Jewellery is a great gift to give for an anniversary present, whether the recipient is your wife, mother, friend or family member. There are so many to choose from that you’ll have to hold back from rushing to the shops and buying the first pair of earrings you find. There are few things you should bear in mind when buying anniversary earrings and we’ll be sharing the most important.
Silver is the theme connected with a 25th wedding anniversary, but it’s very rare to find earrings made of solid silver. Sterling silver is the preferred choice for most jewellery makes because it is far easier to work with than pure silver. Mix silver with an alloy, usually copper, and you’ve got sterling silver, the perfect material for a pair of anniversary earrings.
The different grades of silver and what they mean
Genuine sterling silver earrings will have a hallmark that indicates the quality and percentage of silver contained in the metal.
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Silver can be divided into low and high grade and the dividing line is sterling silver. If a hallmark shows that the percentage of silver is higher than 92.5% it will be sold as fine silver.
Different types of anniversary earrings for pierced ears
There are lots of different styles and types to choose from if you’re looking to give someone a set of anniversary earrings. They include:
Hoop earrings – This particular design is circular or semi-circular in shape. It’s usual for the hoop to be opened in order to pass through the hole in the ear. It’s then secured shut so it doesn’t fall out of the ear. Sleepers are a type of hoop earring and are often the ones worn first, after the initial piercing. Sleepers were originally to be worn at night, to stop a piercing from closing.
Drop earrings – This design often has a gemstone or ornament that hangs down from the ear on a hoop, chain or something similar. Varying in length they are also known as droplets, dangle or pendant earrings. A thin wire attaches the earring to the ear, through the ear lobe.
Stud earrings – There is no visible connection with stud earrings. They appear to be floating on the wearer’s ear lobes. A post goes through the piercing to attach the earring to the lobe and is held in place with a clutch or friction back that can be removed. They are often decorated with gemstones such as pearls, and most popularly, diamonds.
Barbell earrings – Usually a metal bar with a ball at each end, means they look just like barbells. One of the balls can be removed and one is permanently fixed. They could be curved, angled or simply straight.
Huggy earrings – As the name suggests this type of earring hugs the ear. They are available in many different shapes and sizes such as stars and hearts.
Ear thread – A thin chain that is designed to slip through the piercing and simply dangle is known as an ear thread. Embellishments can be added such as beads or other materials.
What style of earring will suit the gift recipient?
Earrings can be worn to compliment and correct the shape of a person’s face. But with so many choices it can be difficult to find the right pair to fit. You want your gift to be a surprise, so you can’t ask her to ‘try them for size’, as the surprise will be ruined. For such a situation, it’ll be helpful to know what styles suit certain types of face.
- Round and sort faces will be enhanced by wearing long earrings, that are great at elongating a person’s face and neck.
- Long faces will perfectly suit small, round earrings.
- A squarer type of face will better suit long, dangling earrings.
- Features of a face will be sharpened by wearing geometric earrings.
- An angular face will be softened by wearing round or oval earrings.
You might be wondering where the trend for wearing earrings came from. And you’ll be interested to know that it started off as a male adornment.
How long have people been wearing earrings?
Ear piercing and earrings are one of the oldest form of body modification. There is written and artistic evidence from cultures all across the globe. The earliest evidence is of earrings being worn by men, in Persepolis, in ancient Persia. Carved images were found of Persian Empire soldiers wearing an earring.
Tutankhamen’s earlobes were found to be perforated, although no earrings were found inside his tomb.
It was in the 1590’s that earrings became a fashionable accessory for gentlemen. And we all remember tales of pirates who wore earrings in their ears. Among sailors having a pierced ear indicated that the wearer had either crossed the equator or sailed round the world. Sailors also considered that wearing a gold earring meant they had something to be used for payment for a proper burial, should they be unfortunate enough to drown at sea.
There are plenty of other occasions in history where earrings have had significance, whereas nowadays they are simply more of an accessory. Nevertheless they make a great gift for a person you love to mark a silver wedding anniversary.