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.
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,
shell earrings and
Those long ribbons of strung shells are obviously not rings, but that is the
descriptive term the English-speaking photographer used.
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
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 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
We have written history, images, and artifacts of 4000 year-old
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.
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 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
Clip-on earrings were developed less than a century ago. These, of course,
are primarily used by individuals whose ears are not pierced.
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.
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
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
Next - Dealer Product Image - Amethyst Ring in Sterling Silver
Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling
A Google search for links or images using keywords such as ear
threads or earring fastenerscan return some very interesting information and websites.
Here is this month's special gem deal.
Color: Top Red
Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 2.25 carats
Price: $56, plus shipping
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.
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.
Gem Industry News
Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair hit by
17 thefts in four days, with goods worth HK$6.9 million stolen
Thieves struck at the Jewellery and Gem Fair. Photo: SCMP
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.
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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