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Since the beginning of known history, earrings have been worn as an adornment by both genders for a multitude of purposes and in a variety of styles.


Earrings have fascinated the imagination, are capable of being the smallest set of delicate studs or the most elaborate and bejeweled set of chandelier earrings. Artists capture their significance in paintings and auction houses continually seek statement earrings as showpiece lots for a collection. On the following pages, explore the world of earrings:

Earrings | A Brief History of Features and Functions

Earrings | A Guide to Elements of Style and Settings

Famous Earrings | A Selection of Earrings from History


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