The timeless appeal of the Ear Cuff

Fashion can, at times, be timeless. Many fashion trends are simply a rebirth of older trends, gaining popularity decades or even centuries after they die out. In the case of the ear cuffs, the story begins in 2000 B.C.

The precursor to the ear cuff is said to have been discovered in burial sites in the British Isles. Sharing the defining feature of modern ear cuffs, the ancient jewellery didn't need a piercing. It fitted into the outside of the ear.



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As with most cultural trends, the early ear cuffs were found in Ancient Greece too. It was worn as a status symbol by aristocrats.





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In Asia, the ear cuffs were worn in ancient India and Thailand. It never went out of style in India and remains popular to this day.



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It was resurrected in modern times by a French jeweller called Marcel Boucher. Boucher came up with contemporary designs and called them Earrites. Since then, there has been a further evolution in design and the modern ear cuff was born. It also gained the name ear cuff or as it is otherwise called, the ear jacket.



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It seems to have universal appeal with Hollywood celebrities like Emma Watson, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence flaunting them on the red carpet.



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Bollywood isn't far behind with Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha & Vidya Balan embracing the trend.



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A versatile piece of jewellery, it works beautifully with Indian wear too.



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It’s a trend that is pervasive and universal, with Southern stars like Nayantara owning the jewellery in style.





What's next for the ear cuff? Time will tell.