They say that dangle earrings are a must-have staple in the jewelry box of any fashionable lady. It is the new earring look of the season and it is about time to say a word or two about their existence today and in the past. According to fashion critics, “we are living in the golden age of earrings” and women should take advantage of the let-it-hang look with no hesitation. How and why will be explained in the lines that follow.
BUT FIRST, WHAT ARE DANGLE EARRINGS?
As the name speaks for itself, this is an earring design where the piece hangs below the earlobe and swings from one side to another. In other words, there is a movement happening, which makes dangle earrings appear flirty and exciting. The basic look features a wire extending from the hook and it is connected to the main part where the real magic happens. Depending on the complexity of the design, this ornamental part can be bedecked with single or multiple gemstones. For instance, one of the most intricate dangle appearances are chandelier drop earrings.
BACK TO THE BEGINNINGS
The first dangle earrings are said to have appeared in Ancient Egypt, where they looked like hoops with not so impressive pendants (the same as drop earrings). However, their primary role was to signify the wearer’s status and wealth. The tradition of wearing dangling pieces on the ears continued in Greek and Roman times, but with more sophisticated designs that featured pearls and other already discovered gemstones at the time.
It was only in the 17th century when the let-it-hang earring design started to look like the one we see it today. The pendants were longer and heavier, which consequently resulted in an increased number of women with extended earlobes. These highly elaborate earrings were promoted by Queen Victoria and had a different name back then; people called them “girandole” earrings. However, because of the non-functional weight, the dangle design got modified and became much lighter than before. Quite an interesting fact is that men also wore this type of drop earrings, especially pirates. They preferred their dangle earrings to be made of precious metals, such as silver and gold, so that they could have a better eyesight at the sea.
In the 18th century, the popularity of dangle earrings diminished, due to particular hairstyles that covered the ears, but were still much favored by women. In fact, earrings were barely worn as jewelry adornments until the second half of the century, when they made their huge comeback. In the meantime, rings, necklaces and brooches were in high gear, especially brooches, which were considered “hit” accessories.
Wearing dangle earrings is no longer limited to being just classy and sparkly. It is the new way of standing out in a crowd and showing uniqueness all the way through. The latest fashion shows led by Chanel, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs have promoted some avant-garde looks with two non-identical, asymmetrical danglers or mismatched pairs that feature a chandelier on one ear and a stud on the other. The more extravagant, the more fashionable. The more fashionable, the merrier. This is how it goes in today’s “haute couture” world that every modern lady wants to be a part of. Right?
Now, let’ see which types of dangle earrings are currently topping the charts on the commercial jewelry market.
▪ Diamond Dangles
They are the costliest option available, considering the fact that diamonds are the most expensive precious stones in the industry. Diamond dangles often feature small stones arranged in a drop-line fashion. Thus, the reason why they are also referred to as "drop earrings". For example, one of the most popular designs is called “journey”, which is distinctive for having the diamonds gradually increasing in size along the curve of the earring. Diamond dangles in square and other geometrical shapes are exceptionally attractive, thanks to their edgy contours that showcase the necessary dose of boldness along with an optimized brilliance.
▪ Chandelier Dangles
They are mostly desired for their Bohemian cascading design, which allows a mind-boggling variety of metal and gemstone combinations. Chandelier dangles start with a stud and “grow” in size from the part that goes below the earlobe. Women who wear chandelier drop earrings love the sound of gemstones “crashing” into the metal as they move, which at the same time, produces a spectacular shine that no eye can escape from.
▪ Gemstone Dangles
Gemstones are seen as fabulous, movable hanging details that easily make a woman look drop-dead-gorgeous. They come in a spectrum of colors, which is the second best reason why their authentic “flavor” is desired for multiple styles. Here are the 5 best-selling gemstones for dangle earrings:
2. Pink Sapphire
WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE?
The best advice you can get is to pick the style that suits both your taste and personality. Do not get lured by a particular look just because it is a massive trend, unless you are sure that you can promote its beauty at its finest. There is a wide range of dangle earrings to choose from, so be certain that there is the perfect pair for you out there. To help you find it, the #KobelliTeam stays at your disposal by offering you professional advice and the opportunity to create your own custom design. We are expecting you!