Before the 1970’s, most American women didn’t have pierced ears. Consequently, most of the vintage earnings I have are non-pierced.
Here is a little secret: clip earrings from the 50’s to the 80’s are amazing! I have a ton of them in the shop. A TON! And I’m always looking for more. There is so much creativity in these pieces. There just aren’t modern designs that pack the visual punch of a vintage statement earring.
The 50’s pieces tend to be beaded or sparkly while the later ones are more geometric or abstract.
One more thing: there are lots of styles you just can’t pull off in pierced earrings because they’d be too heavy for a post. Picture some sparkly crawlers that arc up the ear. They can only be anchored to the lobe with a clip.
Here are a few pairs I have in the shop:
And here are a few ideas about how to wear vintage clip-ons.