The History of Earrings

Oh earrings! I cannot live without you!

You may laugh, but it’s true! I love them in all colours, shapes and sizes. In my opinion, earrings are one of those accessories you simply should not live without. I have even played with the idea of making earrings myself. But since my spare time is…., well, next to none….for now I need to stick with shopping therapy to provide me with those hoops, chandaliers, dangles, drops and all.



The whole topic of earrings got me thinking about the history of the earring. I know ear piercing is a very old form of body modification, but what are the roots of it all? And the meaning?

According to Jewellery Passion, in ancient times earrings were predominantly worn by males. They were popular even 7000 years ago in ancient Asia. Egyptians and Assyrians used earrings to signify their higher social status.

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In ancient Rome earrings were worn only by slaves, while in ancient Greece they were the ornament of prostitutes.

Apparently, somewhere around the 13th century, the Catholic Church forbade the piercing of ears stating that a person cannot alternate his or her body which was created in the image of God. Earrings were continued to be worn by thieves, pirates and representatives of the lower class.

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Jewelpedia tells us that men wore earrings as early as the Bronze Age.

Ötzi the Iceman, Europe’s oldest mummy had a 7–11 mm diameter borehole in his earlobe.

Off the topic of earrings for a second – read more on Ötzi the Iceman here: National Geographic. Super interesting!

Okay, ladies, get those earrings on! Aren’t we lucky we can wear them freely without judgement or disgrace?! Enjoy!

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Feel great and have fun!


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