Hoops, Studs and Stories, A Brief history of the Earring

Hoops, Studs and Stories, A Brief history of the Earring

Do you ever have that "oh no!" moment when you're already out the door and realize you forgot to put on your favorite pair of earrings? I know I've been there! Earrings are like the cherry on top of your outfit, the sparkling exclamation point to your style. It's no wonder they're the shining stars of my jewelry shop, with 83% of folks nowadays rocking pierced lobes.
Woman looking in mirror putting on earrings
But have you ever wondered where this charming tradition of wearing earrings began? My ear-piercing adventure involved my mom insisting I wait until the ripe age of thirteen. Meanwhile, my friends had pierced ears before they could even say 'earrings.' It's amusing how each family has unique ways.
Aprlierre Sterling silver earrings

The history of earrings goes way, way back. We're talking thousands of years here! Even Otzi, the world's oldest mummy, had his earlobes pierced and stretched, along with some nifty tattoos. Those Minoans from 2000-1600BC? They were all about the gold hoops. Early tribes believed that demons could sneak into your body through your ear, but metal, apparently, was demon-proof.
graphic of pirate wearing gold hoop earrings
Fast forward to the 1590s, and earrings were a big hit among courtiers and gentlemen during the Renaissance. Sailors even sported earrings to show off their world-traveling escapades and ensure a decent farewell if they met Davy Jones.
vintage clip on earrings



Between the 1920s and 1950s, clip-on earrings were popular, especially with young women in high society. In the 1950s-1960s, DIY ear-piercing parties were all the rage, as there were no fancy piercing shops. Before earring kiosks,  your family doctor could be your friendly neighborhood piercer during the 1960s-80s.
girl about to get her ears pierced

woman of various race and cultures wearing earrings 

So, wearing earrings isn't just about fashion; it's a journey through time, culture, and superstition. In the Aprilierre Jewelry collection, I've got an array of earring styles – from stunning sterling silver statements to simple silver studs. While I'm pretty certain no demons will hop into your body through your ears, I'm confident you'll find a new favorite pair that you'll cherish every day. After all, earrings are more than just accessories; they're a part of our history, style, and self-expression. Happy earring hunting! ✨

Sterling Silver and gemstone jewelry for sale by Aprilierre





"History of Ear Piercing"  Painfulpleasures.com

"Earring" Wikipedia

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