Whether we go for stud earrings with inset gemstones, drop earrings, or 20mm gold hoop earrings, we are creating a look that is to get us noticed beyond just a plain look. Hoop earrings can create a pleasing look or a bolder look still if we go for a bigger loop. Gold is considered a luxury choice and the preferred choice by many. 9ct gold is affordable, and as with any gold purchase, an investment in precious metal.
History of Earrings
Earrings have been around for 7,000 years. Their origins can be traced back to ancient Asia. The Egyptians would wear earrings as a symbol of wealth and being of a higher class. Conversely, in Rome earrings were worn only by slaves, and in Greece, by prostitutes. Today, earrings are worn by the majority of women, whether they choose to have their ears pierced or not. When they don’t, for whatever reason, there is always the clip-on alternative to make earring wearing possible.
The earliest earrings that have been discovered by archaeologists relate to ancient Sumerian women. This dates them to possibly as far back as 2500 B.C.E. These earrings would typically be gold hoops. If you want to represent this original look, then the 20mm gold hoop earring would represent a perfect choice. They are not too big to handle and move around with and are hooped earrings of the same material as was originally used.
Earrings made of twisted wire, pendants, and beads were popular in Crete, Cyprus, and Aegean.
History of Ear Piercing
Ear piercing, which allows people to wear the hoop earring style for one, dates back as far as 5,000 years. The holes found in the earlobes of King Tutankhamen’s mummy are evidence that the Egyptians pierced their ears. King Tut, as he is more informally known, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. His remains were discovered in a pyramid in Egypt by Archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922.
Different Styles of Earrings
The different types or styles of earrings include:
Hoop Earrings – are round and in the shape of hoops, although also available as ovals, squares, and triangles.
Stud Earrings – a small style that fits snuggly onto an ear lobe.
Cluster Earrings – comprising several gemstones as opposed to the one single stone set in stud earrings.
Drop Earrings – where more length is required. They hang below the earlobe.
Dangle Earrings – dangle and typically of a more intricate design than drop earrings.
Chandelier Earrings – resemble ornate chandeliers and are a type of dangle earring.
Threader Earrings – are a thin piece of metal that threads through and hangs over both sides of an earlobe.
Huggie Earrings – as the name implies, hug or wrap around the earlobe.
Jacket Earrings – have a stone or latch in the front to hold the earring in place, while part of the earring sits behind the ear.
Ear Climbers – are a newer and trending style that, rather than dangle downwards, start at the base and climb up the earlobe.
Materials Earrings are Made From
Earrings tend to be made from precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. If you want to avoid nickel from being mixed in because your skin might react, then go for gold that is 14K (14ct) or above or Sterling silver which is 925. That is 925 parts silver with perhaps copper added in as the other metal to give the earring strength. Platinum is the most expensive of these options. Gold is the most popular look with earrings and is very affordable as 9K (9ct). This is a popular and suitable option for most people’s skin.
Any piece of gold jewellery can be considered an investment piece. This includes gold earrings that have this precious metal as their material. You always have the meltdown value of the gold. Not that beautiful pieces will be melted down for their scrap gold value when beauty is adding to their resale value.
It is good to know that there are so many choices when it comes to earrings. If you want something that stands out just that little bit more than a stud, then go for small diameter hoop earrings, such as 20mm. 9K (9ct) gold is the choice of the majority of earring wearers. They have that shiny and luxurious look while remaining affordable.