A brief history of earrings

We all love to wear them, but what do you know about our favourite jewellery piece?

Earrings have been about for thousands of years, with ear piercing being reported as the oldest known form of body modification. From the ancient Persian soldiers, to Tutankhamun and Pat Butcher, all the greats have adorned earrings.

The Egyptians were the first to wear large gold hoops, now a trend - the larger the better for handbag dogs to jump through.

The Babylonians wore theirs to denote rank, while the Romans were the first to popularise earrings set with precious stones... oh so bling! 

Not a lot went on in the The Middle Ages with the insurgence of headdress wearing and dancing round polls, but soon came the flamboyant men of the Renaissance and they were back into fashion again, especially earrings set with pearls.

William Shakespeare, like many poets, liked to wear earrings as an emblematic statement, as did Pirates who wore them to show the many seas they had crossed. Some even say they were worn because of their magical properties to prevent failing eyesight... not very clever those eye patched Pirates were they!

Earrings went out of fashion for a while, making way for ear covering hair styles. They made a come back in the 1950's, but with a lack of shops offering to pierce your ears for you, holding a party with ice cubes and pins were all the rage. Everyone had a friend like Frenchie...

With shops now offering to pierce, and with men pushing the trend, earrings were back in the 60's/70's. But, you needed to be careful which lobe they were spotted in, left was gay, right straight and both lobes were very very gay. Who would of thought three decades later it would be very very gangster!

Safety pins and anything else you found in your Grannie's needle box were the Punk look of the late 70's. Celebrities like Madonna and George Michael pushed the cross earrings trend in the 80's. Mr T tried, but his trend never really caught on..

Today anything goes, absolutely anywhere!

 


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