Earrings are a type of jewelry that is attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe. However, an earring can also be attached to any external part of the ear. Both men and women, from different cultures, and throughout the history of civilization wear earrings (¹,²,³). There are many different kinds of earrings and each can fit different places on the ear.
Earrings, like other jewelry, can be made of metal, plastic, glass, precious stone, beads, wood, bone, and other materials. They can also be designed in various ways such as small loops and studs to large plates and dangling. Some types of earrings include:
Fun fact, earrings are called earrings because they look like rings but that fit the ear instead of the finger. Typically, piercings on the upper part of the external ear are referred to as “cartilage piercings“. Ear piercing, on the other hand, generally implies a piercing of the earlobe.