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I love earrings, especially vintage crystal rhinestone earrings! Did you know earrings originated in the Middle East? The oldest earrings were unearthed at the royal graves in Iraq!

In the Renaissance era, earrings were not popular. Women wore wigs, elaborate hairstyles and high collared dresses obscuring the ears. It was not until the 17th century when women wore their hair back that earrings were back in fashion. In the early 18th century, women wore bonnets with wide ribbons covering the ears and chins. Once again earrings became obsolete. In late 18th century, however, hair went back up and earrings were popular again!

In the early 20th century, piercing of the ears was considered uncivilized and a screw back type of fitting was invented so that ear piercing was no longer necessary. The beginning of emancipation for women! Around 1930's, clip-ons were invented and then screw-ons. Both styles were widely used for earrings for the next 40 years. Since then, earrings have indeed been revolutionized. Earrings are fun, lots of movements, made of all shapes, sizes, materials and stones and are worn day and night!

Beginning the 70's, ear piercing became the fad. Most contemporary earrings are for pierced ears nowadays. For those who don't like poking holes in their ears (like me), thank goodness that vintage clip-on earrings are still around!

Please click here to view my beautiful vintage costume earrings collection!

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