The Different Types of Clip-On Earring Fastener

Clip-on earrings have been around for a little over a century now, and have undergone a few adaptations along the way. The Simple Screw Back Earring Fastener

The first clip-ons, designed for elegant Victorian ladies who considered it a disgrace to poke holes in oneself (see our blog, 'Earrings: A Fashion That's Endured For Millennia'), were a simple screw-back fastening patented around 1894. These earrings have no hinge and are fastened by tightening the screw against the back of the lobe to hold the earring in place – a fully adjustable option for comfort, but a little fiddly for older arthritic hands... best get the maid to do it! If you have a pair like this (from our True Vintage range) they're most likely vintage and you can consider them quite collectible!

Vintage Marquis Crystal Screw Back Earrings from Alyssum Jewellery

Vintage Marquis Crystal Screw Back Earrings from Alyssum Jewellery

The Simple Hinge Clip-On Earring

A more convenient and less fiddly design was the simple hinge clip, arriving on the market in the mid-1930s. This simple clip, as the name suggests, worked like a hinge to open and close the earrings and fasten them to the lobes. Quick and easy to do, these were the ideal closure for small or light-weight earrings. In later years a friction groove was often added to top of the clip to prevent slightly heavier earrings from slipping off. You can see the simple lever hinge in this picture below, and the friction grooves to prevent slippage.

Vintage Simple Hinge Friction Clip On Earrings from Alyssum Jewellery