Antique earrings

Antique earrings called “dormeuses” in French (sleepers) are a type of earrings that hang slightly over the lobe. They were invented at the end of the 19th century to allow women to sleep with their earrings on. These earrings are sometimes accompanied by longer pendants, which can be added or removed to have evening or daytime earrings. They were very popular in the early 20th century.


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  • Dormeuses saphirs margueriteNatural sapphire earrings

    Victorian sapphire drop earrings in 18k rose gold and silver. The earrings are centered on a sapphire surrounded by eight rose-cut diamonds. The sapphires are natural, with a sky-blue color. They are surrounded by rose cut diamonds. Antique earrings, circa 1880, France.

    Horsehead hallmark (1838-1919) and goldsmith’s hallmark (illegible).

    Dimensions: 17 x 10 mm

    Estimated weight of one sapphire: 0.15 carat
    Estimated diamond weight: 0.04 carat

    Weight : 2.76 gr

  • Victorian poissardes earrings in gold

    Antique French poissardes earrings in 18 karat rose gold. Antique “poissardes” earrings, popular in France in the 19th century. The center of the earring is undecorated, while the upper and lower parts alternate between textured and polished gold. Antique French earrings, middle of 19th century, France.

    Eagle head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18-karat gold) and partially legible goldsmith’s hallmark.

    Dimensions: 30 x 8 mm

    Condition: light scratches from use

    Weight: 2.22 gr

  • Victorian black mourning cameoDormeuses camées verre noirs

    Victorian black glass cameo earrings in 18k gold and metal. Antique earrings each decorated with a cameo featuring a woman in profile, set on an oval-shaped black glass plate. The earring clasp is antique and partially in gold and metal. Mourning earring, mid-19th century, France.

    Eagle head hallmark (French state hallmark for 18 karat gold).

    Dimensions: 25 x 13 mm

    Condition: scratches from use, old thick material on back of earrings

    Weight : 4.11 gr

  • boucles d'oreille anciennes citrinesdormeuses anciennes citrines

    Georgian citrine earrings in 18 karat (750) and 14 karat (585 for the clasp) rose gold. Antique earrings set with large oval faceted citrines. They are closed-set and on a foil, creating a warm, luminous effect. Antique earrings  in very good condition, Georgian period, circa 1830.

    Shell hallmark (punched later on the buckle fastening).

    Dimensions: 19 x 10 mm

    Condition: fine wear scratches

    Weight : 4.69 gr

  • Georgian fine pearl gold earringsBoucles oreille poissardes perles fines en or

    Large French Georgian poissardes earrings in 18 karat (750) rose gold. These circular poissardes earrings are decorated with eight flowers, all centered on blue faceted glass in a surround of small natural pearls. An elegant and rarely seen model, probably from the Bresse region. Napoleon I Empire earrings, circa 1810, France.

    Rooster head (gold hallmark for departments, 1809-1819)

    Diameter: 31 mm

    Condition: scratches from use, light and delicate jewelry to be handled with care.

    Weight : 4.04 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • puces d'oreille en diamants

    Cluster diamond stud earrings in 18-karat yellow gold (750) and silver. Pair of diamond stud earrings, in daisy shape, centered with a blue imitation stone (garnet/glass doublet). Antique earrings, circa 1900.

    Hallmark 750 on Alpa clasps.

    Dimensions of the motif: 10.5 x 8.5 mm

    Note: Secure Alpa closure system (later addition) Condition: Signs of wear and scratches

    Weight: 2.86 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • poissardes anciennes en or 18kpoissardes en or

    Large enameled poissardes earrings in 18 karat rose gold (750). These substantial poissarde earrings are centered with a blue, green, and white enameled pansy, surrounded by a midnight blue enamel frieze punctuated with gold dots. The main motif is framed by two stars on a painted gold background. Poissardes, circa […]

  • boucles d'oreille damier en or 18kDormeuses damier émaillées en or

    Victorian French enamel earrings in 18 karat antique rose gold (750). Pair of earrings decorated of rectangular shape and decorated with an oval cartouche with an enamelled checkerboard pattern, forming a black diamond on a white background. Antique Mid-19th century sleepers earrings, France.

    Marked with a horse’s head (french hallamrk for the period 1838-1919)

    Dimensions: 22 x 9 mm

    Note: the earrings are passed through the back of the lobe and close at the front. For pierced ears.
    Condition: some enamel missing, scratches from use, oxidations on th eback

    Weight : 2.08 gr

  • boucles oreille ancienne en orAntique french enamel poissardes earrings

    Antique earrings, also called “poissardes”, with a white and blue enameled flower motif.