History of Earrings

Written by Sher Matsen

Earrings – I think of them asrepparttar finishing touch to your look. They complete your fashion statement. There are earrings for all occasions –repparttar 148569 board room, work, casual outings, your wedding, a night onrepparttar 148570 town, or a day atrepparttar 148571 beach. They can bring out your softer feminine side,repparttar 148572 sexy goddess, or present simple charm, sophistication and elegance From Elizabeth Taylor to Meg Ryan to Dave Navarro to Usher – today earrings are a fashion statement for both men and women. The first pair of earrings has been dated back to 2500 BC. Onlyrepparttar 148573 wealth and those of royal lines could afford expensive jewelry back then. There are all types of earrings – chandelier earrings, dangle earrings, hoop earrings, stud earrings, button earrings, and droplet earrings to name just a few. Earrings come in all types of materials and metals. Gold, silver, gemstones, plastics, bakelite, copper, diamonds, paste, pearls, faux stones, or glass. The list goes on and on. What ever your desires there is a pair of earrings out there waiting for you. The oldest earrings ever unearthed by archaeologists were discovered in Iraq inrepparttar 148574 royal graves and date to about 2,500 BC. Back to 3000 BC there were two types of earrings:repparttar 148575 hoop, andrepparttar 148576 more elaborate pendant. From 1559 B.C. to 1085 B in Egypt earplugs became very fashionable. These type of piercings and earrings are seen even on King Tutankhamen. Inrepparttar 148577 Dark Ages poverty prevailed and metal jewelry sharply declined although designs were preserved for later use. Duringrepparttar 148578 Roman Empire wealthy women used earrings to show off their rich status. Byrepparttar 148579 2nd century AD gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, and aquamarines were used regularly. Duringrepparttar 148580 Byzantine period which ran from330-1200 AD earrings took a back burner to more elaborate body ornamentation. Inrepparttar 148581 Middle Ages earrings become almost non-existent because ofrepparttar 148582 elaborate hair styles, and headdresses which were ever so popular. Duringrepparttar 148583 16th century in Italy high collars disappeared and hair was being worn up and away fromrepparttar 148584 face, so earrings began to make a comeback. In other parts ofrepparttar 148585 world such as England and France it would be another 100 years or so beforerepparttar 148586 high collars disappeared. As time progressedrepparttar 148587 design of earrings became much more complex. Around 1660repparttar 148588 girandole earring made its appearance remaining very popular forrepparttar 148589 next couple of centuries. The girandole earrings were extremely large and heavy because ofrepparttar 148590 metal content [gold or silver] andrepparttar 148591 amount of gems. Made of 3 pear shaped drops on a hook. The weight was known to cause elongated ear lobes. Inrepparttar 148592 latter part ofrepparttar 148593 18th centuryrepparttar 148594 pendeloque earrings became popular. They were longer thanrepparttar 148595 girandole earrings but much lighter. They wererepparttar 148596 balance forrepparttar 148597 high hairdos and big wigs that were being worn.

Pearl Talk

Written by Sher Matsen

Pearls never go out of style – they are always a classy and traditional wardrobe accessory that will never disappoint you. But this year they are a “front and center” fashion statement! So with more people inrepparttar market for pearls now is a good time for some “pearl talk.”

The pearl has always been a rather prim and proper piece of jewelry – classic and seeped in tradition. Well things they are a changing! The pearl is has had a very glamorous make over! Yes,repparttar 148568 classic strand still exists as it always will. But we warned we are seeing some vary daring looks fromrepparttar 148569 pearl this season. Extra long lengths, tasseled multi strands, pearls with semi precious stone accents, pearls on gold or silver chains. The pearl has been transformed into a fun and fashionable accessory.

So if you’re going to be inrepparttar 148570 market for pearls this year here is what you should know. • The glow or radiance of a pearl isrepparttar 148571 most important quality. Avoid pearls that are chalky or dull as they will be weak and may crack or peal. • The surface ofrepparttar 148572 pearl should be blemish free – no bumps or cracks. Inspect under a bright light. Baroque pearls arerepparttar 148573 exception to this rule – their charm is in their irregularities. • Pearls are measured in millimeters. The largerrepparttar 148574 pearlrepparttar 148575 higherrepparttar 148576 cost. A 6 mm pearl is going to be much less than a 12 mm pearl • The least expensive pearls arerepparttar 148577 freshwaters which mainly come from China. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Average size is around 7 mm • The best way to care for your pearls is simply to wear them. The natural skin oils keep them moisturized. Do not put them on until you are done with your cosmetics. This includes hair, facial, and perfume. The residues from these products will ruin your pearls. Do not wear your pearls inrepparttar 148578 water – chlorinated and salt water will damage them. Polish with a soft cloth and never use jewelry cleaning products on your pearls.

Quality pearls are not cheap but they will last a lifetime. Freshwater pearls are becoming very affordable. Not all of us will be inrepparttar 148579 market for “Real Pearls” and lucky us there are plenty of options. Swarovski makes a crystal pearl that is ofrepparttar 148580 finest quality and quite difficult to tell from a true pearl for a fraction ofrepparttar 148581 cost and they are available in a variety of colors. There is an endless supply of imitation pearl or costume jewelry pearls onrepparttar 148582 market. These are offered in a wide variety of styles and colors. Great fun at affordable prices.

So you ask what’s “In Style” this season? Well I’m glad you asked!

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