Earrings have a long and interesting history that dates back to around 3000 BC. The sizes of the earrings ranged from the small barely visible to the long hook earrings that touched the shoulders. It’s believed they were first intended as a way to tell how much wealth the wearer had or to identify their religion. They were worn by both men and women and they were made from a variety of precious metals.
During the Dark ages these precious metals were harder to find so only royalty could have access to them. In these early times it was customary for the deceased to be buried with their jewelry and earrings made from silver, gold and bronze have all been discovered in the graves of royalty.
By the second century the styles of earrings became more elaborate and many new designs were being created. Many earrings were adorned with gems and other precious stones to increase their worth and too create unique designs. All of the rich women in the Roman Empire showed off their wealth by wearing earrings with precious gemstones.
By the middle ages the wearing of earrings faded a little due to society’s obsession with elaborate hairstyles, wigs and gigantic hats. During this time it was considered immoral for a woman to be seen in public with her head uncovered so, all respectable married women covered their head. Therefore, there was no point in wearing earrings during this era.
By the seventeenth century earrings came back with full force when lower necklines and a change in hairstyles took place. During this era the big heavy pendant style earrings were very popular. By the eighteenth century earrings took a step back to bonnets that were worn close to the face but reappeared again in the nineteen century. This is when both the modeling and the movie industries appeared and everyone wanted to accessorize like the models and movie stars.
By the twentieth century earrings were completely transformed and women from all walks of life wore them on a regular basic. More styles were introduced and the prices ranged from the very cheap to the expensive making it possible for anyone to have a collection of earrings. They also became more popular with the modern male and more and more men were seen wearing earrings.
Having multiple piercings in which to wear earrings is also more popular today and a variety of new materials are being used to make them such as titanium, platinum and plastics. The designs are much lighter and easier to wear and the selections still include the small pendant style and the long hoop style but with all types of sizes in-between.
Earrings were popular with both the rich and the poor throughout the ages. The main difference was that the poor people could not afford the ones made from precious metals and gemstones. Therefore, they had to make their earrings from other less expensive materials and the styles were different. Earrings will most likely have a place in society for many years to come.