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Fashion Fact #25- Ear Piercing

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Fashion Fact #25- Ear Piercing

FASHION FACT 25!!! and counting. 🙂

Ear piercing dates back to early history, and is one of the oldest forms of body modification, dating back to around 2500 to 3000 BC. There are artistic and written references from cultures throughout the world, including evidence from the Bible. Sailors used to pierce one earlobe to signify they had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. In the early 1900s pierced ears became popular among men and women in the United States, but became less popular with the invention of the clip on earring. In the 1970s men and women began to have more than one piercing (men; one or two in one ear, women; one or two in both ears) and soon cartilage piercings became popular.