Ancient Sumerian women's earrings are the earliest earrings archaeologists have discovered—they date from perhaps 2500 B.C.E. and are typically gold hoops. The Ancient Egyptians wore earrings from around 1650 BC too. They were worn decoratively and are thought to have been first worn by pharaohs before the idea spread to the rest of the society. Today, a variety of earring styles exist featuring multiple colors, textures, shapes, weights and stones to coordinate with any outfit or carry significance of a space, place, person or time. Visit any Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry store to browse a variety of colored earrings, dangle earrings, hoop earrings, huggie earrings, stud earrings and many more.
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From ancient times and across all cultures, gemstones have been prized, not only for their beauty, but also for their special powers to protect, heal, guide, and enlighten. As far back as the Stone Age, crystal amulets were worn for protection against harm, as well as for decoration. Ruby, emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine, amethyst, onyx, topaz, citrine, garnet, turquoise and pearl are some of the most common gemstones styled in earrings.
Drop earrings hang down below the earlobe and are typically stationary, almost like an extended stud earring. Drop earrings are simple pieces with attachments like gemstones, a bead or a charm dropping from the base of the earring. Although the earring drops slightly below the earlobe, the ornament piece is stationary and does not move. Dangle earring typically hangs below the earlobe and have movement. Dangle earrings can be a single chain dropping from the hook and holding an ornament or many, usually featuring gemstones or beads.
Hoop earrings were once a part of the ensemble of Kings and Queens to signify their social status – today they are a statement of confidence, strength, and diversity. Being a perfect circle, hoop earrings symbolize wholeness, unity and infinity. Hoops are a jewelry collection staple and continue to evolve, with fresh iterations constantly emerging. Sleek gold and silver styles continue to be everyday essentials, in various measures from small and chunky to oversize
The post of the hoop of a huggie style earring is locked to the back of the hoop, closing the circle when the earring is clicked shut. Since the hinging area is down below, a huggie offers a clean line from earring to lobe. The earring itself holds onto the post and most often they consist of small, metal hoops that 'hug' the ear, very close to the earlobe. They are also known as huggie hoop earrings.
A stud is a type of minimalist earring that has a small singular point attached to a post that passes through the earlobe to a backing. Stud earrings tend to be on the small side and sit snuggly on top of the ear lobe without dropping downward, looping backward, or climbing upward. Typically featuring a simple design, studs are comfortable to wear and look great with any outfit. Diamond studs are a jewelry box staple and one of the most popular styles of earrings.
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