In the seventeenth century, large, pear-shaped pearl pendants were a favorite earring style, and those who could afford to do so wore two in each ear.
It was also fashionable to wear pendant earrings on strings or ribbons threaded through the earlobes and tied in bows, and to tie ribbon bows at the tops of earrings to achieve the same effect.
Earrings, ornaments decorating the ears, have been one of the principal forms of jewelry throughout recorded history.
The term usually refers to ornaments worn attached to the earlobes, though in the late twentieth century it expanded somewhat to include ornaments worn on other parts of the ear, such as ear cuffs, and is used to describe pieces of jewelry in earring form, even when they are worn through piercings in other parts of the body (for example, in the nose).
Matched sets of jewelry, known as parures, assumed new importance in the nineteenth century, and they were available even to women of modest means.
Many Egyptian earrings took the form of thick, mushroom-shaped studs or plugs, which required an enlarged hole to be stretched in the earlobe; these could be of gold, with a decorated front surface, or of humbler materials such as colored glass or carved jasper.The crescent-shaped gold hoops worn by Sumerian women around 2500 , tapered hoop (also known as boat-shaped) earrings, most commonly of gold but also of silver and bronze, had spread throughout the Aegean world and Western Asia.In Crete and Cyprus, earrings were embellished with twisted gold wire, clusters of beads, and pendants stamped out of thin sheet gold.Earrings finally began to revive in the late sixteenth century, as ruffs gave way to standing collars.At first, complex enameled designs were popular, but improved techniques of gem cutting soon shifted the emphasis to faceted diamonds.