Today we are going to delve into the fascinating history of wholesale silver earrings. This popular fashion item has a long and illustrious backstory. For example, did you know that earrings originated thousands of years ago and were once a predominantly male jewellery choice? There is a lot more to learn about these eye-catching baubles than meets the eye. So, without further ado, let’s jump on in and discover the history of earrings.
In days gone by, people believed that evil spirits and sickness entered the body through the body’s open orifices. An individual could protect themselves from harm by wearing amulets at these entryways (i.e., the ears). Doctors also believed that earrings in particular, or at least the gemstones within, could improve eyesight and cure headaches.
Alongside this, the Egyptians we’re wearing earrings to signify their wealth and status. The habit passed over to Rome too. As far back as AD 23–79 Pliny the Elder was complaining about the Romans “conspicuous consumption” and disapproving of the female populations newfound taste for pearl earrings.
While ornamental earrings were designed to be removed easily so that they might be changed at will, as is the present custom, some earrings were also designed to be more permanent fixtures in the ear — as a sign of slavery. The practice was incredibly popular in Greece and parts of Asia Minor.
It was during the Middle Ages in Europe that the earring’s popularity with men went in and out of fashion. Eventually, in the 13th Century, the Catholic Church banned piercings altogether, stating that it violated the sacred rule against “altering their bodies created in the image of God” in any way. Indeed, earrings are mentioned in several places in the Bible: “decked herself with her earrings and jewels, and she went after her lovers and forgot me, saith the Lord.” It was at this point in history that earrings became popular amongst the lower classes, particularly thieves and pirates.
However, as they want to do, fashions and attitudes change quickly. It was not long after the Renaissance ended that people rebelled from the rules of the Church. Now, the custom of pierced ears becomes quite complicated. For instance, young boys of single mothers, whose husband’s had been killed, could wear them, along with the only boy in a family or the last of his family line.
Although still popular with famous men, such as Shakespeare, Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, in the 16th Century earrings went out of fashion with men and rose in prominence and importance with women. Very quickly, earrings became a staple of the women’s wardrobe, in various styles and types. For example, in the early 20th Century, screw-back earrings were invented to get around a ban on piercing earlobes, which was considered improper. This type of clip-back earring remained popular with women until piercings re-emerged in the 1960s.
During the 1980s, men once again embraced ear piercings. Today the practice is as common amongst men as women. Indeed, amongst homosexuals, it is highly prevalent to get a single piece of jewellery in the right ear to indicate sexual preference. Nowadays, wholesale silver earrings are hugely popular amongst both sexes, and not just for the ears, for all parts of the body.