Earrings: what do we know about them? For the lovely friend - an ear ring from an ear...
Tradition to decorate itself with various objects, piercing ears, appeared long ago.
In primitive times people pierced lobes of ears or a nasal partition long thin bones, and the first earrings were bone, to be exact stones in their original form too.
Later for decoration of ancient people began to use the seeds of plants, stucco mouldings from clay suspended on threads - fibers from herbs - and other objects.
Tradition to wear bone and clay jewelry reached and up to now. Some African tribes decorate themselves with the most various objects also now. However, jewelry became more various. Now in lobes of ears of the African natives it is possible to see not only bones and clay, but also more modern jewelry. Beer banks, for example...
During an era of the Middle Ages of an earring served as a distinctive sign and were exclusively man`s attribute. Earrings from silver and gold were worn by notable and rich people. The large earrings decorated with jewels showed eminence and prosperity of their owner.
As a rule, earrings carried in both ears. Existence of an earring in one ear testified to a low origin of the person. Medieval Rome pierced one ear to slaves and passed a copper earring - a ring. And in Europe such earring meant that this person of very doubtful occupation. Roma, pirates, robbers had such distinction and thus threw down a challenge to society and church.
The church did not welcome wearing earrings and piercing of ears because “the body is created just like the creator“ and to introduce the amendments in the form of piercing of ears was considered as business not charitable.
In one or both ears both seafarers, and soldiers had a gold earring. For them it was some kind of “capital investment“. Nobody knew where and when can overtake death. And, thinking that the destiny can prepare suddenly death far from the family, in the foreign land, intended this gold of people to the one who will bury it - the stranger.
The different people had various concepts about jewelry and their appointment. In India earrings carried both men, and the woman. For Hindus of an earring - not only a prosperity sign. Also preserved it. It is considered that the earring in a nose preserves against an evil eye and damage. To this day it is possible to see at the Indian women in a nostril a small ear ring.
And at Slavs custom to wear earrings appeared thanks to Scandinavians - Vikings. In those far times of paganism in Russia earrings were given magic property. One silver earring was put on to the male baby. Was considered that it will save from hernia. And to girls put on ear rings in both ears. As people trusted in those days, it had to preserve the girl from damage and a malefice.
Besides, earrings served as some kind of distinctive sign. Before babies dressed in equally long shirts from bleached unbleached linen. The sex of the child differed on ear rings. One - the boy and if two - means, the girl.
The relation to wearing earrings differed at different times and at the different people. At the time of Peter the Great`s government earrings became exclusively servile ornament. The nobility wore wigs which hid ears, and lackeys did not wear wigs, but wore copper or wooden earrings.
“For the lovely friend - an ear ring from an ear“, - the saying says. From where there was this phrase? At the emperor Pavle in Russia magic significance was attached to earrings. Women gave “an ear ring from an ear“ to the husbands, darlings when those went to distant campaigns. Was considered that the earring presented by the beloved and from a bullet will preserve, and from attack of angry people. Here also both soldiers, and merchants wore at that time women`s earrings.
And each woman believed that if one earring at it, and another - at darling, is pledge of the fact that his heart will be only with it, and where the man was where the destiny abandoned him, it by all means will return to the hostess of an ear ring.
In Egypt, Central Asia, Persia (nowadays Iran) earrings long since were a distinction of people of the rich. Jewelers of Egypt made earrings of the most different forms. Earrings from gold in the form of the scarab beetle carried for attraction of wealth, and jade earrings in the form of the same bug, popular with Egyptians, gave to their owner a female charm and fertility, earrings in the form of a hieroglyph ankh - as a symbol - the mascot promising longevity and revival after death. Such earrings buried together with their owner.
In the Countries of Central Asia there is a tradition to pierce ears to absolutely little girls. Today this tradition is observed, but about value it is known by the few. In the last centuries if in a family the girl was born, the relatives bought small ear rings from gold and when the baby was forty days old, these small ear rings were passed in the child`s ears with belief that the child will grow up healthy, and his life will be rich and happy.
In the modern world of an earring do not lose the popularity and are in demand and in youth fashion where are a time even attribute of various subcultures, and in strict classics for more senior generation.
Over the years the fashion, forms of products changes, but earrings are still popular and demanded, however, now this ornament became mainly female.