Throughout the centuries earring design concentrated on fashion, not comfort. From the primitive stick-through-the-ear beginnings to those pinching screw-backs of the 20th century, women were at the mercy of the painful earring clip. In the s, one woman, Judith McCann, set out to change that circumstance with a totally new jewelry design called Wingback earrings. Judith McCann, an artist and designer, first decided to reinvent the earring when a friend presented her with some loose stones. She explained, in her own words, in an interview in McCann had the skills to succeed.
I especially like the elaborate handmade styles like Miriam Haskell. You can look for marks, but frequently the jewelry only bears the mark of the company they worked for. However, if you do find the marks, this list below of over vintage jewelry and metal designers may help you identify how old they are. This list is sorted alphabetically and by country. We start with Austria and end with the United States.
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What are wingback earrings? Wingbacks have an unusual 2-part wire setting in back. There is a t-bar shaped piece that fits inside the ear, resting on the top of the lobe.