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Article: Earring


Types of Earrings

  • Helix/cartilage
  • Industrial
  • Rook
  • Daith
  • Tragus
  • Modern standard pierced earrings
  • Barbell earrings
  • Claw earrings
  • Statement earrings
  • Stud/minimal earrings
  • Heart earrings
  • Hoop earrings
  • Circular or semi-circular design
  • Constructed of metal tubing with a thin wire attachment
  • Continuous hoop earrings
  • Sleeper earrings
  • Dangle earrings
  • Designed to suspend from the earlobes
  • Vary in length from a centimeter to brushing the shoulders
  • French hook design
  • Huggy earrings

Location of Earrings

  • Ear
  • Rook
  • Tragus
  • Helix
  • Across the helix

Earring Components

  • Made of various materials (metal, plastic, glass, precious stone, beads, wood, bone)
  • Designs range from small hoops and studs to large plates and dangling items
  • Size limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe
  • Heavy earrings can lead to stretching of the earlobe
  • Healing time for ear piercings is 6-12 months

History and Popularity of Earrings

  • Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification
  • Earrings found in ancient sites in India and Sumerian Royal Cemetery at Ur
  • Gold, silver, and bronze hoop earrings prevalent in the Minoan Civilization
  • Evidence of earring-wearing in Persia and Biblical record
  • Earrings worn by Ainu, Turkic tribes, Korea, and Western Europe
  • Ear piercing re-emerged in the Western world in the late 1950s/early 1960s
  • Ear piercing parties and commercial locations for ear piercing
  • Ear piercing became common among women in the early 1970s
  • Amateur piercings and multiple piercings popular in the punk rock community
  • Trend of male popular music performers and professional athletes with pierced ears

Other Types of Body Piercing Jewelry and Ear-piercing Methods

  • Ball closure rings
  • Barbells
  • Circular barbells
  • Plugs
  • Flesh tunnels
  • Clip-on earrings
  • Magnetic earrings
  • Stick-on earrings
  • Spring hoop earrings
  • Ear hook earrings
  • Larger gauge rings
  • Locking earrings
  • Conch piercing
  • Helix piercing
  • Snug piercing
  • Spiral piercing
  • Piercing techniques
  • Traditional methods of ear-piercing
  • Ear-piercing instruments
  • Alternative method using piercing needles
  • Process of ear-piercing
  • Tribal and neo-primitive methods

Earring Mentions

Earring Data Sources

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