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History of the Pierced Ear

I wondered about this over coffee this morning: how long have pierced ears been around? I must not have been fully caffeinated yet because my guess was that it started in the 1960’s! Apparently, I’m a few hundred centuries off.

Pierced ears and earrings for pierced ears have been found on every continent throughout history. Evidence from the earliest civilizations in the Middle East show that pierced ears were worn at least six thousand years ago, but given the popularity of pierced ears in non state-level societies, they certainly must predate the archaeological record. Multiple ear piercings were used in some cultures, such as ancient Mesopotamia, pre-Colombian Meso-America, and the Greco-Roman world. Many cultures have also stretched the ear holes and worn earplugs. Earplugs were worn by ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Aztecs, by the Chinese, as well as by traditional cultures around the world.

Source: Squidoo

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Graduated three stone dangle earrings with approximately 1ct t.w. (dia equiv) Charles and Colvard created round moissanite. Available in 14kt white gold only.

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