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What is an Earring?

An earring is a type of jewelry that is worn on the ear via a piercing on the ear lobe or on another part of the ear. Earrings have been used in different civilizations and were worn by both men and women. 

Historical Significance

Bronze Age

It is known as one of the most ancient forms of body modifications, ear piercings have been around for centuries and were practiced in many cultures around the world. In early 2600 BC, in the Sumerian Royal Cemetary at Ur, jewelry made of gold such as earrings were discovered, along with lapis lazuli and carnelian. During the Minoan Civilization (2000-1600 BC), hoop earrings made out of gold, silver, and bronze were common and specimens can be found on the paintings on the Aegean Island in Santorini, Greece. Cone-shaped hoop earrings were seen fashionable during the late Minoan and early Mycenaean periods of Bronze Age Greece. Archeological proof found in Persepolis in ancient Persia indicates that men wore earrings. Soldiers of the Persian Empire were shown wearing earrings as showed on carved images displayed on some of the remaining walls of the palace. 

Ancient Egypt

British archeologist and Egyptologist describe the young Pharoah Tutankhamun’s earlobes were pierced, however, there were no earrings found inside the wrappings, even though earrings were found in the tomb. The ears on the young Pharoah’s burial mask were also pierced, however, the piercings contained golden discs. It is suggested that earrings were only worn by Egyptian children during that time.

Classical Period

Earrings were considered to be for women-only ornaments during the classical period and in the Middle East. Earrings in Greece and Rome were also mainly worn by women, and it is distinctly oriental for a man to wear them.

The 1950s to 1960s

During this period, the practice of wearing earrings resurfaced in the Western world. Ear piercing parties were a common practice attended by teenaged girls where the would pierce each other’s ears. Some doctors in the mid-1960s began to offer ear piercing services. At the same time, jewelry stores in Manhattan were some of the first non-medical, commercial places to have your ears pierced.

In the late 1960s, ear piercing began to be popular amongst the gay and hippie communities despite sailors having pierced ears for years. A right-side piercing was traditionally used to identify as a gay man, this was used to identify themselves to the community. A left-side piercing was usually associated with being heterosexual or straight. 

Religious Significance

Hindu Tradition

Hindu children would get their ears pierces as a part of Karnavedha as a Dharmic rite of passage, where it is believed that the piercings would open the inner ears to receive sacred sounds. Infants can also get their ears pierced several days after being born.

Biblical Evidence 

Biblical records show that earrings were apparently worn during those times. As described in Exodus 32:1-4, the Israelites called for Aaron to make a god for them while Moses was up on Mount Sinai. As written, he ordered them to bring their sons’ and daughters’ jewelry including earrings so that he can fulfill their demand. 

Gold Jewelry

The use of gold jewelry can be traced back to 4000 BC. Ancient Egyptians, for example, have an affinity for gold due to its intrinsic value. Gold is a very soft, flexible, and durable metal that can be forged and re-forged multiple times. 

Gold Purity

Pure gold is very soft, and it is typically alloyed with another metal like copper, palladium, or silver before it can be formed into different items. It is usually measured by its weight troy ounces (1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams), however, when speaking about purity the measurement is called karat. 

Karat or carat in other countries is the ratio of purity for gold alloys, it is measured in 24 parts per whole. A 24-karat gold jewelry piece is considered pure gold, while a 9-karat piece has the lowest gold content. Below is the conversion between karats and gold percentage. 

  • 9-karats (9K) = 37.5% of gold purity
  • 10-karats (10K) = 41.7% of gold purity
  • 12-karats (12K) = 50.0% of gold purity
  • 14-karats (14K) = 58.3% of gold purity
  • 18-karats (18K) = 75.0% of gold purity
  • 22-karats (22K) = 91.7% of gold purity
  • 24-karats (24K) = 99.9% of gold purity

Caring for Gold Jewelry

Daily use of gold jewelry can cause them to have a build-up of dirt, sweat, and bodily oils. Regularly cleaning is advisable. It is also recommended not to wear any gold jewelry when swimming in the pool as the chlorine might damage the jewelry.

Cleaning

Cleaning gold jewelry is easy and you’ll only need a few household items like a bowl, unscented mild dishwashing liquid, warm water, and a soft cloth. Fill the bowl with warm water and add in a few drops of soap, mix together. Carefully place your jewelry in the bowl and let it sit for three hours. After three hours wash the jewelry carefully using a soft cloth, make sure to rub every part. After which, rinse with warm water, make sure that there is no soap residue left. Finally, pat the jewelry dry before storing or using it.

We BUY Gold Earrings

Do you have pre-loved gold earrings that you’re not using anymore, and want out of your hands? We’ll be happy to take them from you and even pay you for it! Here at Nevada Coin Mart, we are the #1 buyer of gold earrings, in Las Vegas, Henderson, and even in the entire Nevada state! 

We offer free in-store evaluation for your piece using state-of-the-art Thermo Scientific Niton X-Ray Spectrometer in order to accurately analyze and measure precious metal contents in your piece. This will ensure that you get top-dollar for your items. 

We are open 365 times in a year from 9 am to 6 pm, so come visit us at Nevada Coin Mart® 4065 S. Jones Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89103 or call us up at 702-998-4000.

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