Earrings are the most imaginative and sculptural form of jewellery. They come in an infinite range of styles, materials and designs.
They can be dramatic or playful; simple or elaborate; long or short; static or come to life with the movements of the wearer.
They are worn, perhaps discretely, whilst at work or during day-to-day activities. And they are worn, more flamboyantly, to make a statement, or on special occasions.
They can be chosen to complement an outfit, or to reflect a mood.
Close proximity to the face makes earrings more visible than any other type of jewellery and they can highlight the colour of your eyes and frame your face.
However, one’s personality is the most important factor when choosing and wearing earrings.
They are as individual as you are.
The Earring Collection brings you a range of individual and gorgeous designs, all hand-made using sterling silver and gold, pearls and gemstones of many colours and styles.
Each person has a favourite length, stone, fitting and style of earrings that they love. We hope that you find some earrings here that fit your own style.
However, here’s one tip that may help you explore designs that you might not have considered.
It’s in the eyes! When it comes to choosing coloured gemstones, it’s often an excellent guideline to match one’s eye colour.
For blue or blue-grey eyes, lapis, topaz, aquamarine, blue sapphires and many other stones look wonderful and seem to enhance the eye colour.
Malachite, jade, green amethyst, peridot and abalone (paua shell) all look gorgeous on those with green eyes. As do amethyst and other purple stones!
There are two perfect “gems” to enhance hazel eyes; abalone shell (paua) is summery, iridescent and beautiful; and labradorite (said by the Inuit to hold the origins of the Northern Lights) is just gorgeous and scintillates. However hazel-eyed women can also wear the stones recommended for green eyes.
Brown eyed girls might be surprised to learn that this principle works to their advantage! “Brown” gems include tiger’s eye and garnet, but also smoky quartz (think dark chocolate!), citrine, amber, rubies and carnelian.
Pearls are, of course, suitable for all.
Coral and carnelian are more about personality than colour matching.
Mother-of-pearl comes in a variety of colour (not just ivory/white) and looks elegant on all women.
Black, whether onyx or shell or spinel, when set in silver or gold, is an eveningwear essential.
But these are just rules to be considered and then broken!
Simply chose earrings that will make you feel special.
We provide a satin bag with every pair of earrings. This is the best means of storing your earrings and avoiding them scratching other jewellery, or themselves being scratched. It will also help keep them gently polished.
Always remove jewellery before bathing or swimming. Salt water, chlorine and many toiletries are very damaging to jewellery.
Do not wear earrings when sleeping. Sooner or later they WILL be damaged!
Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and hair products before putting on your jewellery. This is particularly important with pearls and gemstones.
Never use silver dip. Simply polish gently with a soft cloth. If tarnished, wash with mild soap and water (add a couple of drops of lemon juice and use a soft toothbrush ideally) and dry carefully. A silver polishing cloth can also be useful but be very careful near gemstones and pearls.
Avoid storing with other jewellery that could scratch the gold – the satin bag is perfect. To clean, simply polish with a soft lint-free cloth.
Pearls are delicate but with care can last for generations. Avoid contact with perfume and hairspray and do not use chemical cleaners or silver polishes. Simply wipe with a soft, moist cloth or, if necessary, wash with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly before wearing or putting away. Always keep pearl jewellery separate from other jewellery. Again, the satin bag provided is perfect for storing your pearl earrings.
Gems vary in hardness and resilience but, again, storing them separately from other gems will avoid scratching or, even in the case of softer stones like turquoise, chipping.
Since many stones are damaged or hazed by exposure to salt water, chemicals or chlorine, remove before swimming or showering.
Avoid contact with all cosmetics, particularly perfumes and hairspray.
If necessary, wipe gently with a soft, moist cloth. Avoid soaking in water.