Fine Vintage Gold EarringsGold earrings are the most popular form of jewelry today and many styles are available. While earrings are relatively smaller in size than other types of jewelry, to some they are the lipstick of jewelry; without them one can feel naked. Simple earring styles tend to be the most enduring. These types of earrings often defy fashion, and are suitable for the context of everyday life. Fancy earrings, on the other hand, can evoke glamour and a sense of style. Earrings can be useful as a finishing touch for a simple outfit, to make it look expensive or sophisticated, or simply to add color and fun.
Sapphire Diamond 18K Gold Vintage Earrings Earring's components may be made of any number of materials, including gold, platinum, silver, metal, glass, precious stone, wood, bone, and other materials. Designs range from small loops and studs, to large plates and dangling items. The size is ultimately limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe to hold the earring without damage to the ear. One should also take into account that heavy earrings worn over extended periods of time may lead to stretching of the earlobe and the piercing.
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Brief History of EarringsEarrings first made their debut in the Middle East as early as 3,000 B.C. and were intended to provide strangers with a quick and easy clue to the wearer's religious, political, or tribal identity. Earrings were also an indicator of the individual's social status in the community and were worn as a matter of choice and pride by those who were in power and as a label of inferiority and shame by those who were enslaved. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the fad of fancy ear lobes that had caught on with society's elite was pushed aside in the excitement of gigantic hats, towering wigs and high collars - a combination that would either completely obscure any ornamentation dangling from one's earlobes or cause it to get tangled in fabric and voluminous locks of hair.
Fashion and EarringsPatricia Von Musulin 18K Yellow & Rose Gold Earrings[/caption] With the transition in necklines and more subdued hairstyles at the seventeenth century Italian courts, earrings were once more back in vogue and part of a well-heeled lady's bragging rights that her husband could keep her in frivolous luxury. A century later, however, earrings went back into hiding with the advent of bonnets that framed the face and hugged both sides of the head with wide sashes. With the arrival of 1900, elegant hair piled on top of the head or brushed back into a sleek chignon not only delighted jewelers once more but also led to the subsequent invention of clip-on earrings that were considered more sanitary. The rise of both the movie and the modeling industries put the allure of the earring on its biggest platform ever, with women of all ages wanting to emulate the fashion sense of film stars and cover girls who clearly knew how to accessorize. As for men, the option of wearing an earring dates back prior to Biblical times and in later centuries came to be associated with rogues such as pirates and explorers.
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