earrings
Antique 4.70ct Diamond and Platinum Drop Earrings
Price: GBP £49,950.00
15.51ct Colombian Emerald and 1.12ct Diamond, Platinum Drop Earrings - Vintage Circa 1950
Price: GBP £29,950.00
13.96 ct Diamond and 18 ct White Gold Drop Earrings - Vintage Circa 1960
Price: GBP £29,950.00
Edwardian 3.48 ct Diamond Stud Earrings in Platinum
Price: GBP £29,950.00
5.35ct Diamond and Platinum Earrings - Vintage Circa 1990
Price: GBP £26,500.00
3.58ct Diamond and 14ct Yellow Gold, Silver Set Stud Earrings - Antique Circa 1910
Price: GBP £18,750.00
16.78ct Ceylon Sapphire and 4.26ct Diamond, 9ct White Gold Drop Earrings - Vintage Circa 1960
Price: GBP £17,950.00
Antique 6.42ct Ruby, 8.56ct Diamond Earrings in Platinum
Price: GBP £16,950.00
2.91ct Diamond and 18 ct White Gold Stud Earrings - Antique and Contemporary
Price: GBP £15,950.00
20.25 ct Coral and Diamond, 22 ct Yellow Gold Jewellery Set - Antique Victorian Circa 1890
Price: GBP £14,950.00
2.02ct Diamond and Platinum Stud Earrings - Antique and Contemporary
Price: GBP £14,950.00
3.58ct Diamond and 9ct Yellow Gold Drop Earrings - Antique Circa 1930
Price: GBP £14,950.00
206.60ct Garnet and 1.49ct Diamond, 8ct and 9ct Yellow Gold Jewellery Suite - Antique Circa 1820
Price: GBP £14,245.00
21.12ct Aquamarine and 5.86ct Diamond, 18ct White Gold Clip on Earrings - Vintage Circa 1980
Price: GBP £14,245.00
9.06ct Aquamarine and 8.25ct Diamond, Platinum Cluster Earrings - Vintage Circa 1970
Price: GBP £13,950.00
3 ct Diamond and Platinum Drop Earrings - Art Deco - Antique Circa 1925
Price: GBP £12,950.00
Natural Saltwater Pearl and 2.92 ct Diamond, 18ct White Gold Jewellery Suite by Asprey - Vintage Circa 1955
Price: GBP £12,950.00
6.63ct Diamond and Platinum Earrings - Vintage Italian Circa 1980
Price: GBP £11,950.00
Vintage 7.25ct Diamond and 18ct White Gold Earrings
Price: GBP £10,950.00
2.65ct Diamond and 18ct Yellow Gold Illusion Earrings - Vintage Circa 1980
Price: GBP £10,950.00
Banded Agate and 18ct Yellow Gold, 15ct Yellow Gold Jewellery Suite - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £10,945.00
2.12ct Diamond and Platinum Stud Earrings - Antique and Contemporary
Price: GBP £10,945.00
3.37 ct Diamond and 12 ct Yellow Gold Cluster Earrings - Antique Circa 1910
Price: GBP £9,950.00
2.10ct Basaltic Sapphire and 3.30ct Diamond, 9ct Yellow Gold Cluster Earrings - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £9,950.00

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