Archaeological evidence shows the wearing
of pierced earrings by both men and women dating back to 3255
BC. One of the oldest documented finds happened in 1991, in the
Ötzal Alps (between Austria and Italy). Two German tourists
were walking off the set path, between two mountains, and came
upon a well-preserved mummy. Lovingly given the name Ötzi,
he is the oldest mummy found in Europe and he had pierced ears!
All through time, the wearing
of pierced earrings has been a way to adorn the body. Whether
for religious purposes or for beauty, personal adornment has
always been a way of self-expression.
In the 18th century style, Jeweled
Earrings would make the perfect accompaniment to Portrait
Jeweled Cuff (©2012
by Cynthia Rutledge), making
for a set, ensemble or parure. A traditional bezel around 12mm
trillion CZs leads to a trio of three-dimensional Peyote
stitched leaves. Worn alone or with the cuff, these earrings
bring to mind times past.
Skill level: Intermediate
Workshop length: This is a 1-day workshop.