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Jewellery - Looking at the Origins of Earrings
[font="Avenir Next", Arial, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, sans-serif]Earrings have existed in various different cultures for thousands of years. Moreover, the art of ear piercing has been a cultural phenomenon for generations and is regarded as one of the first body modifications, known to mankind.[/font]
[font="Avenir Next", Arial, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, sans-serif]Early images show body modification jewellery, such as earrings, being used as early as Ancient Persia. These images, derived from the ancient Persepolis, an old ceremonial capital in ancient Persia, show male soldiers from all over Persia wearing an ear ring. For ancient Persia, it was not unusual for men, particularly rulers, to be attired in jewellery and piercings. In biblical times, the wearing of earrings were also 22ct gold earrings designs mentioned by Moses in Exodus.[/font]
[font="Avenir Next", Arial, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, sans-serif]From there till the 19th century, very little is known about the adoration of jewellery upon the ears. In the early nineteenth century, we saw the pierced ear disappear for a while to be replaced by the clip on. Only a small number of people, mostly sailors, wore an ear ring or earrings. The earring was greatly significant to sailors [font=ui-monospace, SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, "liberation mono", "courier new", monospace]22ct gold earrings [/font]as it symbolized that the sailor had been around the world or had passed the equator. The sailors splashed out on gold earrings, as they believed that if their ship sunk and their body was found that the person who found them could take them home and give them a proper burial by selling the gold earring. It was almost an old fashioned life insurance policy for sailors, whose job was very dangerous indeed.[/font]

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