• What is the history and general significance of earrings?
  • What do earrings mean to women?
  • The growing popularity of earrings among men

Earrings have a long, rich history and were given different meanings in the past by various cultures. Discover more about the significance of wearing earrings in this guide.

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What is the history and significance of earrings?

The Minoans wore gold earrings long before our time. This civilisation was established on the Greek island of Crete between 3,000 and 1,200 BC. At that time, jewellery was a symbol of the status of the richer class. Gold earrings also appeared in the Bible. While Moses was talking to God on Mount Sinai, his brother and high priest Aaron asked the Israelites to melt down the earrings of their wives, sons and daughters into a golden calf. That image was then worshipped as the God who had delivered them from Egypt.

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Furthermore, we cannot imagine a pirate without an earring. They even had a very special meaning. It is thought that the golden earring was a kind of insurance for when pirates and sailors died at sea. When their bodies were washed ashore, the sale of the earrings served to finance their burial. We also saw gold earrings appearing among fishermen, who wore them as an identifying mark for when their ship would sink and to pay for their funeral.

What do earrings mean to women?

Today, men and women of every race, age and social class wear earrings, with or without diamonds. In some cultures earrings still have a religious meaning. Male Muslims, for example, are not allowed to wear gold jewellery. Some Jewish scholars see gold as a symbol of luxury, which leads to ruin.

In China, there is an old superstition that an earring in the left ear means that this person was once threatened with death. To prevent it from happening again, they wear an earring in the left ear as protection against misfortune.

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The growing popularity of earrings among men

The meaning behind men wearing earrings has changed over the decades. Although it was once considered “feminine” when gender stereotypes were at large, it is now a sign that a man is confident in his masculinity and that he is able to express himself in whatever way he likes. This became clear at the 2019 Met Gala, when the English popstar Harry Styles stepped out with a single pendant earring, and men’s earrings came flying back into fashion.
It should also be noted that gender in general is becoming less important in the world of fashion. More and more clothing and jewellery are becoming gender neutral in a bid to empower people to express themselves in whatever way makes them happy. In the future, the meaning behind wearing earrings is likely to change — but at BAUNAT, we believe there’s no better form of expressing your true self in true style.
Are you ready to choose the perfect pair of earrings for yourself or your partner? Take a look at the extensive offer at BAUNAT and discover our diamond earrings collections. Alternatively,  make an appointment in one of our showrooms and admire the jewels in person.
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