The history of earrings is a varied history
indeed. And the latest in the long line of female body adornments known as
earrings are Moissanite earrings.
Moissanite is taking the jewelry world by
storm and moissanite earrings are no exception. Moissanite earrings, well
earrings in general anyway, are a fashion with a long history. They are
believed to have originated around 3000 BC. Fashioned often in gold,
silver or bronze, numerous examples of earrings dating from around 2500 BC
to the time of Christ have been unearthed. Many fascinating examples have
been uncovered from the royal graves in Iraq! Earring styles have varied
enormously over the last 3500 years.
Earrings were often buried with the dead,
as were many other forms of fashionable jewelry of the time. This is
fortunate as it allows us to determine exactly what earrings were popular
at various times in our history.
Around 1350 BC hoop earrings were popular
which fitted inside a larger hole in the ear than would normally be the
case. We can only imagine what it would have taken to produce the hole in
the ear in the first place! Probably a small hoop earring at first,
followed by larger ones as time progressed. Earrings had styles and motifs
which fitted the times.
For example in Greek society around the
second century BC earrings often displayed motifs of the gods of the time.
And precious stones also adorned the ears of the wealthy women of the time
to display their riches. From around the third to the tenth century AD
earrings were overtaken by head adornments which often covered the entire
side of the face. And then for a few centuries after that long hair styles
and high collars covered the ears and earrings lost their appeal. Earrings
took a back seat for quite some time, but re-emerged unscathed around the
At the time womenís hairstyles crept up
exposing the ears again and by the seventeenth century earrings were back
in fashion. Earrings then were often long and heavy and extended use
resulted in women suffering permanently stretched ear lobes. This can be
clearly seen in pictures of Queen Victoria, a dedicated earring wearer.
Perhaps she had a lot to do with the
fashion of the time. Earring fashions varied with hairstyles. When the
hair was worn on the top of the head the ears were prominently displayed
and so earrings were essential, however from time to time the hairstyles
favoured covering the ears, and earrings went back out of fashion.
All sorts of exotic earring materials were
used including in the late 1800s, of all things, Brazilian beetles for
their attractive green color. Back then it was Brazilian beetles, now itís
moissanite. Using the newest of the modern earring materials, moissanite
earrings are taking the earring world by storm.
Why? Simply because moissanite earrings
look as good as diamond earrings but without the price tag. Moissanite
earrings feature moissanite stones, a modern alternative to diamonds which
offer all the qualities of diamonds but at a fraction of the cost. Whether
itís simple round cut moissanite stones set into white or yellow gold to
produce stunning moissanite stud earrings, three stone moissanite earrings
in gold or solitaire moissanite earrings with lever back settings, any
would complement the ear of the modern woman.
Moissanite earrings, the modern Brazilian
Find out more about Moissanite
Earrings as well as Moissanite
Engagement Rings and other types of Moissanite rings at Peter's
website, The Magic of Moissanite. 2005 Peter Crump.