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Earrings

Earrings have been worn since ancient times and have been made in a variety of metals, shapes, and styles. Ear piercing is one of the earliest forms of body modification. They can be seen in Ancient Greek frescos from 1650 BCE, and gold earrings have been found in ancient sites across the world. They are even mentioned several times in the Bible, suggesting their prevalence in the ancient world. During the medieval period, earrings fell out of fashion, but Italian renaissance brought a resurgence in their popularity, when earrings were worn widely, most usually by women. In the sixteenth century, it became popular for men to wear earrings as well. Portraits from the time of William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake depict both these men wearing an earring in one ear: Shakespeare famously wore a small gold hoop, while Drake wore a large pearl.

During the Georgian and Victorian era, earrings waxed and waned in popularity. In the early twentieth century, piercings fell out of fashion, but many women still wore earrings, either in clip-on or screw-back styles, that allowed them to adorn their ears without the need for piercing. Ear piercings became popular in the 1970s, a tradition which has continued to this day. Nowadays, wearing earrings is common, and they are worn in many ways, from every day to formal events, both by men and women. They are a wonderful way to accessorise and frame the face, which is why they have been so widely worn since the earliest times.

Bentley & Skinner’s comprehensive collection of earrings ranges in styles and materials, from elegant diamond drop earrings that can be worn to the most formal of occasions; to simple stud earrings that are perfect for everyday wear. Bentley & Skinner carry a wide variety of earrings set with different types of stones, including, but not limited to, diamond, pearl, ruby, emerald, garnet, and aquamarine. In our extensive collection we have an array of earrings dating from periods of the 18th century to the present.

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Earrings have been worn since ancient times and have been made in a variety of metals, shapes, and styles. Ear piercing is one of the earliest forms of body modification. They can be seen in Ancient Greek frescos from 1650 BCE, and gold earrings have been found in ancient sites across the world. They are even mentioned ... Read more
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