There is something about wearing jewelry that makes an outfit seem more special.
I’m not sure if that is because of how unnecessary it is or maybe it’s because that item of jewelry might hold a special significance. I have a pair of earrings that my boyfriend gave me a few years ago for our anniversary. I will be honest they are not the prettiest earrings I have ever seen, but he took the time to pick them out for me and I truly treasure them for that.
I believe that most earrings are worn because of the significance they hold. But earrings are also worn for fashion purposes. In countries in Africa many people wear earrings because of the fashion trends that have developed in their countries. However some earrings do hold a social function, women of Mali wear big golden earrings to show that they are married. These gold earrings are considered works of art because of how they are made (http://www.all-about-african-art.com/african-tribal-jewelry.html). The styles of earrings are vastly different, but much like people from western cultures, people from Africa wear earrings because of the significance they hold, and also because they are a part of their fashion.
In countries like India fashion is not the driving factor for wearing earrings, religious ceremonies and rituals are. When most children are five they undergo a religious ceremony in which they get their ears pierced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earring). I don’t know much about this ceremony, but it seems like a coming of age thing which is something that most girls in western culture can relate to.
I know I certainly can. I was seven when my mom took me to get my ears pierced. Getting your ears pierced is an interesting experience. I remember it was a lot quicker and hurt a lot more than I expected. I loved them though and wanted to show them off. But it wasn’t long after that that my fellow classmates started to notice just how disproportionally large my ears were in comparison to my extremely small frame.
Everyone gets teased as a child for one thing or another, and for me it was my ears that did me in. I was called elf or fairy or any other mythical creature that was little with pointy big ears all throughout elementary school and middle school. Believe it or not I actually switched school districts between those two and the name stuck! Don’t worry the ear thing had nothing to do with me switching schools. But as I got older I decided I had to do something to leave that nickname behind, so I put a few more holes in my ears. My thinking was that instead of seeing the size most everyone would just see the beautiful accessories. At one point I had 8 holes in one ear! You’ll be happy to know that these days I have grown into my ears and usually only wear one set of earrings. I may not need earrings as a security blanket anymore, but I still like wearing them because of how important they used to be to me.
Earrings will always hold significance for me, much like the rest of the earring wearing population of the world. Though our earring tastes may vary the one common thread remains that connects us all. Earrings are not necessary, but they hold a purpose beyond function. Whether they represent marriage, or a religious belief, or childhood insecurity, they are and will remain an important part of most societies.
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