In our fast-paced society our ears are one of the easiest and most prominent body parts to adorn. We express ourselves, our moods, our attitudes in the course of the jewelry we attach to our ears.
Earrings have been around for a very long time. The oldest recognized earrings are the Lunate earrings excavated in Mesopotamia, what is now Iraq, some 4500 years ago. The earliest designs of earrings were hoops and pendants made from valuable metals, gold, and occasionally bone.
The approval of earrings rise and fall over the ages was in direct relationship to hairstyles. For example, earrings fell out of style during the Middle Ages. It was considered immoral for married ladies to be seen in public with their heads uncovered. Then, in the mid-1500's, women began to dress with their hair up, exposing their ears. Earrings re-surged.
Today earrings thrive with as many different variations as there are other people dressed in them. We put on dangles of every type, hoops and posts and spirals and swirls, constructed from all kinds of material together with silver and gold and sea shells, pearls and gems and glass beads. We wear earrings as art.