Earrings - The Most Important Piece of Jewelry

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Earrings - The Most Important Piece of Jewelry

  1. 1. ==== ====Looking For Art Deco Style Drop Earrings? Check these out:http://tightropemarketing.com/bluesapphire==== ====Why are earrings the most important piece of jewelry? By important I mean the piece that will dothe most for your appearance. As with all jewelry it should blend with your overall fabulous look.You dont want people to first comment on your great jewelry and then you. Your overall look iswhat needs to be attractive, then after the comments of how fabulous you look, they can noticeyour cool jewelry.Earrings are what frames your face, if the colour and style are right they will be like two spotlightsadding a glow to your face, making it brighter and more alive. On the whole an earring with adecoration on the front of the post covering the pierced hole gets the reflected light starting fromthe right point. Earrings with a shepherd hook usually start from a lower aspect and if they are aheavy earring it also shows up the drag on the lobe, these are more suited for casual wear. Some,especially older women probably will look a lot younger if they do not wear this type at all. There isnothing attractive about a saggy earlobe.Looking at the Oscars 2007, on the Red Carpet almost all of the earrings worn were decoratedfrom the front of the post, very few wore shepherd hook earrings. Most earrings at the Oscarswere quite elaborate but not overly so. Some like Nicole Kidman only wore tiny studs.Little has changed in the last two years. Here are some examples from the 2009 Emmy Awards -who from some groups were voted the top ten best dressed.Olivia Wilde - 1.5 inch drop earring with a gem at the piercing and another at the end of the drop.Rose Byrne - Flower shaped button styleKate Walsh - A small wide hoopKristin Chenoweth -Stud earringsMila Kunis - Stud over piercing with a large drop chandelierHeidi Klum -Large button over piercing and a very long shoulder duster.Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Stud over piercing with a short chandelier dropChristina Applegate - Stud earringsTina Fey - Stud over piercing with a 1 inch drop and round gem at the bottom
  2. 2. January Jones - Small stud with a 1 inch drop and a larger round gem at the end.From the examples above, none of these well dressed women had exposed pierced holes. Onemay conclude from this that especially for formal wear, dont expose the holes in the lobes.The history of earrings seems to date back to the earliest of times. The examples found in theancient countries were nearly all a variation of the hoop earring, a style that is still popular today.In Cyprus, from the middle of the 2nd Millennium BC the popular earrings were painted terracottain the form of stylised nude females. Earlobes were pierced 2 or 3 times and large terracottahoops suspended from them.In Ancient Egypt jewels were an important part of the costume, worn by men, women and children.Jewelry was also used to adorn statues. The earrings were in various hoop styles. Earlobepiercing was evident and earlobes were often extremely elongated and deformed by the use ofvery heavy ear ornaments from early childhood.From the late 4th Century BC earrings were becoming more elaborate in design. The earringsoften had suspended pendants and chains. Filigree, granulation, leaf, rosettes and doves were allused to decorate the boat or lower half of the hoop.During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it was a lean time for earrings due to the fashion ofhigh collars and a headdress that often covered the ears. It took centuries up to about the 1530sfor the earring to emerge again as hair and headdress styles changed. The new earrings were inthe form of plain gold hoops with a pearl drop. It was not until the 17th century that the earringsstarted to make a real comeback, again they often contained pearls.By the middle of the 17th century earrings were an essential item and they became more complexand interesting. They used ruby, pearls, emeralds and enamel in floral motifs.18th and 19th centuries saw some beautiful and elaborate designs, often using semi-preciousstones. Also diamonds and pearls and very intricate goldsmith techniques.Early in the 20th century around 1910 to 1930 Art Deco style was popular. Around this time earpiercing began to be thought of as barbaric, and clamping earrings to the lobe with a screw fittingbecame popular.1947 saw the feminine new look by Dior. This set the scene for earring design to come to the forein a creative new way.1970s saw earring design become larger and more varied. The ever popular hoops were back indemand, many of these hoops were decorated with precious stones.Then in the late 1970s ear piercing started to become popular again. This trend has continued upuntil today when almost every woman, a large number of men and children have their earlobespierced.Today the styles are very diverse from studs to shoulder dusters. The very elaborate andexpensive to the economical. Fortunately the economical earrings can look nearly as good as
  3. 3. some of the more expensive ones. This is due in part to the technology and quality of man- madegemstones that can be very beautiful. For example the cubic zirconia which is made from mineralsand resembles the much more expensive diamonds. Cubic zirconia is not quite as hard as adiamond but it can be cut and faceted in the same designs as a diamond can be cut. They can becolored to resemble ruby, emeralds, sapphire or any other stone. The choice is yours, try all stylesand see which does the best for you. Enjoy your earrings and look fabulous.Kathleen has a love for the beauty and design of jewelry. Especially gems with their inner glowand how the different cuts enhance them. She has a special interest in the non precious gemswhich her family mines. Her website is full of jewelry information with a quiz on each page to testand enhance your jewelry knowledge - http://www.luvitjewelry.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kathleen_Luvit==== ====Looking For Art Deco Style Drop Earrings? Check these out:http://tightropemarketing.com/bluesapphire==== ====

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