A 19th c. invention, "coach covers" take their name from what was their primary intended use: the hinged spheres fastened over diamond drop earrings to conceal the valuable stones from robbers and highwaymen while in transit (by stagecoach, obviously). Upon arrival at the fabulous dinner or party or ball, the coach covers would be removed to reveal the dazzling gems within. The secondary use for coach covers would be as a day-to-night accessory - snap them over flashy earrings for a modest appearance suitable to the daytime, and then remove them for evening hours when more elaborate jewels were appropriate. They were almost always American-made, and in high-karat gold.snap 'em on >>
Our designs are inspired by antiques, but they've been made streamlined, smooth, and comfortable to withstand the rigors of 21st century life. We use recycled diamonds whenever possible, plus everything's made by hand in NYC.Feeling Lucky?
These 2,000+ year old hoop earrings are actually wearable! They were made using an ancient jewelers' technique - sculpting a shape out of pitch (tar, basically) and covering it with a thin sheet of nearly pure gold. This method of production was developed to economize on precious and expensive metal, but it had the unintentional side effect of making the earrings comfortable lightweight on the ear.Hoop Dreams