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July 2015


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Earrings Have History


earrings have history


Earrings have history is the subject of our lead article this month. Once I began outlining the article, I found that my task was to keep a narrow focus. I had to resist the temptation to address questions such as...

When was string invented?
How did early man drill holes through fragments of rock to produce beads?

Earrings have history that begins before human events began to be recorded. We know this because of archeological finds in caves, graves, and ruins. I suppose that would be pre-history.



earrings have history

Image credit: Florida Institute of Technology


What is an earring

What is an earring? It is apparent that the term derived from a ring worn on the ear, as opposed to a finger ring, or a toe ring. However, the term has come to encompass many forms of adornment worn on or attached to the human ear.

The image above is described as a... Portrait of Throwing Stick, young man, wearing dentalium shell earrings and choker.

Those long ribbons of strung shells are obviously not rings, but that is the descriptive term the English-speaking photographer used.



history of earrings


Other styles of ear adornment that I can think of offhand are...

Actual rings worn through the ear
Hoops dangling below the earlobe
Pendants and chandeliers
Buttons or discs
Clip on
Ear threads
Ear cuffs

Many variations and combinations have been designed and fabricated over time. An example of a combination pendant and disc is shown below. Images of some other styles are distributed throughout this article.




Earring material

Earring materials seem to be as varied as earring styles. The most popular modern earrings are made of metal, often incorporating colored gemstones and/or diamonds. We know that Egyptian, Israelite, Persian, and other Middle-Eastern peoples used gold, silver, copper, brass, and other metals to fabricate jewelry items, including earrings.

Other materials that have been used throughout time include less durable natural materials such as feathers, fur, decorative wood, pearls, shells, bone, and leather.


about earrings


We have written history, images, and artifacts of 4000 year-old Middle-Eastern earrings and other jewelry. Archeologists have recovered earrings and other artifacts from much earlier times on each of the inhabited continents.

It seems that adorning ourselves is a human trait that caused jewelry to be invented spontaneously all around the world, long before writing was invented. I assume jewelry was invented shortly after humans became self aware.


about earrings


A number of Asian and African cultures are reputed to have both men and women wearing earrings as a sign of wealth or station. At international gem shows I meet dealers and buyers from all around the world. Yes, many are wearing their customary clothing, but few of the men wear earrings.


Earring fasteners

Earring fasteners have evolved over time to become more secure and more comfortable for the wearer. At least for some types of earrings.

Bone, wood, and other materials that were stuck in a hole in the earlobe were more or less held in by friction. We know that this method was not very secure, based on the experience of some present-era African tribes people.

Remember the image of the young man named Throwing Stick near the beginning of this article? The long ribbons of shell earrings worn by him were fastened by string loops that went over the entire ear.

Rings, hoops, and curved wires that pass through a hole in the earlobe were - and still are - used successfully as relatively secure and comfortable ways to wear earrings.

Studs came into being as a product of metal working. Logic says that if a civilization could cast and/or fabricate studs, they could also produce a serviceable fastener to keep the stud securely in the pierced earlobe. Modern stud earring fasteners include various designs of friction fasteners and threaded nuts.

Clip-on earrings were developed less than a century ago. These, of course, are primarily used by individuals whose ears are not pierced.


about clip-on earrings


Ear threads

An ear thread (usually) consists of several inches of fine chain with an inline bar attached to one end, and a ring on the other end. The bar end is used to thread the chain through a pierced ear. The ring is used to hang a bead or other item on.


about earcuffs


Ear cuffs and wraps

Ear cuffs snugly fit the curvature of the ear and gently clip to the outer ear. Some ear cuffs are simple "C" shaped bands, with or without a design etched on the outer surface. Other ear cuffs are very elaborate, as shown in the image above.

Ear wraps can be similar to ear cuffs, but have an unobtrusive wire that goes behind the ear to keep the ear wrap in place.


Earrings have history , and a seemingly infinite variety of styles, sizes, materials, and customs


funky wire earrings


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Photo Information


Top - Gold earrings from the Roman Empire

Next - Photo portrait of a young Indian male named Throwing Stick wearing ceremonial regalia 

Next - A through-the-earlobe earring - the style that gave ear jewelry the name earring

Next - Pendant style earring from the Medieval period

Next - Chandelier style earring

Next: - Pendant / hoop style earring

Next: - Clip-on earrings

Next: - Ear cuff

Next: - Freeform wire pendant earrings

Next: - Gem special offer - Heart shaped Ruby

Next - Industry News - Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair exhibit hall

Next - Dealer Product Image - Amethyst Ring in Sterling Silver

Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling Silver Earrings



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Gem Offer


gem special offer ruby heart


Here is this month's special gem deal. 


Gem:     Ruby

Color:     Top Red

Quality:     Commercial

Shape:     Heart 

Dimensions:     7.9 x 7.8 mm

Weight:     2.25 carats

Price:     $56, plus shipping ($5)

This pretty heart shaped ruby displays a gorgeous ruby red color. I bought this gem years ago for it's great color... but it is time to pass it along to someone else that will appreciate it. 

The cutter disclosed that the stone was "treated" which I assume means it was both heated and fracture filled. That means I bought it, and can sell it, for a tiny fraction of the price for an untreated ruby.

Send me an email (with anti-spam) (carolynatazgemdotcom) and tell me that you want this fine gem.

We have other  shapes, sizes, and shades of gems available.

We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.


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Gem Industry News


Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair hit by 17 thefts in four days, with goods worth HK$6.9 million stolen


hong kong jewel thefts

Thieves struck at the Jewellery and Gem Fair. Photo: SCMP Pictures


PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 June, 2015, 7:02am

The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair came to an end yesterday but the four-day event made headlines largely for a series of thefts which saw jewels worth a total of HK$6.9 million stolen.

In the latest cases, which came to light yesterday, three people were arrested for the theft of a HK$830,000 diamond on the opening day of the fair, Thursday, while a bag of diamonds worth some HK$460,000 was reported to have gone missing on Saturday.

The two cases took the total number of thefts reported to 17 in the course of the show at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Read more




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Jewelry Dealers


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Now that your inventory is well on the way to being replenished, it is time to focus more on sales again.

Gift giving occasions have not disappeared with the holiday season. Fathers Day , birthdays, anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!

A market where people perceive they should spend wisely and receive value for their money fits right into your marketing strategy... 

Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.



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Jewelry Dealers Program


jewelry dealers program


Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?

Do you enjoy talking with friends and friends of friends?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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