The History of Earrings

Jun 15, 2023
Earrings Have Been A Fashion Staple For Centuries

Over the years, earrings have served not only as adornment for the ears but also as symbols of status and culture. The earliest evidence of earrings can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, where both men and women wore them as a sign of wealth and prosperity. The gold funeral mask recovered from King Tutankhamun’s tomb shows that he had prominently pierced ears.

Trends Change Over The Years

During the Roman Empire, earrings were primarily worn by women, with more elaborate designs reserved for the elite. Pearls were particularly popular and considered a symbol of purity and femininity.

In the Middle Ages, earrings became less popular, likely due to the influence of Christianity, which viewed excessive adornment as sinful. However, they made a comeback during the Renaissance, when elaborate styles adorned with gemstones and precious metals were all the rage.

Earrings For The Masses

In the 19th century, earrings became more widely available to the general public thanks to advances in mass production techniques. Designs became simpler and more affordable, making earrings accessible to people of all social classes.

In the 20th century, earrings continued to evolve with the times. The Art Deco movement of the 1920s inspired bold geometric shapes and abstract designs, while the 1960s saw the rise of colorful and whimsical styles influenced by the counterculture movement.

Earrings For All Styles

Today, earrings remain a beloved accessory, offering a way for people to express their personal style and celebrate their individuality. King Jewelers has a huge selection of earrings in a wide range of styles and materials. From simple studs to elaborate chandelier earrings, and made with a variety of precious gems and metals, King Jewelers has something for everyone.

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Whether you like stunning diamond studs or gorgeous diamond hoops, King Jewelers has what you want.

A Pearl For All Occasions

If you prefer pearl earrings, King Jewelers has a breathtaking selection of quality Mikimoto pearls in both classic studs and striking drop earrings.

A Splash Of Color

Look no further than King Jewelers to add a little color to your wardrobe with great designers such as Marco Bicego and Temple St Clair.

Celebrate Your Birthday Every Day

You can’t go wrong with birthstone earrings. King Jewelers has a large selection of birthstone jewelry, such as these beautiful emerald earrings for May and tourmaline earrings for October.

Just A Little Different

If you like to wear earrings that are not like everybody else’s, then check out these diamond chandelier earrings and turquoise sapphire dangle earrings.

Shop Earrings at King Jewelers in Nashville, TN

The next time you put on a pair of earrings, take a moment to appreciate their long and fascinating history and the cultural significance they’ve held for countless generations. Whether you prefer classic pearls, funky tassels, edgy hoops, or something else, King Jewelers has a pair of earrings for everyone. Browse designer jewelry from dozens of brands in our Green Hills showroom or shop earrings online to take advantage of free two-day shipping.

The History of Earrings


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