Earrings are among the oldest types of jewelry and they can be found on every continent throughout history. But how did earrings first come into fashion?
Ear piercing is possibly the oldest form of piercing in the world. It has been used to indicate rank, status or to display wealth. Sometimes, ears were pierced for religious reasons, as is still common in some Hindu traditions. We can already find examples of earrings in early history
Discovered in the prehistoric Skhul Caves of Israel, this beaded necklace is the oldest piece of jewelry known to man, dating just 110,000 years. Handmade jewelry displaying the intricate work of coastal artisans has been found scattered throughout the region. Seashells, rock, and weathered wood were among the materials used to craft each piece. Most intriguing of all is the use of the deep sea snail, Nassarius, in beaded rope necklaces. Each shell is woven together along a chain to create a necklace fitting of a mermaid queen. For more modern-day mermaid inspiration, check out these sea born inspirations.
The movie "Titanic" may have revolved around several fanciful stories, but Rose's fabulous gift, the Heart of the Ocean, wasn't one of them. Not completely.
The real diamond, on which the Heart of the Ocean seems to be based, is the Blue Heart. A rare deep blue, it weighs over 30 carats and was cut in France sometime between 1909 and 1910.